03-02-18 Register TODAY for the High Plains Dairy Conference, March 6 & 7 in Amarillo, TX

2018 High Plains Dairy Conference – March 6-7, 2018 – Amarillo, TX

Register today for the High Plains Dairy Conference, March 6 & 7 in Amarillo, TX. This year’s conferences featured topics include the farm bill, human resource tips and cow care.

2018 Tentative Agenda

2018 Conference Planning Committee

2018 Conference Brochure

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03-02-18 CSU Extension: Use Caution When Considering Industrial Hemp

Sterling, CO – The next couple of years will be very challenging for area farmers and ranchers as commodity prices continue to be weak. Cash market prices that just a few years ago might have offered a small profit will not cover the cost of production today. Many agricultural producers are looking for more profitable alternatives to traditional crop and livestock enterprises. Continue reading

03-02-18 CDA: Celebrate St. Patty’s with Colorado Beer

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CDA: Celebrate St. Patty’s with Colorado Beer

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Sláinte! St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to share a Colorado beer with friends. Colorado is well known for its beer. With more than 330 breweries across the state, Colorado is one of the top beer producers in the country.  Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state.
Braised Cabbage
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

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03-02-18 CLA: Ag Committee Members Meet with Livestock Producers in Denver

CLA: Ag Committee Members Meet with Livestock Producers in Denver
Colorado Livestock Association hosted its annual CLA Legislative Breakfast this past Wednesday in Denver. The event is held each year during the legislative session to give CLA Board of Directors and the CLA Legislative Affairs Committee members the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding proposed legislation.

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03-02-18 NAWG and USW Applaud the Senate Confirmation of Gregg Doud to be Chief Ag Negotiator at USTR

NAWG and USW Applaud the Senate Confirmation of Gregg Doud to be Chief Ag Negotiator at USTR

ARLINGTON, Virginia —Today, the United States Senate confirmed Gregg Doud to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Trade is a top priority for U.S. wheat farmers and this nomination is welcome news for our growers.

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03-02-18 USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach attends 27th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture…

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USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach attends 27th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 2, 2018 – USDA Undersecretary Gregory Ibach spoke at the 27th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. A longtime voice in Nebraska’s agriculture industry, Ibach’s service to the industry has been honored and recognized. Ibach said as Nebraska Secretary of Agriculture, he made decisions based upon his background as a producer. When approached about the USDA position, he took the same approach…


Colorado Agricultural Leaders Program Class 11The Governor’s Agriculture Forum is managed by members of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, or CALP Class 13. CALP fellows are agricultural professionals from across Colorado, bringing a mix of diverse perspectives on agriculture – from extension agents to viticulturists, and from feedlot managers to policy analysts. Through the CALP program, these emerging leaders are being immersed in professional training and experiencing agricultural production across the state first-hand. Want to learn more, visit Coloagleaders.org.

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03-02-18 Robotic Innovations Win 2018 CFVGA Tech Pitch

Robotic Innovations Win 2018 CFVGA Tech Pitch

Tortuga AgTech, Tortuga AgTecha robotic harvesting and precision agriculture company from Lakewood, Colo., was the judge’s top pick in the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Tech Pitch. The competition, which featured four of the best applicants from a field of highly qualified companies, was the culminating event last week at CFVGA’s Fourth Annual Conference, attended by some 300 growers, allied industries and other produce enthusiasts. Coming in first by audience vote was Augean Robotics, Phoenixville, Penn., whose presentation awed viewers with video of a robotic harvest cart that follows a harvester, hauls product to a drop off point and returns to the harvester on its own.
“It was inspiring to see veteran Colorado agriculture leaders and new companies making connections, talking about the issues agriculture faces, and sharing ideas,” said Eric Adamson, Tortuga AgTech. “We had met with a handful of Colorado growers in the past, but we never had the chance before to connect with our own local ag industry in such a concentrated and powerful forum. The CFVGA conference was a great way to start building more local relationships and learning from passionate agriculture leaders here in our backyard, as well as leaders from the broader Western Growers Association.”

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03-02-18 US Senator Bennet’s Statement on President Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

US Senator Bennet’s Statement on President Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports:

“Provoking a global trade war with reckless tweets puts American jobs and businesses at risk and increases costs for American families. We need a thoughtful and aggressive response to China’s overproduction of steel and aluminum, but blanket tariffs are not the answer. The President’s action, motivated by his political whims rather than effective policy, will invite retaliation and isolate us further from our trading partners.” Continue reading

03-02-18 CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK to host Webinar on South Platte Storage Study Results at NOON March 8th

CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK to host Webinar on South Platte Storage Study Results

Link to Webinar #5, March 8th at 12:00 P.M.

Arvada, CO –-  Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar on March 8, 2018 highlighting the findings of the recent South Platte River Storage Study. The study, which was ordered in 2016 by the State Legislature and funded by a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, looked at the amount of excess water leaving the state annually over the last two decades and how more water might be stored in Colorado in the future.
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03-02-18 Make plans to attend the 2018 International Limousin Congress this July in Colorado

Make plans to attend the 2018 International Limousin Congress this July in Colorado

Hope you are planning to join us this summer at the 2018 International Limousin Congress in Denver and in Colorado Springs July 19 – 28.

It’s going to be an awesome gathering, so click here to register now and take advantage of the discounted registration rate offered through March 31, 2018.

If you haven’t already, take a look at the program agenda on the NALF website, then mark your calendars for July 19 through July 28. you’ll be glad you did…and so will we. Continue reading

03-02-18 CO Corn Kernals: 2018 Commodity Classic Briefing

CO Corn Kernals: 2018 Commodity Classic Briefing

*CORRECTED* Commodity Classic kicked off Monday February 26th in Anaheim, California. As the excitement and activities of a busy and most interesting week wrap-up, the following is a brief look at those in attendance representing the Colorado Corn industry and an important situation pertaining to growers and stakeholders.
Members of Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee have represented the state’s corn industry in various capacities this week.

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03-02-18 NAWG and National Wheat Foundation Named New Board Officers at 2018 Commodity Classic

NAWG and National Wheat Foundation Named New Board Officers at the 2018 Commodity Classic  

Anaheim, CA (March 01, 2018) – The National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Wheat Foundation wrapped up the 2018 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers. Both NAWG and NWF have elected female wheat growers to their executive teams.

NAWG President and Montana famer Gordon Stoner has passed the gavel down to Vice President Jimmie Musick, a farmer from Southwest Oklahoma. Texan Ben Scholz moved up the ranks of leadership becoming NAWG’s next Vice President. Cass City, Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan will now serve as NAWG’s new Treasurer. Nicole Berg, wheat farmer from Paterson, Washington, becomes the newest face in NAWG leadership with her election as Secretary. Nicole is the next woman since Washington wheat grower Judy Olson (1994) to be elected to the board. Gordon Stoner will continue to serve on the executive committee in the role of Past President.

“We are excited to announce the officer team for the 2018-2019 NAWG fiscal year,” stated NAWG CEO and NWF Executive Director Chandler Goule. “With our new board in place we are ready to represent America’s wheat farmers during the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations.”  Continue reading

03-02-18 NAWG/USWA Joint Statement: Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Raise the Risk of Retaliation Against U.S. Agriculture

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Raise the Risk of Retaliation Against U.S. Agriculture

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are extremely disappointed in the decision announced today to impose sweeping tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. We have repeatedly warned that the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy have serious potential consequences for agriculture. It is dismaying that the voices of farmers and many other industries were ignored in favor of an industry that is already among the most protected in the country.  Continue reading

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

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Trump Will Impose New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

After hosting what the White House initially called a “listening” session, President Donald Trump took American investors by surprise Thursday. Trump announced to the group attending the meeting that he will be imposing the long-rumored steel and aluminum tariffs next week. A Zero Hedge Dot Com article says the president will impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a ten percent for aluminum. Trump told a meeting of steel and aluminum executives that he’ll sign the paperwork next week. “You’re going to have protection for the first time in a long time,” he said to the executives. He says steel and aluminum workers haven’t been represented in some time and moves like this will help rebuild the American industries. Before making the announcement, Trump praised his recent tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, saying they were a good example of how tariffs can lead to investment in different U.S. business sectors. Metal company stocks rose sharply after the midday announcement. At the same time, the announcement pushed the Canadian dollar sharply lower. While it did bounce back somewhat, the tariffs remind people on both sides of the border about lingering tensions as the countries continue to participate in NAFTA negotiations.


Ag Groups Concerned About Trade Retaliation

U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers were both very disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. A statement says they have repeatedly warned of the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy would have potentially serious consequences for agriculture. The groups say it’s disappointing that the voices of farmers and many other industries were ignored in favor of an industry that’s already among the most well-protected in the country. Also, Brian Kuehl of the Farmers for Free Trade Organization says they are also deeply concerned that the move to impose tariffs will unintentionally hurt American agriculture. “These tariffs are very likely to accelerate a tit-for-tat approach on trade, putting U.S. agricultural exports in the crosshairs,” Kuehl says. “We’ve already seen China discussing tariffs on sorghum, while the EU and China have both indicated they will move forward with swift retaliation in the wake of these tariffs.” He adds that everyone agrees on the need to hold trading partners accountable but taking unilateral action like this will have unintended consequences. “The ag sector knows from experience that our ag exports are the first to be hit by retaliation,” he adds.


Perdue Reaffirms Support for Ethanol, RFS

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke at the Commodity Classic this week and defended his support for the Renewable Fuels Standard. A DTN report says that Perdue told farmers attending the event that President Trump unequivocally supports the RFS, corn farmers, and ethanol. The biofuel industry and corn farmers are concerned that the secretary doesn’t understand the importance of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINS, to the biofuels industry. Corn farmers had heard RINs were one of the topics of conversation at the White House during the Tuesday biofuels meeting. While speaking to hundreds of the nation’s corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum farmers, Perdue says he’s beginning to understand the president’s frustration with “fake news.” The secretary has been under fire since Tuesday due to the idea of possible changes to RINs standards. Perdue said, “Hear me clearly, all of you. I will not, and have not, supported any policies in this country that would diminish demand, undermine the RFS, and are harmful to our agriculture producers. I will not.”  


EPA Unresponsive to Letter on RIN Prices

The official position of the Environmental Protection Agency is that high-priced Renewable Identification Numbers do no significant harm to refiners. That position was made public most recently in November of last year. Grassley, along with a handful of other Senators, sent a letter to the EPA in January asking about the agency’s previous findings that RIN prices don’t affect the success of the nation’s refiners. EPA has yet to respond to the letter, in spite of numerous attempts by staff to follow-up with them. Grassley says leaders are being told that steps are needed to lower RIN prices to help refiners. However, under Democratic and Republican administrations, EPA found that RIN prices don’t determine the success or failure of refiners. “Several of my colleagues and I sent a letter to the EPA in light of calls to make changes to the RFS, with no response,” Grassley says. “I’m always willing to engage in good faith discussions. But changing the RFS based on misinformation and baseless arguments wouldn’t be fair to the thousands of farmers and workers throughout rural America that would be harmed if the RFS is undermined.” EPA found that refiners recovered the cost of RINs in the prices they get for their products.


USTR Wants Renewal of Trade-Promotion Authority

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says it plans to ask for a three-year extension of trade-promotion authority in order to negotiate new trade deals. Robert Lighthizer says those discussions could be with Japan, Vietnam, and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership if they’re interested. Politico quotes Lighthizer as saying, “The Trump administration will aggressively negotiate trade deals designed to benefit all Americans.” He spoke during an introduction to the USTR’s report on its annual trade agenda. The office intends to ask Congress to extend the President’s Trade Promotion Authority, also known as ‘fast track authority,’ to obtain an up or down vote on new trade agreements submitted to Congress. Lighthizer adds, “Based on our discussions with Congressional leaders, we believe there is strong support for such an extension, which would allow fast-track authority to remain in place until 2021.” The president has an April 1 deadline to formally request the extension in a letter to Congress. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says it might not be a sure thing. He looks forward to reviewing how the administration conducts itself on trade in the months ahead and hearing how the administration plans to use fast-track authority.


2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Chosen

The National Pork Board announced Thursday that Adam Krause from South Dakota, as well as Emma Lasco and Christine Snowden, both from Iowa, have been named the 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. They were recognized today at the 2018 National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City. Pork Board President Terry O’Neel says it’s important for the Pork Checkoff to recognize the future leaders of the pork industry. “We are very excited for these young farmers to share their unique stories with consumers,” O’Neel says. The award recognizes farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles. The winners will speak at Pork Checkoff events and provide content on #RealPigFarming, which is the pork industry’s social media program. Krause is the fourth generation on his family farm near Clear Lake, South Dakota. He owns a pig nursery barn and grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. Lasco is a territory manager for Smithfield Foods Midwest Production in Roland, Iowa. She assists growers with implementing Smithfield’s industry-leading animal care standards on their farms. Snowden is an assistant farrowing manager for AMVC, located in Audubon, Iowa. She works with other employees to care for piglets from birth until they are weaned.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service