12-05-16 CALP Class 12 in India: Interview w/Kit Carson’s Will Johnson


(The BARN  Briggsdale, CO) December 5, 2016 – Members of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program’s Class 12 are currently on their international trip and joining the Colorado Ag News Network by cell phone from a train in India on their way to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is Will Johnson of Kit Carson…


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12-05-16 Congratulations to the 2016 Colorado Wheat Award Winners…

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2016 Colorado Wheat Award Winners Announced

December 5, 2016, Fort Collins, Colorado – It is tradition for the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) to present Colorado Wheat awards when someone has provided exceptional service to Colorado wheat producers.  At the Colorado Wheat awards banquet on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Longmeadow Event Center in Wiggins, Colorado, three awards were given. Continue reading

12-05-16 CattleFax to Launch New Digital Platform



CattleFax to Launch New Digital Platform

New online resources and tools will be available to all cattle producers

Centennial, Colo. – Dec. 5, 2016 – CattleFax has announced plans to launch a new digital platform with expanded online resources for both members and non-members.

Beginning Feb. 1, all cattle producers will have easy access to industry updates and management information on their mobile devices or desktops. The redesigned CattleFax.com and free CattleFax mobile application will become one-stop destinations for daily weather, futures markets, industry news, management tools and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data.

Traditionally, CattleFax market information has been available exclusively to the organization’s members. With the new digital platform, CattleFax will continue to serve its membership base while sharing consistent and valuable business information with all producers.

“CattleFax is recognized as a trusted source of market insights from the industry’s most knowledgeable experts,” says Randy Blach, CattleFax chief executive officer. “With this new offering, we’re pleased to provide even more cattle producers with tools and news they need to make more informed management decisions – especially as they deal with substantial price correction since the record-high prices of 2014.”

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12-05-16 BASF and NAAA award those with a passion for the skies

basf-naaa-joint-news-release-logoBASF and NAAA award those with a passion for the skies

Future aerial applicators receive sholarships to further their goals

LONG BEACH, CA, and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, December 5, 2016 – In today’s diverse agriculture job environment, aerial application, stands out as one of the more unique and challenging career paths. In an effort to support the continuing growth of aerial applicators, BASF and the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) are rewarding two promising aviators with scholarships to assist them in following their passions.

Landunn Koyle of Gooding, Idaho. Recipient of NAAA scholarship.

Landunn Koyle of Gooding, Idaho. Recipient of NAAA scholarship.

Matthew Burkhammer of Carlisle, Arkansas. Recipient of NAAA scholarship.

Matthew Burkhammer of Carlisle, Arkansas. Recipient of NAAA scholarship.

Matthew Burkhammer of Carlisle, Arkansas, and Landunn Koyle of Gooding, Idaho, were awarded NAAA/BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarships of $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. The two winners were recognized at the 50th Annual NAAA Convention & Exposition kickoff breakfast in Long Beach, California.

“We want to ensure that our aerial applicators are knowledgeable, efficient and safe in the skies, especially with today’s rapid technical advancements,” said John Sabatka, Northern Corn Belt IS Manager, BASF. “Our scholarship support helps create a strong pipeline for the industry and enable young aviators to pursue their chosen career paths.” Continue reading

12-05-16 Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

USDA Press ReleaseSecretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of six new members and the re-appointment of five members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching. As a discretionary advisory committee, the Council provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers.

“The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching strengthens our partnerships with tribal governments, businesses, farmers, and ranchers,” Vilsack said. “Their work encourages participation of new and historically underserved agricultural producers in USDA programs, and reflects a strong intergovernmental relationship built upon shared values and inclusion.”

With the addition of a representative from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Council membership is changing to better reflect the diversity of resources provided by the USDA. NRCS provides farmers, ranchers and forest managers with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land.

The Council consists of fifteen members, including four USDA officials and eleven Native American leaders and representatives. Members of the Council are appointed for two-year terms by the Secretary of Agriculture. The appointees may include: Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) farmers or ranchers; representatives of nonprofit organizations that work with Native farmers and ranchers; civil rights professionals; educators; tribal elected leaders; senior USDA officials; and other persons the Secretary deems appropriate.

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12-05-16 NCGA News: World Soil Day – Celebrate a day that matters to farming success!


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World Soil Day: Celebrate a day that matters to farming success!

These days, it seems like there’s a designated day to celebrate anything and EVERYTHING! And yes, there’s even a day to celebrate something that’s actually critical to the success of farming: soil. World Soil Day is today, Dec. 5.
The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, is encouraging farmers to take some time on this day to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”
SHP will also host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m. Central.

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12-05-16 OEDIT Awards $4.1 million to Support Technology Start-ups in Advanced Industries

OEDIT-CO logoOEDIT Awards $4.1 million to Support Technology Start-ups in Advanced Industries

DENVER ­-Dec. 5, 2016Colorado companies with technologies that could improve 3D printing, doctor/patient interactions and farming were approved for funding as part of the Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). A total of $4,141,990 was approved this grant cycle for Proof-of-Concept and Early Stage Capital and Retention Grants to support Colorado’s advanced industries.
“We are thrilled to fund so many innovative organizations who are working on technologies that will have positive impacts on Colorado’s key industries,” said global business development director and OEDIT deputy director Michelle Hadwiger.  “Colorado continues to be an epic center for innovation and we must support that ecosystem with funding.”

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12-05-16 Alltech Crop Science emphasizes the importance of a healthy agribiome on World Soil Day

On World Soil Day, Alltech focuses on soil health as essential to plant health.

On World Soil Day, Alltech focuses on soil health as essential to plant health.

Alltech Crop Science emphasizes the importance of a healthy agribiome on World Soil Day

alltech-crop-science-logo[LEXINGTON, KY.] – Celebrated in several countries on Dec. 5, World Soil Day raises awareness about the importance of soil preservation and stimulates discussion on effective crop practices. These discussions quickly become a call to action. Many producers are looking to decrease the damage caused by inefficient management practices and, subsequently, improve crop results through a balance in soil microbiology.

More natural farming practices combined with modern science can help increase diversity in the soil biology. Dr. Steven Borst, general manager of Alltech Crop Science, emphasizes the importance of integrating biological technologies into existing management programs to feed the soil.

“We need to work with nature, not against it, to grow not only our crops, but our soil as well,” said Borst. Continue reading

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Farm Income Drops 17 Percent in 2016

U.S. farmers will see their net incomes drop in 2016 for the third consecutive year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says weaker cash returns on livestock, poultry, and dairy farms will drive income down 17.2 percent to $66.9 billion this year. That forecast would be 46 percent lower than the record profits of $123.7 billion in 2013. An article on Dairy Herd dot com says if the forecast does pan out, that would be the lowest farm income level since 2009, signaling more pressure on the slumping farm economy. The slump isn’t just hitting on-the-farm producers, either. The weakened Ag economy is triggering cost-cutting measures and job layoffs at major farm input suppliers like Monsanto and John Deere, which have both lowered revenue forecasts for 2016. Meat processor Tyson Foods reported a steep drop in revenues over the last month and sees lower revenue numbers ahead in 2017. Cash receipts in dairy, beef, poultry, and eggs are projected to fall 12 percent to the lowest levels since 2011. Row crop receipts are forecast unchanged as stronger revenues for soybeans and cotton offset lower prices for corn and vegetables.


Proposed Tax Regulation a Threat to Future Cattle Farms

The U.S. Treasury Department recently proposed a rule change that would lower or even eliminate valuation discounts on family-owned entities. The Internal Revenue Service hosted a forum to discuss the potential change this week. At the forum, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President Kevin Kester said that will discourage families from expanding and passing the business on to the next generation, or even continuing their operations in the future. Family-owned cattle farms are often small businesses that face the same challenges as other small businesses in different sectors, including making payroll, complying with numerous regulations, and paying bills. Kester says, “Ranching is a debt-intensive business, meaning operators work on an asset-rich, cash poor business model. That makes them vulnerable to the estate tax.” When a principal in a business passes away, assets often must be sold to meet the tax burden. Producers have used valuation discounts to help them shoulder some of the tax burden and keep operations in their family. Kester adds, “The proposed rule will upset expansion plans, halt future business growth, and require most operations to liquidate assets just to survive.”


No GMO Wheat Found in Commercial Supplies

The USDA Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service closed its investigation into genetically engineered wheat showing up in a Washington state farm field. Back on July 29, the U.S. Ag Department confirmed that genetically engineered wheat was found by a Washington state farmer growing in an unplanted field. After an inspection, APHIS confirmed 22 plants were volunteering in an unplanted field. The wheat growing in the field was also confirmed to be glyphosate-resistant. APHIS worked to ensure that none of the genetically engineered wheat made it into commercial supply by testing the farmer’s entire wheat harvest. All samples were found to be without any G.E. material. The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates issued a release thanking APHIS for their work on the incident. The organizations credited effective communication between APHIS, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, farmer organizations, the grain trade, and customers to keep things moving in a positive direction. They also thanked overseas customers for their continued confidence in the quality of American wheat supplies.


More Volatility Ahead for Cattle Markets

Cattlefax CEO Randy Blach (Block) recently spoke at the Kansas Livestock Convention about volatility in the cattle markets, including what’s causing the downturn and what to expect in the months ahead. Cattle producers have recently seen higher prices after a two-year price drop of more than 40 percent. An Ag Web dot com article says 750-800 pound steers brought $125.19 per hundredweight last month. Prices climbed to $134.38 last week. However, Blach said the rally may not last much longer. “This is not about cattle, but more part of a global slowdown,” he said. The bull market for commodities started in 2009 at the end of the global financial crisis. Crop farmers and livestock producers all raised their production efforts before things went in the negative direction starting in 2012. From August 2012-2016, corn prices dropped 60 percent and soybeans were 47 percent lower. Fed cattle prices followed crops lower, dropping 43 percent since November of 2014. The cattle industry has seen huge price swings from the highs in 2014 to this year’s low prices. Steer calves weighing 550 lb. averaged $911 in losses from the cycle high, with 750 lb. feeder steers falling $941. Blach adds, “Commodity cycles are a good reminder of how quickly things can change.”


The Meat-Cancer Link Debate Heats Up Again

The Center for Science in the Public Interest restarted the debate this week over processed meats and a potential link to cancer. Politico’s Morning Agriculture report says the group petitioned the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to require cancer warning labels on foods like bacon, ham, hot dogs, and other products. Back in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer issued an opinion that eating processed meats raises the risk of cancer. The meat industry immediately responded to that statement, calling it “unsubstantiated.” Some lawmakers even called into the question the funding provided to the IARC by the National Institute of Health. The North American Meat Institute responded to the petition this week, calling it “alarmist” and “sensational.” In a strongly worded response, the organization pointed to studies that showed no correlation between eating meat and cancer. CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson isn’t optimistic about the group’s chances after filing the petition, saying “We recognize that the chances of the Trump administration taking advantage of the opportunity to protect public health is slim. At CSPI, we’re used to taking the long view.”


Dairy Exports to Increase by $500 Million in 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expecting exports to grow larger by $1 billion in 2017 with dairy exports taking up a big chunk of that growth. The latest USDA export projection report expects dairy to grow by $500 million dollars to $5.3 billion. Other dairy-exporting countries are expecting to reduce their outputs in 2017 which will lead to higher prices around the globe and higher U.S. exports. The $500 million gain in dairy exports will make up about half of the overall growth in U.S. exports next year. Overall, exports are expected to total $134 billion next year. The expected convergence of dairy prices in the U.S. and around the world will make American dairy products more competitive overseas. USDA does expect dairy imports into America to rise $200 million in the coming year. The top three U.S. agricultural trading partners are China, Canada, and Mexico. However, trade is uncertain going forward as the incoming Trump administration has vowed to renegotiate trade agreements with all three countries.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service