49th CYFEA State Institute January 25-28…REGISTER NOW!

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION

49TH ANNUAL STATE INSTITUTE

JANUARY 25 – 28, 2018

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s 2018 State Institute is two weeks away—to be held January 25 – 28, 2018 at the beautiful Omni Interlocken Hotel, in Broomfield.

This annual gathering of the young and young-at-heart, beginning and established farmers, educators and other agricultural enthusiasts, will kick off immediately following the upcoming 2018 Colorado Farm Show.  Greeley’s annual CO Farm Show has designated January 25th as “Ag Education Day” and the CYFEA will begin their 2018 annual Institute that evening at Omni Hotel and Resort.  Continue reading

01-10-18 Memorial Services for Dale W. Fiscus set for Jan 12th…

In Memory of Dale W. Fiscus…

Dale W. Fiscus, 85, of Greeley, CO formerly of New Raymer, CO passed away peacefully on January 8, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Dale was born November 11, 1932 to Clarence and Martha Margaret Roby Fiscus 6 miles north of New Raymer, CO.

He went to school in New Raymer until the 5th grade and continued his education in Buckingham, CO where he graduated in 1950; which was the last graduating class before they tore the school down. Continue reading

01-10-18 CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK Hosts Webinar on New Ag Water Leasing Decision Support Tool

CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK Hosts Webinar on New Ag Water Leasing Decision Support Tool

Arvada, CO — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK has created an online tool that helps agricultural water right holders assess the potential of leasing their water rights for other uses.The supporting webinar describes the features of the lease screening tool, which generates a description of a water right’s lease potential based on user-inputted information about the water right, including location, seniority, acres irrigated and other criteria.  Both the webinar and the lease Decision Support Tool are available at https://www.agwaternetwork.org/.   Continue reading

01-10-18 CFB: 2018 Colorado Legislative Preview

CFB: 2018 Colorado Legislative Preview

The second regular session of the 71st General Assembly will begin Wednesday, January 10th at 10 a.m. There are many issues facing Colorado farmers and ranchers, and the Colorado Farm Bureau stands ready to represent its members at the state Capitol.

CFB’s 2018 State Policy Priorities as set by the state Board of Directors are: Water, Property rights, Energy, Infrastructure, Wildlife, Animal Welfare, and Rural Business.

You can see a full description of these issues on the CFB website.

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01-10-18 CAWA: Southwest Colorado Ag Water Workshops Jan. 30, 31

Photo courtesy of RMFU

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is hosting two workshops in Southwest Colorado for farmers and ranchers to share information and discuss agricultural water issues.

The first workshop is in Mancos at the Mancos Community Center at 130 W Grand Ave, 81328 Mancos, CO, on January 30 from noon to 4pm. The second workshop is in Arriola at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center at 21176 Road S, Cortez, Colorado 81321 on January 31 from 9am-1pm. Admission is free and food is provided. You can register at www.swagwater.eventbrite.com. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 10th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 10th

KS Senator Says Keep Pressure on Administration to Finish NAFTA

Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran headlined a weekend discussion at the American Farm Bureau national convention titled “What’s the latest on the upcoming Farm Bill?” Moran said it was a great opportunity to speak before Farm Bureau members regarding the upcoming farm bill, the farm safety net, and the importance of protecting the rural way of life across America. “I’ve heard not only from Kansas producers but also growers across the country, how important it is that Congress work in a bipartisan fashion to get a farm bill and a disaster relief bill to the President’s desk as quickly as possible,” he says. The conference also allowed extensive discussion on the importance of trade to agriculture. “Our nation’s farmers and ranchers earn their living through ag exports and trade,” Moran says, “and I will continue to insist the administration remembers the importance that agricultural trade plays in the economy.” Moran urged the farm bureau members to continue to convey the importance of trade to both Secretary Perdue and President Trump in the months ahead.  

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USDA Wants Farmer Input on Government Regulations

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke to the crowd at the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention on Monday, just ahead of President Trump. According to a DTN article, Perdue told the crowd that the administration will soon present what it wants to see in the new farm bill. Although Congress actually writes the farm bill, the administration will present some “principles” they’d like to see kept in mind as the legislation comes together. Perdue says it’s the administration’s way of letting Congress know what they’ve heard from farmers and ranchers across the country. Perdue talked about the administration’s moves to cut down on federal regulations and asked the people in attendance what regulations they’d like to see removed. He wants people to “tell us what regulations are standing in the way of your prosperity and productivity.” The secretary urged people to go to the USDA website and tell them “what the silliest and most onerous rules are.” He also said the administration recognizes there is a lot of anxiety over the future of trade, but did say the administration is committed to finishing the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

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Rural Prosperity Report Released at Farm Bureau Convention

The president’s task force on rural prosperity officially released its report on Monday at the Farm Bureau national convention. Politico says Cabinet officials made a lot of recommendations in the report for improving the quality of life in rural America, including more online connectivity and more training programs. The report says that only 39 percent of rural America is able to access adequate broadband. As far as employment, it’s been growing more slowly in rural districts compared to urban areas going as far back as 1970. Plus, it’s no longer just young people that are leaving rural areas and headed for bigger cities. The report also says it’s important to build public confidence in the oversight of biotechnology. Pro Ag reported last month that universities and small companies view the Trump deregulation push as a good opportunity to streamline the approval process for GMO’s. The task force also mentioned the importance of trade to rural economies, but, at the same time toed the company line on creating “fair trade” deals.

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U.S. Crop Prices Forecast to Remain Stable

U.S. grain prices and demand for grain products will likely not change much, if at all. That forecast comes from Dr. Keith Coble, the Agricultural and Economics Department head at Mississippi State University. He spoke to attendees of the American Farm Bureau national convention during a workshop on global crop trends and the U.S. farm policy forecast for the year ahead. Unless some kind of a major market disruption occurs, such as intense weather damage or overseas market changes, 2018 will likely look a lot like 2017. “We really aren’t seeing anything that will significantly move the markets up or down in the short-term,” Coble says, “We’re going to see more sideways movement in the markets.” He calls cotton one of the most promising commodities in the year ahead. Coble addressed the outlooks for many of the major commodities, including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice, predicting very little change. He also spoke about the future of crop insurance. “The overall percentage of the farm bill taken up by the commodity programs has diminished because of a shift away from Title 1 programs and toward crop insurance.” His prediction on the farm bill is minor tweaks to the legislation because of the short window that comes with an election year.

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Farmers Are More Pessimistic About the Future

For the second-straight month, the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dipped lower, coming in with an index of 126 in December. That number was the lowest since March of last year and the second-lowest of 2017. The decline is driven entirely by producers becoming less optimistic about the future. The Future Expectations Index was recently at 137 in October, but fell to 127 in November and dipped to 120 in December. That’s the lowest reading for future expectations since October of 2016. The Index of Current Conditions stands in sharp contrast to the future expectations. The Index of Current Conditions measures the short-term expectations of farmers, which increased in December to 139, the highest number since July of 2017 and the second-highest number since the survey began collecting data in October of 2015. Optimism has especially dipped in future financial expectations. The share of farmers expecting better financial conditions for their farms in the next year fell 20 percent from the previous survey, while the share of farmers expecting worse financial conditions over the coming year rose 30 percent.

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Livestock Outlook Positive for 2018

Last year ended on a good note, with the outlook generally positive for livestock and poultry in 2018. That forecast came from James Robb, director and senior agricultural economist with the Livestock Marketing Information Center. However, he says there are some concerns surrounding both industries as uncertainty looms around trade agreements. Robb spoke during a workshop at the American Farm Bureau national convention. Domestic demand for beef has increased, with Americans expected to consume about 219 pounds of red meat and poultry this year. That’s the largest amount since 2007. Robb says as demand increases, quality becomes more important. “Beef sells for well more than other products because consumers are willing to pay a premium,” Robb says. “They don’t care about the cost of production and won’t pay a premium for the product if the quality isn’t there.” Robb noted during the workshop that the pork industry is considering setting up a grading system similar to beef. He adds, “Beef product, compared to pork and chicken, has improved dramatically. Pork wants to have grading guidelines like beef to improve their product.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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