01-20-17 NWSS ​Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

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

Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.

The top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading

01-20-17 CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logo

CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety
By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
dr-michael-bartoloDr. Michael Bartolo is the best sort of person, accomplished yet humble. Since 1992, he has patiently bred chile peppers to find varieties that are  popular with buyers and profitable for growers. In 2005, Arkansas Valley growers first planted “Mosco”, a  Pueblo chile type. Today, Mosco is one of the most popular chiles  grown in and around Pueblo, Colo.
That is not an easy accomplishment, given that Arkansas Valley residents are serious about their chiles. The region’s largest city, Pueblo, Colo., hosts one of the largest food festivals in the state.  ThePueblo Chile and Frijole Festival, held annually in September, draws in over 130,000 visitors.  The main attraction is the ever-popular Pueblo (a.k.a. Mira Sol) Chile.
Bartolo, who is the vegetable crop specialist and manager of Colorado State University’s  Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, Colo., was born and raised on a small farm east of Pueblo. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Colorado State University, and in 1990, he received a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

American Sheep Industry Weekly for Jan 20th, 2017

ASI Sheep Logo 1American Sheep Industry Weekly for Jan 20th, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 25-28 – ASI Annual Convention – Denver, Colo. – Details Available at www.sheepusa.org/About_Events_Convention
  • Feb. 1 – Integrated Predator Management Workshop – Lewistown, Mont. – Alex Few, 406-657-6464 or Alexandra.P.Few@aphis.usda.gov
  • Feb. 2 – Black Hills Stock Show – All American Sheep Day – Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Feb. 9-10 – Domestic & Wild Sheep Management and Disease Symposium – Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena, Mont. – Vore, 406-444-3940 or jvore@mt.gov
  • Feb. 10-11 – Pipestone (Minn.) Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour – www.Pipestonesheep.com or Claire Beekman at Claire.stone@mnwest.edu or 507-825-6822
  • Feb. 11 -Short Course on Lambing/Kidding and Winter Ewe/Doe Management Sponsored by W.V. Shepherds Federation – Camp Pioneer, Beverly – www.sheepwv.org or Joseph Aucremanne 304-445-1516, wvashepherdes@yahoo.com
  • Feb. 18 – Iowa Sheep Field Day – Washington – 10 am-4 pm – Hosted by Iowa State University and Premier – www.premier1supplies.com/pages/sheep-field-day-2017.php
  • Feb. 18 – Sheep and Goat Buying Station – Duckett Farms, Hope, Ark. – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jesse Duckett at 870-703-7321
  • Feb. 23-25 – Colorado Wool Growers Shearing School – Brush – Marlin Eisenach at marlin.eisenach@colostate.edu or 970-542-3543
  • Feb. 25 – Washington State Sheep Producers Lambing School – Martinez Lambing Camp, Mabton – Dr. Jim Swannack at 509-257-2230 or swannackvet@gmail.com
  • Feb. 27-March 1 – Missouri Shearing School – George Washington Carver Farm, Jefferson City – Erin Brindisi at brindisie@lincolnu.edu or 573-681-5312
  • March 11-12 – Northeast Shearing School – Shepherds Way Farm in Locke, N.Y. – for both beginners and advanced shearers. Deadline to register is Feb. 15. www.LambShoppe.com or call 320-587-6094
  • March 12-15 – NLFA Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School – Albany, Ore. – www.nlfa-sheep.org
  • March 21-22 – Kentucky Shearing School – C. Oran Little Research Center, Versailles – Don Ely at dely@uky.edu or 859-257-2717

Details of the ASI Convention

The ASI staff is looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver next week. With registration numbers up, there will be many old friendships to rekindle and new ones to be made. A few final details: Continue reading

01-20-17 CSU: $1.4 million organic dairy grant to enhance animal care strategies

CSU News Release Header logo$1.4 million organic dairy grant to enhance animal care strategies

FORT COLLINS – As consumer interest in organic milk increases and the number of organic dairies continue to grow, more controlled research is needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health, while using procedures that conform to organic regulations.

In an effort to support research in that area, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 20th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 20th

Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue

Agriculture groups in droves announced support for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue. The Trump administration transition team confirmed the selection of Perdue Thursday. The announcement this week drew immediate praise from general farm groups to livestock and grain organizations. Perdue first met with then President-elect Donald Trump in November after the election. Following that meeting, several candidates were considered for the job before Trump came back to Perdue. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, said he looks forward to the process. In a statement, Roberts said: “Everyone in farm country is having a hard time. We need a Secretary who can recall the 1980’s and will do everything within their power to make sure we do not return to those conditions.” In regards to Perdue, Roberts added: “together, we must get to work addressing these immediate and future challenges.”


Who is Sonny Perdue?

By now, agriculture is familiar with his name, but what about the history behind Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary? Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is set to become the next Agriculture Secretary if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. After switching parties, the now 70-year old was first elected as Georgia’s governor in 2003 and was the state’s first Republican Governor in nearly a century. In his two terms as governor, Perdue presided over the state’s top-ranked agricultural economy. Perdue is a trained veterinarian but is more familiar with crop production. He is a founding partner for AGrow Star, a grain business with 11 elevator locations across Georgia and South Carolina, according to DTN. At the time of the announcement, he was serving on several boards, including the National Grain and Feed Association and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Perdue also served as president of the Southeastern Grain and Feed Association in 1988.


Georgia Agriculture Under Former Governor Sonny Perdue

Agriculture can rest assured that former Georgia Governor and now Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue will be friendly to farmers and ranchers. With strong ties and being very much involved in agriculture, Perdue saw somewhat of a transformation in the sector while serving as governor of Georgia. A Wall Street Journal reporter found that since first being elected as Governor of Georgia in 2003, the state saw an increase in agricultural sales under Perdue’s watch. In 2002, USDA Data shows 49,000 farms made $4.9 billion in sales. By 2012, the number of farms decreased to 42,000, but sales jumped to $9.3 billion. That’s a 17 percent drop in farm operations, compared to a nationwide downturn of just one percent, but nearly twice the sales. As the Wall Street Journal notes, Cattle and hog farms evaporated, and tobacco acreage was halved during that time. Meanwhile, the broiler flock swelled and corn, soybeans and peanut production doubled in the state. During his time as governor, he focused on agriculture issues including water management and making tax code changes that were beneficial to farmers.


Uncertainty Ahead for Organic Animal Welfare Rule

While the outgoing administration dumped a last-minute organic animal welfare rule on agriculture,  Congress seems poised to block the new regulation, according to Politico. Bipartisan leadership from both the House and Senate agriculture committees condemned the rule following its announcement by the Department of Agriculture. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administrator said the new standards “allow producers to compete on a level playing field.” However, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said the costs of complying with requirements that livestock and poultry have outdoor access could put some producers out of business.” The Kansas Republican promised to work with USDA under the new administration to “ease this overregulation.” Ranking Democrat from the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow expressed disappointment in the rule, saying USDA “missed an opportunity” to set standards that did not risk unintended consequences. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway blasted the outdoor access requirements under the rule. The Texas Republican linked the requirement to susceptibility to highly pathogenic avian influenza, saying the rule was “particularly concerning” given the detection of the virus in a wild duck in Montana earlier this month.


Business, Agriculture Pressing Trump to Salvage TPP

Business interests, along with agriculture groups, want the new administration to reconsider the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal incoming President Donald Trump vowed to drop on “day one” once in office. The Wall Street Journal reports the groups are arguing that the Trump administration does not have to accept the current agreement negotiated by the Obama administration. Rather Trump could look to make changes to the deal, rename it and turn TPP into a Trump initiative to boost U.S. exports to Asia and write new trade rules for the Asia Pacific region. Among those urging the Trump team to take another look at an Asia-Pacific deal are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau and a number of companies. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean billions of dollars in agriculture sales thanks to improved exports, but chances are still slim of seeing the agreement move forward in the near future.


USDA Announces Citrus Greening Research Grants

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced $13.6 million in grants to combat citrus greening disease. The funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture comes in the form of four grants through the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program in the 2014 Farm Bill. As part of the funding, Clemson University will receive $4.7 million, while Regents of the University of California, Riverside, will receive $5.1 million. Iowa State University was granted $2.4 million, while the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, was granted $1.8 million. According to USDA, citrus greening is currently the most devastating citrus disease worldwide. The disease was first detected in Florida in 2005 and has since affected all of Florida’s citrus-producing areas leading to a 75 percent decline in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service