08-24-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-23-17 In Memory of Andrew West of Briggsdale, CO

Andrew E. (Andy) West, 99, of Briggsdale, CO, passed away on August 20, 2017. He was born June 26, 1918 in Chicago, IL, to James Andrew West and Minnie (Franklin) West.
In 1919, the family moved to their homestead 10 miles northeast of Briggsdale. In June, 1934, Andy’s father suddenly passed away, leaving him as the family’s main earner at 15 years old. He moved 5 miles southeast of Briggsdale in 1936. On August 13, 1951, Andy married Merietta Ball. They happily built a life together on their wheat farm southeast of Briggsdale.  Continue reading

08-24-17 First Responder’s Alley: New to the Colorado State Fair

First Responder’s Alley: New to the Colorado State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. –A new attraction is coming to the 2017 Colorado State Fair!  The First Responder’s Alley is a combination of local and rural emergency personnel joining forces to encourage conversation and educate the community about safety and health. Throughout the Fair, these organizations will provide a variety of activities including live extrications, K9 demonstrations, and a firefighter boot camp for the kiddos!
Some of the community organizations that will be participating are: The Pueblo Fire Department, The Pueblo Police Department, The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, AMR (American Medical Response), Colorado State Patrol, The Red Cross, ACOVA (A Community for Victim Assistance), and more! Each department will have an informational tent with streaming videos, department representatives providing literature, speaking to Fair goers, and giving tours of their life-saving equipment.

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08-24-17 US Dept of Interior Secretary Zinke Sends Monument Report to the White House…

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US Dept of Interior Secretary Zinke Sends Monument Report to the White House…

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke sent a draft report to the president which included his findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review as a result of the April 26, 2017 executive order. The report summary can be read here. The extensive 120-day review included more than 60 meetings with hundreds of advocates and opponents of monument designations, tours of monuments conducted over air, foot, car, and horseback (including a virtual tour of a marine monument), and a thorough review of more than 2.4 million public comments submitted to the Department on regulations.gov. Additionally, countless more meetings and conversations between senior Interior officials and local, state, Tribal, and non-government stakeholders including multiple Tribal listening sessions. Continue reading

08-24-17 USCA Continues Advocating for Improvements to Mandatory Price Reporting Law

USCA Continues Advocating for Improvements to Mandatory Price Reporting Law

(WASHINGTON) – Last month, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Marketing & Competition Committee Member and manager of St. Onge Livestock Co. Justin Tupper attended the third installment of the USDA Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting (LMR) Cattle & Beef Stakeholder Meetings to discuss opportunities for improvement to the law. The ongoing meetings, beginning in November 2016, were directed by the reauthorization of the law in 2015 to “analyze current marketing practices and LMR price and supply information reporting services, and identify legislative and regulatory recommendations”. USCA played a key role in working with Congress in the 2015 reauthorization to implement these meetings.

USCA advocated for the following changes that were successfully adopted: Continue reading

08-24-17 Culver’s Restaurants, 12 Corn Mazes Team Up to Celebrate Farmers in 2017

Culver’s Restaurants, 12 Corn Mazes Team Up to Celebrate Farmers in 2017


33 “Thank You Farmers” Mazes Have Been Grown Nationwide Since 2014

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Aug. 24, 2017 – To date, 33 corn mazes in 19 states have joined together to plant more than 7 million seeds of gratitude for the hard work of America’s farmers. As part of the Thank You Farmers™ initiative, these mazes are just one of the many ways Culver’s shows charitable support for the future of farming.

Why thank farmers? They’re responsible for growing the food that every single person depends on, yet their immense contributions are often overlooked. Since Culver’s created the Thank You Farmers program in 2013, the restaurant chain has looked for unique ways to spread positive messages about the hard work, dedication and passion of the agricultural community, as well as ways to raise awareness about the importance of supporting agricultural education.   Continue reading

08-24-17 Time is Running Out to Enter Cattle for World Dairy Expo 2017

Time is Running Out to Enter Cattle for WDE 2017

Enter today to compete alongside other elite dairy cattle exhibitors during the 2017 World Dairy Expo.
Photo Credit: Nina Linton Photography

MADISON, WIS. – Owners of North America’s finest dairy cattle are encouraged to enter their lineup for the 2017 World Dairy Expo® Dairy Cattle Show by August 31 at 11:59 p.m. (CDT). Entry fees increase on September 1, as late online entries continue to be accepted through September 10; after that, paper entries will continue to be honored until the day of the show for an additional fee.

All animals must have an official USDA AIN or Canadian CCIA RFID number listed on their entry form at the time of submission. Animals lacking this number – or with a pending identification number – will not be accepted. More information regarding identification requirements, along with entry forms, schedule of events, rules and other updates are available online at www.worlddairyexpo.com and included in the Premium Book – mailed to recent dairy cattle exhibitors on July 1. Continue reading

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Trump NAFTA Comments Worrisome to Agriculture

President Donald Trump told a crowd in Arizona earlier this week regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement talks that “I don’t think we can make a deal,” putting billions of dollars of agricultural exports in jeopardy. However, Reuters says Mexico and Canada dismissed Trump’s threat, describing it as a negotiating tactic designed to gain an advantage during the negotiation effort.Trump said he believes the U.S. will “end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.” It’s not the first time the President has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA. In April, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is said to have persuaded the President to renegotiate, rather than terminate the agreement, by emphasizing the importance NAFTA has for agriculture exports. Agriculture groups have coined the phrase “do no harm” when it comes to agricultural trade in the free trade agreement negotiations.

South Korea Says No to KORUS Talks 

Government Officials in South Korea say the U.S. and Korea have not reached an agreement on possible revisions to the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. A South Korea news agency reports that the nation’s top negotiator said there were differences between the U.S. and South Korea regarding the trade deal, but declined to elaborate. A meeting this week between South Korea and U.S. Trade Represented Robert Lighthizer followed a request for the meeting by the U.S. to consider possible amendments and modifications to KORUS. The bilateral open trade pact went into effect in 2012 and has widely been considered a symbol of deepening economic ties, but President Donald Trump has vowed to fix or scrap the free trade deal, calling it “horrible.” Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said last week that the free trade deal cannot be blamed for Washington’s trade deficit with South Korea, claiming the losses would have been “significantly higher” without the deal. Korea is currently the fifth largest U.S. agricultural export market.

NFU Hires Steckel to Make Push for Biofuels

The National Farmers Union Wednesday announced Anne Steckel will lead the organization’s push for biofuels. Steckel, the former vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, is principal and founder of Ardent Strategies, LLC. The National Farmers Union says the U.S. must implement federal-level policies that encourage expanded markets for biofuels and remove regulatory barriers that inhibit their growth. The Farmers Union initiative will promote legislative and regulatory solutions for expanding markets for higher blends of ethanol, like E30, and advanced biofuels. Through her efforts, Steckel says: “NFU will continue its avid support of the RFS and pursue innovative policy solutions that expand renewable energy demand, development and infrastructure.” The effort follows a special order of business that was passed by delegates at the NFU 115th Anniversary Convention in March.

EU Starts In-Depth Look at Bayer-Monsanto Deal

A regulatory watchdog in the European Union is taking an in-depth look at the Bayer-Monsanto deal, a move that Bayer says the company expected. A news release by Bayer says the company had expected further review of the proposed acquisition of Monsanto due to the size and scope of the transaction. Bayer believes that the proposed combination will be beneficial for farmers and consumers, and the company says it will continue to work closely with the European Commission in its investigation. The companies notified the transaction to the European Commission on June 30th, 2017, and submitted commitments on July 31st, 2017. The European Commission is investigating Bayer’s planned $66 million takeover of Monsanto, saying it is worried about competition in various pesticide and seeds markets. Reuters says that while the Commission could block the deal, it has approved others in the industry, such as Dow’s tie-up with DuPont and ChemChina’s takeover of Syngenta – although only after securing big concessions.

Ruhland named United Soybean Board CEO

The United Soybean Board announced Wednesday Polly Ruhland (rue-land) will take over as CEO of USB in November. She currently serves as CEO at the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board. USB says she brings “a platform of experience and expertise that parallels the opportunities and challenges facing the soy industry.” John Becherer (Beck-er), current USB CEO, served USB for the last 23 years will work with USB to support the transition and the incoming CEO until his retirement at the end of the year. Ruhland graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and University of Colorado with a degree in English and Communications. She also did post-graduate work at the PhD level in agriculture and rural sociology. She has served as the chairman of the Commodity CEO Roundtable, a group of CEOs in research, promotion, and marketing programs. She is an Eisenhower Fellow, a certified mediator, and holds a professional certificate in the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

Cargill Investing in Clean Meat Startup

Cargill is investing in Memphis Meats Inc., a company that makes meat from self-reproducing animal cells. The investment is the first by a traditional meat company into the so-called “clean meat” sector, according to the Wall Street Journal. Neither company has disclosed the size of the investment, but Memphis Meats said Wednesday Cargill’s investment was part of $17 million in funding that also included investments from Bill Gates, and others. The “clean meat” sector claims it is creating products that are better for the environment than meat from traditional feedlots and slaughterhouses. Cell-cultured meats are far from reaching the dinner table, however, as Memphis Meats can make a pound of meat for less than $2,400, down from $18,000 last year. Further, regulators have not determined how to oversee the process or if it is considered safe. Researchers from Australia found earlier this year that one-third of nearly 700 respondents to a survey in the U.S. would be willing to eat cell-cultured meat regularly. Nearly half said they would choose it over soy-based meat substitutes.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service