05-02-17 Gov. Hickenlooper directs review of statewide oil and gas operations following Firestone home explosion investigation

Gov. Hickenlooper directs review of statewide oil and gas operations following Firestone home explosion investigation

DENVER — Tuesday, May 2,  2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today called for a statewide review of existing oil and gas operations following the disclosure of the cause of the Firestone home explosion that killed two and critically injured one other.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martinez and Irwin families at this difficult time.

Public safety is paramount. We are assessing whether these operations were conducted in compliance with state law and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) rules. We also have issued a directive requiring oil and gas operators statewide to undertake the following actions: Continue reading

05-02-17 CO Water Congress: In Memory of Ray Kogovsek: August 19, 1941 – April 30, 2017

Water Legends: Sam Maynes, Ray Kogovsek, and Christine Arbogast
Photo by: Richard MacRavey

CO Water Congress: In Memory of Ray Kogovsek: August 19, 1941 – April 30, 2017

Colorado has lost one of our great water leaders. After a three-year remission, Ray’s lymphoma came back with a vengeance.  He passed away peacefully late Sunday evening.

Ray was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1968 at the age of 27. He was elected to the Colorado Senate in 1970 and was elected Senate Majority Leader in 1973. He remained in that position until 1978, at which time he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Continue reading

05-02-17 CSU Ext: Hands on BBQ Basics Course Coming to Baca County on June 10th

Hands on BBQ Basics Course Coming to Baca County

Are you interested in upping your grilling game?  Maybe you are just looking for something fun to do for the weekend. Look no further.  The Southeast Colorado CattleWomen, Colorado CattleWomen, Colorado Beef Check Off, and Colorado State University Extension are hosting a BBQ Basics Course on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at the Minnick Building on the Baca County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Colorado. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m.  Topics covered will include meat quality and selection, nutrition, food safety and handling, recipes, basic grilling, and a hands on opportunity to test your skills and prepare your own lunch using your newly attained knowledge. Continue reading

05-01-17 ACE supports Branstad for US Ambassador to China

ACE supports Branstad for US Ambassador to China


Sioux Falls, SD (May 2, 2017) – Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to consider his nomination to be the U.S. Ambassador to China: Continue reading

05-02-17 *CSU Ext News* Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

CSU Extension Header

Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

Freezing temperatures can affect wheat fields within the Colorado High Plains Region some seasons.  In fields where only some of the tillers have been damaged, there is still plenty of time for undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize any potential yield loss.  However, frost damaged wheat heads will be permanently damaged.  Wheat heads emerging white in color indicate frost damage and will not produce seeds.

Important factors determining freeze damage Continue reading

05-02-17 Register Now for the 2017 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy & Agriculture Summit

Register Now for the 2017 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy & Agriculture Summit

Is Energy and Agriculture Part of Your Base Economy?

Can You Tell that Story?

Join the Ports-to-Plains Alliance
for the 2017 Energy & Agriculture Summit
June 13-14, 2017
Denver, CO

Continue reading

05-02-17 RaboResearch Q2 Pork Quarterly Now Available

Global Pork Quarterly Q2 2017: Favorable Global Pork Market to Continue into Q3

St. Louis, Mo. (May 1, 2017) – The Rabobank RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness analysts find the global pork market is relatively stable, with rising supply from the Americas easily absorbed in the main import markets in Asia, resulting in a steady development of the Rabobank Five-Nation Hog Price Index.

Continuing strong Asian imports are supporting pork prices across the globe, with the supply volume in each region determining the actual level. This is according to the Rabobank Global Pork Quarterly Q2.

“The overall outlook is positive right now,” says Justin Sherrard, Global Strategist Animal Protein at Rabobank. “The demand market will continue throughout Q2, supporting margins along the supply chain.”

Highlights from the Pork Quarterly Q2 2017 include: Continue reading

05-02-17 CDA Recipes: Tender Greens Spring to Life

Tender Greens Spring to Life

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Spring has sprung and tender greens are poking through the ground.  Colorado grows a wide variety of greens, both field and greenhouse, such as arugula, kale, collard and different types of lettuce. Romaine lettuce is sodium free, high in Vitamin A and a good source of folate. Look for Colorado greens at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
Harvest Chopped Salad
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

Continue reading

05-02-17 CME Group Reached Average Daily Volume of 16.3 Million Contracts in April 2017, up 18 Percent from April 2016

CME Group Logo

CME Group Reached Average Daily Volume of 16.3 Million Contracts in April 2017, up 18 Percent from April 2016

CHICAGO, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that April 2017 average daily volume (ADV) reached 16.3 million contracts, up 18 percent from April 2016.  CME Group April 2017 options volume averaged 4 million contracts per day, up 52 percent versus April 2016, with electronic options averaging 2.4 million contracts per day, up 53 percent over the same period last year.  Open interest at the end of April was 121 million contracts, up 10 percent from the end of April 2016.

Interest rate volume averaged 8.3 million contracts per day in April 2017, up 50 percent from April 2016.  Highlights include: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 2nd

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 2nd

New Spending Bill’s Impact on Agriculture

Congress put together a spending package on Sunday night that would keep the government running through the rest of fiscal year 2017. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the bottom line for agriculture is Congress appropriated $153.4 billion in mandatory and discretionary spending levels at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. That number is almost $13 billion above last year’s spending levels. Unfortunately for agriculture, provisions that would trigger addition subsidies for the cotton and dairy industries didn’t make it into the spending bill. Instead, there’s a congressional directive instructing the Secretary of Agriculture to put together a report on potential options for providing financial assistance and relief to the nation’s cotton and dairy farmers. A rider that would block the USDA from enforcing three rules under its Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration designed to protect chicken producers in contracts with processors didn’t make it in the bill. The department isn’t planning to enforce the rules until at least October, while it takes comments in the meantime. Lawmakers also included funding to fight wildfires out west and allowed the Farm Service Agency to make more direct and guaranteed loans to farmers who need access to credit when commodity prices are low.


National Cotton Council Disappointed to be Left Out

National Cotton Council Chair Ronnie Lee said the NCC is extremely disappointed that the 2017 omnibus appropriations spending bill doesn’t contain the “cottonseed policy developed by the cotton industry in consultation with Congress.” Lee says the cottonseed policy was broadly supported by the entire industry and other Farm Bill stakeholders. He says it was budget neutral, with the costs offset only by cotton-related provisions. It was supported by a bipartisan group in Congress and actually was designed to help facilitate the 2018 farm bill. Lee, a Georgia cotton producer, says Senators Pat Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow chose to play politics at the expense of cotton producers as they and their families continue to struggle with negative financial returns and increasing pressures. “The Senators’ desire to help dairy farmers somehow became a pre-requisite for whether or not Congress could help cotton producers respond to ongoing financial and trade challenges,” says Lee. He adds there was no reason to link support for dairy and cotton farmers, who are now left with no short-term options to help them deal with financial issues.  


Groups Want Checkoff Reform

Over 80 organizations recently sent letters to both the Senate and House of Representatives, calling on lawmakers to fix the government’s “failed commodity tax support programs.” The 80 organizations represent over 250,000 farmers, ranchers, and businesses that want recently introduced legislation passed by both chambers and signed into law. The letters say the legislation would bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the programs. The legislation comes in two separate bills introduced in both chambers. The “Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act” would put an end to the most egregious abuses by the boards of federally mandated checkoff programs. The “Voluntary Checkoff Act” has also been introduced, with the goal of ensuring that no farmer is forced to pay money to programs that don’t promote their market segment. The letters were signed by organizations like the National Farmers Union, Organization for Competitive Markets, and R-CALF. The more than 80 groups point to the checkoff programs’ history of acting “beyond the scope of their statutory mandate.” They also accuse the USDA of lax oversight of the checkoff programs, resulting in collusion and illegal relationships between the checkoff programs and lobbying organizations. They say the groups have used checkoff funds for lobbying activities, which is strictly prohibited.


Canada/Mexico Doing NAFTA Renegotiations “Together”

The relationship between Mexico and Canada amid the upcoming North American Free Trade negotiations is said by both countries to be more important than ever. The Canadian Broadcasting Company website says Mexican President Enrique Pena (payn-ya’) Nieto (Knee-eht-oh) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were both caught off guard by media reports saying U.S. President Donald Trump was readying an executive order to withdraw from the agreement. They both phoned Washington and asked Trump to renegotiate, not withdraw, and Trump agreed. Both countries previously agreed to renegotiations months ago. American corn producers are looking on nervously. The Mexican Ag Secretary recently led a tour of his country’s corn importers to Brazil and Argentina as part of a plan to diversify, especially if NAFTA negotiations fall apart. Last year, 98 percent of Mexico’s corn imports came from the United States, roughly $3.25 billion dollars worth of business for American farmers. Mexico’s Ag Secretary said, “This isn’t a commercial visit, or to generate good will, we are going there to sign purchase agreements.” Beyond just corn, Mexico is also the third-largest agricultural export market for the U.S.


Brazil Looking at Tariffs on U.S. Ethanol Imports

Reuters says the Brazilian Ag Minister is asking the country’s Foreign Trade Council to impose tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports after a recent surge in shipments coming in from America. The article says a move like that could potentially stir up trouble with the Trump administration, which is already looking at renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Brazil is the biggest market for U.S. corn ethanol and American exports have swelled in recent months because of a domestic shortfall in production. Brazilian cane farmers have harvested more of their crop for sugar production because of recent higher sugar prices. Less of the product is going into the Brazilian ethanol industry. Ethanol imports grew five times larger in the first quarter of the year, totaling a record 720 million liters that were worth $363 million. Most of the increased production landed in Brazil’s northeast ports and ethanol producers from that part of Brazil are leading the call for a 20 percent tariff. The Council is set to meet this week but doesn’t have a deadline for making a decision.  


NFU Urges FTC to Oppose ChemChina/Syngenta Merger

The National Farmers Union urges the Federal Trade Commission to oppose China National Chemical Company’s acquisition of Syngenta. In comments to FTC Secretary Donald Clark, NFU President Roger Johnson says this deal would further consolidate an already consolidated global agricultural inputs sector. Johnson says the deal would further limit competition among the few companies that dominate the marketplace. The Farmers Union feels a move like this will limit competition and ultimately raise prices for family farmers. “Chem China’s proposed takeover of Syngenta would disrupt trade flows and accelerate the international consolidation of food and agribusiness industries,” Johnson says, “and we urge you to stand up for family farmers and ranchers and oppose the merger.” He says the ChemChina-Syngenta merger occurs against the backdrop of an industry that’s already marked by highly concentrated agricultural biotechnology and seed markets. The global ag input market is currently going through the third wave of consolidation, with mergers also pending between Bayer and Monsanto and between Dow and DuPont. Johnson said because ChemChina is owned by the Chinese government, the ChemChina-Syngenta company would have a significant advantage over other companies in accessing the large Chinese market.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service