12-19-17 NWSS Announces “Thunder” as 2018 Parade Grand Marshal

NWSS Announces “Thunder” as

2018 Parade Grand Marshal

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Denver, CO.  – The National Western Stock Show is excited to re-announce Denver icon and Broncos’ team mascot, Thunder, as the 2018 parade grand marshal.   Last year the Stock Show parade was cancelled due to weather, preventing Thunder from acting as grand marshal.

On Thursday, January 4th, Thunder, owner Sharon Magness Blake and rider/trainer Ann Judge, will lead the tradition of Longhorn cattle, horses and western wagons through the streets of downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 2018 National Western Stock Show.   The parade begins at noon at Union Station and marches 15 blocks down 17th Street.

“Unfortunately, we did not have a parade last year and so we are thrilled for a second chance to celebrate Thunder, not only as the best mascot in the NFL, but also as a symbol of our western spirit and a representative of the equine community,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.  “Sharon, Ernie and Ann are an invaluable part of the Stock Show family and embody the western lifestyle.  We appreciate them sharing Thunder with us and with all of Denver.”   Continue reading

12-19-17 Ninety Producers, Handlers and Industry attend first Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association

Ninety Producers, Handlers and Industry attend first Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association

December 19, 2017 – Sterling, CO –  About 90 millet producers, handlers/processors and industry representatives attended the first annual meeting of High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) on Dec. 8 at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

HPMA President Chris Stum, a millet producer from Towner, welcomed the group and said “lack of research in developing new millet varieties and lack of new market creation has inhibited the expansion of this crop.  The most recent commercial millet variety ‘Horizon’ is 14 years old and the major market is bird feed/seed.  This has to change.”  HPMA supports a producer referendum to establish a Colorado Millet Marketing Order to fund education, research and promotion programs. Continue reading

12-19-17 CO State Representative Kimmi Lewis Announces Run for Re-election

CO State Representative Kimmi Lewis Announces Run for Re-election

Representative Kimmi Lewis, House District 64, is running for re-election in 2018. Lewis, a rancher and businesswoman from the Kim area, Las Animas County, CO, easily defeated the Republican incumbent in the 2016 Primary Election and overwhelmingly won HD 64 against the Democrat challenger. Continue reading

12-19-17 NFU: House Disaster Aid Package Offers First Steps to Fixes for Cotton and Dairy

NFU: House Disaster Aid Package Offers First Steps to Fixes for Cotton and Dairy

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Appropriations Committee last night unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package that includes important provisions for cotton growers and limited support for dairy producers. Farmers in both industries are in need of appropriations fixes prior to the start of the next farm bill.

The House proposal offsets part of the costs of the changes by initiating nutrition infrastructure reforms.

National Farmers Union (NFU) supports comparable, meaningful changes for each industry, yet remains opposed to farm programs being pitted against nutrition programs. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response:

121917 Cotton Dairy Nutrition in Disaster Aid

“The cotton and dairy industries both face major economic hardships. Both need financial assistance. While NFU supports the cotton and dairy changes included in the bill, much more must be done. It is very disappointing that House appropriators provide significantly lower levels of assistance for dairy producers, who are struggling tremendously with low milk prices, market uncertainty, and a deeply flawed safety net program. We urge the Senate and House negotiators to find ways to provide more real, meaningful help.”

“We should also avoid cuts to nutrition program infrastructure outside of the farm bill reform debate. Broad coalitions, over the course of the last year, have repeatedly stated that one farm bill program should not be an offset from the other. We stand by that sentiment.”

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12-19-17 RMFU: Workshops Will Provide Tools To Beginning, Expanding Farmers

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RMFU: Workshops Will Provide Tools To Beginning, Expanding Farmers

The Colorado Tourism Office, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Guidestone Colorado are co-hosting Growing Your Farm Business:  Visioning and Scaling Up Workshops in January and February for beginning and expanding farmers and ranchers.  These workshops are in partnership with Local Food Hub organizations: Excelsior Food Hub in Boone,  Valley Roots Food Hub in Mosca, and Southwest Farm Fresh in Mancos and will take place during the following dates and locations:

January 11-12 (Boone, CO) 
January 18-19 (Salida, CO)  
February 2-3 (Cortez,CO)  
Pre-registration is required at http://www.GuidestoneColorado.org.

“This exciting initiative is not only an investment in the next generation of farmers and ranchers but in the future of our state’s agricultural and agritourism economy too,” said Elizabeth O’Rear, Manager of CTO’s Heritage & Agritourism Program. “The Colorado Tourism Office is proud to partner with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Guidestone Colorado and Local Food Hub The organizations to build on the success of existing programs in the State by increasing resources and enhancing opportunities to help Colorado’s newest producers expand their work and more quickly achieve success.”

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12-19-17 CSU SEA Extension: “Tillage, Sometimes Less Is More”

CSU SEA Extension: “Tillage, Sometimes Less Is More”

Growing up on a flood irrigated farm under the Fort Lyon Canal, nothing seemed more pleasing to the eye than a freshly tilled field with clean straight furrows ready for irrigation.   However, over the past 20 years soil scientist and agronomist have been touting the benefits of crop residue and reduced tilling.  Research has overwhelmingly confirmed that reduced tillage leads to improved soil health and water infiltration.   Reduced and minimal tillage strategies are now the rule rather the exception on the majority of the dryland acres in Eastern Colorado.   Converting flood irrigated fields to center pivot irrigation has allowed some irrigated farmers to reduce tillage on the converted acres as well, but not all farms and fields are a good fit for a center pivot.  Although implementing reduced tillage strategies on land with furrow flood irrigation is challenging it is not impossible.   Continue reading

12-19-17 President Trump to Address Farm Bureau Members in January at Annual Convention in Nashville

President Trump to Address Farm Bureau Members in January at Annual Convention in Nashville

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 19, 2017 – Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention, Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tenn.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation is honored to host our nation’s president,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall, a beef and poultry farmer from Georgia. “President Trump has said all along that he would make sure agriculture has a seat at the table when it comes to the top issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. Now, it is our privilege to reserve a spot for him at our podium.” Continue reading

12-19-17 Inside American Angus Association with Clint Mefford, Director of Communications & Public Relations…

Inside American Angus Association with Clint Medford, Director of Communications & Public Relations…

NWSS Angus Bull Sale Returns to Denver January 10th

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 19, 2017 – The 2018 National Western Bull Sale, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10, will head back to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Held in the historic Stadium Arena, the event celebrates the rich history and success of the Angus breed. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time by telephone is Clint Mefford, Director of Communications & Public Relations with to discuss Angus activities during the 112th NWSS in January…


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12-19-17 RMFU Members Encouraged to Participate in UpRoot’s Colorado Food Loss Survey

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RMFU Members Encouraged to Participate in UpRoot’s Colorado Food Loss Survey

UpRoot is inviting RMFU members to take part in an online survey designed to collect information on food loss in Colorado. This 7-10 minute survey is a collaborative effort between the University of Colorado Denver and UpRoot Colorado. Our goal is to better understand how much food loss occurs at the farm level in order to, ultimately, help reduce both food loss, costs to farmers and food insecurity in our state.  We value your time, wisdom, and expertise and every effort will be made to maintain your responses confidential.

If you have any questions, you may call Lindsay Adams, lead researcher, at 716-6973906. You may also contact the Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) that oversees academic research at 303-724-1055.

Here is a link to the survey  https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8uhrWxkH6VYy2RD

12-19-17 RMFU: New Mexico Legislative Drive-in Set For January 23rd… Join Us

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RMFU: New Mexico Legislative Drive-in Set For January 23rd… Join Us

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union invites you to join us at the New Mexico Legislative Drive-In, taking place in Santa Fe from 1:30 pm, January 23 to noon, January 24.  Pam Roy will cover our agenda for the afternoon session and following day. The afternoon session will focus on legislative and other agriculture issues along with a round table discussion. Continue reading

12-19-17 NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against “Severely Flawed” Tax Reform Conference Bill

NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against “Severely Flawed” Tax Reform Conference Bill

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WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Congress readies to vote on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax system, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to vote against the current plan because of its regressive structure and devastating implications for the nation’s financial standing, farm program spending, and health care affordability for family farmers and ranchers.

NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter to members of Congress, highlighting the family farm organization’s major concerns with the bill and noting that NFU plans to score the votes on its voter scorecard. The NFU Board of Directors today voted to oppose the current tax plan because of its implications for the federal deficit and future farm spending.

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12-19-17 US Senators Bennet, Daines Introduce Bill to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

US Senators Bennet, Daines Introduce Bill to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C. — On December 18th, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Steve Daines (R-MT)  introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and other wildlife-dependent activities across the country. Continue reading

12-19-17 CCAC, CCGA honor individuals, businesses that significantly contributed to Colorado ag industry in 2017

CCAC, CCGA honor individuals, businesses that significantly contributed to Colorado ag industry in 2017

There was no shortage of farmers, businesses and others who helped make 2017 an outstanding year for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA). And during an annual banquet in Burlington this month, both organizations honored those that went above and beyond for the agriculture industry.   Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 18th

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EPA to Finalize WOTUS Repeal in April

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to complete formal repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule in April 2018. Politico reports an updated regulatory agenda from the White House also shows a replacement rule is scheduled for proposal in May. A final version of the rule is not expected until June 2019. President Donald Trump issued an executive order earlier this year repealing WOTUS, a move EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the American Farm Bureau Federation at the time would bring certainty in water regulation for farmers and ranchers. AFBF has been calling on the EPA to “ditch the rule” since it was proposed during the Obama administration. National Corn Growers Association public policy director Ethan Matthews has previously said it was important that the new rule doesn’t say “everything under the sun” falls under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, noting that corn growers farm over 90 million acres in the country, meaning they have a big role to play in the nation’s water quality.

Organic Trade Association Filed Complaint About Organic Livestock Rule

The Organic Trade Association filed a complaint in federal court regarding the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule a week before the Department of Agriculture announced its withdraw. USDA on Friday published noticed that it would withdraw the rule because the rule exceeded USDA’s statutory authority. The rule is subject to 30 days of public comment. The Organic Trade Association called the move a “groundless step” by USDA. OTA says that by the Agriculture Department’s own count, out of the more than 47,000 comments the department received in the last public comment period for the regulation, 99 percent were in favor of the rule becoming effective without further delay. OTA says that out of those 47,000 comments, only 28 supported withdrawing the rule. However, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, who has consistently opposed the rule, says the move by USDA means organic livestock and poultry producers “can rest assured that they will not be forced out of business by another costly and burdensome regulation.”

Farm Co-ops Get Section 199 Fix in Tax Bill

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives praised lawmakers for their work in providing a fix for the repeal of the section 199 Deduction. NCFC applauded Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Senator John Thune of South Dakota for their work in adding the language to the tax bill, along with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. Previously, NCFC said the tax legislation would result in a tax increase on farmers if the deduction was removed in the bill, as planned. National Milk Producers Federation President Jim Mulhern says the final bill still repeals the deduction, but “allows cooperative members to claim a new 20 percent deduction on payments from a farmer cooperative.” Cooperatives would also be able to claim the 20-percent deduction on gross income less payments to patrons, limited to the greater of 50 percent of wages or 25 percent of wages plus 2.5 percent of the cooperative’s investment in property. Mulhern says the favorable treatment for gross income “will help minimize any potential increase in the tax burden on farmer-owned cooperatives.”

Cruz Proposes Renewable Fuel Credit Cap

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is proposing to cap the price of renewable fuel credits purchased by refiners at 10 cents, a mere fraction of the current market value. Prices of renewable fuel credits were trading at roughly 70 cents last week. The credits had been trading at 90 cents each at the end of November. Cruz is making the proposal to help refiners adhere to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The proposal follows a hold Cruz placed on the vote to confirm Bill Northey to a top Department of Agriculture post, which was the result of friction over biofuels proposals between the oil and biofuels industries, and the Trump administration.The senator also proposed forming a working group of administration officials, lawmakers, and stakeholders to devise a “longer-term solution,” according to Reuters. The ethanol industry has said in the past that placing caps on the credits was a non-starter, and has instead argued for policies to increase volumes of ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply. They claim the volume increase would boost supplies of the credits, lowering their prices.

Wendy’s to Reduce Antibiotics Use in Beef Supply Chain

The Ohio-based burger chain Wendy’s will reduce antibiotics use in its beef supply chain. The announcement follows similar measures the fast food restaurant chain took in its poultry supply chain. Starting next year, Wendy’s will source about 15 percent of its beef from producers that have committed to a 20 percent reduction of the only medically important antibiotic product routinely fed to cattle sourced to Wendy’s, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Wendy’s noted in the report that it has completed the process of eliminating all antibiotics important to human medicine from chicken production, something the company pledged to do last year. Wendy’s latest move comes a little more than a week after the Food and Drug Administration released a report noting that U.S. sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food animals fell ten percent in 2016.

Report: Rural Electric Co-ops Could Benefit from Electric Vehicles

A report from CoBank says rural electric cooperatives should benefit from electric vehicle adoption, but it may take years before the benefits are reached. Urban centers across the country are experiencing growth in electric vehicles, driven by high customer satisfaction and financial subsidies. However, the same level of interest has not translated to rural America, where range anxiety is a valid concern. Until electric vehicles can travel a minimum of 200 miles on a single charge and are priced similar to internal combustion engine vehicles, adoption in rural communities will likely remain muted, according to the report. A CoBank economist says that by 2025, use of electric vehicles in rural American is expected to remain below one percent, but says technology will be much better than it is today. CoBank says: “Some rural electric cooperatives will have customers on the edge of urban and suburban America and may want to consider building public infrastructure.” For now, however, most rural electric cooperatives are unlikely to realize growth in electric vehicles, until advances in battery technology will allow the vehicles will travel hundreds of miles on a single charge.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service