04-21-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



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 930,000 head as of April 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 3 percent above April 1, 2016 inventory and 2 percent above the previous month’s inventory. The inventory included 600,000 steer and steer calves, 2 percent below the previous year. The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 330,000 head, are up 14 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during March 2017. This was 3 percent above the previous month’s marketings, and 13 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during March, 8 percent above the previous month’s placements, and up 18 percent from March 2016 placements. Of the number placed in March, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 31 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 26 percent weighed 800-899 pounds, and 13 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for March, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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04-21-17 CSU Ext’s Schoderbek: Let’s talk about stocker cattle in Colorado

CSU Ext’s Schoderbek: Let’s talk about stocker cattle in Colorado

*CORRECTED VERSION* Maybe you know them as a savvy buyer of ‘odds and ends’ at the sale barn.  Perhaps they are a cow-calf operator who holds back some steers for extra profit.  Or, they run a crackerjack starting yard.  I’m talking about the so-called ‘elusive’ stocker operator.   These operations exist because of a simple fact – young cattle are risky cattle, and feedlots prefer a safer investment.  Stocker operators get those rangy steers into feedlot shape! Continue reading

04-21-17 FSA-CO Weld County: Acreage Reports for 2017 Spring Plantings

USDA Press Release

Acreage Reports for 2017 Spring Plantings

(GREELEY, CO) – April 21, 2017 – Weld County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson asks producers visit their local FSA office once spring planting is completed. Even though July 15 is the final reporting date for most crops. Continue reading

04-21-17 FSA-CO Weld County: Annual Enrollment for 2017 Contracts

USDA Press Release

Annual Enrollment for 2017 Contracts

(GREELEY, CO) – April 21, 2017 – Weld County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson reminds producers of the need to enroll farms into the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) contracts.  Continue reading

04-21-17 CCAC continues support of USMEF with another $15,000 investment

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee continues support of
U.S. Meat Export Federation with another $15,000 investment

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Mike Lefever and CCAC Vice President Troy Schneider this month presented a check for $15,000 to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) – an organization whose projects focus on growing meat exports in developing countries.

With this recent contribution – which took place at the Colorado Livestock Association’s annual banquet – CCAC has contributed $94,000 total to USMEF in recent years.

“This check presentation served as yet another opportunity to highlight the relationship and correlation between the success of the livestock industry and that of corn producers,” said Schneider, who farms in Yuma and Washington counties. “The livestock industry remains the largest purchaser of U.S. grain corn, while the vast majority grown here in the Centennial State goes to local livestock operations. Furthermore, exports play a vital role for both grain corn and livestock producers in Colorado.” Continue reading

04-21-17 US Senator Bennet Joins Bipartisan Bill to Benefit Rural Hospitals

US Senator Bennet Joins Bipartisan Bill to Benefit Rural Hospitals

Extends Key Medicare Programs Critical to Colorado’s Rural Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in introducing legislation to permanently extend critical Medicare financing programs that assist rural hospitals in Colorado.

“Colorado’s rural hospitals are vital to our communities, and it’s essential that we do our part to help them overcome the financial challenges they face,” Bennet said. “Last month, I visited Delta County Memorial Hospital and saw firsthand the value it brings to the community. Extending these programs would help stabilize rural hospitals and ensure they continue to provide high quality health care services.”

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04-21-17 National Dairy FARM Program Releases Environmental Stewardship Reference Manual to Celebrate Earth Day

National Dairy FARM Program Releases Environmental Stewardship Reference Manual to Celebrate Earth Day

ARLINGTON, VA –  The National Dairy FARM Program has released its Environmental Stewardship Continuous Improvement Reference Manual in cooperation with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Released in celebration of Earth Day, the guide provides a comprehensive suite of on-farm management practices to reduce a farm’s environmental footprint and improve its profitability.

Specifically, the manual features a detailed explanation of the FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES) module, as well as strategies to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in various areas of farm management, including feed, manure, energy, forage, and animal health.

“FARM Environmental Stewardship helps us tell our story in a measurable, science-based way while providing business value that is both financially and environmentally beneficial,” said Mike McCloskey, Chairman of the NMPF Environmental Committee, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Environmental Stewardship Committee and co-founder of fairlife, LLC.  “The FARM Environmental Stewardship Continuous Improvement Reference Manual provides a resource that aggregates existing science and technology that can help us drive continuous improvement, all while tracking our progress in a way we can share with dairy customers.” Continue reading

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Australia and New Zealand Dairy Leaders Would Support U.S. WTO Action on Canada

Dairy industry leaders from Australia and New Zealand say they would support the U.S. in potential World Trade Organization action against Canada. Leaders from both nations say they would support President Donald Trump if he included the WTO in a trade dispute over a milk pricing scheme by Canada that is harming U.S. dairy farmers. U.S. dairy groups say the issue will hurt the entire U.S. dairy industry, and President Trump said in Wisconsin this week that the existing rules were unfair. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay told Reuters in an email his government was assessing the “WTO-consistency” of Canada’s dairy industry policy, and had raised concern with the Canadian government. Malcolm Bailey, chairman of the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, said his organization was working with his foreign ministry to gather information for a possible WTO complaint. The dairy industry in the European Union, which has two-thirds of Canada’s cheese import allocation, signed a letter last September along with Australian, New Zealand, U.S. and Mexican peers, demanding the start of a WTO dispute, as well.


Canada Doubling Down on Dairy Trade Comments

Canada continues to say ‘it’s not our problem’ when asked about dairy trade with the United States. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) told Bloomberg News Thursday: “It’s not Canada that’s the challenge here.” Trudeau said the U.S. has a large dairy trade surplus with Canada. He stood by his own system, by saying every country subsidizes agriculture, adding: “Let’s not pretend we’re in a global free market when it comes to agriculture.” Canada says the problem is that the U.S. is over producing, rather than the new milk pricing scheme implemented by Canada. The comments were Trudeau’s first response to President Donald Trump’s Wisconsin pledge to press Canada for changes to its dairy system as part of North American Free Trade Agreement talks. The dispute was spurred by changes to Canada’s milk policy that the U.S. claims violate NAFTA. 


Organic Farms Increasing at Highest Level Since 2008

The number of organic farms in the United States continues to increase, and at a level not seen since 2008. Data by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are now 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, a 13 percent increase from a year ago. USDA has tracked the number of certified organic operations in the U.S. since 2002. Organic certification is managed through a public-private partnership. USDA accredits and oversees about 80 business and state governments which directly certify organic farms and businesses. USDA also provides educational resources to assist the growing organic market, including interactive videos and fact sheets.


General Mills Backing Soil Health Partnership

The Soil Health Partnership announced Thursday General Mills has agreed to back the partnerships sustainability efforts. The Soil Health Partnership started as an initiative by the National Corn Growers Association to help farmers achieve better soil health. General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch said: “We are grateful to partner with farmers in our supply chain in their ongoing work to build healthy soils, and welcome further collaboration with all interested parties in the value chain.” Nick Goeser (Gay’-zer), NCGA director of soil health and sustainability, says the commitment by General Mills will allow the partnership to expand to new geographies in and out of the Upper Midwest, where efforts have been focused so far. General Mills joins a list of supporters that includes Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Walmart Urging Suppliers to Join Greenhouse Gas Reducing Project

Walmart has launched a sustainability platform aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is calling on its supply chain to join the initiative. Dubbed Project Gigaton, the initiative will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030. The company estimated achieving the goal would be equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off U.S. roads and highways for a year. Meat industry publication Meatingpalce reports the company has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation and product use and design as the goal areas in which to focus part of the plans climate efforts.


Idaho Researcher: Farmers Benefit from Drought

A researcher at the University of Idaho says farmers can benefit from droughts. Garth Taylor says droughts can be harsh on the farmers who are directly impacted, but as a whole, farmers benefit from droughts because they reduce production and drive prices higher, according to news organization The Capital Press. Taylor pointed out that during the most recent extended drought period in the United States, the value of crop production in the U.S. set records in 2012 and 2013. He made the comments during a joint meeting of the Western Snow Conference and Weather Modification Association. Taylor told The Capital Press that many farmers are initially shocked when he shares his data with them “but when you explain it to them, they understand.” Taylor adds: “You’ve heard farmers say, gee, if we could just get everybody to reduce potato production 10 percent this year or onion production 20 percent, we’d do all right with prices.” He says when you have good water years, it causes prices to go down because farmers are over-producing.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service