12-20-17 Red Angus Teams up With Kansas State University to Publish Valuable Data From Cow-Calf Veterinarians

“A new survey from Kansas State University and the Red Angus Association of America provides insight from cow/calf veterinarians to individual cow/calf producers.”

Red Angus Teams up With Kansas State University to Publish Valuable Data From Cow-Calf Veterinarians

Denver – Results from a detailed survey of cow-calf veterinarians compiling their recommendations on vaccine protocols, health management, and production practice recommendations were recently published in The Professional Animal Scientist, the publication for the American Registry of Professional Animal ScientistsThe study, “A Survey of Recommended Practices Made by Veterinary Practitioners to Cow-Calf Operations in the United States and Canada,” was initiated by the Red Angus Association of America in partnership with the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Stationand provides valuable insight into how these practices can be best applied in individual cowherds.

Gary Fike, RAAA Director of Commercial Marketing and lead author on the publication, stated, “Our purpose in conducting this survey was to learn what practicing veterinarians nationwide are recommending to their clients. We know that the No. 1 cause of death loss in feedlots is respiratory disease. Despite the progress that has been made in the animal health arena at the farm and ranch level, we still have a long journey ahead keeping calves healthy further down the supply chain. There are a number of factors that play into this issue, including weaning protocols, vaccine use and timing, and proper intervals for administering the preventative vaccines. We addressed the gamut of those issues through this survey.”  Continue reading

12-20-17 CBB Names Scott Stuart to CEO Position

CBB Names Scott Stuart to CEO Position

After an extensive search, the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Scott Stuart of Colorado as the new chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018.

“The beef industry is very complex,” notes Brett Morris, CBB chairman from Ninnekah, Oklahoma. “Scott has the background and understanding to bring all those pieces together to help producers meet their goal of promoting beef and getting the most value from their checkoff dollar”.

“The outstanding work he has done with National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) illustrates the type of CEO we were looking for to fulfill the expectations we had. 

“Scott is a visionary with a strong ability to be very productive. He is thorough and productive, with an immense amount of enthusiasm for this industry. I am most excited about his cowboy background. He will resonate with farmers and ranchers from all over the country, helping them to better understand the benefits of their beef checkoff investments,” Morris added. Continue reading

12-19-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Congressional Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Congressional Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

(Washington, D.C., December 20, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional passage of a conference report on tax cuts and reform legislation:

“This is a once-in-a-generation reform of the federal tax code and it comes just in time to be an eagerly awaited Christmas present for taxpayers. Having traveled through our nation’s heartland for most of this year, I know that the hard-working, tax-paying people of American agriculture need relief. Most family farms are run as small businesses, and they should be able to keep more of what they earn to reinvest in their operations and take care of their families. Simplifying the tax code and easing the burden on citizens will free them up to make choices for themselves, create jobs, and boost the overall American economy. I thank President Trump for his leadership, and commend Congress for being responsive to the people.”


12-20-17 Inside Ardent Mills w/Troy Anderson: National FFA Organization’s “Living to Serve” Partnership & More

Inside Ardent Mills w/Troy Anderson: National FFA Organization’s “Living to Serve” Partnership & More

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2017 – Denver-based Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced its three-star partnership with the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this announcement in more detail is Troy Anderson Regional Operations Manager & Senior Director @ Ardent Mills….

  • Anderson’s Background 
  • Ardent Mills History & Vision
  • Ardent Mills partnership with the National FFA Organization
  • Exciting Opportunity for Ardent Mills, national FFA & its members too
  • Working with the National FFA
  • & More



To learn more about the National FFA Organization visit FFA.org or follow them  on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. And to learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.

12-20-17 Tax Reform Must Not Jeopardize Farm Program Funding, NFU Says

Tax Reform Must Not Jeopardize Farm Program Funding, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to approve the conference Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping tax system overhaul that will now go to the President’s desk for signing into law.

National Farmers Union (NFU) staunchly opposed the Act because of its regressive taxation structure and devastating implications health care affordability and the nation’s financial standing. The bill’s massive $1.5 trillion increase to the deficit now places farm program and entitlement funding on the chopping block, says the family farm organization. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the vote:

“Farmers Union is deeply disappointed in Congress’ decision to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, not only because it is flawed fiscal policy, but also because we must now fight to protect every penny that is spent securing our nation’s food supply and natural resources, supporting our rural communities, and feeding our hungry.

“This tax bill leaves a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget – a hole that some members of Congress will want to fill with farm program and entitlement spending cuts. At a time when rural America is experiencing the most severe economic downturn in a couple generations, we cannot afford to take away their safety net. Moving forward, we urge Congress to avoid any funding cuts to programs that support our nation’s family farmers and ranchers.” Continue reading

12-20-17 USDA Announces Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board Appointments

USDA Announces Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 27 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Twenty-five of the appointees will serve three-year terms. Two appointees will serve the remaining one-year portion of vacant positions.

  • Bruce T. Jackson, Lockesburg, Ark.
  • J. Kent Bamford, Haxton, Colo.
  • Cliff W. Coddington, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Jared Brackett, Filer, Idaho
  • Phil Perry, Oskaloosa, Kan.
  • Trista Brown Priest, Satanta, Kan.
  • Ryan Miller, Bardstown, Ky.
  • Leon James, Hurdland, Mo.
  • Turk Stovall, Billings, Mont.
  • Katie Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.
  • Bill Baldwin, Mitchell, Neb.
  • Jim Eschliman, Ericson, Neb.
  • Raymond Erbele, Streeter, N.D.
  • Blayne Arthur, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Jimmy Taylor, Cheyenne, Okla.
  • Dick McElhaney, Hookstown, Pa.
  • Bill Slovek, Philip, S.D.
  • Jackie White Means, Van Horn, Texas
  • Jason Peeler, Floresville, Texas
  • Michael Wayne White, Vernon, Texas
  • Sean P. Jones, Massey, Md., Mid-Atlantic Unit
  • Rob Von Der Lieth, Copperopolis, Calif., Southwest Unit
  • Laurie Bryant, Burke, Va., Importer
  • Rob Williams, Chase, Md., Importer
  • Jeffrey Isenmann, Rochester Hills, Mich., Importer
  • Nicholas Brander, Wilmette, Ill., Importer (1-year term)
  • Steven Hobbs, Larkspur, Colo., Importer (1-year term)

“The Cattlemen’s Beef Board works to build demand for beef by helping to maintain and expand markets through their research, promotion, and information sharing efforts,” said Perdue. “Their work represents all segments of the beef industry and I know that the agricultural sector will be well served by them.” Continue reading

12-20-17 Colorado’s State revenue forecast reflects steady economy and investment growth

Colorado’s State revenue forecast reflects steady economy and investment growth

DENVER — Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

The General Fund revenue forecast for FY 2017-18 is higher by $179.2 million, or 1.6 percent, compared to the September 2017 forecast. The forecast for FY 2018-19 is higher by $106.6 million, or 0.9 percent. After modest increases of just 1.7 percent in FY 2015-16 and 3.0 percent in FY 2016-17, General Fund revenue is forecast to increase at a much stronger rate of 9.9 percent in FY 2017-18. The pickup in economic activity this year, as well as the robust stock market and deferred capital gains from 2016 into tax years 2017 and 2018 are the main causes of the upgraded revenue growth estimates.

“There’s no better time to plan for the future than now,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These new resources allow us to take needed strides in bolstering education, transportation and our reserves. We look forward to crafting the plan with the General Assembly in 2018.”   Continue reading

12-20-17 Ardent Mills and the National FFA Organization Announce National Partnership

Ardent Mills and the National FFA Organization Announce National Partnership

Premier grain-based foods company aligns with the blue jackets to fight hunger, improve safety, recruit future leaders, elevate local community connections and contribute to the success of agriculture and milling

DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Denver-based Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced its three-star partnership with the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.

As a three-star partner, Ardent Mills will provide monetary support to FFA at the national level, supporting the Living to Serve platform. The Living to Serve platform empowers every student in every classroom to make a positive impact in their community. FFA provides quality programs, resources, recognition and opportunities for members to put leadership into action through service engagement. The partnership will also make connections to local FFA chapters in both rural and urban settings across Ardent Mills’ U.S. and Puerto Rico footprint.

Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye states, “We are excited to partner with FFA for several reasons. We see alignment in the FFA’s mission and vision to our own vision and values, along with our brand promise of Nourishing what’s next™. The FFA has many platforms that will complement areas of focus for Ardent Mills, including safety, hunger, health and nutrition. Each of our U.S. and Puerto Rico community mill sites will have the opportunity to partner with a local FFA chapter within just a few miles of the facility. We are committed to growing this relationship on both the local and national levels over time. Our intent is to make a positive difference in the communities where our team members live and work, identify future frontline leaders and strengthen the agriculture and milling industries.”

“Our vision is to grow our members into leaders who strengthen agriculture while building communities,” says Mark Poeschl, National FFA Organization CEO. “We’re excited about this partnership with Ardent Mills as it allows us to provide resources to local FFA chapters to help them continue the work they are doing through service learning.” Continue reading

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Disaster Bill Includes Cotton, Dairy Provisions

The $81 billion House disaster aid package includes provisions for cotton growers and limited support for dairy producers. The National Farmers Union says both cotton and dairy farmers need appropriations fixes before the start of the next farm bill. The bill, however, offsets part of the cost by making changes to nutrition infrastructure. NFU President Roger Johnson says the organization supports changes for cotton and dairy farmers, but remains opposed to “farm programs being pitted against nutrition programs.” Further, Johnson says the dairy industry needs more help than outlined in the bill, calling the support level “very disappointing,” as dairy producers continue to struggle with low milk prices and a “deeply flawed safety net program.” The bill also includes $2.6 billion for Florida agriculture for producers who have suffered hurricane-related losses.

President Trump to Address AFBF Annual Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump will address the AFBF 99th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, next month. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says AFBF is “honored to host our nation’s president,” in noting that Trump has said he would “make sure agriculture has a seat at the table” when it comes to top issues facing farmers and ranchers. Duvall says: “Now, it is our privilege to reserve a spot for him at our podium.” Duvall considers President Trump’s announced speech as a sign of the high regard in which the nation’s chief executive holds America’s farm and ranch families. The speech comes after three consecutive years of decline in farm sector profits as farmers are facing prolonged economic challenges. AFBF says action on key issues on the president’s agenda could help farmers turn the corner as they head into the new year. George H.W. Bush was the last president to address the AFBF Annual Convention in 1992 in Kansas City, and before that, in 1990 in Orlando. The 2018 AFBF Annual Convention takes place January 5-10.

U.S. Soybean Exports Top Another Record

Government data shows that U.S. farmers again exported a record amount of soybeans, shipping 2.6 billion bushels to international buyers in the 2016-17 marketing year. Valued at more than $28 billion, the milestone represented the second year in a row that exports exceeded 60 percent of U.S. soybean production. However, the United Soybean Board warns that record U.S. production is no longer enough to ensure markets for U.S. farmers. A USB board member points out that soy production is growing worldwide, giving buyers more choice. Derek Haigwood of Arkansas says the U.S. needs to “differentiate our product and farmer practices to customers” to position the U.S. as a preferred supplier in the future. He suggests that improvements to meal and oil will help the U.S. “keep a strong foothold” in overseas markets.

Global Drought Severity Index Launched

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and others, are rolling out a new worldwide satellite-based drought severity index. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, called GRACE, the index adds groundwater storage to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation. Researchers announcing the index say it will “provide for accurate and continuous drought monitoring” worldwide. The data set for the drought severity index covers 2002 to 2014, but will be extended with the current mission and the GRACE follow-up mission scheduled to be launched in early 2018. Researchers say the index will be very reliable because it’s based solely on satellite gravity observations, which enables it to provide globally consistent drought monitoring, even in places where ground readings are difficult to obtain. You can find the data online by searching for the UCI drought index. (http://drought.eng.uci.edu/)

Egg Supply Dropping Prices, Pressuring Cage-Free Market

An abundance of inexpensive, conventionally produced eggs is depressing demand for higher priced cage-free eggs. A new report by CoBank says egg production, conventual and cage-free, has surged since the 2015 avian flu outbreak. More than 229 major food companies following the outbreak pledged to use cage-free eggs by 2025. Meanwhile, total table egg production is expected to return to historical growth patterns as low egg prices encourage producers to pare back production. The rebalancing of the market will allow the cage-free transition to be driven by fundamental consumer demand rather than pledges made by retailers and food manufacturers, according to the report. To fully meet food company pledges to market all or a significant portion of their eggs as cage-free, nearly three-quarters of the entire layer flock would need to meet the criteria. It would cost the industry about $10 billion to make the transition. The current overabundance of conventional eggs makes this investment difficult in the near term, the report points out.

Missouri Announces First Wave of 2016 Dicamba Misuse Fines

Missouri has announced fines for herbicide applicators stemming from 2016 dicamba investigations in the Southeast corner of the state. All the announced fines are for applicators in Dunklin County, in Missouri’s bootheel region, bordering Arkansas. One applicator was cited for an alleged 149 violations, with a civil penalty settlement amount of $62,250. The fines started at $1,500, and totaled more than $145,000 for eight applicators, in what the state calls the first wave of civil penalties. In 2016, the Missouri Department of Agriculture completed 121 complaint-based dicamba investigations. Federal investigators are also looking into six of the complaints from 2016 in the state. Neighboring Arkansas in 2016 issued seven warnings and 47 civil penalties in 2016, and is investigating nearly 1,000 dicamba misuse complaints reported in 2017. Missouri is investigating more than 300 complaints reported in 2017.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service