The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit raises $46,000+!

Photo courtesy of CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – more pics below

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The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interviews w/Verlyn Mahan…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 21, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network  is Verlyn Mahan, recapping the 15th Feeders & Friends Keith Spayd Benefit that took place on August 19th in New Raymer, CO…



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08-21-17 Free Entertainment at the 2017 Colorado State Fair

Free Entertainment at the 2017 Colorado State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. –The Colorado State Fair kicks off on August 25th and with the price of admission, a wide variety of events are sure to please every fairgoer without any additional cost… more free to see!
Free opportunities include:

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08-21-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Tony Tooke as New Forest Service Chief

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Tony Tooke as New Forest Service Chief

(Washington, D.C., August 21, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Tony Tooke will serve as the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Tooke has worked for the Forest Service since age 18 and currently is the Regional Forester for the Southern Region. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:

“The Forest Service will be in good hands with the U.S. Forest Service’s own Tony Tooke whose knowledge of forestry is unmatched. Tony has been preparing for this role for his whole professional life, and at a time when we face active and growing fires, his transition into leadership will be seamless.  He will oversee efforts to get our forests working again, to make them more productive, and to create more jobs. His focus will be on ensuring we are good neighbors and are managing our forests effectively, efficiently, and responsibly, as well as working with states and local governments to ensure the utmost collaboration. No doubt, the stewardship of our forests is an awesome and sacred responsibility, and no one knows that better than Tony who has dedicated his career to this noble cause,” said Secretary Perdue. Continue reading

08-21-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Eclipse, Prairie Dogs, SPV, NAFTA, Monuments, Pedal The Plains, Feeders & Friends & More…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 21, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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08-21-17 Jennifer Kopanke Earns Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Kopanke Earns Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship

DENVER – Like many young girls who love animals, Jennifer Kopanke settled on becoming a veterinarian early in life. But she didn’t stop there, choosing to continue her education in a doctorate program at Colorado State University. Her research into the bluetongue virus certainly played a role in her being selected the 2017 recipient of the Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship award is $3,000.

“I was really glad to receive this scholarship,” Kopanke said from her current home in Fort Collins, Colo. “This will facilitate the research I’m doing on a very important topic for the sheep industry. I’m honored that the committee chose me to receive the scholarship.”

08-21-17 Taylor Evans Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

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Taylor Evans Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

BROOMFIELD, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Taylor Evans of Denver, Colorado, to the staff as member and youth programs coordinator. Evans grew up in the agriculture industry where he gained vast knowledge of the beef industry. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture business and animal science. Evans has held roles in both the agriculture and construction industries. He has experience in construction management overseeing contracts, budgets, and subcontractors. Evans most recently served as the vocational agriculture teacher for Estes Park, Colorado, where he served as the agricultural and auto shop programs instructor for both high school and middle school levels. Evans also served as the advisor for the Estes Park FFA chapter. Continue reading

08-21-17 NAWG: NAFTA Can Be Improved to Benefit Wheat Farmers

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Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2017) – As formal renegotiation discussions for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin in Washington, NAWG continues to stress “Do No Harm.” In the next couple of weeks, negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States will commence the second round of NAFTA renegotiations in Mexico City, before heading to Canada for round three. NAWG recognizes some areas where the framework for cross border wheat trade between the three countries can be improved.

“The wheat industry can benefit from some enhancements to NAFTA. A good place to begin are the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules that the three countries already agreed to as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations,” stated Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers. “With the global push to reduce tariffs, non-tariff barriers (particularly SPS barriers) to trade are becoming increasingly common. It is critical that the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in any agreement are transparent and based on scientific principles.”

“Another area in need of improvement is Canada’s grading system for U.S. wheat,” stated Goule. “Canadian wheat can freely enter U.S. elevators and receive a grade commensurate to its quality while U.S. wheat brought to Canadian elevators is automatically downgraded to a ‘feed wheat’ grade or the equivalent. This glaring difference is highly concerning and disenfranchises farmers near the border who can’t take advantage of price premiums at Canadian elevators when they occur.”

“The new NAFTA can provide opportunities for both U.S. wheat buyers and wheat producers if negotiated correctly. NAWG will continue to work with the Administration to ensure wheat is present during the renegotiation discussions and that the new terms improve conditions for wheat farmers.” Continue reading

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U.S. Pork Heading to Argentina

The National Pork Producers Council applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was one of several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With Thursday’s announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork now has unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation. NPPC President Ken Maschoff says U.S. pork producers are among the most competitive in the world and have long sought the opportunity to provide high-quality pork to the Argentine people. “We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access,” Maschoff says. NPPC also thanked Vice President Mike Pence for his recent trip to Argentina for helping to move a trade agreement with Argentina across the finish line. The U.S. has been the world’s largest exporter of pork over the last 10 years and depends on continuing to expand exports for growth. NPPC is urging the administration to continue to work for market access in other countries that have non-science based trade barriers, including India and Thailand.


Next Rounds of NAFTA Talks are Already Scheduled

While the first round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement aren’t done yet, the next two rounds are already on the schedule. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says negotiators will head to Mexico City for the next round of talks September 1-5 and to a yet undetermined location in Canada September 23-27. Only 11 days go by between the first and second round of talks. The quick turnaround likely is a result of an aggressive pace that all three countries’ negotiators have expressed an interest in. Officials have publicly expressed a hoped-for deadline of wrapping negotiations later this year or early next year. A source told Politico that officials have been much more firm in private about wanting the talks done by December. To help accomplish that desired goal, officials have requested that all texts be presented by the end of September, which should give all three countries sufficient time to review each other’s proposals and move more quickly to a final agreement.


South Korea Lifts Ban on U.S. Poultry/Egg Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Korea has lifted a ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports. Reuters says that will allow American farmers to resume selling their products to a country that suffered from a shortage of eggs after its worst-ever avian flu outbreak. South Korea was actually importing more eggs from the U.S. earlier this year as it battled its avian flu outbreak. South Korea placed limits on U.S. egg imports in March after the first U.S. case of bird flu was found in Tennessee. Jim Sumner, President of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, says prior to the South Korean move, “Americans were putting table eggs in there like they were going out of style. They are still in desperate need.” South Korea has the fourth-largest economy in Asia. It was hit hard by a deadly outbreak of H5N8 bird flu after the first case was confirmed last November. The outbreak led to a culling of 37 million farm birds, a record number totaling more than a fifth of the total poultry population. USDA is working to convince Korea to limit future shipment restrictions to only the geographic regions in which the disease is detected.


CAFO’s Get Extra Time to Comply with Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency has until November 14th to decide how to enforce emissions requirements for thousands of animal feeding operations across the country. An Agri-Pulse report says a recent Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals decision says the agency illegally exempted all but the largest operations from reporting releases of hazardous substances above certain levels. The court was looking specifically at a 2008 rule that gave a blanket exemption from air reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, which requires reporting to federal authorities. The rule exempted all but the largest operations from requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know-Act, which requires operators to report to both state and federal authorities. The EPA asked the court to delay the mandate requiring the agency to enforce the rule until January 17th because farmers didn’t know how to comply with the rules. The environmental groups that initially brought a lawsuit over the reporting exemptions say there isn’t a need for any type of delay. However, the EPA says just because farmers were subject to reporting requirements before 2008 doesn’t necessarily mean they understood how to meet those requirements.


Ethanol Production May Outpace Demand in Future

A new report from Cobank says the ethanol industry could soon face declining slim-to-negative profit margins. The report is titled “Ethanol’s Growth Path: Output and Export Uncertainties Both Rising.” It outlines how an ethanol market fueled by corn prices at multi-year lows, together with reinvestment into expanding production capacity, will push supplies past demand growth. A Cobank senior economist says forecasts indicate that total ethanol production capacity will have increased 850 to 900 million gallons by 2020 when compared to 2017. Ethanol producers will be facing a downturn in the next few years without a substantial increase in domestic demand or a boost in exports to clear out extra supplies. Demand for the product has been solid recently as low fuel prices encourage people to get out and drive more. Pump usage is going up as E-10 is the dominant blend but more and more people are using the higher E-15 blend while fueling their cars. The report says the longer term picture for ethanol is less optimistic. Weaker exports and lower prices for dried distiller’s grains have hurt profit margins in 2017.


New Drought Monitor Shows Both Improvements and Declines

The new Drought Monitor shows both vast declines and huge improvements in conditions across several parts of the country. Oklahoma is one state showing improvement. Oklahoma was 60 percent drought-free last week and recent rainfall has shrunk the areas under drought to just 14 percent. Cooler temps brought rainfall to much of northern Texas and Oklahoma that added up to 600 percent of normal this time of year. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says Montana remains the biggest hot-spot. He says the drought is continuing to expand westward in spite of seeing some recent improvements in the Dakotas and Nebraska. Substantial rains fell across parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Extreme drought has officially entered into Iowa, covering three percent of the state. 70 percent of Iowa is experiencing either abnormal dryness or actual drought. Rippey says if a large area including northern Iowa, northern Missouri, and southern Michigan could pick up a good, soaking rain, it would help with “filling corn and soybeans in the driest regions.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service