REGISTER NOW for the 1st Annual Northeastern Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15
Please join the West Greeley Conservation District from 8am-5pm on March 14th and 15th at Island Grove Park in Greeley, CO for a 2-day soil and water symposium at Island Grove Park for progressive farmers and ranchers in Northeastern Colorado. It will be a great way to meet new people and explore new ideas in the world of agriculture!
Don’t miss out!
RSVP today to reserve your spot at this FREE event.
FREE lunch included when you RSVP by March 6th 970-356-8097 x 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers include educators, industry professionals, government officials as well as farmers and ranchers just like YOU!
March 14th – Soil Day – Tentative Schedule
Livestock Marketeers induct two into Hall of Fame
DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen,
auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 53rd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 13th. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice-president of the American International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee. The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Continue reading
OCTOBER- DECEMBER 2017 QUARTERLY MILK PRODUCTION – MOUNTAIN REGION HIGHLIGHTS
Arizona dairy herds produced 1.18 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.3 percent from the
Colorado dairy herds produced 1.07 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 7.5 percent from
the previous year.
Montana dairy herds produced 71.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.4 percent from
the previous year.
New Mexico dairy herds produced 2.00 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.2 percent from
the previous year.
Utah dairy herds produced 559.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 5.9 percent from the
Wyoming dairy herds produced 33.9 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 5.0 percent from
the previous year.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS Continue reading
USDA Secretary Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018
(Mifflintown, PA, January 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.
“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.”
USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles: Continue reading
CDA Breaks Ground on Future Laboratory Site
Colorado releases plan to support electric vehicles on state’s highways
DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the release of the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, delivering on a directive set forth in the July 2017 Executive Order, “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.”
“The Colorado EV Plan serves as a roadmap to build out a fast-charging network, giving Coloradans the ability to travel anywhere in the state in an EV,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The plan includes a set of goals and strategies that ensure Colorado continues leading in adoption of EVs and leverages the economic development and tourism benefits.” Continue reading
Colorado AgrAbility Workshop Scheduled in Northeast Colorado
As workers age, they are faced with increasing rates of arthritis, back pain, decreased strength/endurance, hearing impairments and other medical conditions. These conditions increase the likelihood of slips and falls, being pushed by fast-moving livestock, accidents with machinery, and other dangers. Assistive technology can help mitigate the impact of aging conditions and help older farmers work with more safety. The cost of assistive technology and safety is significantly less than the expense of injury on the farm. Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and service providers at this upcoming workshop in Northeast Colorado. These free educational events are for individuals who are dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions, or limitations. Topics to be discussed include; What is AgrAbility, How to Work Well with Ag Lenders and Bankers and Saving Time and Money with Assistive Technology.
This year’s AgrAbility event in Northeast Colorado will be held Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morgan County Extension Office, 914 E. Railroad Ave., Fort Morgan CO 80701. A free light lunch is provided for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop.
To register call: AgrAbility: Candy Leathers, 720-539-4435 or Extension Agent Jennifer Cooney, 970-542-3544. Continue reading
Protecting Your Identity and Financial Future
Written by: Gisele Jefferson, Family and Consumer Sciences, CSU Extension
Yes, it is alarming; the Equifax data breach may have exposed more than half the adults in this country to identity theft and financial fraud. Names, social security numbers, birthdates, and other information including some credit card numbers were stolen from their data system. During the first half of 2017 there were 791 separate data breaches; and the Identity Theft Resource Center estimated there would be over 1,500 total by the end of the year. We should all be on High Alert! Continue reading
RMFU Leadership Academy & More Set For Feb. 10-12 in Denver
RMFU’s Leadership Academy will be held Sunday, February 11 and continue Monday, February 12 with the RMFU Colorado Drive-in. On Sunday morning, county and chapter officers will learn how to debate issues while considering different points of view, practice basic parliamentary procedures, and discover leadership tips. Educational and engaging events continue Sunday afternoon with an update on RMFU camp programs, as well as evaluating legislative priorities. Like last year, the day-long Academy will include RMFU Fellows, and RMFU delegates to the National Farmers Union convention. Details on the Academy have been sent to County and Chapter presidents. Continue reading
Colorado Session Opens With Beef Country-Of-Origin Labeling Proposal
By Ed Bowditch
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Colorado Government Relations
READ THE BILL BELOW Continue reading
RMFU: Colorado’s Legislative Drive-In is February 12th…
The Colorado Legislative Drive-In for members of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12.
The RMFU will host lunch and invite you to join us for the day. Please note they are meeting in a new location just two blocks north of where they were last year.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, February 12.
Knights of Columbus Hall, 1555 Grant Street
For more information about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union please visit http://www.rmfu.org
From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:
ARLINGTON, VA – “We are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) principles for the next farm bill, released by Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, start with improving the farm safety net. The current farm bill’s dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) has proven to be inadequate in providing help to America’s dairy farmers, and fixing it must be a priority in 2018.
“The USDA has taken significant steps at NMPF’s request in the past three years to improve the MPP, but more is needed. NMPF continues to work with USDA and lawmakers in the House and Senate to strengthen the MPP to ensure meaningful assistance for those relying on it, and to find ways to expand risk management options for farmers. Making the MPP a reliable program for dairy farmers is vital to encouraging future farmer participation in the program. Additional risk management tools are also critical for the future of our dairy farmer community. Raising the current expenditure cap on programs available under USDA’s Risk Management Agency is vital to increasing the toolbox of options for farmers. Continue reading
U.S. Wheat Industry Celebrates Japan Flour Millers Association Anniversary
ARLINGTON, Virginia — Several representatives from the U.S. wheat industry joined members of the Japan Flour Millers Association to help celebrate the association’s 70th anniversary in Tokyo on Jan. 23, 2018. Senior managers from U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), as well as state wheat commission representatives and farmers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana participated in events commemorating the anniversary. Continue reading
First Annual Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health
Four “Seeds of Change” awards given at 4th Annual Summit
(CHICAGO) – Innovators. Educators. Communicators. Those are just some of the words used to describe the four recipients of the newly inaugurated “Seeds of Change Awards” at the 2018 Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 18-19 in Chicago. These awards were developed to highlight those members of the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to advocate for the partnership and for soil health throughout the year.
“The Soil Health Partnership could not exist without the willingness and enthusiasm of our partners—especially the farmers and agronomists on the front lines of our research,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “These four individuals exemplify the very best of our dedicated partners, and we look forward to honoring others as the research continues and our partnership expands.”
The four award recipients are: Continue reading
Partnership of Conservation Organizations Launches Needed Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment
TPP-11 Puts U.S. Wheat Exports at Risk
ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are expressing concern that a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that excludes the United States puts overseas demand for U.S. wheat at serious risk.
“On January 23, 2017, exactly one year ago, President Trump announced the United States would pull out of the TPP. The announcement today that the eleven remaining TPP members have concluded talks on a revised deal without us sends another discouraging signal to our long-time wheat importing customers in Japan,” said Ben Conner, USW Director of Policy. Continue reading
CO Farm Show – BEEF DAY Presentations
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – Events Center Room A
RANCHING FOR BUSINESS
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chosen to Host 2018 ARC Intern
– Internship Valued at $5,000 –
NEW PRAGUE, MINNESOTA (AgPR) Jan. 23, 2018 – The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is pleased to announce the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will host the 2018 Summer ARC Intern.
In this second year of the internship program since its rebirth in 2017, the selected student will spent 10-12 weeks in Denver, Colorado working under the guidance of Daren Williams, long-time ARC member and past president. As the senior executive director, issues management and media relations, Williams will guide the student in working on projects for the beef checkoff issues management and media relations team. The student will participate in daily issues monitoring and will assist in responding on behalf of the beef industry. Continue reading