06-20-17 NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. Continue reading

06-20-17 Inside the BARN with Tim Bernhardt of Bernhardt Dairy during National Dairy Month…

(The BARN – Briggsdale CO) June 20, 2017 – In honor of June Dairy Month, dairy farmer Tim Bernhardt & Treasurer of the Western Dairy Association’s Board of Directors, is my guest on the CO Ag News Network, to talk about his family’s dairy operation in Milliken, CO. Bernhardt discusses several topics including:

  • Bernhardt Family’s 100 year History in CO
  • Advances in the Dairy Industry
  • Challenges & Successes in their operation & the US Dairy Industry
  • What the Western Dairy Association means to his family’s Dairy Operation
  • National Dairy Month
  • & More


You can follow Bernhardt Dairy on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernhardt-Dairy-Farm/395770877113305

You can learn more about Tim and the Bernhardt Dairy operation and more about the Western Dairy Association online @  https://westerndairyassociation.org/


06-20-17 Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan in Loveland on June 27th…

Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan

BERTHOUD –  Northern Water will hold a public open house on the Northern Integrated Supply Project Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan that was recently proposed to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The open house will be held Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at The Ranch First National Bank Building located at 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland, CO.

On June 9, 2017, Northern Water proposed a mitigation and enhancement plan to CPW that addresses fish and wildlife effects raised during the 13-year federal permitting process. Key mitigation and enhancement measures include: Continue reading

06-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Session’s Over – back to the Sonnenberg Farm/Ranch
  • Recent Water Tour – San Miguel Basin
  • Rural Sustainability Act Revisited & Upcoming June 30th Celebration in Genoa-Hugo
  • Capitol Development Committee Meeting & Tour
  • CALP Class 13 Meeting in Ft Morgan
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 CO FFA State Officer Team
  • Final Thoughts

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…



06-20-17 Doud Nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator


Doud Nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator

(WASHINGTON) – On Friday, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Gregg Doud as the Administration’s chief agricultural negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative.

USCA President Kenny Graner issued this statement following the announcement:
“USCA welcomes the nomination of Gregg Doud to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator. As the current president of the Commodity Markets Council, a former senior aide to Chairman Pat Roberts, and a Kansas wheat farmer, Gregg understands the complexities of agricultural trade on a global level and will serve as a valuable asset to U.S. cattle producers at the negotiating table.

USCA has enjoyed its working relationship with Gregg during his tenure on Capitol Hill and looks forward to a quick Senate confirmation process for his nomination.”

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06-20-17 CSU Ext Golden Plains: First generation European corn borer

First generation European corn borer

Assefa Gebre-Amlak and Frank Peairs, Colorado State University Extension


Adult European corn borer monitoring sites in northeastern Colorado are showing emergence and flight of the moth. For historic European corn borer moth emergence and duration of infestation data, check our pest alert web site (http://northernipm.colostate.edu/) where trap counts from different locations and years are found.

First generation moths prefer taller and early planted fields for laying eggs; your non-Bt hybrid cornfields should be scouted the next 2-3 weeks.   Some hybrids have useful resistance to the first brood of European corn borer, which feeds in the whorls and later enters the stalk. Control can be expected with Bt corn hybrids, except those containing only events that target corn rootworms. Continue reading

06-20-17 CALP Class 13 to Meet in Fort Morgan

CALP Class 13 to Meet in Fort Morgan

The 18 participants of Class 13, hailing from across Colorado and the agriculture spectrum, will convene in Fort Morgan June 25-27 for a full curriculum of leadership development, industry tours, and experiential learning. 

PUEBLO, JUNE 20, 2017 – Class 13 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program (CALP) will be meeting next week for their third program seminar.

The 18 participants of Class 13, hailing from across Colorado and the agriculture spectrum, will convene in Fort Morgan June 25-27 for a full curriculum of leadership development, industry tours, and experiential learning.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 20th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 20th

U.S. Exports to Mexico Stumble

As the Unites States plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have declined over the first few months of 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mexican imports of U.S. soybean meal dropped 15 percent, the first decline in four years. Meanwhile, chicken exports to Mexico where down 11 percent, the biggest decline since 2003. Finally, U.S. corn exports to Mexico dropped six percent. Mexico is the largest export market for soybean meal, chicken and corn for the United States. The Wall Street Journal attributed the declines to friction between Mexico and the U.S. from NAFTA renegotiations, as Mexico is moving to reduce its reliance on the U.S. for commodities. The declines also come as U.S. farmers deal with low commodity prices and excess supply that has reduced farm income over the last few years.

New Zealand, U.S. Bilateral Trade Talks Far Off

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English says bilateral trade talks between New Zealand and the U.S. are not likely anytime soon. His comments follow meetings between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay last week. English says that given how the U.S. has framed trade policy as largely benefiting the U.S., that it “would be quite difficult to get an agreement that would benefit” New Zealand. However, during the meetings last week, McClay did express a mutual concern over Canada’s dairy trade provisions, a sticking point for the United States heading into North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations this fall. However, it’s not likely to be addressed in a new NAFTA, according to trade experts. Last year New Zealand exports to the U.S. were valued at $5.6 billion, and imports from the U.S. were valued at $5.7 billion. The U.S. is the biggest market for beef and wine from New Zealand, and the nation’s second-largest dairy market.

White House Names Ag Trade Negotiator Nominee

President Donald Trump is nominating a former Senate Agriculture Committee aide and agriculture industry economist as the chief agricultural negotiator from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. The White House confirmed Gregg Doud (Dowd) as the nominee. Doud is currently the president of the Commodity Markets Council, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. He worked for the Senate Agriculture Committee between 2011 and 2013, and worked for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as an economist for eight years, according to Agri-Pulse. The American Farm Bureau Federation calls Doud “experienced in all levels of agricultural policy and economics.” If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Kansas native will take the post previously held by Darci Vetter in the Obama administration.

Perdue Hosting Mexico, Canada Counterparts in Georgia

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday is playing host to his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Perdue’s home state. Canada’s Trade Minister and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture will join Perdue for a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority and a farm tour. The trilateral meeting is the first time the three will hold meetings since President Donald Trump triggered renegotiation efforts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, also from Georgia, called the meetings encouraging and a way to build a deeper level of understanding of trade between the three nations. NAFTA has created opportunities for agricultural trade for U.S. farmers with Canada and Mexico, and Duvall encouraged Secretary Perdue to use the meeting to “identify areas to further improve agricultural trade with our neighbors.”

Mexico Adopts E-10 Fuels

Mexico will allow 10 percent ethanol blends of fuel, according to a recent announcement by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission. The announcement modifies standards for fuel blending from a maximum amount of ethanol at 5.8 percent to the 10 percent level. The change comes as part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups. Mexico’s regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas. U.S. grain and ethanol groups applauded the move to allow E10 fuels in Mexico. The U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy called the decision encouraging. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the move puts Mexico in line with standards in the U.S. and Canada, and will “help to drive trade and investment” in Mexico’s fuel sector.

State of Emergency Declared in South Dakota Over Drought

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (do-guard) has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in the state. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers. The Governor says the drought has hurt hay production in much of the state, making producers scramble to keep livestock fed. Effective immediately, farmers and ranchers across the state may cut and bale state highway ditches adjacent to their property. South Dakota and North Dakota farmers and ranchers have been struggling with drought conditions this season, as some are forced to sell their herds of cattle. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows prolonged drought conditions, included severe drought, in parts of both states, along with parts of Montana and northern Minnesota.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service