08-10-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-10-17 CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

New location near on-campus stadium

For the first time in its history, Ag Day will be celebrated on the Colorado State University campus, within walking distance of the new on-campus stadium. The Ag Day BBQ will be held on the west lawn of the Lory Student Center prior to the Rams versus Abilene Christian University game on Sept. 9. Festivities begin four hours before kickoff, with the BBQ beginning two and a half hours before kickoff.

The 2017 Ag Day will be the 36th year of the event, one that began as a small beef barbecue and has grown into a giant tailgate featuring food from Colorado commodity groups, music and interactive demonstrations from College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff and students.

Colorado home-grown feast

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08-10-17 Former US Secretary of Interior Salazar’s vision, Bohemian gift combine to create conservation center at CSU

Former US Secretary of Interior Salazar’s vision, Bohemian gift combine to create conservation center at CSU

Thanks to the vision of former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and support from a significant gift from Bohemian Foundation, Colorado State University is establishing the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

The Salazar Center, named for the former U.S. Senator and Attorney General for Colorado, will be housed in CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). The Salazar Center seeks to build a bridge between science and policy that will inform conservation decisions for years to come.

Lifetime of service

Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar

Salazar, a native Coloradan and passionate public servant with a long and impactful history of service on conservation issues, has been working with CSU officials for nearly a year to lay the groundwork for the Salazar Center. He envisions CSU scientists working with conservation leaders in the private and public sectors from across North America coming together to discuss key issues, develop new approaches and evaluate policy options.

Recognizing that conservation is not simply an issue of land use, the center will draw on expertise from a variety of disciplines across the university. The center embodies CSU’s commitment to research that ensures the utility of scientific knowledge for the stakeholders that seek to implement it at local, state, national, and international levels.

“The preservation of our treasured landscapes requires the collaborative effort of our best scientists with our most devoted policymakers,” Salazar said. “Never before have evidence-based conservation practices been more crucial to protecting our resources and the people who depend on them. I am proud to partner with CSU to create a community dedicated to stewarding those limited natural resources.”

The center’s mission includes four planned activities: A Conservation Leadership Academy, specialized workshops and conferences, immersive fellowship opportunities, and cutting-edge communication tools. Continue reading

08-10-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for August 2017…

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CROP PRODUCTION – August 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.90 million bushels, according to the August 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 10 percent from last year’s 160.29 million bushels. The 1.22 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June forecast, but 50,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Average yield is expected to increase 8.0 bushels per acre from last year to 145.0 bushels per acre. As of July 30, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Corn silking was 69 percent complete, compared with 67 percent last year and the 5-year average of 64 percent.
Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 22.55 million bushels, up 9 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 410,000 acres this year, down from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 55.0 bushels per acre, 5.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of July 30, the sorghum crop condition was rated 13 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum headed was 23 percent complete, compared with 39 percent last year and the 5-year average of 25 percent.
Barley production is forecast at 7.29 million bushels, unchanged from the July 1 forecast, but down 24 percent from last year’s crop. Area for harvest in 2017, at 54,000 acres, is down 20,000 acres from the 74,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 135.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the July 1 forecast, but 6.0 bushels per acre higher than last year. As of July 30, the barley crop condition was rated 1 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 3 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 11 percent.
Winter wheat production is forecast at 88.00 million bushels, up 5 percent from the July 1 forecast, but down 16 percent from the 105.12 million bushels produced last year. Area for harvest is expected to total 2.00 million acres, 190,000 acres less than the 2.19 million acres harvested in 2016. As of August 1, the average yield is forecast at 44.0 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the July 1 forecast, but 4.0 bushels below last year’s final yield. As of July 30, Colorado’s winter wheat harvest was 94 percent complete, compared with 94 percent last year and the 5-year average of 94 percent.
Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 700,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 20,000 acres from 2016. They also expect to harvest 710,000 acres of other hay in 2017, up 10,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.73 million tons, up 15 percent from the 2.38 million tons produced in 2016. Other hay production is forecast at 1.35 million tons, up 13 percent from the 1.19 million tons produced a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.90 tons per acre for alfalfa and 1.90 tons per acre for other hay, compared to last year’s yields of 3.50 tons per acre for alfalfa hay and 1.70 tons per acre for other hay.
Dry bean production for 2017 is forecast at 988,000 hundredweight, up 32 percent from the 751,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,780 pounds per acre, up from 1,750 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 55,500 acres this year, up 12,500 acres from 43,000 acres last year.
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.03 million tons, up 11 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 28,100 acres this year compared with 27,600 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 36.6 tons per acre, up from 33.6 tons per acre a year ago.
Colorado peach production for 2017 is forecast at 11,500 tons, down 16 percent from last year’s production of 13,730 tons

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08-10-17 NFU: USDA Must Continue to Proactively Address Climate Change

NFU: USDA Must Continue to Proactively Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers navigate warmer temperatures and increased weather variability as a result of climate change, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will play a vital role in helping producers adapt to and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate volatility.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today, highlighting the important work the USDA is carrying out on climate change and urging the Secretary to expand these efforts.

“Climate change is underway, and it is undermining the livelihoods of American family farmers and global food security,” wrote Johnson. “We appreciate the many critical, laudable steps that the USDA has undertaken to help family farmers and ranchers cope with changing weather conditions and participate in climate change mitigation. We urge you to amplify USDA’s commitment to these efforts, and to think creatively about more opportunities to connect with family farmers and ranchers on climate change.”

Johnson pointed to several examples of the important work being done at the USDA on the climate change front, including: Continue reading

08-10-17 Money Saving Deals & Discounts Every Day at the 2017 CO State Fair

Money Saving Deals & Discounts Every Day at the 2017 CO State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2017 Colorado State Fair is offering money-saving discounts every day to help the Fair fit within the family budget.
“Tickets to most Colorado State Fair events include gate admission if purchased prior to August 24th which includes access to our many free attractions,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “Plus, we offer a wide variety of daily deals and discounts to give fair-goers even more value for their dollar.”
The 2017 Colorado State Fair offers these special deals and discounts:

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08-10-17 WSGLT News: 2017 Bucholz Conservation Award Recipient Announced: Thermopolis’ Jim Wilson…

WSGLT News: 2017 Bucholz Conservation Award Recipient Announced

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) announced today that Jim Wilson will be the recipient of the 2017 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.

Wilson lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming where he ranches with his wife Teri. The Wilsons are known for their practical and progressive agricultural practices and management techniques. The couple has led the way in the conservation of the Greater Sage Grouse, elk, deer, and antelope in the Thermopolis area.
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08-10-17 USDA releases Aug 2017 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:

http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The next release of the WASDE report will be September 12, 2017

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.

FROM THE NAFB – USDA WASDE Report Released

Wheat:  Projected 2017/18 U.S. wheat supplies are decreased this month on lower production, down 21 million bushels to just over 1.7 billion bushels. The August NASS production forecasts for durum and other spring wheat indicated a significant decline compared to last year, primarily due to continued severe drought conditions affecting the Northern Plains. Partially offsetting this decrease is higher winter wheat production. Global 2017/18 wheat supplies increased significantly, primarily on an 8.6-million-ton production increase in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). Russian production is a record 77.5 million tons, surpassing last year’s record by 5.0 million. Continue reading

08-10-17 Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn Logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 10, 2017 – Joining the CO Ag News Network is CO Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown and we’ll be discussing several topics pertinent to CO Corn Producers.

Topics covered within the interview include:

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Who is Colorado Corn? 

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08-10-17 American Agri-Women and Bayer Announce ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest

American Agri-Women and Bayer Announce ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest

The contest is for photos, videos, special events and pollinator education events and is part of American Agri-Women’s #AgDay365 campaign. 

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AgPRAug. 10, 2017  Generation Z, it’s your turn to speak up for agriculture. American Agri-Women (AAW) and Crop Science, a division of Bayer, announce the “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest as part of AAW’s “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day Campaign.” AgDay365 celebrates the fact that everyone is part of agriculture, every day and the contest encourages young advocates to make their voices count.

Young advocates, those between 15 and 23, can enter the contest. The entrants can have an agriculture background or have an interest in related topics, such as food safety, food preparation, sustainability, etc.


The contest, sponsored by AAW and Bayer, builds on an advocacy event AAW hosted in Washington, D.C., on National Ag Day for students from FFA, 4-H and Agriculture Future of America. AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women. Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and agriculture.


The contest runs through October 10, and includes four contest options: photo, video, special event or pollinator education. Prizes range from $100-500. The winners will be announced at AAW’s 2017 convention, which is set for November 16-18 in Bloomington, Minn., and hosted by Minnesota Agri-Women, an AAW affiliate. Continue reading

08-10-17 Make plans to Attend the 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival in Monte Vista on September 9th…

The 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival will be September 9! The Potato Festival is a day of fun and activities for the whole family!

The Potato Festival will begin in Chapman Park, 4 Chico Camino, Monte Vista, CO from 8 AM until 4 PM. The day is filled with fun activities and events like the Tater Trot
5K Race, Music, Crafts, Guided Tours, Kid’s Games, Professional Chefs, our famous Mashed Potato Dunk Tank, freshly harvested Colorado Potatoes and much
more!

New this year, Brooke Eden will be headlining the first ever Potato Festival Concert at Ski-Hi Park Arena!

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today!

There will be beer and food will be available from Mountain View Restaurant. Tickets are $15, and they’re available at www.coloradopotato.org/potatofestival or at our office. If you order your tickets online before August 25, you’ll also be automatically entered into win 4 tickets to see the Colorado Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 3!

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08-10-17 Food, Agriculture, Welfare and Sustainability Experts to Judge 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists

Food, Agriculture, Welfare and Sustainability Experts to Judge 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists

DES MOINES, IOWA – August 9, 2017 – In its ongoing effort to build consumer trust and foster greater transparency about U.S. pork production methods, the National Pork Board today announced its expert judging panel for the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The award, now in its third year, recognizes a pig farmer who best represents the ethical principles of U.S. pork production.

Members of the five-member panel include Brittni Furrow, Walmart’s Senior Director of Sustainability; Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane; Kari Underly, a third-generation butcher, author and principal of Range®, Inc., a meat marketing and education firm; Dr. J. Scott Vernon, professor, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly; and Brad Greenway, the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year and chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 10th

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Weekly Export Sales

 

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 10th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 10th

Foreign Investment in U.S. Farmland Rising

A Chinese firm made big news in 2013 by spending $4.7 billion to acquire U.S. processor Smithfield Foods. In that same deal, the company also acquired over 146,000 acres of U.S. farmland worth more $500 million. The group, now known as WH Group Limited, became one of the largest foreign owners of U.S. land. That purchase is part of a surge of foreign investment in American farmland and it’s raising concerns in Congress and among rural advocacy groups. Tim Gibbons, a director for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, calls the situation a national security concern. “I think the more control foreign interests have in our food system, the less we have, obviously,” says Gibbons, “and when foreign entities buy farmland, my assumption is we’re never going to get it back. They’re going to hold on to it.” The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting says foreign companies have been investing in American farmland at a record rate for the past decade, with foreign-owned land reaching an area the size of Tennessee by 2014. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow authored a bill this year to give food and agriculture officials a permanent role on the federal committee in charge of reviewing foreign investment in the U.S., something the agriculture industry has never had.   

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Senate/FCC Expanding Rural Broadband Access

The Federal Communications Commission and the Senate are taking specific steps to bring more broadband access into underserved rural areas. The FCC is moving forward on plans for something called a “reverse auction” next year, which would provide nearly $2 billion over the next ten years to expand high-speed access in rural areas that don’t have a fixed broadband service. The commission is looking for comments from interested parties as to how they should run the auction, including how interested parties can participate in the auction, how potential bidders would submit bids, and how the FCC will process those bids to determine both the winners and the support amounts. FCC Chairman Ajit (Ah-jiht’) Pai (Pie) says he expects the auction to attract providers that haven’t ever received universal funding. “I’m thinking about small competitive providers and electrical cooperatives that want to bring fiber to neighbors currently on the wrong side of the broadband divide,” Pai said. The auction idea has been in development since first being proposed in 2011.

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National Potato Council on Continued Mexican Potato Ban

A Mexican judge recently made a decision to continue the ban on importing U.S. potatoes into most of Mexico. Imports are currently allowed in land close to the U.S. – Mexican border but are prohibited from going further into the country. The NPC says the ruling ignores science and interferes with the role of the Mexican plant health regulatory authority. Experts from Mexico, USDA, as well as third-party experts, have all reviewed the impacts of importing fresh American potatoes into the entire Mexican countryside. The plant health authority has published a Pest Risk Assessment that shows any possible risk from the entry of fresh U.S. potatoes can be mitigated. The Potato Council says the ruling will not limit the movement of U.S. potatoes into the legal 26-kilometer zone that starts at the U.S. border. The judge’s ruling is expected to be appealed by all parties with a direct interest in the case. U.S. potatoes were approved for access into the entire Mexican country back in 2013, but Mexican potato growers filed a legal challenge to that action.

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USDA Reports Preview

The August World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates on Thursday will include the first USDA yield estimates of the season. The August report has historically pushed the markets up or down significantly. In January, USDA predicted the corn yield at just under 171 billion bushels. Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com says most analysts agree that Thursday’s estimate will likely come in well under the USDA baseline. Pro Farmer’s Brian Grete (Gray’-tee) says corn yield will likely be in the mid-160 range. The Gulke Group’s Jerry Gulke says the likely corn yield estimate will be near the Informa Economic’s estimate of 166. Gulke also doesn’t expect the soybean yield estimates to come in lower than expectations, saying, “I’d be surprised if USDA lowered the soybean yield more than a bushel.” USDA will also release the supply and demand numbers on Thursday and it’s important that the demand side stays high to keep markets afloat. “What we don’t want to see is them lower both corn yield and corn demand,” Gulke added. “If they lower the demand side such that it overshadows any loss in production, that won’t sit well with traders.” USDA does have the potential to lower world demand because of huge South American crops.

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Poll Shows Americans Support Tax Reform for Farmers

A new poll shows a large majority of American voters support tax reforms, including some changes that would help America’s farm and ranch families. The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, found that 7 out of 10 American voters agreed passing tax reforms should be an important priority for Congress. Over half the voters supported specific tax reform provisions that would be a benefit for farmers and ranchers. Some of the provisions include allowing farmers to deduct machinery purchases in the year they’re made, decreasing capital gains taxes, and eliminating the death tax. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says Americans are ready for tax reform. “Many Americans know the toll that taxes take on our farm and ranch families,” Duvall says. “Congress must take action to provide tax relief. Farmers and ranchers will be sharing that message with lawmakers until the job is done.” Tax rates are a key area ripe for reform. The Morning Consult poll shows that 63 percent of respondents agree that federal income tax rates are too high. Two out of three voters in the survey say farmers and ranchers should get special tax treatment because of the challenges and risks that are specific to agriculture.

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Cotton Harvest is Underway

The 2017 cotton harvest is underway, including Texas, which is the number one cotton-producing state in the nation. Cotton pickers have begun rolling across southern Texas. Farmers say early yields are good and may actually be higher than yields in 2016. In some areas across southern Texas, early reports say farmers are getting 2.5 bales of cotton on dryland acres. Texas farmer Charles Ring says he’s done with sorghum and corn harvesting on his operation and their attention is now on cotton. Ring says they’re pulling in 2.5 to 2.75 bales on dryland acres before they start harvesting cotton on their irrigated acres. Crop quality is said to be good even though it hasn’t rained on their fields since it opened. The latest USDA crop condition report this week says the cotton crop is 57 percent good to excellent across American fields.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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