12-15-17 REGISTER NOW for the Four States Irrigation Council Meeting in Ft Collins, CO Jan 10-12

We would like to see you in Fort Collins for the 65th Anniversary of the Four States Irrigation Council’s Annual Meeting, January 10-12, 2018.

The deadline for the early rate of $185 is December 21. 

You may register online at www.4-states-irrigation.org.

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12-15-17 CCA: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing—How Wolf Recovery will Impact CO Ranchers

CCA: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing—How Wolf Recovery will Impact CO Ranchers

Wolves running in a pack through open fields and forests may seem a mythical sight to be seen—often romanticized in novels, movies, and by tourists alike—glimpsing creatures through binoculars from a guarded distance away in places like Yellowstone National Park. But for the people actually faced with living amongst the wolves, if they are reintroduced in Colorado, it conjures up a whole new reality entirely; it threatens their livelihood.

A study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin analyzed three decades of U.S. and European public opinion polls, and found that people with the most positive attitude toward wolves had the least direct experience with them, which explains the divide in opinion between rural and urban Colorado. Indeed, the topic of the reintroduction of wolves has been buzzing across the state, and groups like the Sierra Club have been meeting and advocating for wolf recovery with little regard of how it will affect rural Colorado, specifically the state’s ranchers and farmers. “It is true that some surveys indicate many Coloradans support having wolves in our state,” the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated in a recently published article. “Unfortunately, the costs of living with predators are not borne by most our citizens. Agricultural producers and sportsmen will bear the brunt of the cost. For this reason and many others based in best available science, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a resolution affirming opposition of the intentional release of any wolves into Colorado,” the article stated. Continue reading

12-15-17 The National Western Stock Show is Hiring for the 2018 Stock Show

The National Western Stock Show is Hiring for the 2018 Stock Show

Denver, CO  – The National Western Stock Show will host the annual job fair to hire over 400 seasonal positions for the 2018 National Western Stock Show.  The job fair is Tuesday, December 19th, 10am – 2pm at the National Western Complex.  The iconic stock show is seeking friendly and hard-working people who want to be part of this 112-year-old Colorado tradition.

Stock Show positions include building maintenance, ticketing, tack and feed, janitorial, parking services, and guest relations. Several departments operate outdoors, regardless of weather and shifts run 8-12 hours a day for the 16 days of Stock Show. “This is an exciting time for the Stock Show as we celebrate 112 years and we can’t do it without the fabulous team of seasonal employees,” said Debbie Rogers, Human Resources Manager and Employment Office Manager.

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12-15-17 Endangered ferrets released to wild as CPW works to rescue species

A black-footed ferret peeks out of a burrow where it was released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist April Estep and intern Brianna Fett on Dec. 13. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Jerry Neal

Endangered ferrets released to wild as CPW works to rescue species

HOLLY, Colo. – When it comes to rescuing and preserving our endangered species, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffers will trek to all corners of the state, day and night, good weather and bad, to fulfill their mission.

That was the case Dec. 13 as a CPW team from Denver and Colorado Springs drove hours to the far southeast edge of the state to make sure four black-footed ferrets were carefully and properly deposited in new burrows as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to rebuild a population twice thought to be extinct.

It was 30 degrees and the sun was settings as the CPW team took the ferrets in their plastic crates onto private, grazed prairieland for release into the wild. The location was an active prairie dog colony where plenty of burrows offered ideal habitat for the ferrets, which nearly disappeared from Colorado in the 1950s and were thought extinct until a small population was found in Wyoming in 1981.

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12-15-17 NPPC Applauds Withdraw Of Organic Rule

NPPC Applauds Withdraw Of Organic Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 15, 2017 – Listening to the farmers it would have affected, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue today announced that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council.

The Obama-era regulation – the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule – would have incorporated into the National Organic Program welfare standards that were not based on science and that were outside the scope of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. The act limited consideration of livestock as organic to feeding and medication practices.

“We’d like to thank Sec. Perdue and the Trump administration for listening to our concerns with the rule and recognizing the serious challenges it would have presented our producers,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. Continue reading

12-15-17 USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office.

National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling. NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“This is a very disappointing decision by USDA, both for American family farmers and for consumers. Currently, we have too much inconsistency in how organic certifiers apply animal welfare standards to farming and ranching operations. This, in turn, endangers the organic label’s integrity and leads to consumer confusion. The OLPP rule would have helped mitigate these concerns by standardizing organic livestock and poultry practices for the voluntary National Organic Program.

“We urge USDA to find a solution that provides certainty to family organic producers and integrity to the organic label. Family farmers, ranchers, and consumers all benefit from thorough, accurate and consistent food labeling.”

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12-15-17 CSU Extension: 4-H Helping Hands Spread Holiday Cheer to Prowers County Nursing Homes

4-H Helping Hands Spread Holiday Cheer to Prowers County Nursing Homes

In the spirit of giving, Prowers County 4-H members participated in a
community service put on by the 4-H county council officer. This year
4-H members assisted in putting together twenty-four fleece blankets for
Lamar and Holly nursing home residents. The members also designed
Christmas cards to give to each resident who received a blanket. The
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12-15-17 Get Registered for the 2018 NCBA Convention and Trade Show Jan 31 – Feb 2 in Phoenix, AZ

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Registration for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is Now Open

Registration for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz., opened October, 2 and participants are encouraged to register early! This year’s event will be held Jan 31-Feb 2, with a schedule packed full of business meetings, educational opportunities and world-class entertainment. Continue reading

12-15-17 American Gelbvieh Association Elects Leadership

The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2018 during its national convention in Wichita, Kansas. Front row (left to right): Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colo.; Secretary Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Broomfield, Colo.; President Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Vice President John Carrel, Columbus, Mont.; Treasurer Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss. Back row (left to right): Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Va.; Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.; Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D.; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Derek Martin, Bucklin, Kan.; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

American Gelbvieh Association Elects Leadership

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 9, 2017, during the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

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12-15-17 Inside the CSU Rural Energy Center with Director Cary Weiner…

Inside the CSU Rural Energy Center with Director Cary Weiner…

Learn more about Free Solar Assessments for Animal Feeding Operations…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 15, 2017 – Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free solar energy assessments for Colorado animal feeding operations. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss those in much more detail is Cary Weiner, CSU Rural Energy Center Director


CSU is accepting applications on an ongoing basis up to a limit of 30. Applicants must receive 51% or more of their gross receipts from agriculture. For complete details please visit www.rec.colostate.edu/fase to submit the short application. And for even more information about the FSAE, contact Cary Weiner, CSU Rural Energy Center Director, by email at  cary.weiner@colostate.edu or by calling (970) 491-3784.

For even more information about the CSU Rural Energy Center please visit http://yourenergy.extension.colostate.edu/

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 15th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 15th

Northey Nomination Still on Hold

The nomination of Bill Northey to a top Department of Agriculture post remains on hold following a White House meeting on the Renewable Fuels Standard. The meeting, requested by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, offered no major breakthroughs regarding what Cruz wants to change in the RFS. Cruz told Politico he is still holding up the vote to confirm Northey, but touted “progress towards a productive solution” that he says would balance the needs of ethanol and oil refiners. A source told Politico that Cruz’s staff said they want to reduce the price of biofuel credits but did not offer any “win-win” proposals to do so. Cruz is expected to propose a cap on RIN prices, but that’s an idea that RFS defenders say would go against the law’s intent. A statement from Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office says: “There was an understanding expressed broadly in the meeting that any outcome can’t undermine the integrity of the RFS.”

Newly Appointed Minnesota Senator Strong Supporter of Ethanol

The appointed U.S. Senator to take the place of Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota will “fiercely defend ethanol.” The Washington Examiner reports Democrat Tina Smith will add another big voice of support for corn ethanol in Congress. Smith was appointed this week by Minnesota’s Governor to take the place of Franken, who resigned last week over allegations of sexual misconduct. Smith, now formally Minnesota Lieutenant Governor, said on September 16th last year while declaring the date as Ethanol Day, that ethanol is a “critical tool” in the state’s economic development toolbox. The ethanol industry generates nearly $5 billion for Minnesota’s economy and more than 18,000 jobs, according to Smith. However, it is not clear how much she can do as her appointment lasts one year, after which Minnesota will hold a special election to choose a new senator to serve out the remainder of Franken’s term.

Mexico Sees Possible EU Trade Deal

Mexico and the European Union could place the framework for a trade deal by the end of the year. As talks around the North American Free Trade Agreement drag on, Mexico said this week that the nation is working with the EU to reach the framework for a trade agreement, but differences over agricultural market access remain. The two sides are currently in technical meetings and preparing for higher-level talks next week. Mexico and the EU have an existing accord dating to 2000 that principally cut tariffs on industrial goods. The two parties agreed in 2015 to modernize their trade relations and held various rounds of talks last year.The potential trade deal comes as Reuters says Mexico is aiming to reduce its reliance on trade with the United States. However, trade officials from Mexico did say this week that the goal is to have significant advances in the first quarter of 2018, regarding the stalled NAFTA talks.

Report Outlines BayerAG-Monsanto Merger Impact

A research document released by Farmers and Families First shows the proposed BayerAG-Monsanto merger would reduce competition and increase cost for farmers. The white paper says the deal would create a $66 billion corporation with “unprecedented control” over the products farmers and agriculture businesses need to grow, produce and distribute food. Farmers and Families First is an advocacy organization that states a primary goal of putting ideas into action that promote innovation, lower costs through competition, and fairness for farmers and families. Online records show that the organization’s website was registered on December 6th, 2017. Washington, D.C. online records indicate the 501(c)(4) non-profit was registered on December, 7th, 2017. The study claims a merged Bayer-Monsanto would control over 35 percent of the global market for corn seeds, roughly 28 percent of the global soybean market, almost 70 percent of the global cottonseed market and up to 69 percent of U.S. approved herbicide-tolerant seeds for alfalfa, canola, corn, wheat, soybeans and cotton.

Florida Citrus Crop Estimates Decline Further

The Department of Agriculture says Florida will produce four million less boxes of oranges than previously estimated. The decline, attributed to damage from Hurricane Irma, has USDA predicting Florida will produce 46 million boxes of oranges. The decline doubles a previous decrease indicated by USDA in October. A survey of growers conducted post Irma pegged total fruit loss at almost 60 percent with some reports of 100 percent fruit loss in the Southwest part of the state. Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Michael Sparks told the Palm Beach Post: “This is exactly what we thought would happen as the true damage begins to rear its ugly head in the groves across Florida.” The forecast from USDA this week represents a decline of more than 80 percent since the peak of citrus production at 244 million boxes during the 1997-98 season.

USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting

The Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on food crediting, the system USDA says defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program. USDA says the public input will help USDA officials better understand perspectives on “navigating today’s evolving food and nutrition environment.” To claim federal reimbursement for food served through one of USDA’s child nutrition programs, program operators must serve meals and snacks that meet each program’s specific meal pattern requirements. USDA’s crediting system defines how each food item fits into the meal pattern. USDA is especially interested in understanding both the possible benefits and any negative impacts associated with possible changes to how certain foods may or may not credit. Electronic comments are preferred and may be submitted at the Federal Register today through February 12, 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service