01-19-18 NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record

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Denver, Colo.The standing room only crowd at the 2018 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for a record high $140,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year.  The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $434,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Hog sold for a record-breaking $40,000, exceeding last year’s bid of $38,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Goat sold for an astonishing $31,000, more than doubling last year’s sale of $15,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/educational-support/ .

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.

Four of the top eight champion animal set new records and the results are listed below: Continue reading

01-19-18 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds.

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Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds

DENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

Those programs are: Continue reading

Watch ALL the Livestock Shows from the 112th NWSS OnLine Jan 6-21

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Friday, January 19

8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford World Show
8:00 a.m.     National Highland Show
8:00 a.m.     Stock Dog Trials (Prelim. Cattle)
8:00 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Market Steer & Market Heifer Show
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Female Show (Fullblood & %)
3:00 p.m.     Texas Longhorn Show (haltered)
6:30 p.m.     Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Saturday, January 20


8:00 a.m.     Junior Ewe Lamb Showmanship (All Breeds)
8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford Jr. Show
8:30 a.m.     Stock Dog Clinic
8:30 a.m.     Jr. Breeding Sheep Show Followed by Open Show
8:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Heifer & Bull Pen Show
9:00 a.m.     Open Prospect Steer Show
9:30 a.m      Stock Dog Clinic
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Bull Show (Fullblood & %)
10:00 a.m.   National Highland Sale
10:30 a.m.   National Gold Trophy Bison Live Sale
11:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Finals Cattle)
11:00 a.m.   Open Prospect Heifer Show
12:00 p.m.  Yak Halter Show
2:30 p.m.    Stock Dog Clinic

3:00 p.m.    Texas Longhorn World Show (Non-Haltered)

Sunday, January 21

8:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Nursery Dogs Followed by Intermediate dogs)
8:30 a.m.   Jr. Breeding Sheep Show followed by the Open Show (Meat Breeds)
9:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Sheep Competition)
1:00 p.m.   Stock Dog Trails (Intermediate Sheep Competition)


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Lakewood, CO – January 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data from more than 35,000 farmers and ranchers, for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, including farm financial wellbeing, chemical usage, and various farm characteristics of farms and ranches.

ARMS is a joint effort of NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service. The information farmers and ranchers provide through the survey influences national and state policy-making decisions. In addition, ARMS data are used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The survey also collects detailed information on production practices, costs, and returns for 13 principal commodities on a rotating basis.

“The 2018 Farm Bill may introduce important changes in agricultural policy,” said Barbara Rater, director of NASS Census and Survey Division. Continue reading

01-19-18 Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s’ Association (CCA) gather twice a year to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion.

Last week’s Mid-Winter Conference, held on January 15-17 in Denver, focused on agriculture-related issues that will be addressed during the 2018 session of Colorado’s General Assembly. Committee meetings were also held during the conference, which help establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics impacting Colorado’s beef industry. “CCA operates through its diverse and broad membership throughout Colorado; that represents the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and those who advocate for the industry,” said Todd Inglee, President of CCA. “Members gathering to discuss issues and engage in policy development is the purpose of this organization,” Inglee continued.

CCA Foundation Banquet

On Tuesday evening, January 16th during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Banquet, awards were presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry:

Law Officer of the Year Continue reading

01-19-18 USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services

USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services

Grants Will Also Support Opioid Treatment in Rural Communities

HUGO, Colo., Jan. 19, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing in e-connectivity which will provide virtual access to job training, educational, and health care opportunities for rural communities.

“Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in creating rural prosperity,” Hazlett said. “Connecting rural Americans to quality education and health care services is an innovative and important tool in our efforts to facilitate economic growth, job creation and quality of life in rural America.” Continue reading

01-19-18 NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized a new pork processing inspection rule, a decision strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council. As a result, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) HACCP Inspection Model (HIMP) will be expanded from five current pilot locations to full-scale implementation.

“We support the USDA’s decision to advance HIMP as it introduces new pork production efficiencies while encouraging the deployment of new food safety technologies in packing plants,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Illinois. “The pilot program yielded very positive results; expanding the program is another step forward in the industry’s ongoing focus on continuous improvement of food safety and cost efficiency.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 19th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 19th

Ag Coalition Formed to Support NAFTA

A new coalition of agriculture groups is focusing on the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. More than 30 organizations across the agriculture sector announced the formation of Americans for Farmers and Families, noting that food and agriculture supports 43 million U.S. jobs and depends on trade with Canada and Mexico. The group was formed to “ensure” President Trump and Congressional leaders understand the “importance of preserving and modernizing” NAFTA to America’s agricultural economy. As part of the effort, the coalition will be launching an educational campaign to highlight the positive impact of NAFTA and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that “preserves America’s strong economic standing for decades to come.” Coalition members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and many various commodity groups.

Trump See’s Ag Benefits of NAFTA, Still Threatening Withdraw

President Donald Trump said again this week he “may” terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying such a move would yield the “best deal” in renegotiations. The president says many people “are going to be unhappy,” if he terminates the agreement, but counters that they “don’t realize how good it would be” if he did. But, just last week Trump said he would be “a little bit flexible” on the withdrawal threat. Agriculture and the auto industry is pressing the administration to not withdraw from the agreement, and the auto industry is even suggesting Trump back away from some of his demands. The comments from Trump come as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the president now understands the benefits of NAFTA for agriculture, according to Bloomberg. However, Perdue warns the president’s view on trade should not be confused with a softer approach to the negotiations.

Conaway: Farm Bill on Track for March Unveil

The House version of the 2018 farm bill remains on track for a March unveiling, according to House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway. The Republican told Politico the committee is waiting for an official 10-year cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office to ensure “we can afford the proposal.” The committee started working on the House version of the bill last fall. Lawmakers are trying to come up with a bill that won’t increase the federal deficit. The current 2014 farm bill is projected to cost about $875 billion over a decade, but the Congressional Budget Office is expected to update that estimate this month. The Senate is further behind the House in its work to craft a farm bill, and some in the chamber fear a farm bill will not be finished or passable this year.

Growth Energy: American Drivers Top Three Billion Miles Driven on E15

American drivers have logged another billion miles on E15 in just the past three months, according to Growth Energy, which says the total number of miles driven on E15 now sits at more than three billion. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the growth comes from “forward-thinking retailers who have figured out that E15 is smart business,” and from consumers who rely on the “value proposition” of E15 fuels. Growth Energy, which works with the nonprofit Prime the Pump, helps build the needed infrastructure and distribution of biofuel blends, which they say give drivers more choice at the pump. E15 is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as in all flex-fuel vehicles, which combined represent more than 87 percent of vehicles on the road.

EU Moves to Ban Palm Oil from Biofuels

The European Union gave approval to a climate plan that includes banning palm oil from use in fuels, angering palm oil producers. Indonesia and Malaysia, the two largest palm oil producing nations in the world, call the move a protectionist trade barrier. The ban is part of a power market overhaul aimed at reducing energy consumption to meet climate goals, with the palm oil ban starting in 2021. The EU approved draft measures of the plan this week, meaning the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU national governments must craft and vote on a final version of the plan, according to Reuters. Palm oil can be used as a substitute for crude oil to make biofuel, of which a large portion of European palm oil imports are used to for biofuels, giving the palm industry cause for concern as they fear overall demand will fall. However, the palm oil industry has come under fire in Europe recently over its impact on forest destruction.

Report: Rural Hospitals Need Transforming

Research by the Bipartisan Policy Center shows a need to reform rural healthcare to better serve rural Americans. The Bipartisan Policy Center spoke with more than 90 stakeholders about the current state of rural healthcare in the Upper Midwest last year. The research found that a hospital cutback is needed in rural areas to better align access to healthcare. While that may sound backward, the report says rural communities might benefit if their critical access hospitals are transformed into small inpatient care centers or rural emergency rooms. The report says not every rural community needs to have a Critical Access Hospital, and that communities should tailor available services to the needs of the community, which for many rural areas are driven by changing demographics. The report also says rural health systems need to equip health professionals with the tools necessary to provide quality care to patients. The research is available online at www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service