10-24-17 RFD-TV: FFA National Convention is Underway!

2017 FFA National Convention
FFA National Convention 2017, coverage sponsored by Culver's
Wednesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 28
More than 65,000 FFA members are expected to attend the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. We will be there, providing comprehensive coverage of the event. If you’re planning to be there, stop by and see us at Booth #161. Viewers should be aware that this coverage will interrupt regularly scheduled programming during these dates.
Our coverage will be simulcast on RFD-TV, on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM, and on The Cowboy Channel.

10-24-17 Applications being accepted for Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

Applications being accepted for Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

For a fifth year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is accepting applications from FFA chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Be sure to let your local FFA chapters know about this opportunity.

The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding in their school’s budget.

Adding to its support of other youth-focused projects, the CCAC began its FFA grants in 2013, awarding a $5,000 grant to the winner during the first year, and all together has contributed nearly $30,000 to FFA chapters through this program.

Applications can be downloaded at www.coloradocorn.com.

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10-24-17 NACD News: CO’s Rockey Farms Honored as Soil Health Champion…


Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms, a potato and quinoa operation in Center, Colorado, was presented with this year’s NAPPC-NACD U.S. Farmer-Rancher Award for his outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and pollinator conservation.

Brendon is an NACD Soil Health Champion who farms with the help of companion crops, livestock, and four-row flowering strips, instead of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Not only does he save money by using an integrated pest management system, Brendon says the flower strips serve as nectar hubs, creating beneficial insect habitat, and his legume-heavy mix of companion crops have helped to fix nitrogen, mobilize phosphorus, and host pollinators. Continue reading

10-24-17 National Cover Crop Conference in Indianapolis, IN December 7-8

Online Registration Now Open

Prefer to register by mail? Download the registration form.

Please join us December 7-8, 2017, for the second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Indianapolis. This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists. Continue reading

10-24-17 Dairy Industry Applauds Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017

Dairy Industry Applauds Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017

(Washington, D.C) – The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction today of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.  Continue reading



NRCS recently publicly released a long-awaited mini-documentary on the origins of soil conservation in the United States and the man behind the movement, Hugh Hammond Bennett. This 20-minute video gives a short and compelling history of private lands conservation, and NACD encourages you and yours to watch it online as soon as you have the time.



10-24-17 RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Adds Pork and Poultry Expert to Animal Protein Team

RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Adds Pork and Poultry Expert to Animal Protein Team

St. Louis, Mo. (October 24, 2017) –  Rabobank announces the expansion of its RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team with the addition of Christine McCracken as Executive Director, Animal Protein. McCracken will cover the North American poultry and hog sector. Before joining the RaboResearch team, McCracken spent 18 years as a sell-side Food & Agribusiness analyst.

“Christine’s experience and knowledge will enhance our thought leadership in the protein sector. Through both her extensive knowledge of the swine and poultry sectors, and her equity knowledge, Christine will be a tremendous asset to our clients in both the rural and wholesale spaces,” says Pablo Sherwell, head of RaboResearch. Continue reading

10-24-17 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Celebrates Bat Week

The Orient Mine Natural Area in the San Luis Valley is a summer roosting site for 250,000-300,000 Brazilian free-tailed bats, the largest population in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Celebrates Bat Week

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is celebrating National Bat Week from October 24 to 31, raising awareness about bat conservation in the state and worldwide in the week leading up to Halloween. Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature that is organized by a team of representatives across the United States and Canada from conservation organizations and government agencies.

“Though many bats in Colorado are hibernating or getting ready to hibernate, Halloween is a great time to raise awareness of bat conservation,” said Tina Jackson, CPW’s species conservation coordinator. “However, we need to keep careful watch all year long for the potential impacts of things like White-Nose Syndrome or wind energy on the bat populations in the state.” Continue reading

10-24-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 24, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…


Check out the BARN’s Livestream Archives from the 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord from Oct 18th including Opening Statements & the subsequent Press Conference too

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10-24-17 Inside NAWG with Treasurer Ben Scholz: Farm Bill, Crop Insurance, Safety Net, Wheat Prices & More

Inside NAWG with Treasurer Ben Scholz: Farm Bill, Crop Insurance, Safety Net, Wheat Prices & More

Ben Scholz – NAWG Treasurer

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 24, 2017 – Joining the  Colorado Ag News Network is Ben Scholz, Treasurer of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics pertinent to the wheat industry including:

  • NAWG Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill
  • Political Climate around 2018 Farm Bill
  • Current economic state of wheat industry
  • Need for Crop Insurance
  • 2018 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs
  • Upcoming events – 74th NAFB Convention Nov 8-10 at the Westin Crown Center in KC, MO


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 24th

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Canada “Extremely Worried” About NAFTA Direction

Canada is “extremely worried” behind the scenes regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. News network CTV of Canada reports the latest round of negotiations has caused concerns. The U.S. has since tabled a measure to dismantle Canada’s dairy supply management system, but the issue is likely to come up again. Canada refuses to make changes to the system, while the U.S. dairy industry is supporting the proposal. However, dairy is one a several U.S. proposals Canada calls “unreasonable.” A Canada NAFTA Advisory Council member says more people are saying “it looks like the Americans are driving towards a cliff on this, and Canada will have to follow.” Trade officials from Canada say the U.S. has set the stage for the nation to either pull out or get the “America first” agreement, which “doesn’t put Canada in a very good spot.” The negotiations will continue next month in Mexico.

Coalition Calls for Double the Funding for USDA Research

More than 60 farm and commodity groups are calling for lawmakers to double the funding for agriculture research in the next farm bill. The coalition of 63 organizations sent a letter to House and Senate agriculture leaders, requesting the lawmakers increase the Department of Agriculture’s research, education and extension budget to $6 billion over the life of the next farm bill. The letter shows China has doubled its commitments to agricultural research. American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins, whose organization is part of the coalition, said: “We need to regain and maintain our nation’s place as the international leader.” Coalition members range from conventional agricultural groups to those that often question large-scale, industrial agriculture, and their letter outlines ten specific policy recommendations, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Canada Won’t Place Further Restrictions on Dicamba

Canada will not follow a move by the U.S. to place further restrictions on dicamba herbicides. Health Canada, responsible for regulations of herbicides, says it supports the current Canadian labels for dicamba. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently increased restrictions on the use of dicamba sprayed over crops, after the first season of use for dicamba-resistant soybeans turned up about three million acres with crop damage. However, as AgCanada reports, there appeared to be a much lower level of damage in Canada. In a statement, Health Canada said it was aware of the dicamba drift challenges in the U.S., but says Canada has already mandated that labels of dicamba products include spray drift precautions, use directions and buffer zones. The U.S. made dicamba herbicides for crop use restricted products, meaning applicators must be certified and follow a specific set of regulations, including what time, and under what conditions dicamba can be applied.

Reuters Says WHO Glyphosate Report Full of Lies

A new report by Reuters says the World Health Organization purposefully distorted it’s finding on glyphosate, resulting in the United Nations claiming the weed killer is a carcinogen. Reuters examined documents from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s assessment of glyphosate, a report that has prompted international disputes and lawsuits. The examination found key sections of the report by the WHO underwent significant changes and deletions before the report was finalized and made public. Analysts say: “In one instance, a fresh statistical analysis was inserted – effectively reversing the original finding.” A draft of the report reviewed by Reuters in a comparison with the published report showed the removal of multiple scientists’ conclusions that their studies had found no link between glyphosate and cancer in laboratory animals. A Monsanto spokesperson, whose flagship product RoundUp uses glyphosate as a primary ingredient, told Reuters the changes to the draft shows how the WHO “manipulated and distorted scientific data.”

U.S. Milk Production Slows Increase Level

U.S. milk production increased last month, but at a slower pace than seen earlier this year. The Department of Agriculture’s monthly Milk Production Report found September milk production was up just 1.1 percent, the smallest increase all year if you ignore February, according to the website Milk Business. February 2016 was a leap year, so this year’s February milk production was reported to be down 1.3 percent, but on a daily basis was actually up two percent. Estimated U.S. cow numbers also dipped slightly in September, down 4,000 head, but remain at 9.4 million. This is the fifth consecutive month of cow numbers at or above the 9.4 million level. California again reported a drop in milk production, down 3.4 percent. Meanwhile, four states reported milk production up at least five percent. Texas reported a ten percent increase, while Colorado milk production was up 7.4 percent. An increase of 6.9 percent was reported in Utah, and a 5.2 percent was reported in Kansas.

USDA Offers Help to California Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set aside $4 million to help farmers and ranchers impacted by the California wildfires recover. USDA also announced Monday that households impacted by recent wildfires in Northern California could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to enable recovery work to begin immediately. Meanwhile, the Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency in California will meet farmers and landowners to assess damages and discuss technical and financial assistance. USDA says the Farm Service agency can help farmers and ranchers with a range of disaster assistance including compensation for livestock death and feed losses, risk coverage for specialty crops, and repair of damage to agricultural and private forest land. The wildfires have impacted seven counties in California’s wine country.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service