12-21-16 Douthit Families named 2017 Friend of the NWSS…

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Douthit Families named 2017 Friend of the National Western

DENVER, CO – December 20, 2016 – The Douthit families of St. Francis, Kansas, represented by Douthit Herefords and 4V Ranch Douthit Herefords, will be recognized in January as the 2017 Friend of the National Western by the Red Meat Club of Denver.  A perennial fixture as Yards exhibitors, 2017 will mark the families’ 74th year exhibiting purebred Hereford cattle at the National Western.

Frank and Mary Douthit settled in northwest Kansas in the 1930s, and shortly thereafter sons Jim and Thad bought the family’s first Hereford bull.  After Thad turned to commercial operations in the 1970s, the Douthit Herefords tradition continued under brother Jim and his three sons, Walter, Roger, and Steve, who took over as partners in 1984.  Primarily for estate planning purposes, in 2008 the brothers dissolved their partnership.  While Roger turned to running commercial cattle after that, Walter and Steve continued the seed stock operation as Douthit Herefords and 4V Ranch Douthit Herefords, respectively.

The brothers at the time divided the Douthit cowherd on a lottery basis.  Although that common genetic foundation still yields a lot of similarities between the two operations, some variation in type and design has inevitably emerged as each operation independently makes selection and breeding decisions based on personal preferences and customer demands. Continue reading

12-21-16 Rabobank Rabo AgriFinance Analyzes Forces Reshaping the North American Food Sector


Rabobank Rabo AgriFinance Analyzes Forces Reshaping the North American Food Sector

Latest report examines long-term prospects for food and agribusiness industry

NEW YORK (December 20, 2016) – The Rabo Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group today released a report on the future of the agriculture sector, focusing on the pivotal next five years in the agribusiness industry. Based on the results of the research, Rabobank sees financial incentives for producers to consolidate, streamline and respond to consumer preferences.

“The industry is not without its challenges,” notes Senior FAR Analyst Sterling Liddell. “We’re anticipating changes across the agriculture industry and the need for producers to respond and adapt in order to survive and succeed.”

Farm economics reshaping the North American Food Sector Continue reading

12-21-16 NASDA-NASS Announce Enumerators of the Year


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Fourteen NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and development, enhancing respondent relations, and forging relationships within the agricultural community. Continue reading

12-21-16 WDA: In Remembrance of Melvin Hoke


In Remembrance: Melvin Hoke

Western Dairy is saddened to hear of the passing of Melvin Hoke. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to the Hoke family. His obituary and information on services is below.

melvin-lamar-hokeMelvin Lamar Hoke, 87, passed away peacefully December 10, 2016, at his residence in Hereford, Colorado after a long battle with dementia.

Melvin was born January 27, 1929 in Weldona, Colorado and raised in the Keenesburg – Greeley area. He was a lifelong resident of Weld County. He graduated from University High School in Greeley in 1947 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. After basic training he was assigned to an engineering unit constructing buildings for U.S. bases in Okinawa, Japan. The carpentry skills he learned there served him well throughout the rest of his life. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Melvin was recalled to active duty and served in combat with an American unit attached to the South Korean Army. After returning to the United States, Melvin served on the Greeley Police Department and Colorado State Patrol for nearly 10 years.  Continue reading

12-20-16 CH2M selected as Program Manager for the National Western Center


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CH2M selected as Program Manager for the National Western Center

ch2m-logoDENVER, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CH2M today announced that the City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) has selected the firm as its program manager for the National Western Center (NWC) campus development. The program represents a visionary transformation of the site into a year-round destination and regional asset, transforming these current Denver landmarks for the next 100 years.

denver-national-western-centerWith 250-acres of redeveloped land, the NWC will support Denver’s global standing as a world-class hub for agriculture and innovation while bolstering a variety of opportunities through the involvement of its founding partners including City and County of Denver, Western Stock Show Association, Colorado State University (CSU), the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado. The partner group now includes Denver Water.  In addition, a Citizens Advisory Committee made up of residents, business owners, and other stakeholders from the surrounding Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods is also an integral part of the program.

“The National Western Center Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in our community and create both a local and global destination for next generation agribusiness, education and entertainment,” says CH2M Chair and CEO Jacqueline Hinman. “The CH2M team, including our partner firms, believes in the importance of preserving Denver’s western heritage while embracing the wide-reaching potential embedded in this redevelopment. We are committed to the vision of creating an asset that will become a lasting economic and educational driver for the region,” adds­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Hinman. Continue reading

12-20-16 KSUscientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield


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Kansas State University scientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield

The genes will be deposited into public databases and used in breeding programs nationwide.

kansas-state-university-scientists-to-help-identify-genes-that-control-wheat-yieldMANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University is among 19 groups that have joined forces to identify the genes that affect wheat yield.

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture has awarded $10 million to fund the Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project, or Wheat CAP, with the hope of answering some of the key questions about which genes most directly impact wheat production in the U.S. and around the world.

“Once we identify these wheat genes, we can use them to characterize biological pathways that control wheat yield components,” said Eduard Akhunov, an associate professor of plant pathology and co-director of the Wheat CAP. Continue reading

12-20-16 CO Republican Leader Neville’s statement on the December state revenue forecasts


Republican Leader Neville’s statement on the December state revenue forecasts

Denver – Today, the Colorado Legislative Council and the Office of State Planning and Budgeting released their quarterly revenue forecasts to the Joint Budget Committee showing Colorado’s economy continues to expand at a modest pace and that the economic outlook has improved since the last forecast in September.

House Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) released the following statement regarding the forecasts:

“Overall, Colorado’s economy is improving and that is encouraging news, but there are still many regions that are struggling and legislators need to pay close attention to the economic impacts that new legislation could have on Colorado’s small businesses,” said Neville. “The bottom line is our general fund revenue continues to increase and we have the funds to address Colorado’s most pressing needs, lawmakers simply need to begin this session focused on our top priorities and committed to responsible spending.” Continue reading

12-20-16 State revenue forecast shows steady performance


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State revenue forecast shows steady performance

DENVER — Tuesday, December 20, 2016 The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

Overall economic activity has improved in Colorado compared with 2015 and early 2016, and the expansion is expected to continue at a moderate pace. The large drop in spending and income in the state from the downturn in the oil and gas industry is no longer weighing on growth. An increase in new business formation, the source of most net new jobs, is also contributing to Colorado’s improved economic growth. Demand for workers among Colorado businesses remains among the highest levels in the country, especially in the urban areas along the Front Range.

“Colorado’s economy has picked up in recent months. Our state’s economy has demonstrated resilience during the downturn in the energy sector, and we are cautiously optimistic about the future,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. Continue reading

12-20-16 CCTA Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients…


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ccta-hpntc-2017-scholarship-seth-wetovick-of-fullerton-neBURLINGTON, CO – December 20, 2016 – The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is proud to name Seth Wetovick of Fullerton, NE as a recipient of the 2017 agriculture scholarship. A passions and love for agriculture was instilled in Seth from childhood, working and living on his family’s diversified farm. Seth’s family has been implementing conservation practices for more than ten years seeing an improvement in soil health on both heavy clay soils and sandy soils. It is clear to see Seth has learned conservation farming practices from his family and attending educational events, and is using that knowledge on farm ground he manages. Seth has experienced one of the challenges faced by all producers, weed pressure, on his own field. Seth’s approach to weed pressure is influenced by no-till innovator Gabe Brown and includes solutions to keep soil health and function from going backward to solve his weed pressure.

Innovation and problem solving will come as no surprise to those who know Seth. As the valedictorian of his high school class, he is maintaining a 3.75 GPA at the University of Nebraska majoring in one of the more difficult programs they offer, agricultural engineering.  He is also a team captain for the quarter scale tractor x-team, and works at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. As a current agriculturalist Seth understands the need for continued advancements in technology and design of farm systems and machines. After completing his degree at UNL, Seth plans to keep his 25-head cow herd and continue no-till farming, but also has plans to start his own business focusing on new farm technologies.

ccta-hpntc-2017-scholarship-melissa-poet-of-flagler-coInfluencing future generations of producers is on the mind of Melissa Poet, a Colorado Conservation Tillage Association scholarship winner. Melissa graduated from Flagler High School and is currently a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agriculture education. She spent the last two summers as an intern with CSU Golden Plains Extension in Burlington, CO where she assisted with no-till research and expanded her understanding of no-till practices. While she is uncertain about her future professional path, she is certain about the benefits of conservation farming practices. Traveling with CSU Extension agent Ron Meyer this summer, she observed no-till practices in eastern Colorado from Springfield to Julesburg and into Kansas. She also had the opportunity to see conservation farming practices in Costa Rica on an agronomy study abroad program. These experiences have taught Melissa the benefits of residue cover and growing crops for erosion-prone soils in both arid and subtropical climates. Armed with knowledge and first hand observations Melissa plans to use her passion to advocate for agriculture. You may see Melissa in the classroom or educating as an extension agent in the near future while she works on a Masters degree in agriculture. Continue reading

12-20-16 Inside the BARN with Angus Foundation’s Chris Stephens…


Inside the BARN with Angus Foundation’s Chris Stephens…


Chris Stephens, Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2016 –Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time by telephone is Chris Stephens,  Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development, discussing Angus activities during the 111th NWSS in January.

Specifically, Stephens focuses on the fundraising initiative the non-profit oversees to advance youth, education and research initiatives...


Learn more about Chris Stephens,  Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development – CLICK HERE


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12-20-16 ALB News: Local Lamb Promotional Funds Now Available

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ALB News: Local Lamb Promotional Funds Now Available

The ALB’s Local Lamb Promotional Funding program is designed to expand the American Lamb’s efforts to promote American Lamb throughout the country. The program provides funding to help industry organizations execute activities and programs that promote American Lamb at the local level to consumers, media, chefs and/or retailers. The funds cannot be used to support industry functions that target an industry audience. While this program does not require a cash match from applicants, this program is intended to offset the cost of local promotions, not subsidize the entire program.  Applicants that have received multi-year support need to demonstrate how the promotion is growing/changing and how it is becoming more self sufficient.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 28, 2017.

Examples of previously funding projects include: Continue reading

12-20-16 CCALT: “Yes, I Do Mean Forever” May Ranch Conserved

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“Yes, I Do Mean Forever” May Ranch Conserved

ARVADA, Colo. (Dec. 20, 2016) – With backing from multiple partners and dedication from a passionate ranching family, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) and The Conservation Fund (TCF) have successfully collaborated to conserve the 16,480-acre May Ranch in Prowers County, Colorado. Conservation of the May Ranch will permanently conserve a substantial portion of shortgrass prairie and benefit the eastern Colorado ranching and wildlife communities that rely on it. Other supporters of the project include the Colorado Conservation Partnership and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Continue reading

12-20-16 NCBA Announces CME Scholarship Recipients…

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NCBA Announces CME Scholarship Recipients

DENVER (Dec. 20, 2016) – Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2017-2018 $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF). Taylre Sitz of Bozeman, Mont., is the overall essay winner. Continue reading

12-20-16 EPA Prohibits 72 Inert Ingredients from Use in Pesticides…

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EPA Prohibits 72 Inert Ingredients from Use in Pesticides

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.

Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.

EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products. Instead, EPA will evaluate potential risks of inert ingredients and reduce risks, as appropriate. Continue reading

12-20-16 Inside the BARN w/Greg Peterson of CAWA: Upcoming Water Workshops in the 1st Quarter of 2017 and more…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Greg Peterson of the CO Ag Water Alliance, and he discusses the upcoming  “Colorado Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshops” coming up in the first quarter of 2017 in three locations, including:

  • January 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Community Center – LEARN MORE
  • February 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Water Conservation District Alamosa – LEARN MORE
  • & March 22nd in Steamboat Springs @ Steamboat Springs Community Center (more details forthcoming)

Learn more about those FREE workshops, which includes lunch, and more about CAWA by listening to the interview below…


FREE Pre-registration is requested to guarantee your lunch and can be done online @ www.coloradoag.eventbrite.com


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12-20-16 CSU Ext: Farm & Ranch Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well



Farm & Ranch Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Continue reading

12-20-16 RMFU is giving away two scholarships to the National Farmers Union 2017 Women’s Conference in San Diego…

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RMFU is giving away two scholarships to the National Farmers Union 2017 Women’s Conference

catamaran-resort-hotel-spa-san-diego-californiaThe good news? The conference will be held in sunny San Diego March 4-5.

The great news? Winning is easy.

All you need to do is share with us two reasons why women need to take on or expand their leadership roles in agriculture.

Every person who enters (one entry each, please) will have her name put into a drawing to be held on January 20, 2017. Continue reading

12-20-16 RMFU: Colorado Legislative Leadership Positions Announced

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Fort Collins’ state Representatives Jeni Arndt and Joann Ginal, both Democrats, were named chairs of the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources and Health, Insurance and Environment committees, respectively.

State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, a Berthoud Republican whose district covers much of unincorporated Larimer County, was named chair of the Senate Appropriations committee. He will also serve on the joint budget committee.

Leadership roles are determined by the controlling party in each chamber. Republicans control the state Senate, while Democrats hold the House of Representatives. Continue reading

12-20-16 Save the Date for the “Changing Lands, Changing Hands” National Conference in Denver June 13-15

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A National Conference on Farm and Ranch Access, Tenure and Transfer

Land access, agricultural land tenure and farm succession are priority challenges for US agriculture. USDA and groups across the country are addressing these issues with research, policies, programming and professional development.

In cooperation with USDA, Land For Good will host Changing Lands, Changing Hands, a national conference on these topics.

WHEN: June 13-15, 2017.
The event will start at 3 pm on the 13th and end at Noon on the 15th
WHERE: Denver, Colorado. The venue is the DoubleTree Stapleton North

Workshop and plenary topics include: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 20th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 20th

Former U.S. Trade Official Says TPP likely to Resurface

A former U.S. trade official says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not really dead and could resurface during President-elect Donald Trump’s term. Wendy Cutler, a former acting deputy U.S. Trade Representative, told the Washington International Trade Association last week she believes TPP was a victim of “bad timing.” She argued the agreement is too important for U.S. economic and strategic reasons for the U.S. to permanently abandon th agreement.  Politico points out that Cutler helped negotiate part of the trade agreement before leaving the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. She said the plan for TPP was to conclude the talks a lot earlier, but added “the deal that was on the table two years earlier wasn’t the one we were prepared to take home,” so negotiators waited to get a better agreement. Now however, that agreement remains stalled thanks to election year politics. 


EU and Japan Finalizing Free Tree Agreement Talks

The European Union and Japan are nearing completion of negotiations on a free-trade deal. The negotiations got a boost recently when U.S. President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, according to Reuters. The European Union over the weekend said the free-trade deal with Japan is possible by early next year if Japan opens to EU farm goods and Europe can grant open access to cars from Japan. EU trade officials say negotiators made significant progress in the past two weeks, and Japan has indicated a deal could be reached by the end of this month. However, it looks more likely that a deal will be completed early next year.


Court Dismisses Mississippi River Basin Nutrient Standards Case

In what agriculture groups call a victory, a federal court last week dismissed a lawsuit that would have forced the Environmental Protection Agency to impose strict nutrient standards on farmers in the Mississippi River Basin. The basin is the world’s second largest, draining nearly two-million-square-miles across 31 states. Environmental groups wanted the agency to impose regulations on the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that could be in waters in the basin. Meat industry publication Meatingplace says the lawsuit piggybacked on a petition the environmental groups sent the EPA in 2008 asking the agency to draw up a regulation for the basin. However, the EPA declined the petition. In the more recent case, the plaintiffs argued that federal law required the EPA to determine whether to impose a regulation based on scientific data that they say shows current controls are not working, and the agency’s refusal to do so violates the law.

Canada Releases Six Ranches Under Quarantine for Bovine TB

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week released six ranches, or premises, from a federal quarantine after a micro-outbreak of bovine tuberculosis was reported in September. Officials in Canada say “appropriate testing” of the six ranches released from quarantine have been completed on the cattle at those locations. Online publication AgCanada reports quarantines still apply on about 45 premises — mostly in southeastern Alberta and a few in southwestern Saskatchewan — covering about 26,000 cattle. That figure includes 18 premises where cattle are confirmed to have been exposed to one of the six TB-positive animals found so far in the investigation. Animals now considered part of that “herd” includes those which commingled with TB-infected animals on community pastures. An estimated 10,000 cattle and calves from those 18 premises have been or are booked to be destroyed. Meat from slaughtered animals that are later ruled to have been TB-negative will be eligible for food use. Full testing of all cattle under quarantine is expected to be completed early next month.


Research Shows Wind Turbines Have Positive Impact on Field Crops

Wind turbines that often dot fields throughout the Midwest may benefit row crops, according to new research by Iowa State University. A climate researcher with the university says air turbulence from wind turbines affects temperatures and helps reduce moisture that can lead to disease. The university tells the Des Moines Register wind turbines have “an overall healthy impact on plants.” However, it is difficult to determine if those benefits improve crop yields. The research says wind turbine turbulence leads to temperatures about a half-degree cooler during the day and between a half degree to a full degree warmer at night. And the turbulence and associated changes in air pressure at ground level may enrich the carbon dioxide content in the air surrounding crops, which could make the plants grow more efficiently. Air movement rustling the plants also allows sunlight to reach lower corn and soybean leaves, encouraging photosynthesis, according to the study.


Prairie Farms Dairy, Swiss Valley Farms Announce Merger Agreement

Dairy cooperatives Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms have announced a merger agreement that will merge Swiss Valley Farms into Prairie Farms Dairy. The two cooperatives said last week the agreement would bring together two well-known brands and expand sales opportunities. Prairie Farms Dairy will acquire five manufacturing plants in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. If approved, the deal is expected to close mid-2017. Prairie Farms Dairy represents more than 600 farm families and 35 manufacturing plants with annual sales over $3 billion. Prairie Farms Dairy is based in Carlinville, Illinois, while Swiss Valley Farms is headquartered in Davenport, Iowa.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service