01-31-18 Survey Shows Growing Approval of Beef Checkoff Program

Survey Shows Growing Approval of Beef Checkoff Program

January 31, 2018 – An independent survey of beef producers found 74 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program; this finding is 5 percent higher than the survey a year ago. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago. The random survey of 804 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research from mid-December 2017 until mid-January 2018. The survey found that in addition to stronger support of the checkoff compared to a year ago, a substantial majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff is a good value:

  • 76% say the beef checkoff has contributed to a positive trend in beef demand
  • 78% say the checkoff has value even when the economy is weak, 5% higher than last year
  • 65% say the checkoff contributes to profitability of their operations
  • 71% say the checkoff represents their interests, 4% higher than last year
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01-31-18 NACD Annual Meeting Attendees Donate Conservation Books to Local School

NACD Annual Meeting Attendees Donate Conservation Books to Local School

During Wednesday morning’s meeting of the NACD Board of Directors, NACD and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD) presented representatives from Dodson Branch School in Jackson County, Tenn., with donated books for their library as part of the Pack-A-Book program. These conservation-related books will be enjoyed by the 290 Pre-K to eighth grade students of Dodson Branch for years to come. Thank you to all of our meeting attendees who brought books or provided monetary donations to help make this possible! Continue reading

01-31-18 NACD Honors Conservation Award Recipients


NACD Honors Conservation Award Recipients

Last night, during the 2018 Annual Meeting Appreciation Banquet, NACD honored award recipients for their dedication to protecting and preserving natural resources across the country.

The first award of the night was the inaugural Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award, received by Dorn Cox (pictured above, left, with President Brent Van Dyke) of Lee, N.H. Cox serves as a county supervisor and vice-chair of the Strafford County Conservation District and is vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts. Continue reading

01-31-18 Governor updates state’s climate plan as Colorado communities come together for climate symposium

Governor updates state’s climate plan as Colorado communities come together for climate symposium

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper today released an updated edition of the Colorado Climate Plan, a statewide set of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness.

The revised Colorado Climate Plan reflects advances in the discussion on how best to address climate change at the state level as well as progress since the release of the initial plan in 2015; it also takes into account changes in both global and federal climate policy. The updated plan also wraps in the objectives contained in Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order from July 2017 that committed the state to additional climate action. Continue reading

01-31-18 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) January 31, 2018 Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing several topics including:

  • CO HB 18-1043 Defeated in Ag Committee
  • ELD Mandate & Animal Welfare
  • CFB’s Proposed  Ballot Initiatives to Protect Private Property Rights
  • CFB’s Martha Smith’s Recognition by CO Legislature for National Award
  • Ag Day at the Capitol on March 22nd
  • New CFB Website in the Works
  • & MORE



About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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01-31-18 CFB’s Martha Smith Recognized by State Legislature for National Award

CFB Member Martha Smith and CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, courtesy of CFB

Colorado Farm Bureau’s Martha Smith Recognized by State Legislature for National Award

DENVER, Colo. — Martha Smith was recognized at the Colorado State Capitol today for taking the top prize at the Young Farmer and Rancher National Discussion Meet competition hosted at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Meeting. State legislators and community members gathered at the capitol as State SenatorJerry Sonnenberg presented Smith with a tribute from the General Assembly, congratulating her on her success.

Smith faced off against agriculture advocates from nearly every state at the national competition in Nashville last month. After four rounds, she was named the victor. The event simulates a boardroom discussion on issues pertinent to American agriculture. Knowledge of the industry as well as the ability to think critically and recommend realistic solutions was key to her win.

“Martha was an outstanding representative for Colorado and for young farmers and ranchers across the country,” said Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “It is talented people like her who will lead the agriculture industry into the next generation and help us continue to feed people around the world.”  Continue reading

01-31-18 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with CLA’s Kellee Smith: 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium and more…

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Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with CLA’s Kellee Smith: 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) January 31, 2018 – The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 20, 2018…and joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in detail is Kellee Smith administrative coordinator @ the CO Livestock Association…


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01-31-18 CFB: HB18-1043 Country of Origin Recognition System Fails in House Ag Committee

Photo (left to right): Vice President Carlyle Currier, Board Member Marc Arnusch, Yuma County President Audrey Rock, Representative Kimmi Lewis (bill sponsor)

HB18-1043 Country of Origin Recognition System Fails in House Ag Committee

Thanks to the hard work of Colorado Farm Bureau members and other agriculture advocates from around the state, the bill requiring a mandatory country of origin recognition system (COORS) for beef sold in Colorado grocery stores, died in the House Agriculture Committee after over five hours of testimony.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to voice their opposition to this bill by calling, texting and writing to legislators. We had 71 members respond to the action alert, asking members of the committee to Vote No on this bill. Another HUGE thank you to those that testified both in-person and remotely around the state. Without you, success would not have been possible. Continue reading



140126 or 131109 Cattle, Field by Ryan VigDenver, Colo. – On Monday the Colorado General Assembly’s House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources heard testimony from dozens of Colorado cattle ranchers and Colorado consumers stating that multinational meatpackers and retailers were deceptively applying “Product of the USA” labels on foreign beef sold in Colorado grocery stores. Although this testimony was uncontested, and without any publicly disclosed committee debate, the committee voted 10 to 3 to prevent the only measure introduced in the Assembly to address these misleading labels from being debated on the Assembly’s floor by the states’ 65-member House of Representatives. Continue reading



NASHVILLE, TN. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) swore in First Vice President Tim Palmer as the next president-elect at the member organization’s 72nd Annual Meeting Appreciation Banquet in Nashville, Tenn.

The NACD Board of Directors elected Palmer to serve as the organization’s next president-elect where he will serve a one-year term alongside President Brent Van Dyke. Prior to serving as an officer for NACD, Palmer was elected to represent the North Central Region on NACD’s executive board where he served for four years.

“I am honored to continue serving NACD in this new capacity,” said President-elect Tim Palmer. “As a farmer, I recognize the value conservation has to not only the American economy, but to people around the world. Those who make their living off the land understand better than anyone the significant role locally-led conservation plays in preserving our nation’s natural resources. I am passionate about this field, and I am both honored and excited to continue being a national voice for local conservation districts.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 31st

House Ag Democrat: No Farm Bill Better than Bad Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Democrat Jim McGovern of Massachusetts says he would “rather have no farm bill this year than a lousy farm bill.” McGovern told the Hagstrom Report that he has not seen the House draft of the farm bill, but that he would work to defeat the bill if he does not like it, in hopes for a better farm bill in 2019, in hopes Democrats will control the House. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, has sent the farm bill draft to the Congressional Budget Office for review. McGovern pointed out that Conaway has not shown him a draft of the nutrition title even though he is the ranking member on the Nutrition Subcommittee. A spokesperson for Conaway says the Congressman has received scores on some titles of the farm bill, but not all, and does not want to share drafts of the bill “before we know what we can afford.” The Republican leadership is expected to need Democratic votes to pass the farm bill this year because conservative Republicans are unlikely to support it.

State Ag Officials Set 2018 Policy Priorities

The National State Departments of Agriculture this week set top policy priorities for the year during a Washington, D.C. event. During the organization’s annual Winter Policy Conference, leaders of state agriculture departments called passing a unified farm bill, along with the successful modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement, top issues for 2018. The group also calls implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act a priority for the year. NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Reviczky (re-VIZ-kee), says of the priorities, that “state departments of agriculture set the stage for good things to happen.” NASDA members also want rural broadband expansion, meaningful investments in infrastructure and improvements to conservation programs for producers. NASDA represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories.

USDA, FDA Announce Formal Agreement to Bolster Coordination and Collaboration

A formal agreement between the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration seeks to make the oversight of food more effective. Announced Tuesday by the White House, the arrangement is aimed at “bolstering coordination between the two agencies.” The formal agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agreement promotes “coordination and the streamlining of capacities and obligations on shared concerns and jurisdiction.” USDA oversees the safety of most meat, poultry, catfish and certain egg products while the FDA has authority over all other foods such as dairy, seafood, produce and packaged foods.

EU Delays Ruling on Bayer-Monsanto Merger, Again

The European Union has again delayed a ruling regarding Bayer’s planned takeover of Monsanto. Earlier this week, EU Commission antitrust investigators extended their investigation by five working days until March 12th, according to Reuters. The ongoing proceedings would have given Bayer until midnight on Monday to offer further concessions to EU regulators or request another extension of up to 10 working days. The EU did not state a reason for the delay to deliver its verdict on the merger, and a Bayer spokesman declined to comment. The transaction would make Bayer the largest supplier of seeds and crop chemicals, surpassing ChemChina’s Syngenta, DowDuPont and BASF. Late last year, the EU Commission granted Bayer more time to provide information, which pushed the deadline for the EU to decide over the deal back to March 5th from late January. Bayer had initially hoped to wrap up the deal by the end of 2017.

Gen Z Emerging as Food Influencers

Move over millennials, the next generation of food industry influencers has arrived. Although members of Generation Z are just now entering adulthood, their impact on the food industry is already being felt, according to a new study. Generation Z, those born from 1997 to present, now represent 27 percent of the U.S. population, a larger group than Millennials. Global information company NPD Group says Gen Zs are unintentional foodies by virtue of their upbringing in a culture that talks about, celebrates and entertains with food. They are told at an early age what their food can do for them regarding functional and nutritional value, and they value flavor, function and authenticity over brand and hype. Like Millennials, Gen Zs prefer food with transparent labeling and an absence of artificial ingredients and are skeptical of big brands and too many label claims. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that This tech-savvy generational group who never knew a world without the internet also seeks personalization and engagement, with functionality like portable foods to meet the needs of their busy lives.

Former AFBF Lobbyist Takes Syngenta Job

Syngenta announced this week that former American Farm Bureau Federation lobbyist Mary Kay Thatcher will join its government relations team. Thatcher will join Syngenta in mid-February as senior lead of Federal Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C., according to a Syngenta news release. In the role, the company says Thatcher will support the company’s strategic federal government relations activities including outreach and advocacy. Syngenta calls her “one of the foremost experts on farm policy in the United States,” and Thatcher called Syngenta “a strong competitor with great people, a focused strategy, and superior products and services.” Thatcher retired from AFBF earlier this month, following a 31-year tenure at the farm organization. Thatcher is a fifth generation Iowa farmer active in corn, soybean and livestock production.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-30-18 OSU Crop Scientist Patrick Hayes discusses New “Buck” Naked Barley for Food, Feed and Brew…

Oregon State University Crop Scientist Patrick Hayes discusses New “Buck” Naked Barley for Food, Feed and Brew…

(BARN Media – FarmCast Radio -Briggsdale, CO) January 31, 2018 – Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are giving an ancient grain a new life: this barley is naked, but not in an indecent way. And joining the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss the “BUCK” barley variety is Patrick Hayes, Crop Scientist and part of the Oregon State University Barley Project…


Dr Patrick Hayes’ Biography

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01-30-18 Bennet, Colleagues Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attempts to Roll Back Protections

Bennet, Colleagues Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attempts to Roll Back Protections

Bill reinforces that only Congress can alter national monuments; directs new resources to enhance existing monuments

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with 17 Democratic senators, today introduced legislation to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s unprecedented attacks on public lands. The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 reinforces Congress’ intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation.

“The designation of Bears Ears National Monument protected sacred land, gave local tribes a voice in its management, and reflected the wishes of communities whose cultures and economies are grounded in this area. The President’s attempt over the past year to remove protections for Bears Ears and other national monuments is unprecedented and a shameful addition to our nation’s long and tragic history of broken promises to our tribes,” Bennet said. “With my colleagues, I will work to advance this bill to enhance protections for Bears Ears, Canyons of the Ancients, and other existing national monuments – putting an end to this administration’s continuous attempts to tear down our country’s legacy of protecting wild and sacred places.” Continue reading

01-30-18 NACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting Unites Conservation Leaders

NACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting Unites Conservation Leaders

More than 1,000 leaders in conservation from across the country gathered in Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting, network and gain insight on the central challenges facing their work in the field. Continue reading

01-30-18 SUGARBEET GROWERS: AZteroid FC fungicide on American Crystal Sugar’s 2018 Gold Standards list

AZteroid FC fungicide on American Crystal Sugar’s 2018 Gold Standards list 

January 30, 2018 [Toronto, ON] – AZteroid FC fungicide, the only fertilizer-compatible fungicide for sugarbeets is included on American Crystal Sugar Company’s 2018 Ag Gold Standards list for 2018.

AZteroid FC is unique among sugarbeet fungicides because it can be mixed in the same tank with starter fertilizer and applied at plant to control rhizoctonia, and to maximize yield and sugar content.  Continue reading

01-30-18 2018 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

2018 Colorado Livestock Association’s Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

April 4-5, 2018 | Embassy Suites | Loveland, CO

Sponsorship & Vendor Info

DEADLINE: March 9, 2018

The Colorado Livestock Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting offers the opportunity for your company to reach livestock producers throughout the state to share your products or services through sponsorship.

All sponsorship opportunities and trade show booths will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.


01-30-18 The 2018 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference & Trade Fair in Monte Vista Feb 6-7

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2018 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair

February 6-8-Ski Hi Park-Monte Vista, CO

Join us for this three day event, where we will be covering all of the latest agricultural topics.This Conference provides information for sustainable and profitable production and management strategies for potato growers, small grain, forage growers and livestock producers of the San Luis Valley.  This Conference strives to provide growers the latest local and regional research information available for growers to not only improve their operations, but to become more successful. Continue reading

01-3-18 CSU EXT: SEA Says: Prowers County Youth Selected to Represent Colorado at National 4-H Conference

Prowers County youth selected as one of six in the state to represent Colorado at National 4-H conference

In December of 2017, Angelina Downing interviewed with the state 4-H
office to represent Colorado at the national 4-H Conference in April of
this year.

Downing says “I was a little bit nervous because I interviewed
last year and was just out of the running by one person.” As the holidays
went by and the new year moved in, Downing waited patiently for the
call. At the beginning of January that call was received. Out of several
candidates around the state she was selected. Her mother Alicia
Downing states, “I have never been so proud of my daughter. She has
blossomed because of 4-H”.

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