07-03-17 CCWCD Board Increases Quotas

CCWCD Board Increases Quotas 

After seven years of zero pumping, and additional years of minimal pumping, groundwater wells in the Well Augmentation Subdistrict (WAS) of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) have been issued a record-breaking quota set by the Board of Directors at the June 20th board meeting. These are the same wells that were completely curtailed in May 2006 by Court Decree. Continue reading

07-03-17 CCWCD News: 109 Wells Added to WAS Plan

CCWCD News: 109 Wells Added to WAS Plan

In 2004 and 2005 many WAS contract holders had multiple irrigation wells included in a Substitute Water Supply Plan operated by the Well Augmentation Subdistrict while the Subdistrict worked to obtain a permanent augmentation plan.  The permanent plan of augmentation was granted by the Water Court in 2006, however Subdistrict members were notified that WAS was unable to allow them to include more than one well per contract in the decreed plan for augmentation.  The deleted wells were placed on a waiting list with every intention to incorporate those back into the decreed augmentation plan as the Subdistrict worked to secure additional augmentation supplies. Continue reading

CO State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition is One of the Longest Running Traditions…

Fine Arts Exhibition: One of the Longest Running Traditions at the Colorado State Fair

July 27th Deadline

PUEBLO, Colo. – Artists throughout Colorado are busy preparing their artwork for the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents.
All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair. Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist and Professional.

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07-03-17 CO Corn: Another Chance Coming Up To Help Feed Our Troops at Fort Carson on July 15th…

Another chance coming up to help feed our troops 

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 — and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee will team up again soon.
There is a steak-feed taking place at noon on Saturday, July 15, for the Space Mountain Brigade at Fort Carson, where the group will be serving about 750 people.
Anyone wanting to help out is encouraged to do so, and can contact Colorado Corn Administrative Committee President Mike Lefever at (303) 588-1700 or engine3mjl@msn.com for more details.

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07-03-17 More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 

More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 
Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage corn producers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for our upcoming district meetings, which will feature updates on the activities of the two organizations, as well as discussions about the next Farm Bill.
Meals will be provided at the meetings. To get an accurate headcount, we’re asking those who want to attend to please RSVP by the dates listed below, to
across@coloradocorn.com, or (970) 351-8201.
The dates and locations of our upcoming district meetings are as follows:

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Meet CO Author Marilyn Bay Drake at the Northern Colorado Cowboy Church Flea Market in Lucerne, CO on July 8th…


Colorado Author Marilyn Bay Drake to Sign and Sell Books July 8th at  Northern Colorado Cowboy Church Flea Market in Lucerne, CO

Marilyn Bay Drake, author of two books and a third one on the way, will be signing and selling Prairie Grace, historical fiction set in 1864 Colorado Territory, and All We Like Sheep, Lessons from the Sheepfold, a devotional book co-authored with her mother Mildred Nelson Bay, Saturday (July 8) at the Northern Colorado Cowboy Church Flea Market in Lucerne, Colorado. The flea market runs from 7am to 1pm.

Learn more about Marilyn Bay Drake and her books by listening to the BARN EXCLUSIVE interview below…


Prairie Grace Is an action-packed telling of the events leading up to the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred November 29, 1864. It weaves dozens of historic events and people into the story. Extensive research enables the author to accurately depict daily life and attitudes of people during this time, without being simplistic or stereotypical. The author’s expertise in agriculture, use of herbal remedies and horse training provide believable description of settler life.   Prairie Grace was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Continue reading

07-03-17 CFVGA’s Marilyn Bay Drake Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014…

CFVGA Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014 when it Was Founded

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 3, 2017 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has accomplished much since it was founded in 2014, less than four years ago. Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview with CFVGA Executive Director Marilyn Bay Drake


The CFVGA continues to grow and is now comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production. For more on CFVGA, visit https://coloradoproduce.org/



NACD has opened the nominations period for the 2017 NACD Service Awards! This is your opportunity to nominate a group or individual for national recognition for their outstanding work and leadership in natural resources conservation. Winners of the following awards will be honored at the NACD 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, onJanuary 30, 2018 and highlighted in NACD publications.

  • The NACD Distinguished Service Awardrecognizes an individual within the association, a conservation district, or a state association that has made significant contributions to the conservation and proper management of our nation’s natural resources. Nominees can be involved with districts or the association at any level, including past NACD officers. Nominations are also accepted for individuals posthumously.
  • The NACD Friend of Conservation Awardrecognizes an individual, business, organization, or agency outside the association for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources. Any individual, business, organization or agency that is not directly associated with conservation districts at the local, state, or national level is eligible to receive this award.

Earlier this year at the NACD 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, NACD honored Smithfield Foods with the 2016 NACD Friend of Conservation Award and NACD Board Member for Colorado Bob Warner for the 2016 NACD Distinguished Service Award.

Nominations for 2017 awards will be accepted from any individual, organization, agency, or conservation district. For more information and nomination forms, visit the NACD website between now and August 31and nominate your conservation heroes today!

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org

07-03-17 USDA WEBINAR: Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region “A Farmer’s Perspective” on Aug 8th

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology
National Technology Support Centers

Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region: A Farmer’s Perspective

Aug 8, 2017 2:00 pm US/Eastern

What will you learn?
This webinar will focus on managing cover crops to improve soil health in a fragile, arid region of western Oklahoma by integrating livestock and multi-species covers into a diverse no-till cropping and grazing system to increase water and nutrient cycling. Learn more…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 3rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 3rd

Farm Groups Have Their Say at NAFTA Hearings

Farm groups and Ag organizations spoke their mind during hearings before the International Trade Commission on the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. While they all had different messages, Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report said the overriding theme was a simple one: don’t harm agricultural exports. Each speaker pushed for benefits favorable to their groups while trying to hold onto or increase benefits from the original agreement. Several different commodity groups expressed general support for the agreement, saying it promoted jobs, growth, and productivity in America. Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, told the committee, “NAFTA has facilitated a very significant increase of trade of U.S. agricultural products to Canada and Mexico, more than quadrupling the $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38.1 billion in 2016.” Non-Ag groups spoke before the committee as well. Automakers showed up to express support for the current NAFTA Rules of Origin. The trucking industry pushed to prevent Mexican truckers from driving in the U.S. Politico says most of the supporters were echoing the Chamber of Commerce by saying “do no harm,” a phrase repeated several times over the three days of hearings.


Groups Celebrate First U.S. Beef to China

In a historic ceremony on Friday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helped welcome the first shipments of American-produced beef into China since 2003. NCBA President Craig Uden joined Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad, and Chinese officials at the ceremony in Beijing. The highlight came when Uden and Perdue participated in a “joint cutting of the prime rib.” Uden said restoring American beef access to China has been a top priority for many years. “We are excited to have the opportunity to provide Chinese consumers with safe, tender, and delicious beef once again,” said Uden. NCBA efforts to help restore access to the Chinese market finally paid off this year as U.S. and Chinese negotiators reached an agreement to break the 14-year stalemate. Uden said getting access to the world’s largest market is a step in the right direction. “We still have a lot of work to do, including negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Japan that puts us on an even ground with competitors,” Uden says, “while also ensuring the NAFTA negotiations don’t mess up the great deal we’ve had with consumers in Canada and Mexico for years.”


U.S. Swine Herd is Expanding

The June USDA quarterly hog and pigs report showed an expanding U.S. swineherd. As of June 1st, there were 71.7 million hogs and pigs on American farms, up three percent from June of 2016 and the second largest inventory on record ever. National Hog Farmer Dot Com says the industry is in a growth mode, with the question now being how fast will the industry continue to grow. Despite record production for the industry, hog prices are decent, with expectations of an annual average of $15 per head. Iowa State University Livestock Economist Lee Schulz said swine profitability turned positive in June. While industry experts say the forecast is likely to prompt producers to expand the breeding herd, the growth of the breeding herd is at 6.07 million head, only a slight increase from the previous quarter. It’s also a mere two percent increase from 2016. Scott Brown of the University of Missouri Extension Service says the numbers in the breeding herd show stability in the industry.


NBB Considers Legal Action over Biodiesel Dumping

The National Biodiesel Board says it will consider all possible legal actions as it looks into what it calls a flood of biodiesel entering the country from Argentina. The N.B.B. says new data is out showing subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina are still continuing to surge, pushing even higher in recent weeks. A June report from a business intelligence company showed biodiesel exports shipped out of Argentina reached a five-month high and all of it went to the United States. Argentina recently reduced and then dropped export taxes on biodiesel, contributing to the surge in shipments to America and making the situation that much harder for American producers. In March, the NBB filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission because of the rising amount of biodiesel imports. The NBB says in the petitions that higher volumes of subsidized biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia have taken away market share from American manufacturers and injured domestic producers. Anne Steckel is the NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs and she says they filed the petitions to level the playing field for America’s producers.


USDA Report Shows Record Soybean Acres

The USDA released it’s June Acreage and Stocks report on Friday, with soybean acres coming in at record levels. Soybean planted area for 2017 is estimated at a record high 89.5 million acres, up 7 percent from last year. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.9 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain, at 83.5 million acres, is down 4 percent from last year. All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 45.7 million acres, down 9 percent from 2016. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919. All cotton planted area for 2017 is estimated at 12.1 million acres, 20 percent above last year. Corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017, totaled 5.23 billion bushels, up 11 percent from June 1, 2016. Of the total stocks, 2.84 billion bushels are stored on farms, up 15 percent from a year earlier. Soybeans stored in all positions on June 1, 2017, totaled 963 million bushels, up 11 percent from June 1, 2016. On-farm stocks totaled 333 million bushels, up 18 percent from a year ago. Old crop all wheat stored in all positions on June 1, 2017, totaled 1.18 billion bushels, up 21 percent from a year ago.


House Subcommittee Limits USDA Cuts to 5 Percent

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee advanced the fiscal year 2018 spending bill for discretionary programs at USDA and other agencies at just over $20 billion. That’s a $1.1 billion cut from last year’s funding bill and 5.2 percent less than current funding levels. If those numbers hold, USDA would get roughly $876 million less in funding levels compared to the current year. However, that $1.1 billion cut is actually $3.7 billion less than President Trump’s proposed cut to USDA alone. Republican Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Subcommittee Chair, said he couldn’t go along with the President’s proposal to eliminate several rural development programs. A DTN report says the subcommittee bill also doesn’t go along with the Trump proposal to eliminate as many as 17 USDA Ag Research Facilities across the country. Aderholt says a $1.6 billion funding amount for areas such as the Farm Service Agency and conservation programs will ensure every county FSA office is fully manned.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service