The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 900,000 head as of February 1, 2017, no change from the January 1, 2017 inventory, but up 2 percent from February 1, 2016. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 175,000 head of fed cattle during January 2017, up 30 percent from the December 2016 marketings and up 35 percent from a year ago. An estimated 180,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during January 2017, up 24 percent from a year ago and 38 percent above the December 2016 placements of 130,000. Of the number placed in January, 19 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 25 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 19 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 8 percent weighed greater than 900 pounds. Other disappearance for January was estimated at 5,000 head, no change from last month and last year.

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02-27-17 Future Certified Angus Beef honorees wanted

CAB-RGB-LG logoFuture CAB honorees wanted     

To keep the Certified Angus Beef  ® (CAB®) brand humming along at a pace that sells four tons each minute, it helps to recognize the good people and ideas that make it happen.

CAB does that at its annual conference in the fall, but first the brand must choose from a worthy field of partners along the supply chain. Nominations for these honors are open through March 31.

“We’re looking for producers who have a proven track record, who see the market rewards for supplying the CAB brand and have their sights set on creating even more,” said Miranda Reiman, industry information assistant director for the brand.

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02-27-17 Colorado Cities to Get 500+ New Trees in 2017 Thanks to $35K in Grants

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BROOMFIELD, CO – The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) is awarding nearly $35,000 in grants to eleven Colorado communities and organizations to help fund the planting of more than 500 new community trees in 2017. A diverse array of tree planting, maintenance and education projects are receiving funding. Communities receiving grants include Grand Junction, Durango, Alamosa, Aurora, South Suburban Parks & Recreation District, Monte Vista and Pueblo. Continue reading


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AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Record high temperatures during February reduced snow cover significantly in eastern districts, although some western counties continued to receive seasonal snowfall. Warm, windy, and dry conditions were largely concerning for wheat and pasture condition in areas where adequate moisture hasn’t been received throughout the season. Reporters in eastern counties noted that some wheat is breaking dormancy due to warm temperatures. Warm weather has been favorable for livestock condition and early fieldwork. As of February 27, 2017, snowpack in Colorado was at 138 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The monthly report for March will be released on Monday, March 27, 2017

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02-27-17 Harnessing the power of wind for your ag operation w/United Wind’s Justin Nicolli…

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united-wind-justin-niccoli-and-wind-turbineHarnessing the power of wind for your ag operation w/United Wind’s Justin Nicolli…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 27, 2017 – Have you ever thought about using the wind to produce power on your agriculture operation?

Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to discuss the wind industry and its potential for the agriculture industry is Justin Niccoli, Energy Consulate with United Wind discussing several topics including:

  • Nicolli’s Background
  • United Wind’s Programs are Different
  • Cost & Savings
  • Is Wind Power right for your location?
  • Wind Turbine Sizes
  • Wind Power Electrical Storage
  • United Wind and Wind Energy FAQ’s
  • Benefits of Wind over Solar
  • United Wind‘s FREE WindQuote
  • & More


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02-27-17 Learn more about AgriPro’s 2016 Record Breaking Yields from Matt Keating…

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Learn more about AgriPro’s 2016 Record Breaking Yields from Matt Keating…

(matt-keating-syngenta-central-plains-staff-cereals-key-account-leadThe BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 27, 2017 – Did you know that AgriPro® brand wheat varieties broke several records for 2016 yields and top lists of acres planted?
Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss that accomplishment in more detail is Matt Keating, Syngenta/AgriPro Cereals Key Account Lead

  • Keating’s background
  • AgriPro’s size & scope
  • AgriPro’s successes in both irrigated and non-irrigated wheat
  • A look at the 2016 record-breakers (SY Monument – #1 dryland in CO variety; SY Sunrise – #1 irrigated wheat variety (straw strength); AP503 – #1 variety two gene Clearfield Wheat)
  • AgriPro in the recent CSU variety trials
  • AgriPro Varieties: Protein – Test Weight- Milling & Baking Characteristics
  • Why producers should consider AgriPro for their operations this spring & fall?
  • Upcoming AgriPro Field Day in Yuma @ IRF in June
  • Final thoughts: Why Certified Seed?
  • & MORE


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 27th

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Sonny Perdue is Waiting for Confirmation

During a farm bill field hearing last week, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts said: “Sonny Perdue is just waiting.” The Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says his committee has not received the required paperwork from the White House yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Perdue. Insiders with the Department of Agriculture have hinted that a confirmation hearing and vote is likely in early-to-mid March. Perdue was the final Cabinet selection for President Donald Trump, with Trump announcing the selection the day before being sworn into office. Roberts appears eager to perform and wrap-up the confirmation process for Perdue so the committee can focus on other confirmation hearings of lesser USDA post and farm bill discussions.


AFBF President Addresses USDA Ag Outlook Forum

“This could be the best of times…and possibly the worst of times in agriculture,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who spoke last week at the Department of Agriculture’s Ag Outlook Forum. He told the attendees: “there are some early indications that it could be the worst,” according to the Hagstrom Report. His remarks were addressing what he called “the elephant in the room,” being President Donald Trump. Expressing concerns about trade and immigration, specifically aggressive action on deportation, Duvall said: “this could cost $60 billion in agriculture production.” Duvall called for a workable guest worker program run by USDA. Meanwhile, Duvall pointed to AFBF’s priorities for the year and the ‘best of times’ outlook for agriculture, being getting serious on immigration, tax, and regulatory reforms, providing much-needed relief for farmers.


NFU: Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels

Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, the National Farmers Union recognized the Donald Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels. The National Farmers Union calls the support a reaffirmation that renewable fuels are a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies. In a recent letter to ethanol industry leaders, President Trump acknowledged that renewable biofuels are critical to his vision for American energy. Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said: “It is important for his administration to build a positive record on renewables, and provide much-needed certainty to the industry.” President Trump has indicated he wants to cut unnecessary regulations that hinder growth of the biofuels industry, and Johnson says “we stand behind this notion.”


USDA Increases Fiscal Year 2017 Specialty Sugar TRQ

The Department of Agriculture Friday announced an increase in the fiscal year 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota, or TRQ. The increase of 40,000 metric tons-raw value is needed to accommodate the growing domestic demand for organic sugar and other specialty sugars, according to USDA. The sugar will be permitted entry into the United States beginning March first. In May of last year, USDA established the fiscal year 2017 refined sugar TRQ at 162,000 metric tons-raw value. 141,000-some metric tons was reserved for the importation of specialty sugars as defined by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


State COOL Legislation Fails in South Dakota

The South Dakota legislature has stopped a move to require country-of-origin labeling on beef sold within the state. Only 13 senators voted in favor of rewriting the state’s COOL law, according to online publication Meatingplace. While those in favor of the law say consumers have the right to know, voters against the bill say federal regulations would supersede an amended South Dakota law. South Dakota’s State Cattlemen’s Association also said the measure would not be enforceable. The U.S. repealed COOL in December 2015 after Canada and Mexico convinced the World Trade Organization that the rule was discriminatory and violated international trade laws. The South Dakota Stock Growers Association supported the measure, along with the South Dakota Farmers Union.


Analysts say Bacon Shortage Not Likely

Despite record low U.S. pork belly inventories, analysts say a bacon shortage is not likely. In early February, the Ohio Pork Council fueled alarms by publicizing that pork belly stocks were at their lowest levels in half a century. While the group added there was not an actual bacon shortage, several media outlets published reports suggesting otherwise. Market analysts tell Reuters more supply will soon be available. Industry analysts attributed low belly stocks to prolonged demand for bacon, as well as a decline in physical storage by speculators after the demise of Chicago Mercantile Exchange belly trading pit. The Department of Agriculture data for January on pork bellies, from which bacon is made, put total stocks at 14 million pounds. It was a record-low for the month and down four million pounds from the December record. Analysts say there’s no worry for a shortage, though, because hog slaughter totals are expected to rise four percent through the spring, and commercial pork production for 2017 is expected to increase by five percent, compared to last year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service