This report provides the results of the Winter Wheat Seedings by Variety Survey, 2018 Crop, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office. The survey was funded by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee. Continue reading

02-15-18 Beef Checkoff Launches New Producer Ad Campaign

Beef Checkoff Launches New Producer Ad Campaign

In February, a new producer-directed advertising campaign called “Open Doors” launched for the beef checkoff. The cattle-ranching Soucie family of Cambridge, Nebraska, are featured in the national ads.The “Open Doors” concept was born from the creative insight that you never know what you’ll find when you open a door. We open them to let someone or something in that was previously left out. We open them when others can’t open them for themselves. And we open them because progress doesn’t happen if they remain closed.

The idea behind the creative concept was to bring facts to life by taking beef producers on a journey that allows them to experience first-hand the opportunities that lie behind each door the Beef Checkoff Program has opened – and will continue to open – for the industry and their individual operations. Continue reading

02-15-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

02-15-18 CLA Applauds Senator Bennett’s Co-Sponsorship of the FARM Act in Support of Colorado’s Livestock Industry

CLA Applauds Senator Bennett’s Co-Sponsorship of the FARM Act in Support of Colorado’s Livestock Industry

Greeley, CO – This week, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet signed on as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act that will relieve farmers and ranchers of burdensome reporting requirements under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) – a law originally passed in 1980 to provide for the cleanup of hazardous waste. Continue reading

02-15-18 RMFU: Weigh In On FDA Produce Safety Rule For Water Standards

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RMFU: Weigh In On FDA Produce Safety Rule For Water Standards

WHAT: Provide feedback to FDA on Produce Safety Rule’s Water Standard

HOW: Attend live-streaming of the Produce Safety Alliance’s Water Summit and participate in breakout sessions. Although the Water Summit will be held in Covington, KY on February 27-28, you can view the sessions live and participate in all the breakout sessions.

More information on the Water Summit can be found here: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/water-summit.

WHERE: CSU Orchard Mesa Research Center: 3168 B 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81503 Continue reading

02-15-18 RMFU Fellows Class Of 2018 Meets For First Time

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The 2018 RMFU Fellows are (from left) Hana Fancher, Dan Waldvogle, Nick Levendofsky, Rod Morrison, Emily Brown, Kyler Brown, Jacob Gray, Catherine Laskarzewski, Sondra Pierce, Nicole Didero, Shannon Garrison, Grace Perry, and David Laskarzewski. Not shown is Emily Hunter.

RMFU Fellows Class Of 2018 Meets For First Time

The RMFU Fellows for 2018 met for the first time earlier this week. Fellows are chosen for being emerging leaders within their communities, in their production practices and businesses, and for being eager to learn new ideas and techniques. During their first session, the Fellows learned about Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, which is a leading general farm organization in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The Fellows also visited with Lee Swenson, senior advisor on Colorado rural policy to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. Tom Lipetzky, director of marketing programs for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, offered his insights to the group. April Dahlager of USDA Rural Development explored the business and cooperative development programs available through USDA. The Fellows will meet this summer and again in September, when they will participate the legislative Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

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02-15-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Northern Water’s New Communications Specialist Eric Brown…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Northern Water’s New Communications Specialist Eric Brown

Northern Water Communications Specialist Eric Brown

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 15, 2018 – Today on FarmCast Radio and this weekend Inside the BARN my guest is Eric Brown, the NEW Communications Specialist @ Northern Water in Berthoud, CO…

Topics include:

  • New Position & New Baby
  • NISP Update (Background – Project Basics – Why its Needed)
  • South Platte Water Conservation Project Overview
  • Other Projects & News at Northern Water
  • Final Thoughts


Learn more about Northern Water, please visit www.northernwater.org

02-15-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Rob-See-Co CEO Rob Robinson…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Rob-See-Co CEO Rob Robinson

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 15, 2018 – During the 2018 Colorado Farm Show that took place at the end of January, I had a chance to make contact with a corn-soybean & alfalfa seed business that I wanted to learn more about. So, today on the Colorado Ag News Network and on FarmCast Radio you are going to have an opportunity to learn more about it as well…Rob Robinson is no stranger to the seed industry…Rob…welcome inside the BARN, I appreciate you taking time to visit with me about your newest venture Rob-See-Co…



02-15-18 Bill to address Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s financial sustainability passes committee unanimously


Bill to address Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s financial sustainability passes committee unanimously

DENVER — Responding to testimony from hunters, anglers, state park visitors and volunteers about the need to provide a long-term funding solution for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed, 5-0, the Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act (Senate Bill 18-143) late Tuesday.

Lawmakers credited CPW leadership for conducting exhaustive statewide public outreach and using the feedback to resubmit an improved proposal that lays out specific ways money generated by modest fee increases would be used, such as fixing deteriorating dams, recruiting new hunters, expanding conservation efforts and looking for ways to increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Coloradans.

“With the public’s input in mind, we were able to submit a straightforward bill that is more specific about how a modest fee increase would be used,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “This increase would help us address the need to repair deteriorating dams, expand our critical conservation efforts and do more to increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Coloradans, including those that visit our great state specifically to enjoy its natural resources.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 15th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 15th

Bipartisan Bill Seeks Agricultural Exemption to Emissions Reporting Requirements

Bipartisan legislation in the Senate would exempt farmers from reporting requirements for animal waste emissions. The bill seeks an exemption for farmers and ranchers from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The bill was introduced by Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer and Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly earlier this week. In a statement, Fischer noted that in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule exempting most livestock operations from the laws’ reporting requirements, but that last April, a federal appeals court ruled EPA did not have the authority to create the exemption for agriculture. Known as the Fair Agriculture Reporting Method, or FARM Act, the legislation will maintain the exemption for certain federally registered pesticides, exempt air emissions from animal waste on a farm from reporting requirements, and provide agriculture producers with greater certainty by reinstating the status quo producers have been operating under since EPA’s 2008 final rule.

Former Ag Trade Negotiator Says Much Work Left on NAFTA

A former Obama administration trade official says there is too much left to do before the deadline for the North American Free Trade Agreement talks. Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, Darci Vetter, told Agriculture.com the negotiations “have a long way to go.” Noting that some issues don’t have an assigned approach yet by the administration, she says: “There are some technical issues, like the rules of origin, that are really complicated to advance.” Vetter warns the talks could harm trade with Mexico, the top buyer of U.S. corn. Vetter noted that before NAFTA there was little competition for the U.S. as an ag supplier to Mexico. However, she noted that competitors such as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Brazil, could take part of U.S. exports of corn to Mexico. Adding to the possible delays in getting the trade talks wrapped up on time, Vetter highlighted the fact that Mexico will face elections this year followed by the coming elections of the United States.

Canada: Trade Problems Expected with the U.S. Even if NAFTA is Signed

Canada expects trade challenges from the U.S. will continue even if the North American Free Trade Agreement talks are successful. a senior Canadian government official says: “Even if a new NAFTA were to be signed tomorrow I think we would still face a lot of turbulence in our relationship with the United States on trade.” Timothy Sargent, the top bureaucrat in Canada’s Trade Ministry, noted recent U.S. moves to impose duties on Canadian softwood lumber, commercial airliners and some paper products, as examples. All were prompted by complaints from American firms, according to Reuters. He also pointed out President Trump’s move to place duties on imports of solar panels, saying “I think we can expect more of that.” Meanwhile, President Trump recently again threatened a U.S. withdrawal from the talks if the U.S. does not reach a favorable agreement. However, Canada has recently done the same.

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Wants Beef Defined

The United States Cattlemen’s Association wants the Department of Agriculture to clarify the definition of beef. USCA late last week submitted a petition to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service asking the agency for rulemaking on beef labeling to clarify for consumers what is beef derived from cattle and “beef” products created in a laboratory. USCA Presider Kenny Graner says: “U.S. cattle producers take pride in developing the highest quality, and safest, beef in the world, and labels must clearly distinguish that difference.” USCA is not the only industry group asking questions about how lab-grown meat will be regulated, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. The North American Meat Institute also made it a hot topic at the recently held International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Secretary Perdue Confirmed as 2018 Commodity Classic Keynote Speaker

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will speak at the upcoming Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. Held February 27th to March first, Perdue will be the keynote speaker for Wednesday morning’s general session of this year’s event. Secretary Perdue is expected to share his vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture including his thoughts on a new farm bill, international trade, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic vitality. Following Secretary Perdue’s keynote speech, the audience will hear an inspiring presentation from Army Ranger Keni Thomas, who was a member of the harrowing 1993 military mission in Somalia that was recounted in the movie Blackhawk Down. Learn more about the event at www.commodityclassic.com.

Grocery Manufacturers Association CEO To Retire

Grocery Manufacturers Association CEO Pamela Bailey will retire later this year, following ten years of leading the organization. Bailey will continue in her role as CEO while the association’s board of directors searches for her replacement. In a statement, the association thanked Bailey for her service, saying her leadership was “valuable during an evolving time in the industry.” During Bailey’s tenure, GMA led the industry in supporting modernization of the nation’s food and product safety laws and regulations, resulting in the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The retirement announcement comes as a handful of member-companies have dropped their membership since the GMO labeling law was signed by then-President Barack Obama. Companies within the food industry have been unable to come to a consensus of opinion on GMO labeling.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service