04-11-17 Colorado Agri-Women Annual Meeting and Estate Planning Workshop

Colorado Agri-Women Annual Meeting and Estate Planning Workshop

H2 Enterprises, 4626 CR 65, Keenesburg, Colorado

The Colorado Agri-Women are pleased to host an estate planning workshop in conjunction with the annual CAW meeting, April 21st and 22nd. This event will be held at H2 Enterprises headquarters in Keenesburg.

Friday, April 21 Estate Planning Workshop – 6:00 PM

Keller Law, LLC represents farmers, ranchers, mineral and royalty owners, and rural landowners with an emphasis on farm and ranch estate, succession planning, and oil, gas, and wind issues. Additionally, Keller Law, LLC focuses on wills, trusts, estates/probates, conservation easements, water rights, and real estate transactions. The founder and manager of the firm, Jenna H. Keller, grew up on a wheat farm in northeastern Colorado and then received her law degree from University of Wyoming’s College of Law graduating Order of the Coif. Outside of work, Jenna volunteers her time as a board member for the Community Agriculture Alliance, is a member of the Colorado FFA Foundation Board, and occasionally can be found assisting on her family’s farm operation in northeastern Colorado. Together with the Nebraska Legal Aid and Colorado Agri-Women, Jenna Keller is facilitating estate planning meetings throughout the state. This is the first of two workshops to help attendees create an estate plan.

Saturday, April 22 Annual Meeting and Education – 9 AM to 3 PM

Rep. Kimmi Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 CAW annual meting. Kimmi Clark Lewis was raised with her three older sisters on a cattle ranch located in southeast Colorado, approximately halfway between Kim and La Junta, Colorado. Growing up on a working cattle ranch, Kimmi learned the meaning of hard work at a young age. In 1992, Kimmi and her late husband, Dave Lewis, purchased the Ranch from her father. Kimmi continues to privately own and operate Muddy Valley Ranch today, raising USA beef! Kimmi has devoted substantial time and money advocating for agriculture and private property rights. She was elected to represent Colorado House District 64 in 2016 election. Kimmi will refresh our memories on the process of passing laws and advise members on how to use our voices to be a force for agriculture at the state level. Lunch will be provided by CAW followed by the CAW business meeting, and door prize drawings.

To ensure materials & Saturday meal, please RSVP to Jenna Pralle at 303-990-3823

Submitted to The BARN by:

Becky Ravenkamp
Colorado Agri-Women President

04-11-17 Inside the BARN with US Senator Michael Bennet: Farm Bill Listening Sessions and more…


Inside the BARN with US Senator Michael Bennet: Farm Bill Listening Sessions and more…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) April 11, 2017-Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone at this time is US Senator Michael Bennet, while he is in the midst of his Farm Bill Listening Sessions across Colorado that started back in March. Within this interview Senator Bennet discusses:

  • His time during the Easter Recess
  • Farm Bill Listening Sessions
  • Next Farm Bill Timeline
  • Confirmation of next USDA Secretary
  • Bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund Legislation
  • Avoiding a Government Shutdown
  • & MORE

To listen to the interview click the audio mp3 link below…


US Senator Michael Bennet is a member of the Senate committees on Finance; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. To learn more about the work that US Senator Bennet is doing on behalf of Colorado’s Agriculture Industry and its producers, please visit www.bennet.senate.gov, you can also follow Senator Bennet on TwitterFacebook & YouTube as well.


04-11-17 FSA: Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Two CO Counties with Assistance to Producers in NE

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Two Colorado Counties with Assistance to Producers in Nebraska

DENVER, Colo., April 11, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for two counties in Colorado. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by wildfires and high winds that occurred from March 6 through March 9, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Logan and Phillips counties as the primary damaged area. Additionally, five Colorado counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma.

Producers in Chase, Cheyenne, Kimball and Perkins counties in Nebraska are also eligible because they are contiguous counties. Continue reading

04-11-17 USDA releases April 2017 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:


Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:


The next release of the WASDE report will be May 10, 2017

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.


04-11-17 NPPC: Pork Producers Applaud White House Action on ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Call for Withdraw of Regulation


NPPC: Pork Producers Applaud White House Action on ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Call for Withdraw of Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2017 – The Trump administration today gave notice that it will further delay the effective date of a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move applauded by the National Pork Producers Council, which opposes the Obama-era rule. It also will take public comments on what to do with the regulation.

The so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, written by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), includes two proposed regulations and an interim final rule, the latter of which now is set to become effective Oct. 19.

“We’re extremely pleased that the Trump administration has extended the time it has to review this regulation and the public comments on it, which will show the devastating effects this rule would have on America’s pork producers,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “The regulation likely would restrict the buying and selling of livestock, lead to consolidation of the livestock industry – putting farmers out of business – and increase consumer prices for meat.”

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04-11-17 CAB: Colvin Fund Awards 40,000 to Seven Young Leaders

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By Hanna Johlman

Seven college students in beef and related studies have been awarded $40,000 in scholarships from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. That’s up nearly 54% from last year’s total.

Established in 1999, the Colvin Scholarship Fund supports education of future leaders in agriculture and animal sciences and honors the brand’s founding executive director of 21 years, Louis M. “Mick” Colvin. The program carries on his legacy of making dreams a reality and inspiring others to do their best.

2017 Colvin Scholarship Awards:

  • $7,500 – Sierra Jepsen, Amanda, Ohio – The Ohio State University
  • $6,500 – Terrel Platt, Pilot Rock, Ore. – Colorado State University
  • $5,000 – Chandler Steele, Midland, Mich. – Oklahoma State University
  • $4,000 – Austin Wenck, East Troy, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • $3,000 – Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Graduate Awards:

  • $7,500 – Lauren Eastwood, New Braunfels, Texas – Texas A&M University
  • $6,500 – Andrea English, Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech University Continue reading

04-11-17 CDA: Buyer Beware: Watch Out for Free Tree and Landscaping Deals

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CDA: Buyer Beware: Watch Out for Free Tree and Landscaping Deals

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association (CNGA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) are warning consumers to be wary of trees, shrubs, perennial plants and turf grass sod that is included for “free” with the cost of exorbitant planting and landscaping costs.  CNGA, ALCC and CDA all work together to protect consumers.
“There is a consumer protection concern when plants are offered for ‘free’ with the purchase of the landscaping installation.  More often than not, the quality of the plants included with these too-good-to-be-true landscaping offers is very poor and does not meet minimum industry or mandated standards in the Colorado Nursery Act,” said CDA’s Program Manager for the Nursery, Phytosanitary, Plant-Pest Quarantine, and Seed programs, Laura Pottorff.  “Trees and other landscape plants are a significant investment made to add value to our property.  Be wise and informed.”

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China Opens Access for U.S. Beef

China has agreed to lift a barricade against U.S. beef exports, ending a ban on U.S. beef that’s been in place since 2003. The agreement was struck between President Donald Trump and China President Xi (she) Jinping over the weekend. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the opportunity for U.S. beef exporters could be significant. The greater China region, which includes China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, is estimated as a $7 billion beef market. The agreement follows a coalition letter urging President Trump to restore beef trade with China. Led by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The U.S. Meat Export Federation and the North American Meat Institute, the letter called access to China “essential to the future health of the beef industry.”


Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan’s finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the National Pork Producers Council has urged the Donald Trump administration to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan. Republican Representatives Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Ted Yoho of Florida also recently introduced a House Resolution asking the administration to start the process of establishing a free trade agreement with Japan. Congressman Smith said the U.S. “cannot afford” to miss the opportunity to reduce trade barriers with Japan, “especially for U.S. agriculture producers.”


DTN Poll Finds Increase in Farmer Confidence

A poll by DTN-The Progressive Farmer shows confidence by farmers has increased since December 2016. The Agricultural Confidence Index for spring 2017 scored 130 overall, which DTN calls a significant improvement from the mostly neutral 98 for the December 2016 survey, and a complete flip from the pessimistic 75 score produced in spring 2016. The survey, conducted three times a year, determines farmers’ opinions about their current economic situation and about that situation in the year to come. The current conditions index within the survey was a pessimistic 70, but the index on future prospects was a record high 163.6, resulting in the overall score of 130. Researcher Robert Hill says questions asked in the survey are specific to income expectations, costs of inputs, and overall business conditions. Farmers are not asked about political, regulatory or other non-revenue-related issues. Agribusinesses showed a more subdued optimism. Business owners rated their current prospects at a mostly neutral 96.6, with future expectations slightly more optimistic at 119.3. The next Ag Confidence Index will be conducted just before harvest this year.


Hog Prices Expected to Increase in 2017, Despite Challenges

Hog prices are expected to increase this year, even as pork production is expected to increase by three percent, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist. Christ Hurt writes that stronger demand will support prices because of a growing U.S. economy, and by a robust eight percent growth in exports as projected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hurt says new packer capacity is also expected to contribute to stronger bids for hogs. Also, feed costs will be the lowest in a decade, and total production costs are expected to be at decade lows. Based on USDA numbers, Hurt says pork supplies are expected to rise by five percent in April and May and then drop to a four percent increase for June through August. Three percent more pork can be expected for September through November of 2017 with supplies up one percent this coming winter compared to year-previous levels.


Wheat Growers: Prospective Plantings Report Alarming

The National Association of Wheat Growers finds wheat plantings included in the Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report alarming. The recent report anticipates that all wheat plantings will be at 46.1 million acres, which is down eight percent from 2016. For winter wheat specifically, the planted area is estimated at 32.7 million acres, which is down nine percent from last year, but it is one percent higher than the previous estimate. The estimates represent historically low levels of wheat plantings that the Association says the U.S. hasn’t seen “since a time when farmers worked with a horse and plow.” The Association says it is working to communicate the tough economic conditions in wheat country to members of Congress and the Donald Trump Administration. Further, the Association says low prices and the associated low plantings will help to frame the upcoming Farm Bill discussion.


Mexico Approves ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

Mexico has signed-off on ChemChina’s acquisition of Swiss-based Syngenta. The Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico recently announced approval the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by the state-owned Company, ChemChina. The two companies call the move a step towards closing the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of this year. The approval by Mexico follows last week’s approval announced by the European Union and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. is requiring the companies to divest three types of pesticides in the U.S. as a condition for completing the deal, while the EU approval is conditional on ChemChina’s offer to divest “a significant part” of its Adama unit’s pesticide business, and other conditions. The acquisition still needs approval from regulators in China and India.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service