02-02-18 Promising New Economic Opportunity for Colorado

Promising New Economic Opportunity for Colorado

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 293 has submitted applications for a FTZ Usage Driven site in Aurora, CO and a Notification of Production for a production company that stores and processes parts for its largest customer, Vestas Nacelles America Inc. (Vestas), is located here in Colorado.

Laser Galicia S. L. is a Spanish company specializing in precision laser cutting of plate and tube, bending and welding. Laser Galicia America LLC is an affiliate of Laser Ebro Group, the leading laser cutting company in Europe. Laser Galicia America LLC purchases products from Laser Galicia S.L and operates as both a logistics center, dedicated to receive, store and deliver the imported purchased products and as a site for the light production of parts for Vestas. The company receives the metal parts from Europe in the facility on a weekly basis. Continue reading

02-02-18 Meet Joan Ruskamp — New Beef Board Chairman

Meet Joan Ruskamp — New Beef Board Chairman

Beef producer Joan Ruskamp from Dodge, Nebraska, was elected by fellow Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) members to serve as CBB chairman in 2018. The vote came today during the 2018 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Briggsdale, CO, February 2, 2018– Starting this month…Brian Allmer, host/owner of BARN Media, which includes The BARN, and the Colorado Ag News Network has been named the new host of FarmCast Radio. Too often people hear negative news about agriculture and producers. Much of this information is generated by reporters who have very little experience, especially in rural areas. Agriculture is the 2nd largest industry in the state and affects us all. Every weekend, FarmCast Radio discusses the issues involving agriculture and how they effect consumers. Continue reading

02-02-18 CONGRATULATIONS to all of the 2018 BQA Awards Winners…

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Beef Quality Assurance Award winners!

Each of them has shown a commitment to BQA practices and a true passion for animal care.

We had a great time celebrating them at our annual Cattle Industry Convention.

Read more about their innovative work here: https://www.bqa.org/about/bqa-awards

The National BQA Award recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.  A common trait among all contest entrants must be a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their operations while encouraging others to implement the producer education program. Continue reading

02-02-18 WDA: In Remembrance: Diny Pickert


In Remembrance: Diny Pickert

We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Diny Pickert, who was loved in not just the Colorado dairy community, but the Berthoud community as well. Diny was a powerful spokeswoman for dairy, both as a speaker and community event organizer, but also by taking every opportunity to serve her community the food she was so proud to produce. Continue reading

02-02-18 FARM Program Congratulates Colorado’s Kraft Family on Receiving Beef Quality Assurance Award


FARM Program Congratulates Colorado’s Kraft Family on Receiving Beef Quality Assurance Award

PHOENIX, AZ – National Dairy FARM Program participants Chris and Mary Kraft of Fort Morgan, Colorado, have won the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award in the dairy category. The BQA Awards – announced today in Phoenix – recognize the nation’s leading beef and dairy producers who demonstrate a commitment to the highest quality animal care.

Chris and his wife Mary started their own dairy business, which has since grown to encompass two operations near Fort Morgan. Badger Creek Farm is considered home, where they and son Stratton milk 1,300 cows. Quail Ridge Dairy is 3 miles south, where they milk 4,300 Holsteins. Chris is both a National Milk Producers Federation board member – focusing on animal care and sustainability issues – and a board director with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

“Both Chris and Mary are passionate advocates for quality milk production and never waver from their commitment to make sure the cows on their farms are content, comfortable and well cared for,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “They are well deserving of this prestigious award.”

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02-02-18 OSU News: Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor

The Oregon State University barley variety Full Pint grows in an experimental plot in Summerville, Oregon. Photo by Pat Hayes, Oregon State University.

Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor

Written by Chris Branam, 541-737-2940, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu; on Twitter @OregonStateExt

Source: Pat Hayes, 541-737-5878, Patrick.M.Hayes@oregonstate.edu

CORVALLIS, Oregon – November 27, 2017 – Barley has always played second fiddle to hops and yeast when it comes to flavoring beer. Now the grain is ready for its solo.

In two studies published this week in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, a research team led by Oregon State University found notable differences in the taste of beers malted from barley varieties reputed to have flavor qualities.

Consumers aren’t going to see a barley-flavored brew anytime soon in their local pub or supermarket, but the findings are an important first step toward a potential new market for beer connoisseurs, said OSU barley breeder Pat Hayes.

OSU barley breeder Patrick Hayes holds a stalk of golden barley in a test plot at Hyslop Farm. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

“We started this project with a question: Are there are novel flavors in barley that carry through malting and brewing and into beer? This is a revolutionary idea in the brewing world. We found that the answer is yes,” Hayes said. “These positive beer flavor attributes provide new opportunities for brewers and expanded horizons for consumers.”

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02-02-18 CDA Begins Search for Plant Industry Division Director

Colorado Department of Agriculture Begins Search for Plant Industry Division Director

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has begun a statewide search for its next Plant Industry Division Director.  Mitch Yergert, who has dedicated nearly 31 years of his career to CDA, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2018.
“From traditional agricultural industries such as wheat, corn, potatoes and nurseries to emerging crops like industrial hemp, this department has certainly seen a number of changes through the years.  The Plant Industry Division Director is responsible for the continuation and development of services that fit our changing agricultural climate,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
The Plant Industry Division is comprised of a number of state and federal programs including seed and nursery registration and inspection; plant and plant product export certification; organic certification; hemp registration; inspection and seed certification; chemigation and agricultural chemical containment facility inspections; commercial and private pesticide applicator testing, licensing inspections and investigations; restricted use pesticide dealer licensing and inspections; and pesticide product registration, inspection and enforcement. The division also develops and enforces quarantines to prevent or minimize the threat of exotic pests to the agricultural and horticultural industries of the state and monitors exotic pests through trapping and other means.
The primary responsibilities of the division director include:

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02-02-18 NPPC Statement on Pork. The Other White Meat® Ruling

NPPC Statement on Pork. The Other White Meat®Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2018 – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today issued a ruling on a suit challenging the sale of the Pork. The Other White Meat® trademarks. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) sold the trademarks to the National Pork Board in 2006. The following statement may be attributed to Ken Maschhoff, an Illinois pork producer and president of the National Pork Producers Council.

“We are conducting a thorough review of the decision and evaluating our options. We are disappointed that the court partially denied the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s motion to dismiss this frivolous lawsuit, one that was never based on a legitimate legal challenge to a federally approved transaction but instead was brought by an anti-meat activist group intent on eliminating meat consumption and harming a vast U.S. industry that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and feeds billions of people at home and abroad.

“NPPC enjoys the strong support of pork producers nationwide. Regardless of the final outcome in this case, we are well positioned to continue fighting for the livelihood of farmers and others in rural America.” 

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02-02-18 Pruitt Backtrack on RFS Troubles Farmers, NFU Says

Pruitt Backtrack on RFS Troubles Farmers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday repeated his calls for reform to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and signaled his agency would take a more conservative approach to setting RFS volume obligations each year. The comments are a direct contradiction of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt’s own stated intent to administer the law—a significant economic pillar of farming and rural communities—as written.


NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the administrator’s comments:

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02-02-18 CLA: Beef Labeling Bill Defeated in Committee 10-3

CLA: Beef Labeling Bill Defeated in Committee 10-3

On Monday the House Ag Committee heard 6 hours of testimony from livestock producers, restaurateurs and grocers from across Colorado on HB18-1043 “Concerning a Requirement That a Retailer Indicate the Country of Origin of Beef Sold to the Public”. The bill, sponsored by Representative Kimmi Lewis and Senator Vicki Marble, failed 10-3 and was postponed indefinitely.
Thank you to those members who reached out to your local representatives to voice your opposition to the proposed legislation. Your phone calls and emails were critical in defeating this proposed legisltation.

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02-02-18 NCBA: Two Year Delay Issued for “Waters of the United States” Applicability Date

Two Year Delay Issued for  “Waters of the United States” Applicability Date

On January 31, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule (the 2015 Rule). This rule provides clarity and certainty about which definition of “waters of the United States” is applicable nationwide in response to judicial actions that could result in confusion. The new applicability date will be two years after the January 31st, 2018 action is published in the Federal Register, during which time both agencies will continue the process of reconsidering the 2015 Rule. Continue reading

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 2nd

State Ag Officials Want Bilateral Trade Talks to Commence

State agriculture officials are questioning the Trump Administration on the promise of creating new bilateral trade deals. During a meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture members commented on the lack of new bilateral agreements, as promised by the administration a year ago. Trump promised bilateral agreements as he withdrew the U.S. from the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership. Montana Agriculture Department Director Ben Thomas says: “We haven’t really seen any substance behind that,” according to Politico. The Democrat also mentioned Trump’s comments regarding rejoining the TPP, if the deal “got substantially better.” Thomas encouraged the organization to start thinking about what those terms may be. TPP was recently revived by the 11 other countries involved in the pact that are planning to sign an amended version in March.

CattleFax Predicts Large Supply and Strong Demand in 2018

Although beef production is expected to increase to 27.5 billion pounds during 2018, CattleFax says current consumer demand is expected to remain good and potentially increase. Moderating prices. At the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, CattleFax celebrated its 50th anniversary with the CattlFax Outlook Session. Analyst Kevin Good told the audience U.S. beef cow inventory increased 2.8 million head in four years, and an additional 200,000-400,000 head are expected to be added to the herd over the next few years. Good said there are growing supplies of protein coming to market during the year ahead, including large supplies of competing proteins, which will weigh on all beef prices. However, “demand is robust on all fronts,” according to Good, who says retail demand is increasing and beef is being featured more in the consumer markets. Input costs are expected to remain manageable, with grain prices expected to remain steady. CattleFax analysts predict fed cattle prices lower than prior year levels, averaging $115 per hundredweight.

Report Says Trade Shuffle Poses Risk for Beef Exports

Demand and production for beef may rise this year, but trade remains a wildcard that poses risks to the beef export market, according to a new report by CoBank. The report says trade uncertainty could hamper the U.S.’s ability to capture market share in the coming years. CoBank says 80 percent of beef exports are sold to countries that could be affected by ongoing trade pact negotiations. Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong top the list of countries importing beef from the U.S., representing 83 percent of all U.S. beef exports. Of these trade partners, only Hong Kong will be unaffected by current trade pact negotiations. Competing exporters that are part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will gain preferential access to Japan, exports to Mexico and Canada are at risk with the North American Free Trade Agreement, and beef trade with South Korea could decline if the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, KORUS, is renegotiated, according to the report.

Drought Slowing Cattle Herd Growth

Growing drought in the U.S. southern plains is again threatening cattle production. As the cattle industry meets in Phoenix this week for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention, one market analyst is suggesting the slowing pace of herd growth is a repercussion from dry condition in the southern plains. Drought in the region contributed to the smallest rise in the nation’s cattle population in three years, according to government data. Allendale analysts Rich Nelson told Reuters that the report implies that the U.S. is “Trying to rein in herd growth,” and current herd expansion could stop by 2020. Insufficient moisture in parts of Texas and Oklahoma, along with areas of persistent dryness in the northern Plains, hurt winter wheat grazing pastures for cattle, forcing more of them into commercial feedyards earlier than planned. The most recent drought monitor shows all of Oklahoma and nearly all of Texas in a classified drought.

Equipment Groups Tackle Right to Repair

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Equipment Dealers Association announced Thursday a new industry commitment to giving farmers and ranchers the right to repair their machines. The commitment aims to provide a comprehensive set of service information tools for tractors and combines put into service by model year 2021. A set of principles released with the announcement outline the tools the initiative will make available through authorized dealers to allow farmers and ranchers to perform basic service, maintenance and repairs on their equipment. Those principles include manuals, product guides and service demonstrations, on-board diagnostics and diagnostics tools. AEM President Dennis Slater says the initiative will provide customers with “commonsense solutions they have asked for,” to help them make simple repairs. The two organizations have also launched a website, R2Solutions.org, where farmers and ranchers can find more information.

USDA Unveils New Website for Farmers

A new website developed by the Department of Agriculture offers a one-stop-shop for farmers and ranchers to conduct business with USDA. While visiting Michigan Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the website, Farmers.gov. USDA describes the website as a streamlined, single point of online access to agricultural programs and information, tools and personal advice for agriculture. Perdue told the Michigan Farm Bureau the website will help producers complete paperwork “without taking a big chunk out of the day.” The website gathers together the three agencies of USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation mission area: The Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency. USDA says new functions will be added soon, including an interactive calendar, an online appointment feature, digital forms, and a business data dashboard.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service