01-03-17 CLA News: 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo on Feb 21st – RSVP today!


Join us at the 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium!

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The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 21, 2017. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Continue reading


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AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Seasonal snow and rainfall occurred in the greatest amounts within western Colorado and along the Front Range, with eastern counties receiving some sporadic moisture. Reporters in eastern districts noted that lack of winter snow cover, coupled with cold and mostly dry conditions, is a concern for the health of winter wheat stands. Pasture condition also remains a concern in those areas that have received little good moisture. Livestock are reported to be in good condition with sufficient feed supplies and availability of winter grazing. As of January 1, 2017, snowpack in Colorado was at 113 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. Monthly reports will be released for January on Monday, January 30, 2017; for February on Monday, February 27, 2017; and for March on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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01-03-17 Applications Now Open for 2017-18 Pork Industry Scholarships

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Online Submissions Due by Feb. 17, 2017

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 3, 2017 – The National Pork Board announces the opening of applications for its pork industry scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. The eight-year-old program is open to juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine. This year, the National Pork Board will award up to 21 scholarships totaling $48,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.

“We invite any student who meets the scholarship criteria to submit an application,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “This is an excellent opportunity for the next generation of young people studying in swine-related fields to get some needed recognition among their peers and get some financial assistance.”

The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is Feb. 17, 2017. Recipients will be notified in April and the related funds will be available for the Fall 2017 semester. Continue reading

01-03-17 CDA: Don’t Lose Your Brand…2017 Brand Assessment Fees Due

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2017 Brand Assessment Fees Due

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Livestock brands are vital to protecting Colorado’s livestock industry and are an important part of the state’s history and culture.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Divisionreminds brand owners that the brand assessment fee for the five-year assessment period beginning January 1,2017 are due and must be paid by June 30, 2017.
The assessment fee is $300 and is good for the five-year assessment period. Payment must be received by the Brand Inspection Division at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021 by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017.  Postmarks cannot be considered.  Payments received after that date will be subject to late fees and may result in forfeiture of the brand.
“Livestock inspection has been an integral part of Colorado’s agricultural history for over 150 years.  Inspection serves several purposes, including verifying ownership, deterring theft, facilitating the return of stolen or missing livestock, facilitating commerce, protecting livestock owners and financial institutions, and creating an accurate record of livestock movements in the event of disease outbreaks,” said Chris Whitney, CDA’s Brand Commissioner.
The Brand Inspection Division’s mission is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft, straying or illegal butchering.  That mission encompasses several responsibilities, including:

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01-03-17 Andrew Littlefield to represent Weld County at 2017 National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C.


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andrew-littlefield-2Weld County 4-H is proud to announce that Andrew Littlefield has been selected to be a representative of Colorado at the National 4-H Conference!  Andrew will travel to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the end of March with six other 4-H members from across the state.  During the week at the conference, he will have the opportunity to work with members from across the nation to develop life skills through practical application.  Delegates will select an important societal topic and, through group meetings, prepare a briefing of their topic.  The conference takes this one step further by then providing the delegates the chance to present their briefing to federal officials in the Washington D. C. area.

Weld County 4-H is currently open for enrollment for new members until March 1st.  Youth ages 5-18 as of December 31st, 2016 are eligible to participate in the program.  If you have any questions about the program or the enrollment process, please contact Kim at 970-400-2079 or visit our website at www.weld4h.org Continue reading

01-03-17 NMPF, USDEC Statement on Selection of New U.S. Trade Representative

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NMPF, USDEC Statement on Selection of New U.S. Trade Representative

ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers and processors welcome the opportunity to work closely with Robert Lighthizer as the new U.S. Trade Representative. The role of the U.S. Trade Representative is critical to successful U.S. engagement with growing global markets. Mr. Lighthizer’s previous experiences as Deputy USTR, Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, and his direct private sector engagement in enforcing trade rules on behalf of his clients will serve him well in forging a path forward on trade policy that will benefit this country. Continue reading

01-03-17 NWSS Parade Canceled

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DENVER, CO – January 3, 2017 – Due to Denver weather forecasts, the National Western Stock Show has canceled the annual Stock Show Parade scheduled for Thursday, January 5th, at Noon in Downtown Denver.  “After several hours of gathering facts, we have decided to cancel the parade this Thursday.  It will not be rescheduled.  The risk of animal injury and injury to people is far too great with the 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted and six degree temperatures,” said Stock Show President and CEO, Paul Andrews.  “We invite everyone to come out to the grounds and celebrate the start of Stock Show with us this weekend.”

The annual Stock Show Parade barbecue lunch will take place, as scheduled, in the atrium of the Wells Fargo Building at 17th Street & Broadway, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The barbecue is open to the public and benefits the 4-H International Youth Group.  Lunch tickets are $10. 

The 111th National Western Stock Show will open its doors on Saturday, January 7th, at 9am.  The 16-day show runs January 7th – January 22nd. Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale at nationalwestern.com and all King Soopers locations.

For tickets and to view a complete schedule, please visit www.nationalwestern.com

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 3, 2017 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA


The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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Survey Takes the Pulse of Rural America

A recent survey of rural residents commissioned by DTN/The Progressive Farmer found that land prices, passing on the farm to the next generation, biotechnology developments, and agribusiness mergers are just some of the things on the minds of farmers going into the new year. Land prices and valuations brought strong reactions from the respondents. 69 percent of farmers and ranchers in the survey strongly or somewhat disagree with the statement, “My farm is profitable, given current land prices.” Land rental rates brought an equally sharp reaction. 52 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed with the survey statement, “My farm is profitable given the current cost of renting land.”  It looks like the cost of land could make it very difficult for farmers to continue for another generation. 85 percent of farmers and ranchers in the survey are concerned or very concerned that the price of land will affect their families’ ability to farm into the future. 78 percent of the survey respondents are concerned about giant mergers in the seed and chemical industries. Over half the survey respondents said they diversify their incomes by working a job off the farm.


USDA to Help Make Land Transfers Easier in 2017

Starting on January 9, The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing cancellation policies on certain Conservation Reserve Programs. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the new termination policy is intended to make it easier to pass land from one generation to the next. The land eligible for early termination is among the least environmentally sensitive lands enrolled in the program. In the past, if a landowner decided to terminate a contract early, they would normally be required to pay back all the money they received while enrolled, with interest. The new policy will waive the repayment requirement only if the land is transferred to a beginning farmer or rancher through either a sale or a lease with an option to buy. This change is one of many set forth by the Land Tenure Advisory Subcommittee formed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2015. In making the announcement, the USDA noted that the average age of farmers is 58. Land tenure, estate planning, and access to land are increasingly important for the future of agriculture. The USDA conducted a survey on farm succession in 2014, which showed farmland owners expect to transfer 93 million acres to new ownership between 2015 and 2019.


EPA Won’t Postpone Worker Rules Set for January 1

Bloomberg is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency will deny a petition by two major agricultural groups to delay implementation of new standards for farmworker safety. The report comes just days before the new regulation is to take effect. The American Farm Bureau and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture sent a petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking to delay the implementation by one year. The groups say in the petition that it would give farmers and ranchers adequate time to prepare for the new requirements. An EPA spokeswoman told Bloomberg in an email that the EPA is going ahead with the rule on January first. The worker protection standards were updated last year, the first update in over 20 years. The regulation that has Ag groups concerned is a provision requiring farmers to hand over pesticide information to third parties at a worker’s request. The clause allows workers to choose their own representatives and doesn’t limit how outsiders can use the information. Farmers would be required to hand over the requested information within 15 days. Ag interests fear the requirement could allow anti-pesticide activists to gain access to confidential information to use against people and businesses in agriculture.


Dairy Rally in 2017    

Most ag commodities are still under pressure as 2016 wraps up. The one commodity having better luck at the year-end is dairy, with those contracts higher to close out 2016. There’s some optimism surrounding future prices for dairy producers and Rabobank expects that optimism to continue into the new year. Rabobank predicts the current price rally has a lot of room to go higher, thanks to lagging global milk supplies in the months ahead. Production is continuing to grow in the U.S., but Rabobank doesn’t expect that overseas as tightening global production and smaller stocks are predicted to be bullish for dairy prices. Other analysts agree with Rabobank, saying there’s a lot of interest in milk prices right now. USDA is predicting that American dairy exports will more than quadruple over the next ten years. The U.S. would become the world’s third-largest dairy exporter if those conditions can be met. This prediction comes after exports dropped in 2015, thanks in part to obstacles like a Russian ban on U.S. dairy products as well as lower demand from China.


Wheat Acres to Drop In 2017

2016 was a rough year for wheat farmers, who are now trying to set themselves up for more success next year by reducing the number of planted acres. Craig Van Dyke of Top Third Ag tells the U.S. Farm Report that rumors of drought next year are less concerning than the acreage prospects. Van Dyke says, “We need to drastically reduce acreage to find ourselves competitive globally price-wise.” Soybean prices could be a big motivator for producers to switch acres from wheat to soybeans next year. Van Dyke says he’s even talked to producers in Montana who are planting soybeans for the first time ever. Advance Trading, Incorporated, shares the same view, noting that unlike soybeans that can be grown in the U.S. and South America, wheat can be grown all over the world, making it difficult to trade. It’s easier to keep track of what’s going on in corn and beans across America versus what’s going on in the rest of the world.


Ag Robots to Become A $74 Billion Dollar Business In 2024

There’s a market for robots developing in agriculture. To take advantage of that, many startup companies and established ventures are developing a wide range of robotic systems to help farmers perform a variety of tasks. A Tractica (Track-tih-cuh) news release says some of the key applications include driverless tractors, material management, as well as managing field crops, soils, and dairies. A new report this week expects shipments of agricultural robots to rise significantly, jumping from 32,000 units this year to well over half-million by 2024. The market is expected to reach $74.1 billion by 2024.  A Tractica research analyst said the demand for global robotics is driven by factors like population growth, increasing strain on the world food supply, declining numbers of farm workers, the costs of employing farm workers, and many others. The Robot Report publication identified more than 150 companies who are working on developing robotics to launch into a rapidly changing agricultural market.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service