07-06-17 Habitat work statewide coming thanks to CPW, Land Board, Turkey Federation

Habitat work statewide coming thanks to CPW, Land Board, Turkey Federation

KIM, Colo. – July 6, 2017 –  Work to improve habitat for a variety of wildlife will now be conducted year-round across Colorado thanks to a unique new public-private partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State Land Board (CSLB) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

The three organizations have joined forces to buy a “hydro ax” which resembles a large farm threshing machine. But instead of removing seed from husks, the hydro ax pulverizes large bushes and trees such as junipers and piñon pine that grow like weeds and encroach on grasslands and other wildlife habitat. Continue reading

07-06-17 CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK to Host Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights Webinar on July 26th at High Noon!

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK to Host  a Webinar  on Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights

Arvada, CO — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency.  Plan to join the webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PM.  The webinar, entitled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, as well as how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, through the Ag Water NetWORK; serves as a convener of water stakeholders from the agriculture, conservation, and public sector interests in delivering meaningful dialogue and services to agriculture water right holders.  The webinar will be the second in a series of webinars hosted by CCA; aiming to increase the knowledge of ag water right holders, as it relates to navigating complex water laws and the obstacles posed by competing water-related interests.

The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable.

Topics to be discussed include: Continue reading

07-06-17 CO Water Congress: Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Wayne N. Aspinall Award…

Recognize a Deserving Water Leader, and Submit your Nomination

CWC - Wayne Aspinall

The late Wayne N. Aspinall

The Colorado Water Congress presents the prestigious Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year” Award annually to an individual Coloradan who has long demonstrated courage, dedication, knowledge, and strong leadership in the development, protection, and preservation of Colorado Water – those attributes possessed by Wayne N. Aspinall.

The Aspinall Award is given for a career of service and contribution to the water community. It is awarded to a person who has dedicated a significant part of his or her career to the advancement of the state and its programs that define the process of protecting, developing, and preserving the state’s water resources.

Click HERE for the Nomination Form and Nomination Guidelines.

Send your nominations toinfo@cowatercongress.org.

Nominations must be received by August 31st  for the 2017 Aspinall Award.

Travis Smith, Recipient of the 2017 Aspinall Water Leader of the Year Award

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07-06-17 Get Ready for Steamboat Springs for the Colorado Water Congress 2017 Summer Conference…

Get Ready for Steamboat Springs for the Colorado Water Congress 2017 Summer Conference…

The location for the 2017 Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference has been moved to the Steamboat Grand and the date up a day to Tuesday, August 22 to Thursday, August 24.

This sudden change is due to substantial construction delays at the Hotel Talisa in Vail.

Room Reservations
If you have made room reservations at the Hotel Talisa, there is no need for you to act. The Hotel Talisa is cancelling your room reservations and will ensure you are not charged.

The Steamboat Grand is ready to take reservations in our new room block. Click HERE for reservations.

Conference Format
The general flow of the conference will be about the same as the last few years, with the major exception that the Interim Water Resources Review Committee will meet in the afternoon on Wednesday, August 23.

The theme for our conference is Setting Priorities.  Both the Colorado Legislature and the Colorado Water Congress are spending time this summer to select the water issues that need attention right now.  The Interim Water Resources Review Committee will discuss its priorities for the Colorado Water Plan.  The primary focus of their meeting is to get perspectives from the Colorado water community on next steps for implementing the Plan.

In mid-July, we will survey members to identify the range of key water issues that you believe are most important for the Colorado Water Congress. We will then discuss those key issues during the Theater Sessions at the Summer Conference.

At the Summer Conference, we will have: Continue reading

07-06-17 RMFU: Fresh Food, Fine Dining On The Menu


RMFU: Fresh Food, Fine Dining On The Menu


Colorado’s next generation of farmers welcomes you to join us at an event that will feature an incredible four-course meal showcasing ingredients grown in urban agriculture operations.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the National Young Farmers Coalition are teaming up to serve a Slow Food Nations meal from 5-10 p.m. Friday, July 14 and again Saturday, July 15.

For more information, email Aubriel Jones at Aubriel.jones@rmfu.org Continue reading

07-06-17 RMFU Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard Good For Farmers, Consumers, Environment


RMFU Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard Good For Farmers, Consumers, Environment

Written by: Dale McCall – RMFU President

America’s farming communities are facing an economic crisis. Not since the 1980s have farm incomes declined so far so fast. The Wall Street Journal called it the “next American farm bust” and noted that rural communities are grappling with the steepest economic slide since the Great Depression.

Billions of bushels of surplus crops are pushing down the value of U.S. ag products and nations like China are working to shut out American farm exports. Agricultural communities are looking to leaders like Senator Tom Udall for support in tearing down market barriers that stand in the way of rural jobs and new opportunities to put America’s vast resources to work. Continue reading

07-06-17 NFU Celebrates Youth Leadership and Cooperative Education at 81st Annual All-States Leadership Camp; New National Youth Advisory Council Elected

NFU Celebrates Youth Leadership and Cooperative Education at 81st Annual All-States Leadership Camp; New National Youth Advisory Council Elected

BAILEY, Colo. – Farmers Union youth members from across the country gathered here last week for the 81st annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss issues important to their generation, and identify ways to affect positive change in their communities. Continue reading

07-06-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

07-06-17 Inside the NACD w/Second VP Michael Crowder…

Inside the NACD w/Second VP Michael Crowder…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 6, 2017 – Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Michael Crowder, who serves as Second Vice-President on the Board of Directors weighs in on several issues from his home state of Washington, including:

  • NACD’s Priorities within the Federal Appropriations Process
  • USDA Reorganization
  • Upcoming NACD’s Summer Meeting in Altoona, Iowa
  • 2018 NACD Convention in Nashville, TN
  • & more


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07-06-17 Inside the BARN with CCWCD’s Kathryn Parker: 109 Curtailed Wells Added to WAS Plan…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 6, 2017 – 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. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss this and the CCWCD Board Increasing Quotas is CCWCD’s Public Information & Education Officer Kathryn Parker



CCWCD 109 Wells Added to WAS Plan – CLICK HERE


CCWCD Board Increases Quotas – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District – CLICK HERE

07-06-17 Inside the BARN with CO Representative Jon Becker, District #65

Inside the BARN with CO Representative Jon Becker, District #65

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 6, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Colorado State Representative Jon Becker from House District #65 discussing several topics including:

  • Recent SB 17-267 Celebration in Hugo
  • Importance of SB 17-267 to Rural Colorado & to the State
  • State Budget Concerns
  • Any Willing Provider Legislation – 3rd Time a Charm?
  • BEST Program – Possible Enhancement
  • CWCB name Rebecca Mitchell as New Executive Director
  • CCWCD’s announces 109 Wells Reinstated in Weld, Adams & Morgan Counties
  • & MORE


07-06-17 NPPC: EU Strikes Trade Deal With Japan; U.S. Must Do Likewise, Says NPPC


NPPC: EU Strikes Trade Deal With Japan; U.S. Must Do Likewise, Says NPPC

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2017 – Following today’s announcement by the European Union and Japan that they have reached agreement in principle on a trade pact, the National Pork Producers Council renewed its request that the Trump administration begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan.

“The United States must quickly finalize a trade deal with Japan if it wants to maintain that important market,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “We can’t stand by while countries around the world negotiate agreements that give them a competitive advantage over American products.

“We urge President Trump to make America great again by expanding our market access to Japan – an economically and strategically important ally – through an FTA.” Continue reading

07-06-17 CO Senator Pro Tempore Jerry Sonnenberg’s Statement on CWCB Appointment of Rebecca Mitchell…

CO Senator Pro Tempore Jerry Sonnenberg’s Statement on CWCB Appointment of Rebecca Mitchell…

President Pro Tempore Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy, Committee along with the Water Resources Review Committee issues the following statement:

It is a pleasure to congratulate the new Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Rebecca ‘Becky’ Mitchell, the former Water Supply Planning Section Chief for the Department of Natural Resources, who brings the right balance of institutional knowledge and fresh ideas on how to meet the water demands of the State. With her experience of water supply planning and policy coordination, it will be exciting to watch Becky engage her skills and work with leaders in water policy. 

The Department of Natural Resources could not have made a better choice to lead that organization and I look forward to working with Becky on water in the State of Colorado. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 6th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 6th

Farm Bill Number Crunching

It looks like lawmakers will have $130 billion less to write the upcoming farm bill than they did for the past one. The Congressional Budget Office made that announcement when it published its 10-year baseline projections. The C.B.O. predicts that both farm and nutrition programs would cost roughly $822 billion over the next ten years. That breaks down to $679 billion for the SNAP program and $143 billion for ag programs like crop insurance, commodity subsidies, conservation, and other programs. However, the money lawmakers have available could go even lower if Congress passes a budget resolution. House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, along with the House Freedom Caucus, had been asking for massive farm bill spending cuts over the next ten years. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway and Black came to an agreement on a spending number that Conaway says will allow him to write a farm bill. Politico’s Morning Ag Report took a look at costs in the 2014 Farm Bill and found lower numbers than expected. The SNAP program, crop insurance, and conservation programs all cost less than budgeted for, with commodity subsidies the only area that cost more than budgeted for in 2014.


Farmland Market Trend Hard to Define

The Farmers National Company recently released a semi-annual market update on farmland prices and it’s hard to nail down just what the trend is. A Pro Farmer report says the best description may be “steady, with exceptions.” The report says the reason trends are hard to figure out is some farmland sells at better prices than expected while other farmland shows a price decline from previous selling prices. Ag land values in most areas should be expected to continue gradually declining over the next several years if commodity prices and farm incomes remain bottomed-out. Interest rate increases, small tax law changes, and world economic challenges will likely keep the pressure on farmland prices over the next year.  The report says there are potential positives ahead for farm and ranch incomes in the future. If the stress on land prices slows and there are no other shocks to the market, land values should move to stabilize over the next few years.  


Specialty Crop Farmers Weigh in on NAFTA  

The House Ag Committee held a 2018 Farm Bill hearing last weekend in Florida. Farm groups and producers attended the session hoping to influence legislators as they put the new bill together. A Pork Network Dot Com article says the top of mind concerns included the farm safety net, agricultural research, and marketing. The upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement was a big topic as well, especially for the state’s specialty crop producers. Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick says other parts of the U.S. have gotten much more benefit than Florida growers when it comes to NAFTA. “Florida has indisputably struggled for market access and international demand,” he said to lawmakers. “We have seen dramatic drops in market share in key Florida specialty crop markets.” He says Florida crops like strawberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers have all been victimized by “prolific Mexican dumping” into the market. Farm labor and the H-2A program also received a lot of attention at the hearing which was held at the University of Florida.


Copyright Office Wants Congress To Handle “Right to Repair”

A U.S. Copyright Office report says it no longer wants to review exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millenium Copyrights Act every three years. Industry-by-industry reviews have led to a patchwork of exemptions where “some technology repairs and modifications are allowed and some aren’t.” The office wants Congress to pass laws that give consumers a permanent “right-to-repair.” The issue has come up before the office on a much more regular basis, due in part to right-to-repair bills brought before eleven state legislatures. The Copyright Office says Section 1201 was never intended to facilitate manufacturers’ use of software locks to tie up products or to lock consumers into repair services offered by the manufacturer. However, the Equipment Dealers’ Association has a different point of view. “Improper repairs and modifications can void equipment warranties and/or violate applicable safety or environmental laws,” says Natalie Higgins, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and General Counsel for the E.D.A. She adds, “Those are serious concerns for our industry.”


Global Food Insecurity Expected to Drop

The USDA’s Economic Research Service recently issued a report showing a projected drop in global food insecurity. The drop is expected to be significant over the next decade. The report evaluates the food security status and outlook over the next ten years for 76 low-and-middle-income countries that either were or are still recipients of food aid. Projections show rising incomes and low food prices for many countries in the study, so food security is likely to improve by 2027. The population percentage labeled as ‘food insecure’ is 17 percent this year and is projected to fall to 8.9 percent in 2027. The total number of food-insecure people is expected to decline by 42 percent, leaving 372 million people still short on food. The report also says the intensity of the food insecurity is expected to decline. GDP in Asian countries is projected to grow 6.3 percent per year over the study, with the share of Asia’s population that’s food insecure projected to take the biggest drop of all. The drop will range from 13.5 percent in 2017 to 4.6 percent in ten years.


Retailers Expect Growth in Precision Farming

The last few years have been a challenge in the precision farming industry. Precision Farming Dealer reports that dealers all over the country have been navigating the instability in commodity prices and cautious buying habits of their customers. The fifth annual Precision Dealers Benchmark Study has a more optimistic tone to it than recent years. Retailers are more optimistic about revenue expectations and business objectives. Dealer responses from 28 states and Canada showed 23 percent of dealers showing growth of eight percent or more, more than doubling the 10 percent of dealers projected a year earlier. On the other end of the spectrum, eight percent of dealers reported revenue dips of eight percent or more. It’s the first time in three years that the percentage of dealers experiencing revenue drops was in single digits. Looking ahead, 59 percent of all dealers forecast at least a two percent gain in revenues this year.  Only 11 percent of dealers in the study are predicting a revenue drop of at least two percent, the lowest number of dealers in the study’s history.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service