02-02-17 Seventh Annual Soil Health Conference in Delta, CO Feb 23-24…


Seventh Annual Soil Health Conference Feb 23 & 24, 2017 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts

Delta, CO – the 7th Annual Soil Health Conference will be held on February 23 and 24, 2017 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is the premier area educational and networking event designed to educate producers, orchardists, ranchers, government officials, and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter and increase the health of our soils by using cover crop, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices. Continue reading

02-02-17 Managing in Tough Times Part 3: Sometimes we are our own worst enemy!

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Sometimes we are our own worst enemy!

Written By: Bruce Fickenscher, CSU Extension Agent/Southeast Area, Range and Livestock, 719-688-3043, Email: bruce.fickenscher@colostate.edu

A few years ago I walked into a local eating establishment about this time of year and met a producer walking out.  Of course I asked how he was doing and was informed that he was so tired of feeding cows because of the cold and at that time snow and they were calving.  I said, well if it is so hard why are you doing it and why don’t you change when you do it?  I got a blank looked and he asked back – “well why would we do that?  This is when and how we have always done it.”  How do you respond?  Continue reading

02-02-17 Producer Support Of Beef Checkoff Softens, But Remains Strong

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Producer Support Of Beef Checkoff Softens, But Remains Strong

beef-checkoff-producer-support-strong-020217An independent survey of producers found 69 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago.

“We’ve all experienced a very challenging year, both within the industry and in other aspects of our lives,” says Jo Stanko, Investor Relations Working Group (IRWG) co-chair.  “That’s why we’re not surprised by a decline in support for the checkoff,” said the Steamboat Springs, Colo., producer. “But it is heartening to see producers becoming more optimistic about the future.”

The random survey of 1,252 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2016. The survey found that while support of the checkoff is down from a year ago, a substantial majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff is a good value: Continue reading

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02-02-17 Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO


Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome

A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of 13 local chefs with various lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

02-02-17 CSFS: Winter Tree Watering Necessary During Drought Conditions


Although trees in urban and community settings throughout this region remain dormant, they require occasional watering during dry winters to remain in top health.

Although trees in urban and community settings throughout this region remain dormant, they require occasional watering during dry winters to remain in top health.

CSFS: Winter Tree Watering Necessary During Drought Conditions

02-02-17 Inside the CLA w/Communications Director Jessica Lemmel: 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium and more…


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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 2, 2017 – The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its 9th annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium on February 21st in Hugo, CO. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in detail is Jessica Lemmel Communications Director @ the CO Livestock Association…


REMEMBER REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE BY FEB 17th – complete details and a full agenda is available online @ www.coloradolivestock.org.

CLA - Colorado Livestock Association logoThe Colorado Livestock Association is a diverse multi-species member organization, representing ranchers, cattle and sheep feeders, dairy farmers, swine producers and agri-business partners. For more information about CLA visit www.coloradolivestock.org.


02-02-17 Inside NRCS-CO w/Resource Conservationist Kindra Brandner: EQIP Signup Deadline of Feb 17th and more…

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Inside NRCS-CO w/Resource Conservationist Kindra Brandner regarding EQIP Signup Deadline of Feb 17th and more…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 2, 2017 – Producers in Colorado who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land have until Friday, February 17, 2017, to submit applications for FY 2017 funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental kindra-brandner-resource-conservationist-nrcs-coQuality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Eligible applications that are received after February 17th will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the NRCS EQIP Funding in more detail is Kindra Brandner, Resource Conservationist & Financial Assistance Program Manager @ NRCS-Colorado…Kindra welcome inside the BARN, let’s begin with a brief explanation of what EQIP is and its benefits for producers that take advantage of the program…


Applications can be taken at all Colorado NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. To locate an office near you, please click on this link: USDA Service Center.

Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017.

To find out more information about EQIP please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/co/programs/financial/eqip/.

To find the local service center that services your county, please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/co/contact/local/

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02-02-17 ASI News: Sheep Producers Captivated by Temple Grandin at Annual Meeting

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Sheep Producers Captivated by Temple Grandin at Annual Meeting

ASI Sheep Logo 1DENVER, CO – Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University, kicked off the festivities at of one of the largest American Sheep Industry Association conventions in the last decade in her trademark way…by mesmerizing the audience with her concrete thinking.
It is impossible for anyone – students, educators, industry leaders or politicians – to understand agriculture and the way it operates without spending time in the field. Nebulous policies and vague guidelines won’t work when you’re standing in the pasture trying to understand the needs of your flock. And they certainly won’t help sell your product to a suspicious consumer, Grandin shared.
“I found that with some things like sustainability, it’s easier to define what it’s not,” Grandin said. “Would you take your sheep out and just strip a pasture? We wouldn’t do that now, but I’ve seen it done. That’s obviously not sustainable.” Continue reading

02-02-17 BQA Certification Now Free, Online, 24/7

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BQA Certification Now Free, Online, 24/7

free-bqa-newsreel-020217You read the headline right. The checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is now always FREE online! It’s a new interactive online experience that beef and dairy producers can sign up for and complete at their convenience.

Why BQA? Because it tells consumers that you have a commitment to delivering a product that is backed by science-based standards. Certification also addresses many questions that consumers have about beef production. BQA ensures consumers that cattle producers are committed to responsibly raising, safe, wholesome, high quality beef. Continue reading

02-02-17 ASI News: National Make it With Wool Contestants “Awaken The Fleece”


National Make it With Wool Contestants “Awaken The Fleece”

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DENVER – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far way, “The Fleece Was Awakened.” This was the setting for the 2017 National Make It With Wool Fashion Show and Competition. State-winning MIWW contestants competed in the national finals and awards program in a well-choreographed style show during the American Sheep Industry Association’s Annual Convention in Denver on Jan. 28. The designers taking top honors were Alison Faber of Ohio and Sarah Thelen of Minnesota.

Alison Faber of Ohio and Sarah Thelen of Minnesota

02-02-17 Beef Checkoff News: Beef Exports Increase U.S. Carcass Values

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Beef Exports Increase U.S. Carcass Values

Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That’s what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don’t consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?

map_BeefPorkCombined-simple“I think about the world of possibility and potential that’s floating out there, especially if we are able to gain access to China,” says Louisiana beef producer Amelia Kent. “This past year, our checkoff has invested $7.2 million in export growth programs, primarily conducted through the U.S. Meat Export Federation. That’s investing in work in international communities on how to utilize American beef and why it is safe. We just need to think not only about our marketing environments today but also think about the beef industry for the future.”

The leading beef export  markets (by value) in 2016 were Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional promising markets are located in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central and South America and Africa.

What Beef Cuts are Exported Internationally? Continue reading

02-02-17 ACE reaction to Senate committee approval of Scott Pruitt

ACE reaction to Senate committee approval of Scott Pruitt


Sioux Falls, SD (February 2, 2017) – Brian Jennings, the Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement after the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) passed a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vote this morning.

“We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on the approval of his nomination in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  If confirmed by the full Senate, we look forward to working with him to help keep the promises that President Trump made about ethanol, namely to ensure the successful implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard to drive the use of higher ethanol blends, to maintain the RFS point-of-obligation with refiners and importers, and to lift unnecessary restrictions on ethanol use such as the Reid vapor pressure limit.  Further, we anticipate working with EPA to address other important issues and to lay the groundwork for additional ethanol demand based on performance metrics such as octane.” Continue reading

02-02-17 NMPF CEO Corner February 2017 Edition, “Dairy Trade in the Trump Era”

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NMPF Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern will take over as President & Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014.

Jim Mulhern, NMPF President & CEO

The February CEO’s Corner, “Dairy Trade in the Trump Era” is now available on the NMPF website. In his latest column, President and CEO Jim Mulhern talks about the future of trade policy under the Trump Administration, and the importance of reminding policy makers that trade is essential to the future of farms, as well as NMPF’s cooperatives and proprietary processors.

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02-02-17 Pork Checkoff Offers Webinar on New FDA Antibiotic Rules

Pork Checkoff Offers Webinar on New FDA Antibiotic Rules

Free Registration Now Open for Feb. 21 Event

DES MOINES, IOWAFeb. 2, 2017 – The Pork Checkoff will present “How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations,” a free online webinar on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CST for producers and allied-industry participants.

The 60-minute presentation will feature three veterinarians and will offer the opportunity for both live and pre-event questions. Speakers include Dave Pyburn, vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board; Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council; and Harry Snelson, communications director at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 2nd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 2nd

Food Producers Accelerating Exports to Mexico, Searching for New Markets

U.S. food producers are expediting shipments to Mexico and seeking alternative markets as concerns rise over immigration and trade policy changes. Food producers are lining up alternative markets as business could be at risk if clashes over trade and immigration escalate between Mexico and the U.S., according to Reuters. The new Donald Trump Administration is pledging to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose a 20 percent import tax to pay for a border wall. Producers of corn, soybean meal and dried distillers’ grains are attempting to accelerate shipments because the potential tariffs could disrupt trade. One trade expert says: “They don’t know what will happen in the next month or the next week,” adding U.S. exporters are trying to move product as fast as they can. Any changes to trade policy that are detrimental to Mexico will likely lead to retaliation. Reuters points out that in 2009 and 2010, Mexico put tariffs on 99 American exports in retaliation to the U.S. blocking Mexican trucks from using U.S. highways. The dispute cost U.S. businesses more than $2 billion.


AFBF President Calls for Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall is calling on Congress to confirm Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch (gore-such). If confirmed, he will assume the seat last occupied by Justice Antonin Scalia (scuh-lee-uh). Duvall says Gorsuch “is a worthy successor.” Specifically, Duvall pointed to the nominee’s past positions that “courts should not blindly defer to regulating agencies, but should perform their constitutional role of interpreting the laws that Congress writes.” Duvall says Gorsuch has expressed an appreciation for the environment and is a conservationist, a philosophy he says is shared by America’s farmers and ranchers. Finally, Duvall says: “Any Senator voting against a legal scholar like Gorsuch will have to produce a serious justification for a no vote.”


Committee Vote on EPA Chief Delayed

A boycott Wednesday led the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to delay a vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The committee’s 10 Democrats did not attend the meeting, saying they are “deeply concerned” about a lack of thoroughness of Pruitt’s responses to their questions. Pruitt has fielded more than 1,200 question for the committee, but the committee’s Democrats said Pruitt still has not provided a number of documents requested about his time as attorney general of Oklahoma, according to DTN. As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt was engaged in lawsuits against the EPA, including one over the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule. While the committee’s Republicans ridiculed their counterparts, Republicans held a similar boycott during the Barack Obama administration over then EPA Administrator nominee Gina McCarthy.

Florida Representative Drafts Legislation to Abolish EPA

A U.S. Representative from Florida emailed details to other lawmakers this week regarding a draft bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency. Florida Republican Matt Gaetz (gates) sent the email to potential co-sponsors of the bill that will shut down the EPA by the end of next year. The email was obtained by the Huffington Post and tells potential co-sponsors: “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.” While transition officials with the Donald Trump administration are signaling massive budget and employee cuts to the agency, Gaetz says Americans are “drowning in rules and regulations” from the EPA and says the agency needs “eliminating.” The legislation would turn over responsibilities held by the EPA to state and local government partners.The bill, however, is not seen as a serious threat to the EPA.


NCBA Cattle Industry Convention Underway

The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is underway in Nashville, Tennessee. NCBA kicked off the convention this week with Cattlemen’s College educational sessions focusing on profitability, productivity and sustainability. Speaking to attendees Wednesday, Cameron Bruett (brew-it) of JBS USA, emphasized the significant challenges posed by competing proteins, an uncertain political environment and its impact on labor in the United States. Bruett said: “It’s very difficult to find someone to work in a packing plant.” He detailed how a majority of the JBS USA packing plant workforce is comprised of first-generation immigrants. Bruett told attendees the current bottleneck in the beef industry is “a labor shortage in the plant,” adding “it’s a major problem.”


Online Grocery Shopping Poised to Boom in 2017

Researchers suggest online grocery shopping is expected to expand by nearly 50 percent by this summer. NPD Group, a New York-based market research company, reports that an estimated 52 million consumers currently shop for food and beverages online and 20 million current, lapsed, or newcomers to online grocery shopping will increase their Internet purchases within the next six months. Among the key groups favoring online grocery shopping are the younger generations, particularly Millennials and Gen Zs, who were born into the tech era. The report says it is second nature for those young adults to use the internet for all types of purchases. Researchers say online grocery shopping is especially appealing to Millennials who appreciate global cuisines and can find what they need online and see food shopping, prep, and eating as an experience rather than just sustenance.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service