12-30-16 CSU Ext News: Custom Rates for Colorado Farms & Ranches…

custom-rates-csu-ext-custom-rates-header-032315CSU’s latest Custom rates report is out – CLICK HERE

Farmers know that when the price future for what they grow are low they need to tighten their belts and spend less. One method that works is to cut your costs of production for those crops by reducing inputs.

The 2015 custom rate report can help you decide if there are farming operations you can cut back on. It should be noted that these costs are the averages and ranges of production costs that are given to CSU economists by a large group of area farmers who have analyzed their own production costs. To some farmers they may seem high but they may not adequately give value to their own work.

Check the CSU Ag & Business management website for other methods of evaluating your farm’s business or crop enterprise profitability.

Submitted to BARN Media by:

Colorado State University Extension

12-30-16 Top 10 BARN Livestream Webcasts in 2016

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Top 10 BARN Livestream Webcasts in 2016

#1 Babe Ruth Baseball – Midwest Regional Tournament in Holyoke (26,440 views)

#2 2016 CO FFA State Convention (13,128 views)

#3 2016 CO State Fair Jr Mkt Shows (8,334 views)

#4 Thomas Land Auction – Hall and Hall (2,937 views)

#5 Farming Evolution 2016 (2,457 views)

#6 Weld County Fair Jr Livestock Sale (1,992 views)

#7 CO Auctioneer Assn State Bid Calling Championships (1.612 views)

#8 Ardent Mills 80th Celebration (1522 views)

#9 William “Bill” Wailes Memorial Service (1,454 views)

# 10  Reynolds Land & Water Auction – Hall and Hall (1,364)

12-30-16 Top 10 in Ag News Inside the BARN in 2016

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#1 CSU Department of Animal Sciences: Dr Temple Grandin “Setting the record straight”…


#3 Results from the 2016 CO FFA State Career Development Contests @ CSU…

#4 Hall and Hall: Thomas Land Company Auction SOLD for $37.555M!

#5 CWCB mourns passing of Diane Hoppe…

#6 88th Colorado FFA Convention is at NJC in Sterling June 7-8-9; Webcast Archives on Livestream!

#7 The 2016 Feeders and Friends Reagan Brown Benefit in New Raymer Aug 20th…

#8 Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program

#9 Colorado Corn deeply saddened by passing of CCAC President Charlie Bartlett…

# 10  In Remembrance: William “Bill” Wailes…

12-30-16 WDA Dairy Farm Families Donate Nearly 10,000 Gallons of Milk…


WDA Dairy Farm Families Donate Nearly 10,000 Gallons of Milk

Throughout the last weeks of 2016, the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming donated nearly 10,000 gallons of milk to food banks across the three states. The food banks included the Montana Food Bank Network, Food Bank of the Rockies/Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Weld Food Bank, Food Bank of Larimer County and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Continue reading

12-30-16 WDA: Help a Family in Need during the Holidays…


WDA: Help a Family in Need during the Holidays…

2017 is just a few days away! And just like every year, the new year comes with resolutions! If your New Year’s resolution involves giving back to your community, you should check out the Great American Milk Drive.

You probably already know that the Great American Milk Drive is all about getting milk into the hands of families in need. It’s easy to donate – all you have to do is text ‘MILK’ to 27722 to donate $5 to your local food bank, which they will use to purchase milk for the families they serve. Another way to donate is to visit www.milklife.com/give, where you can donate any amount of money to help the families in your community receive fresh, nutritious milk. Continue reading

12-30-16 Organic Workshops at OCIA Annual Meeting in Council Bluffs, IA on Feb 8th…


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ocia-facebook-logoLINCOLN, NE: Be sure to attend the 2017 OCIA Annual General Membership Meeting, February 8th at the Holiday Inn Council Bluffs at Ameristar. There is a great line up of workshop presenters that you won’t want to miss, along with a mini trade show!

Join author and organic farmer, Atina Diffley in considering your opportunities to educate and lead citizens for biodiversity. Learn more about Mary Wiedenhoeft and David Weisberger’s micro grant results from their project on organic small grains at Iowa State University. Meet Stevan Knezevic from the University of Nebraska Lincoln as he discusses flaming and the impact of Dicamba Drift on organic soybeans. Connect with Elliott Driscoll and Jack Geiger, OCIA certified organic farmers, who will discuss organic farming methods and techniques that have worked well on their farms. And discover what Maya ter Kuile-Miller, newest OCIA chapter administrator, has planned for her San Luis Valley chapter in Alamosa, Colorado. Continue reading

12-30-16 NBA: Bison Business Notches Record Achievements, Growth in 2016

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Bison Business Notches Record Achievements, Growth in 2016

Continued Growth, Profitability is Goal for 2017

Westminster, CO (January 30, 2016) – Bison producers are closing out a record year of profitability and recognition, and are looking forward to continued growth in 2017, according to Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association.

“We’re wrapping up a banner year, with Congress designating bison as the national mammal and the American public increasingly choosing bison meat for their families,” Carter said. “Our challenge for 2017 is to continue to build the business so that we can bring more bison back to pastures and rangelands across North America.” Continue reading

12-30-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 30th

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Weekly Export Sales

This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities.  The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

A PDF file of the complete report is attached.  For more information you may visit: www.fas.usda.gov/programs/export-sales-reporting-program.

For a schedule of upcoming FAS reports, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/data-analysis/report-release-calendar.

12-30-16 CDA Publishes New Tool to Promote CO’s Food and Agriculture Industry: Cultivating Colorado 2017 Available Now!

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Cultivating Colorado 2017 Available Now

Colorado Department of Agriculture Publishes New Tool to Promote Colorado’s Food and Agriculture Industry

Ccoagv1_wolorado –– The Colorado Department of Agriculture recently unveiled Cultivating Colorado, a magazine and web program that promotes and educates how the food and agriculture community contributes to Colorado’s economic well-being.

Stories highlight Colorado’s food producers, the local community and farm families. Articles focus on the state’s innovation in industrial hemp; the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 150-year anniversary; the strong potato crop; and the flourishing field corn sector.

Find more innovative and engaging content about Colorado’s food and agriculture at Colorado.gov. Cultivating Colorado is part of FarmFlavor.com, a national food and farming website that profiles America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers, and connects consumers to the country’s vital agriculture industry. The website includes recipes, data-based facts about U.S. agriculture and overviews of the farmers who produce our food, fuel and fiber. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 30th…

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China Banning Poultry Imports Due To HPAI

Officials in several regions of China are placing bans on poultry imports from several areas over concerns about the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The Hong Kong Center for Food Safety has banned all poultry imports from a province in China that is dealing with a confirmed H5N6 outbreak of avian influenza. The protective measure will be in place for the next three months. The Center for Food Safety is also banning poultry imports from Japan and Poland, where the H5N8 strain of influenza has been confirmed. The Chinese city of Wuxi (wuhck-see’) is temporarily suspending poultry imports from an area located near Shanghai after reports of the H7N9 strain of HPAI were confirmed in recent weeks. Wuxi is next to a lake often used as a stop for migratory birds, which a Reuters report says are suspected of spreading the infection as they move farther north. At least seven humans in mainland China have been confirmed as infected in recent weeks, with two of them dying after H7N9 exposure.


Burger King Switching to Antibiotic-Free Chickens

The parent company of the Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurant chains announced it will no longer purchase chickens raised with antibiotics that are also used for humans. A Meating Place Dot Com report says Restaurant Brands International in Ontario, Canada, currently runs more than 19,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI intends to make the conversion to antibiotic-free chicken at its U.S.-based operations in 2017. The announcement says the conversion will take place in Canada during 2018. It also says the moves at Burger King and Tim Hortons will be moving from antibiotics used in humans but not necessarily animal-specific antibiotics used to keep the animals healthy. The chains will join other establishments like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, and Chick-Fil-A in making the move over the next several years. In 2015, chicken supplier Tyson Foods announced it would also stop using antibiotics that are also used in humans in its operations next year. The restaurant chains and the processor are responding to concerns about consuming animals raised with human-use antibiotics possibly breeding drug-resistant bacteria that would affect human health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says at least two million consumers are infected every year with the so-called superbugs, which also cause 23,000 deaths.  


China to Increase Farmland by 2020

The Chinese government has put together a five-year plan for land management from 2016 through 2020. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today Report says the government will be adding another 3.2 million acres of farmable land to replace some of the nearly five million acres lost since 2003. The new acres would come from cultivation and land management, but the State Council wouldn’t provide any details. Industry estimates say China currently has just over 309 million acres of arable land and currently farms 247 million acres. China also announced five-year plans for the grains and oilseed industries. Those new plans include boosting production of biodegradable plastics made from corn and increasing the use of grains in animal feed. The nation is currently working to reduce its large corn reserve.


Citrus Pest Concerns California industry

California recently passed a state law designed to combat the spread of an Asian citrus pest. All citrus loads transported through California now must be covered, no matter where it’s coming from or where it’s headed. The mandatory tarping regulation is in response to industry concerns over the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid (sill’-lid). A recent analysis by the University of California of the spread of the pest shows a lot of movement primarily along transportation corridors. California officials felt the measure was necessary for preventing the spread of a deadly citrus tree disease that the pest can spread from tree to tree. The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee recommended the state take those steps, even if citrus loads are just moving from point-to-point within the same county. The California Department of Food and Agriculture will begin contacting growers, haulers, and packers with the updated standards very soon, but they do recommend everyone in the chain to begin preparations for the new requirements as soon as possible.


Still Searching for an Ag Secretary

Two new candidates are expected to interview this week for the Secretary of Agriculture position. A DTN report says Abel Maldonado, Jr., a former California Lieutenant Governor, is set to interview for the post with President-elect Donald Trump this week. The other newest candidate is Elsa Murano, a former undersecretary for food safety at the USDA as well as President of Texas A & M University. Ag Secretary is one of the two cabinet nominations the President-elect hasn’t yet made, the other being Veterans Affair Secretary. Maldonado grew up on a strawberry farm near Santa Maria, California. He helped expand the farm from half-acre to 6,000 acres, employing around 250 people. A Trump spokesman says the plan is to interview Murano this week. A prominent member of the Trump Ag Advisory Council says Murano “is strongly opposed by most the Trump transition team.” Current Texas Ag Secretary Sid Miller is also thought to be traveling this week to interview for the Ag Secretary post.


Debt-To-Asset Ratios Projected to Climb 13%

Economists are watching the farm economy numbers closely. An Ag Web Dot Com article says they’re watching for signs as to the current downturn in the ag economy driving it into a similar spiral seen in the 1980s. 2016 was a challenge, whether producers grew crops, milked cows, or fed beef cattle. Farmers pulled back on inputs where they could, machinery sales slumped, and prices were bad across the board. Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, says, “We saw a lot of carry over debt going into 2017 and a significant amount of debt being restructured.” Farm economists are keeping a watchful eye on agriculture debt numbers. The projected 2016 debt-to-asset ratio will rise to 13 percent. By way of comparison, the ratio was over 20 percent in the mid-1980s. There are some clouds on the horizon. American Farm Bureau Economist Bob Young says, “The number of loans or the proportion of loans where the collateral used to secure that note has been the farm land itself took a significant jump in 2016, and that’s concerning.” Kauffman says the extent that farmland value holds up should help soften some of that blow from low prices and the higher ratio.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-29-16 CCALT: CO Family Creates Ranching Legacy Through Conservation…

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Colorado Family Creates Ranching Legacy Through Conservation

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ARVADA, Colo. (Dec. 28, 2016) – With funding support from the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR), the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) has partnered with the Meader family to conserve their 111-acre Routt County ranch located just west of Steamboat Springs.

Since 1975, the Meader family has been involved in ranching in northeastern Colorado. Charlie Meader and his son Justin work together to run and maintain more than 7,400 acres in Weld County. In 2008 and 2009, the Meader family chose to partner with CCALT to conserve the majority of their Weld County ranch, successfully conserving thousands of acres of shortgrass prairie. Continue reading

12-29-16 USDA Makes it Easier to Transfer Land to the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

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USDA Makes it Easier to Transfer Land to the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

Allows for Transfer of Certain Conservation Reserve Program Land to New Farmers; Provides Priority Enrollment in Working Lands Conservation Programs

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 29, 2016 – Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam today announced that beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members. The land that is eligible for the early termination is among the least environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP.  Continue reading

12-29-16 The 111th National Western Stock Show Kicks Off One Week from Today

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Denver, CO.   –  The National Western Stock Show is just one week away from the annual kick-off parade, launching its 111-year-old Colorado tradition in Denver.  The historic Stock Show Parade trots through the streets of downtown Denver next Thursday, January 5, at noon.  The procession will be led by parade Grand Marshal ThunderContinue reading

12-29-16 NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau to host “Flapjacks Under The Stars” Fundraiser on Jan 28th…


For more information please contact:

Northeastern Junior College (NJC) – Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter

Advisor: Mr. Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy

Contact Info: 970-521-6786 or Andy.Bartlett@njc.edu

Advisor: Ms. Kelly Huenink
Contact Info: (970) 396-1118 or Kelly.Huenink@njc.edu

President: Jace Linke
Contact info: (970) 509-9237 or jace.linke@gmail.com

12-29-16 NCBA-PLC: President Claims another 1.5 Million Acres through Antiquities Act

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 28, 2016) – The Obama administration on Tuesday declared two new monument designations – 1.35 million acres at Bears Ears in Utah and 350,000 acres at Gold Butte in Nevada. Both designations were made unilaterally and despite overwhelming local opposition. Public Lands Council President and Utah rancher Dave Eliason criticized the outgoing administration for both their disregard for local input and the manner in which these latest designations were executed. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 29th

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Net Farm Income Down for Third Straight Year

Net cash farm income and net farm income are two popular ways to measure farm sector profitability, but they aren’t the same thing. Net cash farm income tracks cash receipts and cash expenses, while net farm income includes non-cash transactions, including inventory changes, capital replacements costs, and others. Both measures have headed lower since 2013 after several years of higher income. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that net cash farm and net farm income for 2016 will be $90.9 billion and $54.8 billion, respectively. Both amounts fall below the ten-year averages. Before the recent drops, both income measures largely trended upwards. Between 2010 and 2013, rising crop and animal receipts helped to push net cash farm income and net farm income higher. However, prices declined for a large group of commodities in 2015 and fell further in 2016. Production expenses were forecast to contract in 2016 but not enough to offset the drop in commodity prices.


Former Face of Farming Winner Named MO Ag Director

Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens says the message he heard from farmers during the campaign was ‘let us farm,’ and ‘keep activists, lawyers, and government off our backs.’ To that end, the Governor-elect has chosen an outsider and advocate for agriculture, Chris Chinn, as the next Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Chinn was chosen as a U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance “Faces of Farming and Ranching” award winner back in 2013. The award is given to only four outstanding farmers from around the country. Chris and her husband are fifth-generation farmers who raise hogs, cattle, corn, soybeans, and hay on their farm in northeast Missouri. Chinn has given hundreds of speeches around Missouri and across the country defending farm families and sharing the values that make farming a vital profession. Greitens says, “Her new mission is clear: to protect and promote Missouri agriculture so that her kids can grow up to be the sixth-generation of farmers on their land.” He added that agriculture has to double world food production in the next generation and Missouri farmers can help lead the way.   


Report Projects Global Beef Demand Up Through 2020

The global beef market is projected to reach $2.1 trillion by 2020. That number is in a new study just released by Grand View Research of San Francisco. Meating Place Dot Com says beef is the third-most consumed meat around the globe. More and more consumers around the globe are turning to meat as a major source of protein and that will drive increasing demand for beef over the next several years. Increasing disposable incomes in expanding markets around the globe are also driving demand for more beef, especially compared to pork and poultry. Ground beef is the most in-demand product, with demand exceeding 29.5 million tons in 2013. The fastest growing segment of beef demand is expected to be for beef steaks as markets like North America are demanding more high-quality beef products. Global beef demand was 67.4 million tons in 2012 and is predicted to reach 72.9 million tons in 2020. The Asian-Pacific region is expected to be the largest regional market for beef. Growing disposable incomes in China and increasing demand for beef should be a key driver in that market during the next several years.


National Alfalfa Checkoff Launches on January 1st

The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance will launch its first ever alfalfa checkoff on January first. The initiative is called the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, designed to help offset a shortfall in alfalfa research funding. An article on Western Farm Press Dot Com says the Alliance Board of Directors voted to start a national checkoff program to help get a farmer-funded research program off the ground and advance industry research. The initiative, which is implemented voluntarily by seed brand, will be assessed at the rate of $1 per bag of alfalfa seed. National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance President Beth Nelson says there’s a definite need for more research. “Alfalfa is the nation’s third most valuable field crop behind corn and soybeans. A lot of people don’t realize that.” She says alfalfa acres have been declining recently and they credit at least some of that to a lack of research. Nelson adds, “There isn’t the same public commitment to research that you see in corn, beans, and wheat.”


U.S. Dairy Exports Quadruple in Value Over 10 years

USDA’s Economic Research Service reports the value of U.S. dairy exports more than quadrupled between 2004-2014. Farm Futures magazine says that makes the U.S. the third largest dairy exporter in the world. The recently released “Growth of U.S. Dairy Exports” report says 2015 wasn’t quite as good. The U.S. began adding to an already large amount of dairy exports in the early 2000s. Dairy export values grew from $1.6 billion to roughly $6.8 billion in 2014. The increase was fueled by increasing incomes in overseas markets like east and southeast Asia as well as Latin America. Free trade agreements also opened world markets, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement providing greater access to Mexico. Reforms in China made it more open to American dairy exports as well. U.S. global exports fell in 2015 to $4.9 billion thanks to changing global conditions. That drop was a 28 percent decrease from 2014, a larger drop than the 11 percent decrease in total ag exports. Several reasons for the decline in dairy exports include weak or slower growth in global demand, especially in China, and a Russian ban on dairy imports. Other factors include a stronger U.S. dollar and the discontinuation of milk supply quotas in the European Union.


Administration Still Fighting for Beef Producers

While the Obama Administration’s time in office is rapidly winding down, it’s taking up a battle for U.S. beef producers regarding hormones and the European Union. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office announced this week that it will take a shot at the European Union regarding its ban on hormones in American beef exports. The World Trade Organization has said in the past that the ban on hormones is not based on science and in violation of international trade laws and obligations. The dispute goes all the way back to the 1980s when Europe banned American beef imports that were treated with growth hormones. The E.U. lost the case when it went before the World Trade Organization in 1998. The European Commission said the dispute would be settled through a pending trade agreement knowns as the TTIP, but that trade deal wasn’t finished. The USTR says it’s going to relaunch the fight, starting with possible tariffs on European products.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-28-16 CO Corn’s Eric Brown details the 2017 Poudre River Forum in Greeley, CO Feb 3rd…

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CO Corn’s Eric Brown details the 2017 Poudre River Forum in Greeley, CO Feb 3rd…

Eric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 28th, 2016 – The 4th Annual Poudre River Forum is slated for Feb 3rd @ Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley…and that event brings together people all along the Poudre to learn more about the river and to celebrate its existence.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in great details is Eric Brown, Communications Director with CO Corn and a member of the planning committee


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For the fourth year running, the Poudre River Forum brings together people all along the Poudre to learn more about the river and to celebrate it. The annual forum is an action initiative of the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI)—about 25 citizen experts representing a diversity of interests who study the Poudre River and formulate cooperative actions based on what they learn. Meeting since 2012, the group’s agricultural, urban, and environmental members continue to build strong relationships to enact their motto: “Let’s Make the Poudre River the World’s Best Example of a Healthy Working River.” Facilitated by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, PRTI acts to improve the health of the Poudre River while recognizing its value as a working river—meeting the demands of diverse users. Continue reading