09-25-17 RMFU: Graham-Cassidy Bill Will Hurt Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural Health Care

Farm Group Says Graham-Cassidy Bill Will Hurt Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural Health Care

DENVER, C­olo. ­­– The proposed Graham-Cassidy bill, if it became law, would harm farm and ranch families by affecting their access to quality, affordable health coverage, says Dr. Dale McCall, president of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The farm group is urging Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., to vote no on the legislation and to begin a bipartisan approach to improving the nation’s health care system.

“Our member-driven policy affirms the right of all Americans to have access to affordable and available quality health coverage,” Dr. McCall says. “The Graham-Cassidy bill does not address the barriers that farmers and ranchers and their rural friends and neighbors face in accessing affordable quality coverage: it would only make matters worse.” Continue reading

09-25-17 Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Named…


The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) Board of Directors conducted annual business meetings May 20 and 21 at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Casper. All current WCHF officers were voted in for another four-year term. Shelly Martinez and Wendy Auzqui, Board members who requested to retire, were replaced by Wade Lupher of Mountain View and Lee Martinez of Kaycee, respectively. Plans were outlined for the 4th annual WCHF Honoree Induction and associated events, and the Class of 2017 WCHF Honorees was selected. 

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09-25-17 Producers Gather to Focus on Profit at Red Angus Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs – AUDIO AVAILABLE




Producers Gather to Focus on Profit at Red Angus Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

Brian Allmer of BARN Media served as emcee for the day.

Commerce City – Cattlemen and women from around the country gathered in Colorado Springs to attend “Sizing up Profit,” the Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium that kicked off the 64thannual National Red Angus Convention. More than 200 cattlemen and women heard the latest data and trends from industry leaders and stakeholders regarding cow size and efficiency, sustainability, cattle health concerns and the export market. The symposium also featured a producer panel that addressed challenges and opportunities facing all commercial producers. Brian Allmer of BARN Media served as emcee for the day. Continue reading

09-25-17 RAAA News: Distinguished Producers Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

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RAAA News: Distinguished Producers Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

Commerce City – Immeasurable passion, time and devotion are common denominators on all esteemed cattle farms and ranches. The producers who rise above the rest are dedicated to pushing boundaries and extracting the maximum return on investment from their cattle. The Red Angus Association of America honored these superior producers at its 64th annual awards banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 15, 2017. Continue reading

09-25-17 Red Angus Leaders Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

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Red Angus Leaders Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

Commerce City – Honoring producers for their service, loyalty and dedication to superiority in the Red Angus breed has long been the tradition of the annual awards banquet held on the final evening of the National Red Angus Convention. The 2017 convention, “Reds in the Rockies,” held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Colorado Springs delivered upon the promise to recognize remarkable producers for excellence in their field. The awards banquet and meal, featuring steaks from Meyer Natural Angus, highlighted businesses, industry supporters and ranches that rise to the top of the Red Angus breed. Continue reading

09-25-17 RAAA News: Grid Masters Deliver Premiums to Red Angus Breeders

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RAAA recognized Grid Masters at the National Red Angus Convention. On hand to receive their awards were (l to r): Anderson Land and Cattle of Oberlin, Kansas; Pelton Red Angus of Burdett, Kansas; JYJ Red Angus of Columbia, Alabama; Prairie Dog Creek of Dresden, Kansas; Hueftle Cattle Co., of Cozad, Nebraska; and Hayes Red Angus of Jetmore, Kansas.

Commerce City – Excellence in commercial cattle and the cattle feeding industry is highly commendable in today’s marketing atmosphere. The Grid Master Award is earned by firms that have successfully combined superior Red Angus genetics, feeding management skills and precise marketing to achieve success with the slaughter of a superior beef carcass. Harold Bertz, Red Angus Association of America commercial marketing programs coordinator, announced the recipients of the 2017 Grid Master Awards at the 64th annual National Red Angus Convention held Sept. 15, 2017. Continue reading

09-25-17 CSFS: Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk


The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.

CSFS: Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – September 25, 2017 – The smoke from summer wildfires has served as a reminder to Coloradans that many forests remain unhealthy and fire-prone, and that the occurrence of wildfire in natural settings is inevitable. For those interested in taking action but who have lacked the means, funding is now available to help address these concerns. Continue reading

09-25-17 Pork Checkoff’s Asian Trade Mission Offers Insight

Pork Checkoff’s Asian Trade Mission Offers Insight

September trip will help to elevate U.S. pork exports to Japan and China

Des Moines – September 25, 2017 – With a clearer vision on how to elevate U.S. pork as the global protein of choice, three National Pork Board officers and two members of the senior leadership team have returned from an Asian trade mission. The team representing the Pork Checkoff toured Japan and China from Sept. 5–16, visiting with pork processors, distributors and retailers, as well as importers and traders. Asian team members of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) also accompanied the Pork Checkoff crew.

“Pork is the No. 1 most consumed protein in the world, and that was certainly obvious as we toured parts of Japan and China,” said National Pork Board CEO Bill Even. “It is important for us to see firsthand how pork is raised, processed and promoted in Asia. The Asian customer and consumer culture is unique, and we need to understand the global motivation to purchase U.S. pork.” Continue reading

09-25-17 CHS Foundation Strengthens Partnership with the National FFA Organization

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CHS Foundation Strengthens Partnership with the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Sept. 23, 2017/National FFA Organization) – The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., and  a key National FFA supporter for more than 40 years, recently announced a $3.8 million commitment to the National FFA Organization, growing its support to a platinum sponsorship level.

This investment helps ensure that the National FFA Organization continues to support members as they strive to become a workforce that understands the food and agriculture industry, and develop the leadership skills necessary to pursue careers in agriculture.

“Generous, broad and continued support from the CHS Foundation has an impact on our members and agriculture education teachers at the local, state and national levels,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. “With an estimated 60,000 jobs opening every year and with 27 percent of those being in agriculture, FFA is working to ensure that our career development events and proficiency award areas align with our students’ evolving interests and emerging challenge areas in food, fiber and natural resources. The continued contributions of the CHS Foundation help us achieve the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture, and supplying the talent pipeline to fill those needs.” Continue reading

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Froman Says NAFTA Withdraw a Very Real Prospect

Former U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration Michael Froman says a U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement is still “a very real prospect.” Froman spoke last week in Washington, D.C. at an event hosted by the University of California. Politico reports Froman said: “There certainly is a desire by the president to withdraw from something, and NAFTA and the Korea agreement appear to be at the top of his list.” His comments came as negotiators from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are holding round three of NAFTA renegotiation talks. The current round of negotiations, held in Canada, is set to conclude later this week. NAFTA is worth billions of dollars in exports to U.S. agriculture, and a withdraw from the agreement would put those exports in jeopardy.


Trade Officials Talks KORUS

Trade leaders from South Korea and the United States met for the first time last week to discuss the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration has targeted the free trade agreement for renegotiation, or even termination. A South Korea-based news agency reports U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with South Korea’s Trade Minister to “discuss ways to move forward” with KORUS. In a statement, South Korea says the nation will hold talks with the U.S. “with an open attitude to maximize the mutual benefit of KORUS.”  Washington has blamed KORUS for its growing trade deficit. But South Korea argues the deficit is due to macroeconomic factors, and the agreement has benefited both sides. President Donald Trump has called the agreement a “horrible” trade deal. However, Trump also met with South Korea’s President last week and said they would “try and straighten out” the pact.

Rural Mainstreet Index Lower

The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to its lowest level of the year last month as farmland prices declined and agriculture equipment sales were dismal. The index, compiled by Nebraska’s Creighton University, surveys bank CEO’s in ten Midwestern states. Overall, the index, which ranges between 0 and 100, slumped to 39.6, its lowest level since December 2016, and down from 42.2 in August. More than half of respondents reported they are restructuring farm loans while approximately 18 percent indicated their bank had increased collateral requirements. The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, increased to a weak 36.1 from 35.6 in August, indicating a continued pessimistic outlook among bankers. Organizer Ernie Goss says: “Concerns about trade, drought conditions in portions of the region, and low agriculture commodity prices impaired bankers’ economic outlook for the month.”

New Zealand Triples U.S. DDGS Purchases

Record milk production in New Zealand has led the nation to triple the amount of imported U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles. The U.S. Grains Council reports that the 2017 milk supply in New Zealand is expected to reach 21.9 million tons, surpassing the prior record of 2014, thanks to higher-expected cow numbers and optimal pasture conditions. With further opening of the market for U.S. exports, the Grains Council says grain buyers significantly increased purchases due to local crop failures and local market limitations. New Zealand has purchased 113,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS in the 2016/2017 marketing year, up significantly from the 37,000 tons imported the same time the year prior. The Grains Council says that while this market is currently small, these sales represent the potential for demand growth. A spokesperson with USGC says: “We expect to see strong demand for U.S. DDGS into this market in coming years.”

Arkansas Moving Closer to Seasonal Dicamba Ban

Arkansas is now one step away from establishing a seasonal dicamba ban. The Arkansas State Plant Board advanced a proposal last week saying the use of dicamba should be prohibited from April 16th to October 31st, 2018. The move comes after farmers complained that soybeans and other crops were damaged when the herbicide drifted away from where it was sprayed this summer. However, another group of farmers petitioned the state against the ban. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monsanto previously submitted a petition asking the board to reject the proposed cutoff date for sprayings and warned the company might file a lawsuit if the board denied the request. A Monsanto spokesperson told the newspaper “volatility is not a problem” and that science did not support the plant board’s decision. However, experts say dicamba is risky because it can vaporize and drift across fields after they are sprayed.

Tyson Considering Alternative Sites for Kansas Processing Facility

Tyson Foods Inc. is mulling as many as 20 alternative sites in Kansas after Leavenworth County, Kansas withdrew plans to issue $500 million in bonds for a proposed facility in Northwest Kansas county. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey last week said as many as 20 other communities in Kansas had expressed interest in becoming the new location for the $320 million facility. McClaskey says that the long-term effect if Tyson moves the plant and its 1,600 jobs to another state could push other agricultural companies away from Kansas. However, she believes a new deal can be reached to keep the new Tyson complex in the Sunflower State, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Meanwhile, the Iowa Economic Development Authority last week voted to award $2.4 million in tax benefits to help Tyson expand and renovate its Waterloo, Iowa beef and pork plant.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service