02-12-18 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 /National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 653,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 24. Continue reading

02-16-18 USDA/NASS Rocky Mountain Region: Farms and Land in Farms Report

FARMS AND LAND IN FARMS

ARIZONA
The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2017 totaled 19,600, unchanged from the 2016 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 25.9 million acres, was unchanged from the 2016 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,321 acres, unchanged from the previous year.

COLORADO
The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2017 totaled 33,800, unchanged from the 2016 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.8 million acres, was up less than one-half percent from the 2016 estimate. The average size of farm was 941 acres, compared to 938 acres the previous year.

MONTANA
The number of farms and ranches in Montana in 2017 totaled 27,100, down 300 operations from the 2016 estimate. Total land in farms in Montana, at 59.8 million acres, was up less than one-half percent from the 2016 estimate. The average size
of farm was 2,207 acres, compared to 2,179 acres the previous year. Continue reading

02-16-18 CLA: Animal Feeding Operation Fee Bill (SB18-033) Clears All Hurdles in Senate

CLA: Animal Feeding Operation Fee Bill (SB18-033) Clears All Hurdles in Senate

SB18-033 Animal Feeding Operation Permits Continuation Passes Senate, Moves to House

Greeley, CO – Since its introduction in the Senate in early January, SB18-033 the Environmental Ag Program Fee Bill, has moved swiftly through the Senate and passed third reading on the Senate floor Friday morning. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Representative Jeni Arndt, and Representative Jon Becker, continues the current fee structure for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Environmental Ag Program (EAP).

Colorado Livestock Association wholeheartedly supports SB18-033 which provides for the continuation of the Ag Program and replaces the July 1, 2018, repeal date for the CDPHE Environmental Ag Program with a repeal date of July 1, 2025.

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02-16-18 CSU Extension: Bringing 4-H Life Skills to Life

Bringing 4-H Life Skills to Life

The first week in February, I was fortunate to attend the Western 4-H
Institute. While there, I participated in an activity that really got me
thinking. Our presenters laid out paper masks and asked us to write
down all of the projects that we participated in during our own 4-H
careers or program areas that we are putting together as agents. I
quickly wrote down the spattering of projects I participated in as a kid
without thinking twice. After we shared with those around us, we were
then handed a clear piece of film that was shaped just like the mask. We
were instructed to write life skills that we gained through 4-H. After
completing this, our instructors had each participant hold up the paper
mask in front of the transparent piece. They explained to us that most of
the time people are only looking at the projects at face value. “Winning
the grand champion steer at the county fair is the most important part of
the project”, one instructor exclaimed as if they were a very excited
twelve year- old. We were then asked to swap the paper and
transparency. At this point it became apparent that the life skills can be
forgotten in the scheme of a 4-H career. Continue reading

02-16-18 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pest Sweep!

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pest Sweep!

BURLINGTON, CO – Dates and locations for Pest Sweep pesticide drop-offs are:Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pick up program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area and Morgan County.  The program will accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor.  Charges for any product dropped off will be $7 per pound.  Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. Continue reading

02-16-18 Two Credit CLA Safety Meeting to be held in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, March 7th

Two Credit CLA Safety Meeting to be held in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, March 7th

The Colorado Livestock Association will host a meeting for Safety Group members at the Country Steakout in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 10:00-1:00pm.

Two presentations will be given by safety experts from Pinnacol Assurance covering methods for effective safety training and techniques for managing the safety of aging workers.
During lunch, Bill Hammerich, CLA’s CEO, will give an update on the status of key legislative and regulatory issues.

To RSVP for the meeting in Fort Morgan please click here.

02-16-18 Inside the BARN /FarmCast Radio with NAA and CAA Board of Director David Whitley: “South Dakota vs Wayfair” and more…

Inside the BARN /FarmCast Radio with NAA and CAA Board of Director David Whitley: “South Dakota vs Wayfair” and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio, Briggsdale, CO) February 16, 2018 – Joining the BARN & FarmCast Radio by telephone is National & Colorado Auctioneers Association Board of Directors David Whitley and owner of Whitley Auctions: Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers and David has a VERY IMPORTANT issue and court case that could impact the entire auction industry…

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To learn more about today’s topic and more about the National Auctioneers Association, please visit http://www.auctioneers.org/  also, to learn more about the Colorado Auctioneers Association visit http://www.coauctioneers.com/ and finally to learn more about Whitley Auctions & Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers please visit http://www.whitleyauction.com/

02-16-18 CPW: Mandatory chronic wasting disease sampling a success for data collection during 2017 hunting season

Elk in a field.

CPW Mandatory chronic wasting disease sampling a success for data collection during 2017 hunting season 

DENVER — Although chronic wasting disease once again made headlines across the world in recent months, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff has been studying the disease over the past 40 years, gaining valuable knowledge about the prevalence of the fatal neurological disease and its effects on deer, elk and moose.

CWD, caused by abnormal proteins called prions, attacks the immune system and brain of infected animals causing them to display erratic, abnormal behavior. Over the next two-to-three years after contracting CWD the infected animal becomes emaciated, eventually wasting away due to starvation.

“Recent, sensational headlines likening affected animals to ‘zombies’ are unfortunate and a bit disappointing,” said Dr. Michael Miller, Senior Wildlife Veterinarian for CPW. “The reality is these animals are just very sick – there’s nothing scary or supernatural about it. This is a disease that’s been around for quite some time, and it will likely persist for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we can begin making more steady progress on learning how to reduce its prevalence and lessen its effects.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 16th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 16th

Farmland Values Stable in Weak Economy

Farm real estate markets remained relatively stable in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Kansas City Fed’s quarterly Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions. In the Federal Reserve Tenth District, including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming and parts of Missouri and New Mexico, values for all types of farmland declined only three percent from a year ago. Prior to the fourth quarter, farmland values had declined at an annual pace of five to seven percent, but those declines appear to have slowed more recently. The KC Fed says stability in farmland values was due, in part, to fewer sales. For the fifth straight year, a majority of bankers reported a decline in the volume of farmland sold. Looking ahead, a significant number of bankers expect values to remain steady in 2018. The report says fewer bankers expect farm income to decline in coming months, suggesting that economic conditions may continue to stabilize. Still, ongoing demand for financing amid a low income environment and slightly higher interest rates suggests that credit risks in the farm sector will remain a focus for 2018.

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NAFTA Exit Would Trigger 15 cent Mexican Sugar Tariff

Withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would revert the U.S. tariff on sugar imports from Mexico to 15 cents per-pound, the level in place before NAFTA went into effect. A trade adviser to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a meeting of the sweetener industry this week that NAFTA eliminated the U.S. tariff on sugar, but Mexican sugar imports to the United States are currently restricted because the U.S. government found that Mexico was subsidizing and dumping sugar in the United States. The U.S. could have imposed duties, but instead reached suspension agreements with Mexico that protect the U.S. sugar industry from unfair trade. If NAFTA is terminated, however, the tariff “would bounce back” to the allowed tariff under World Trade Organization rules, 15 cents per-pound, close to 100 percent of the sugar price, according to the Hagstrom Report. Analysts say that Mexico, which exports 1.2 million tons of sugar to the United States per year, would lose the U.S. market because its sugar would be too high to be competitive.

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Southern Plains Drought Becoming “Rapidly Dire”

The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday suggests the situation in the Southern Plains is becoming “rapidly dire.” February 14th marked the 124th consecutive day without rain in Amarillo, Texas, and the 98th consecutive day without measurable precipitation for Lubbock, Texas. The western half of Oklahoma and northern Texas are classified in an extreme drought, with nearly all of both states in some form of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor says impacts will rapidly escalate if rain does not materialize soon, noting that the lack of rainfall is affecting winter wheat, pastures, pond levels and streamflows. Nearly all of the Southwestern U.S., including California, meanwhile, are in some form of classified drought, along with all of Missouri and Kansas, parts of Iowa and Nebraska, and the Dakota’s. In the Southeastern U.S., drought conditions improved due to an abundance of rainfall in the last week.

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USGC ROI: 20 to 1 In Farm Bill Spending on Export Market Development

Spending on overseas market development for U.S. feed grains and related products increased the value of those exports by an average of $1.71 billion per year from 2010 to 2014, according to a new study. The U.S. Grains Council says spending on market development also increased U.S. gross domestic product by an average of $5 billion per year, returning $19.76 for every $1 spent by taxpayers. The study by Cornell University reviewed the economic value of the Grains Council’s programs, unveiled at the USGC Annual Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas, this week. In addition to successes related to export value and GDP, Council activities created 23,700 full-time jobs with $1.12 billion in labor income each year, while reducing direct government payments to farmers of U.S. grains by an average of $15.3 million a year. Grains Council Chair Deb Keller of Iowa says the study shows: “Our programs are not only working for our members, they are returning many times more to the federal treasury than they cost.”

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Growth Energy: Biofuels Vital to Improving Energy Outlook

Growth Energy says federal data shows a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels. A federal forecast released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects through 2050 based on current trends and regulations, an 18 percent increase in miles traveled by U.S. motorists in traditional light-duty vehicles. That’s an increase from 2.8 trillion miles in 2017 to 3.3 trillion miles in 2050. EIA also reports retail prices of motor gasoline and diesel fuel are projected to increase from 2018 to 2050, largely because of expected increases in crude oil prices. In response, Growth Energy regulatory affairs vice president Chris Bliley says: “Blending more homegrown, cost-efficient biofuels into the fuel supply is the ready-made solution to lowering prices at the pump while also dramatically reducing emissions.” Fuels like ethanol are currently saving the average American household $142, according to the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Bliley says: “those savings will only grow as the demand for transportation rises in the decades to come.”

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Syngenta Acquires Satellite Imagery Innovator

Syngenta has acquired FarmShots, Inc., a North Carolina-based innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health by analyzing absorbed light from field images. In a company news release, Syngenta says FarmShots was developed to help farmers, agronomists and retailers quickly and accurately spot field issues caused by planter skips, emergence, insect feeding, poor plant nutrition, crop diseases, weeds, pests and environmental damage. A Syngenta spokesperson says the acquisition will help the company “further develop farm management and crop decision-making tools.” FarmShots will integrate into Syngenta’s AgriEdge Excelsior whole-farm management system in the U.S., and ultimately will be used by growers worldwide, according to the company. Cloud-based, proprietary software and interfaces developed by FarmShots create high-resolution images, which can be displayed in multiple formats to view field conditions. In January, John Deere honored FarmShots as its “Dealer’s Choice for Innovation.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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