12-04-17 Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook for 2017 Orders Being Taken Now

2017 Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook Orders Being Taken Now

*UPDATED* The 2017 edition of the Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook is currently in production and orders are being taken now for your copy. This publication is a permanent and often used item in many farm, ranch and agribusiness offices in Northeastern Colorado. This resource book contains the latest university research for high plains agriculture in Colorado.  Most of the research results presented in the handbook are conducted on local farms and ranches in the area.

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12-04-17 President Trump and Secretary Zinke Announce Modification to Utah Monuments, Resulting in 5 Unique National Monument Units Totaling More Than 1.2 Million Acres

President Trump and Secretary Zinke Announce Modification to Utah Monuments, Resulting in 5 Unique National Monument Units Totaling More Than 1.2 Million Acres

Modifications protect paleontological resources, Native American artifacts and other objects of historic or scientific interest while restoring traditional use and access to public land

SALT LAKE CITY – Acting upon the recommendation of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and with the support of Utah’s governor, Congressional delegation, local officials, and residents, President Donald J. Trump today signed proclamations to adjust the boundaries and management of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). The proclamations modify the boundaries of those monuments and result in five unique monument units within the two monuments which protect important objects of historical and scientific interest.


“No one values the splendor of Utah more than the people of Utah – and no one knows better how to use it. Families will hike and hunt on land they have known for generations, and they will preserve it for generations to come.” said President Donald J. Trump. “The Antiquities Act does not give the Federal Government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it’s time we ended this abusive practice. Public lands will once again be for public use.” Continue reading

12-04-17 USCA Joins Coalition Urging Administration Not to Abandon 2015 Sage Grouse Management Plan

USCA Joins Coalition Urging Administration Not to Abandon 2015 Sage Grouse Management Plan

(WASHINGTON) – Earlier this year, the Department of Interior (DOI) announced its intent to reopen the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse Management Plan for revision. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and a coalition of rural and agriculture groups submitted official comments urging the Administration to maintain the framework of the 2015 Sage Grouse Management Plan and continue working with producers for a successful implementation.

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12-04-17 CDA Announces Colorado’s 2017 CDA-Approved Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

CDA Announces Colorado’s 2017 CDA-Approved Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that four industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.”
This year, the CDA Approved Certified Hemp seed program trialed four varieties of hemp across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions to validate if they would prove to grow mature plants that fall within industrial hemp requirements set by Amendment 64 in the Colorado constitution.  Colorado state law requires that industrial hemp tests at or below 0.3% THC concentration on a dry weight basis.  All varieties tested were accepted by the Colorado Seed Growers Association’s Variety Review Board and these varieties passed the THC validation trials.
During the 2017 program, five varieties were reviewed and conditionally accepted by the Variety Review Board; of that, four varieties were entered by the participants in the trial and approved to be grown as a class of CDA Approved Certified seed:

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12-04-17 Colorado Farm Show announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

Colorado Farm Show 2018 Scholarships

GREELEY, CO – December 4, 2017 – The Colorado Farm Show will award nine graduating high school seniors a total of $21,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, and one $1,500 Carl Luther Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total awarded scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to $207,500.

The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients a Good Luck in their future educational paths.

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12-04-17 BASF and NAAA recognize next generation of aerial applicators

BASF and NAAA recognize next generation of aerial applicators

Future agriculture pilots receive “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” scholarships to further aviation goals

SAVANNAH, GA, December 4, 2017 – Aerial applicators play a major role in helping farmers manage pest issues in their fields across the United States. To support the future of ag aerial application and help build a pipeline of talented ag aviators, BASF’s Crop Protection division and the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Jonathan Aslesen of Buffalo, Minnesota, and a $2,500 scholarship to Colton Tidwell of Lonoke, Arkansas. Continue reading

12-04-17 OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 4, 2017  The 2018 Organic Crop Improvement Association’s annual meeting is in Kansas City this January and joining the CO Ag News Network is Angie Tunink, Marketing Director, OCIA International, Inc.& Executive Director, OCIA Research & Education, Inc…


OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

LINCOLN, NE: Join us as we celebrate over 30 years of serving organic farmers during the OCIA 2018 Annual Meeting. The Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO will be the venue for this event on January 30th and 31st. There is a great line up of presenters that you won’t want to miss on Jan 30th, along with a mini trade show and all organic meals. It will be a day filled with information for farmers thinking about transitioning to organic, as well as for the experienced organic farmer. General OCIA business will be conducted on Jan 31st. Continue reading

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NAFTA May be Nearing Breaking Point

Forbes speculates that the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations may be reaching a breaking point. Little progress has been made in previous talks as the U.S. continues to push a hardline stance that the governments of Canada and Mexico aren’t going to accept. Last week, a government official from Mexico left a meeting with the Trump Administration with a negative outlook. In a separate statement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he is “concerned about the lack of headway.” Lighthizer says that so far, there is no evidence that Canada or Mexico are “willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.” Forbes says that Trump’s team appears to be threatening to be ready to cancel NAFTA if serious concessions aren’t made. Mexico and Canada, however, are willing to stall and wait for Congress and U.S. business chambers to increase the pressure on the Trump administration to preserve the current framework.

USGC, NCGA Reiterate Support for KORUS, NAFTA

Leadership from the U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association last week spent time in South Korea and Mexico to talk trade. The two organizations met with customers and government officials during what they call a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s top markets. Mexico is the top purchaser of U.S. corn, while South Korea is ranked third. The joint delegation in South Korea emphasized the success of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade agreement for U.S. exports of feed grains and co-products. A second group traveled to Mexico and met with the major grain associations representing the top buyers of U.S. grain products, among others. NCGA President Kevin Skunes warns the loss of market access to South Korea and Mexico “would have immediate and far-reaching impacts on farm economics across the United States,” if negotiations to rework trade agreements fail.

Perdue Predicts Strong 2018 Exports

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue predicts fiscal year 2018 farm exports will remain strong. Responding to the Department of Agriculture’s export forecast published last week, Perdue says “exports continue to be a major driver of the rural economy,” mentioning that exports generate 20 percent of U.S. farm income. The USDA forecast predicts farm exports for the 2018 fiscal year will reach a value of $140 billion, which would be the fourth-best year in history. Fiscal year 2017 closed with the third-highest export total on record. Perdue also noted that agriculture’s trade surplus is expected to grow eight percent, from $21.3 billion last year to $23 billion in 2018. Perdue says USDA continues to work “around the clock” to boost export prospects “not only by expanding existing markets and improving existing trade agreements, but also by aggressively pursuing new markets and new opportunities.”

Grain Elevator Profit Margins Could Increase in 2018

A new report from CoBank says 2018 could bring an increase in profit margins for grain elevators. The report cites a weak harvest basis, along with low transportation rates, and other issues for the prospect of improved profit margins. A CoBank researcher also says a large carryover and another huge crop have “created an attractive carry in futures markets, particularly for wheat,” adding that current market conditions will provide elevators with better returns year-over-year if they are able to purchase the grain. U.S. ending stocks for corn and soybeans in 2018 are currently estimated to be the largest since 1987 and 2006, but stocks-to-use ratios remain manageable. However, the supply situation for wheat remains more burdensome, with large stocks expected to continue to weigh on the market in the coming year. The report says that because of the large supplies, localized storage shortages have developed in the Western Corn Belt, especially Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.

Idaho Will Consider Ag Education Requirement for High School Students

A high school senior will propose a bill to Idaho lawmakers that would require high school students to complete at least two agriculture education classes. The bill will be introduced in the 2018 Idaho legislative session by 17-year-old Anna Peterson, an FFA member from Nampa, Idaho, according to the Capitol Press. Peterson says the legislation would mean that every high school student in the state would “emerge from those classes with at least a basic understanding of the farming and ranching industry and where their food comes from.” Peterson says she wants the classes to cover animal and plant science as well as agriculture’s importance to Idaho’s economy and teach students about some of the many career opportunities involved with the industry.

General Mills Contributes to National Wheat Foundation

General Mills has sent a contribution of $735,000 to the National Wheat Foundation. The funds are earmarked for the foundation to work with the Soul Health Partnership to advance adoption and implementation of soil health practices. The funds, equally distributed over the next three years, will be used to conduct soil health research on wheat farms and education outreach to more than 125,000 wheat farmers across the Northern and Southern Plains. The contribution brings General Mills’ recent financial commitments to nearly $3 million for promoting the expanded adoption of soil health practices. As part of the agreement, General Mills has partnered with the Soil Health Partnership and the National Wheat Foundation to provide on-farm mentorship for the farm operators. Farmers, their agronomists, and Soil Health Partnership Field Managers will train new and existing farm staff in advanced nutrient management and tillage methods.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service