04-13-17 CEP: Colorado farms donate more than 300,000 eggs to families in need for Easter

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Colorado farms donate more than 300,000 eggs to families in need for Easter

Colorado’s local egg farms have once again helped ensure that those less fortunate won’t go hungry during the Easter holiday this year, as they recently donated 306,720 eggs to Feeding Colorado’s five food banks.

The Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver — a Feeding Colorado member — had its mobile pantry set up Friday morning at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, where they distributed a portion of the recently donated eggs, along with other food items, to about 350 families. Continue reading

04-13-17 CFB Supports Relocation of the Bureau of Land Management Out West

Supports Relocation of the Bureau of Land Management Out West

Centennial, Colo. – April 13 – Colorado Farm Bureau members were encouraged to hear of Senator Cory Gardner’s recent remarks on relocating the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices to the west, specifically Grand Junction. This week CFB sent a letter to the Senator and relevant committees, as well as Interior Secretary Zinke outlining the organization’s support.

“Many Colorado Farm Bureau farmer and rancher members utilize grazing on public land, managed by the BLM, as an integral component of their business,” wrote Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau in the letter. “Preserving this valuable natural resource requires cooperation and benefits from the knowledge carried by the generations of ranchers who have managed that resource. Continue reading

04-13-17 CSU-SEA Ext: Arthritis and Agriculture


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Arthritis and Agriculture

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By Jeramy McNeely

CSU Extension Agent

According to recent studies, arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operations and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project.  It tends to affect most ag industry workers in their hands, knees, and hips mainly because these are the joints that take the most pressure.

Trauma to these joints in relation to farming and ranching occurs when jumping off tractors, being kicked by large livestock, or constant bending when milking cows.  It can also occur from repetitive motions such as gripping tools, walking on cement floors, or locking knees when riding in vibrating machinery all day.

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04-13-17 Potatoes USA: Poe and Myers Appointed to Lead Potatoes USA International Marketing Committee


Poe and Myers Appointed to Lead Potatoes USA International Marketing Committee

DENVER (April 12, 2017)—Doug Poe of Connell, Washington and Marty Myers of Boardman, Oregon were appointed to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 16, 2017 at the organization’s 45th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Poe will be serving his sixth year on the Board and his fourth year on the International Marketing Committee, it is also his second year to serve as Co-Chair. This year is Myers’ first year back on the Board after previously serving a six-year term from 2010-2015.  For the full press release click here.

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04-13-17 Colorado Corn Administrative Committee contributes $20,000 more to All-American Beef Battalion

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contributes $20,000 more to All-American Beef Battalion

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) this month teamed up once again with the All-American Beef Battalion – a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. serving steaks to our men and women in uniform, and their families.

CCAC President Mike Lefever joined the group at the 117th Space Battalion in Colorado Springs, where they fed 230 people, and while on hand, Mike also presented a $20,000 check from CCAC to the Beef Battalion. Continue reading

04-13-17 USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

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USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5, 2017

DENVER, April 12, 2017, 2017 – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that participants with existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts that will expire onDecember 31, 2017 now have an opportunity for a renewal sign-up.  Applications are being accepted until May 5, 2017.  Producers interested in contract renewals or applying for CSP for the first time should visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/csp or contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office located within the USDA service center that services their county. Continue reading

04-13-17 CICA: Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association accepting Intern Scholarship Applications

CICA: Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association accepting Intern Scholarship Applications 

The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association (CICA) is now accepting applications for a Summer Intern.  This program is open to all who are 18 and over and are a graduating high school senior or current college student.  Applications can be found on the CICA website www.coloica.com . The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2017. Continue reading

04-13-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…



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BERTHOUD –  Northern Water’s Board increased the Colorado-Big Thompson Project quota allocation to 80 percent at its April 13 Board meeting. With many farmers concerned about the lack of recent moisture and the hope that cities may be willing to provide some rental water to help the region’s agricultural economy, the Board chose to make available an additional 30 percent as supplemental quota for 2017.  Continue reading



WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.” Continue reading

04-13-17 Vote Hemp News: 2016 Annual Retail Sales for Hemp Products Estimated at $688 Million

2016 Annual Retail Sales for Hemp Products Estimated at $688 Million

Hemp Food, Body Care, CBD and Supplements Retail Market in U.S. Achieves 25% Growth in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, has released final estimates of the size of the 2016 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food, supplements and body care products in the United States at $292 million. Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once again for U.S. processors and manufacturers. Vote Hemp and Hemp Business Journal have also reviewed sales of clothing, auto parts, building materials and various other products, and estimates the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2016 to be at least $688 million.

Of this $688 million hemp market, Vote Hemp and Hemp Business Journal estimate that hemp foods constituted 19% ($129.3 million); personal care products constituted 24% ($163 million); textiles constituted 14% ($99.5 million); supplements constituted 4% ($26 million); hemp derived cannabidiol or CBD products constituted 19% ($130 million); and hemp dietary supplements constituted 4% ($26 million); industrial applications such as car parts constituted 18% ($125.5 million); and other consumer products such as paper and construction materials accounted for the remaining 2% of the market.

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04-13-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for April 13th

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World Trade Expanding Amid Deep Uncertainty

The World Trade Organization says world trade is on track to expand 2.4 percent this year, although there is “deep uncertainty” about economic and policy developments in the United States. The WTO says clarity is needed on President Donald Trump’s trade policies. The WTO pushed against trade protectionism in comments as a spokesperson said: “we should see trade as part of the solution to economic difficulties, not part of the problem.” Trump has already removed the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that was worth more than an estimated 4$ billion to U.S. agriculture.  Trump also intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could cause tensions between the U.S. and Mexico and Canada. Mexico is the number one customer for U.S. corn and corn-based products.


Senators Ask Administration to Act on Dairy Trade Barriers by Canada

A group of Senators is urging the Donald Trump administration to act against what they call trade barriers restricting U.S. dairy farmers access to Canada. New York Democrat’s Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, along with Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, sent a letter to the Trump administration saying the trade barriers are hurting American dairy farmers and processors. The letter was sent to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young. The Senators wrote: “Dairy farmers should not have their businesses ruined and lives upended as a result of this unfair trade practice.” At issue is Canada’s new milk pricing scheme that the Senators say led customers of U.S. dairy products in Canada to drastically reduce or eliminate purchases. But, Canada says the nation is not to blame for the actions. A spokesperson for Dairy Farmers of Canada told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentential: “We don’t feel good about U.S. farms going out of business. But you know what? It’s not our responsibility. It’s your own responsibility, as a country, to manage your production.”


NFU Urging Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Agreement

The National Farmers Union says the Paris Climate Agreement is vital to enhancing the climate resiliency of family farm operations and rural communities. In urging President Donald Trump not to remove the U.S. from the accord, NFU says the agreement is vital to U.S. agriculture and allows farmers and ranchers to join carbon sequestration efforts that stimulate economic growth in rural America. The President is expected to decide on whether to stay in the Paris Agreement by late May. NFU has been an adamant proponent of the agreement since its adoption in 2015. NFU President Roger Johnson says “farmers are on the front lines of climate change,” adding the contributions rural communities can make under the agreement “will drive economic growth in the countryside and make American agriculture more resilient to extreme weather.” The United States, under the Paris Agreement, has a current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.


U.S. Tractor Sales Up in March

U.S. tractor sales in March increased six percent compared to a year ago. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released its monthly sales report this week. The report shows that for the first three months in 2017, a total of 42,033 tractors were sold which compares to 39,878 sold through March 2016, representing a five percent increase for the year. For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors, rated 40 horsepower and under, were up ten percent from last year. Meanwhile, sales of 40 to 100 horsepower tractors were up two percent, and 100-plus horsepower two-wheel drive tractor sales were down 15 percent, but four-wheel drive tractors in the same category increased 21 percent. Combine sales were up 11 percent for the month, and sales of combines for the year so far totaled 715, a 16 percent decrease from levels last year.


Chinese Authority Approves ChemChina-Syngenta Deal

The ChemChina takeover of Syngenta continues to march through the approval process this month as China has now green-lighted the deal. The acquisition received approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, according to Syngenta. The approval from China follows approval from Mexico earlier this week, and approval with conditions by the European Union and the United States last week. The $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by the state-owned Company, ChemChina, was announced in February of last year. It’s expected to close by July of this year. The acquisition still needs approval from India. The acquisition is one of three major mergers in the crop protection and seed industry, which includes the Bayer-Monsanto and Dow-DuPont merger agreements.


Reebok to Manufacture Shoes Made from Corn, Organic Cotton

Reebok will begin making shoes from corn and organic cotton later this year. The initiative is an effort to create more sustainable products. A Reebok spokesperson says: “Reebok is trying to clean up the entire life cycle of shoe making,” Reebok says the sole of the new shoe will be made with petroleum-free, non-toxic industrial-grown corn, while the body of the shoe will be made with 100 percent organic cotton. The line is part of the company’s Corn + Cotton initiative. Both the cotton and corn in Reebok’s new shoes are compostable and that by composting the shoes after use, the compost can become part of the soil to grow new materials for the next “range of shoes.” Currently, most shoes are made with oil-based plastics. Both Nike and Adidas have similar initiatives to create sustainable and recyclable shoes.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service