12-15-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

12-15-16 Two northeast Colorado farmers earn Colorado Corn’s inaugural stewardship awards

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A pair of northeast Colorado farmers were recently honored by the two Colorado Corn organizations, for their many efforts aimed at improving efficiency on their farms and enhancing air, soil and water quality.

During the Colorado Corn Annual Banquet in Yuma this month, Casey Kropp of Holyoke received Colorado Corn’s inaugural Farm Steward of the Year-Innovator Award, presented by both the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA).

Also during the banquet, Byron Weathers received the inaugural Colorado Corn Farm Steward of the Year-Excellence in Conservation Award, another honor presented by both the CCAC and CCGA. Continue reading

12-15-16 Colorado Corn honors individuals,businesses that contributed significantly to ag in 2016

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn honors individuals,businesses that contributed significantly to ag in 2016

There was no shortage of farmers, businesses, lawmakers and others who helped make 2016 an outstanding year for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA). And during an annual banquet in Yuma this month, both organizations honored some of them who went above and beyond for the agriculture industry.   Continue reading

12-15-16 *CSU Ext News* 2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers

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17strategyoutlooksemin2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers

Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do?

Colorado State University Extension will host six outlook and strategy forums throughout Colorado in January and February. Producers participating in the forums will learn about the outlook for commodity prices, production costs for each area, current Farm Service Agency programs, and various strategies for being profitable when prices are low.

The Ag outlook and strategy forums will be held

  • in Montrose at Friendship Hall on January 11th,
  • in Sterling at the NJC campus on February7th,
  • in Burlington at the Community Center on February 8th and
  • in Limon at the Hub City Senior Center on February 15th.
  • PLUS in Greeley at the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 26th
  • & in Lamar on February 3rd as part of an all-day Ag event.

All programs will be held from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and lunch will be provided. Continue reading

12-15-16 New Angus Event Headlines Denver Activities at 111th NWSS…

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New Angus Event Headlines Denver Activities

Angus to host its first-ever evening auction and social in the historic Stadium Arena during the National Western Stock Show.

NWSS Stadium Arena

Denver’s historic Stadium Arena, the heart of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), was built in 1909 to celebrate the growth and viability of the West’s ranching industry.

Today, its brick walls, steel columns and distinctive green chairs still bear witness to dozens of cattle shows each year, and the old building remains a symbol of the forward-leaning optimism of ranchers. On Jan. 11, 2017, a new evening event will grace the Stadium Arena to not only celebrate the heritage of ranching, but also the unprecedented, century-plus expansion of Angus into the West.

Sponsored by Merial, the event will feature a bull sale, a fundraising auction and live entertainment. It’s also open to any cattle producer interested in attending with additional support from Neogen GeneSeek Operations.

“We’re excited to host this event in Denver, and we want all ranchers to know they’re welcome to attend,” says Allen Moczygemba, American Angus Association CEO. “Our goal is to renew our commitment to the National Western Stock Show, and to reinvigorate the interest of commercial producers and others in Angus events in Denver.”

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the National Western Angus Bull Sale, featuring more than 50 lots of top genetics from leading registered operations from across the country. Producers interested in evaluating the bulls prior to the sale may attend the Angus Sale Bull Show beginning at 8 a.m., earlier that day. Cash prizes and awards this year will exceed $10,000, and the grand and reserve grand champion bulls will be awarded a $1,000 genetic package donated by Zoetis. Continue reading

12-15-16 USDA NASS CO 2015-2016 Small Grain Final County Estimates

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County-level estimates for 2016 small grains are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers this fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/

The commodity estimates include spring wheat, Durum wheat, winter wheat, barley, and oats. County-level estimates for late-season crops and hay will be published in February and April 2017, respectively.

For state specific questions please contact: Continue reading

12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* Managing Resistant Kochia

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Managing Resistant Kochia

BURLINGTON, CO – December 15, 2016 – Here are ten things you can to do to manage resistant kochia:

  1. Use herbicide tank mixes. Efficacy on kochia will increase.
  2. Use full labeled herbicide rates.
  3. Apply post-emergent tank mixes to kochia before the weed is 6 inches tall.
  4. Actively growing kochia is easier to control than weeds that are under moisture stress.
  5. Apply herbicides with 3 to 10 gallons per acre water.
  6. Use recommended additives and adjuvants.
  7. Flat fan nozzles are recommended. Other types can work effectively also.
  8. Re-apply herbicides as later kochia flushes emerge.
  9. Rotate crops along with herbicides.
  10. Follow all manufacturer recommendations to enhance coverage and minimize drift risk.

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12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* “Thinking About Drought” Workshop slated for January 23rd in Kirk, CO

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“Thinking About Drought” Workshop slated for January 23rd in Kirk, CO

Written and submitted to The BARN by: Don Schoderbek and Julie Elliott

December 15, 2016 – As the days get shorter, and winter begins to settle in, many ranchers and stockmen in Eastern Colorado are sitting down in front of their barrel stove with pen, paper, and a beverage of their choice.  Winter is often a time of planning.  The current agricultural financial outlook provides a source of concern to many producers.  However, there is also the threat of a looming drought.  This presents a two-fold challenge to ranchers.  Abnormally low forage production on the range can compound existing economic problems.  It is important to understand the importance of the range resource, and how to best utilize it to support your operation through dry, tough times.

Supported by Ron Richards and the Yuma County Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and CSU – Extension will be offering a free workshop entitled “Thinking About Drought”.  This event will take place on January 23rd, 2017 at the Kirk Lions Hall in Kirk, ColoradoContinue reading

12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

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Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

BURLINGTON, CO – December 15, 2016 – Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.

Locations are as follows:

  • February 21 – Burlington Community Center
  • February 22 – Sedgwick County Fairgrounds, Julesburg
  • February 23 – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • February 28 – Washington County Extension Office, Akron

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12-15-16 Make plans to attend the 2017 Poudre River Forum in Greeley, CO on Feb 3rd…

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Join us for a day of learning and dialogue

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

12-15-16 USDA Issues Report on Investments to Grow the Rural Economy

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USDA Issues Report on Investments to Grow the Rural Economy

FY 2016 Rural Development Progress Report Released

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the final year-end report of the Obama administration’s results creating jobs and investing in rural communities nationwide.

“USDA Rural Development has measurably improved the lives and livelihoods for millions of rural Americans – and their future looks much brighter today than when President Obama took office,” Vilsack said. “The results highlighted in this report demonstrate how long-term government investment and effective partnerships with public and private institutions are central to rural America’s continued progress.” Continue reading

12-15-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 15, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…


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12-15-16 Wheat Grower Organizations Welcome New Trade Enforcement Actions Challenging China Policies…


Wheat Grower Organizations Welcome New Trade Enforcement Actions Challenging China Policies

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world. USW and NAWG are encouraged to see the U.S. government take such a strong position on trade enforcement, which is crucial for building confidence in existing and new trade agreements.

The USTR filed a request on Dec. 15, 2016, for consultations with the World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that China is not fairly administering its annual tariff rate quotas (TRQ) for corn, rice and 9.64 million metric tons (MMT) of imported wheat. This request states that China’s TRQ administration unfairly impedes wheat export opportunities. The USTR announced the TRQ action simultaneously with a request that the WTO form a dispute panel in the case it filed in September against China’s excessive market price support for domestic wheat, corn and rice production.

“As with its price support case, the USTR is shining a light on other policies that pre-empt market driven wheat trade, stifle our export opportunities and force private sector buyers and Chinese consumers to pay far more for milling wheat and wheat-based foods,” said USW President Alan Tracy.

“The facts in these two cases go hand-in-hand, demonstrating how Chinese government policies create an unfair advantage for domestic wheat production,” said Gordon Stoner, president of NAWG and a wheat farmer from Outlook, Montana. “Both actions call attention to the fact that when all countries follow the rules, a pro-trade agenda and trade agreements work for U.S. wheat farmers and their customers.”  Continue reading

12-15-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 15th

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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.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 15th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 15th

USDA Announces GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, known as GIPSA, Wednesday announced updated regulations that propose protections against retaliatory practices against livestock producers. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules are comprised of an interim final rule and two proposed rules. The interim final rule will establish that it is not necessary to demonstrate an unfair practice by livestock buyers harms the entire market to prove a violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. The National Farmers Union called the rules “a step in the right direction,” while the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association said the rules would help restore order in the marketplace. However, the National Pork Producers Council says the rules are “an apparent attack” on rural America. NPPC says the rules could restrict the buying and selling of livestock, lead to consolidation of the livestock industry and increase consumer prices for meat. While noting his track record of fighting GIPSA rules, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, said the rule would have a “devastating impact” on how farmers sell livestock. Roberts added he is “deeply disappointed” in the last-minute action by the current administration and USDA.


Foreign Trade Negotiator Says U.S. Will Restore TPP, Eventually

A former foreign trade negotiator says the United States will have no choice but to consider approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Andrew Robb led Australia’s negotiations when the trade deal’s 12 member nations were crafting the agreement. He told the Australian Business Review publication this week that the United States “will have no choice” but to reconsider TPP, even if it takes three years. Robb says the U.S. would be the biggest beneficiary from TPP if it was resurrected. Some of the advantages Australia has achieved in bilateral deals, such as with Japan over beef imports, “are just going to get wider and wider apart from the U.S., to their disadvantage,” according to Robb. He says pressure from the U.S. cattle industry will build due to a 13 percent tariff differential in Australia’s favor in a billion-dollar market, being Japan.


USDA Rushing to Finish Organic Livestock Welfare Rule

The Department of Agriculture is “doing everything” it can to roll out the department’s organic livestock welfare rule before the Obama administration leaves office next month. The rule is currently under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget, but a USDA spokesperson told the Hagstrom Report this week that USDA will do everything possible to push the rule forward before January 20th. The comments follow lawmakers representing Oregon and Maine urging USDA to finalize the rule quickly. Representative Pater DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, says the rule is “necessary to meet the expectations consumers have when they purchase organic products.” In a statement, DeFazio said he “supports USDA’s work” on the rule and urged the White House and USDA to finalize the rule quickly.


Canada Approves Funds for Ranchers Affected by Bovine TB

Ranchers in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada can now apply to access financial assistance to cope with an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis. The outbreak is forcing the slaughter of an estimated 10,000 cattle after five cattle tested positive for bovine TB. Canada’s agriculture minister announced this week Canada has approved $16.7 million to assist ranchers impacted by the outbreak. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports an estimated 10,000 cattle are scheduled to be slaughtered across 40 ranching operations placed under quarantine. About 18,000 cattle across the region are currently under the federal quarantine while the investigation and testing of other cattle continues. The U.S. Department of Agriculture first notified Canada of the bovine TB outbreak when a cow from Alberta tested positive for bovine TB at a U.S. slaughterhouse.

Western Governors Vow Climate Change Fight with or Without Trump Administration

Three governors representing western U.S. states have vowed to move forward with efforts to fight climate change regardless of how the incoming Donald Trump administration treats the issue. The governors of California, Washington and Oregon made stark warnings that climate change was already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie, according to Reuters. On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown said that despite whatever obstruction the incoming Trump Administration poses to efforts to combat climate change, California would do “everything possible” to prevent catastrophic global warming. The governors say the world’s oceans absorb 90 percent of greenhouse gasses, and supply much of the world’s food. The governors were meeting this week as part of the Western Governors Association meeting in San Diego, California.

Lower Beef Prices Good for Consumers

As consumers shop at the meat case this holiday season and into the new year, they will see lower retail prices on beef, including popular holiday cuts like the tenderloin and rib roast. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says November 2016 was the largest beef production month since 2010. As a result, industry experts at beef industry analyst firm CattleFax say beef prices are down more than 10 percent from the highs of late 2014.  Beef production is currently on an upward trend, with production projected to rise six percent in 2016 and another four percent in 2017, according to CattleFax. NCBA President Tracy Brunner says: “It’s an ideal opportunity for consumers to take advantage of lower prices at the meat case.” In addition to favorite holiday cuts, consumers will also find good deals on lean beef cuts, such as top sirloin and strip steak.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service