04-11-18 CO House of Republicans: Jon Becker helps renew and refocus the Colorado Energy Office on ‘All of the Above’

Jon Becker helps renew and refocus the Colorado Energy Office on ‘All of the Above’

DENVER—Today, the House Transportation and Energy Committee passed a critical piece of legislation that commits the embattled Colorado Energy Office to promote all forms of energy produced in the state. Senate Bill 18-003, sponsored by Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), adds nuclear, hydroelectric and propane, as well as energy storage, to the Energy Office’s list of resources it promotes. Additionally, the bill eliminates numerous renewable energy programs that have failed to launch or have received insufficient support within the state, and broadens the Office’s mandate to include more traditional forms of energy.

“This bipartisan bill puts this Colorado Energy Office on stable financial footing, and ensures all of Colorado’s energy sources are part of its promotional portfolio,” said Becker. “Technology is quickly changing Colorado’s energy landscape, and I am excited to see a bipartisan effort to promote new energy storage, and other innovations that can profoundly reduce Coloradan’s energy costs.” Continue reading

04-11-18 NAA files Amicus Brief ahead of Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

NAA files Amicus Brief ahead of Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

NAA, along with 38 State Auctioneer Associations, has filed an Amicus Brief, which can now be viewed publically.

The U.S Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Wayfair case Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m.

Ahead of next week’s hearing, the NAA and state association coalition filed its 47-page brief in support of Wayfair. For more information, visit

Read the full Amicus Brief – CLICK HERE

04-11-18 Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with Colorado State Fair’s New General Manager Scott Stoller…

Scott Stoller of Chico, California, as the NEW General Manager of the Colorado State Fair

Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with Colorado State Fair’s New General Manager Scott Stoller

BRIGGSDALE, CO – On Wednesday, April 11th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown announced Scott Stoller of Chico, California, as the NEW General Manager of the Colorado State Fair …Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Scott Stoller
  • Background & Experience
  • Duties as General Manager
  • His Vision for the CSF
  • CSF Impact on State & Pueblo’s Economy
  • 146th CO State Fair Information
  • Final thoughts


The Colorado State Fair runs August 24 – September 3, 2018.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.


04-11-18 Register Today for CCA and CSU’s First-Ever Ranch Gathering – For FREE!

Register Today for CCA and CSU’s First-Ever Ranch Gathering – For FREE!

Join Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) for the first-ever Ranch Gathering, to be held at the unique and historic Cherokee Ranch and Castle on May 15, 2018 from 1-7 p.m. CCA members and the area ranching community are invited and welcome to attend. Bring a friend and if they join CCA, you will each receive a commemorative CCA Ranch Sign!

This exclusive event will include updates from CCA and CSU; overviewing policy, research, and Colorado beef industry’s topics of interest to attendees. A look into the Cherokee Ranch’s prized Santa Gertrudis cattle herd will also be featured. “Tweet” Kimball pioneered this breed in the Rocky Mountain Region. Along the way, this vibrant, energetic and independent visionary became the first rancher, male or female, to introduce the Santa Gertrudis breed into Colorado – eventually serving on the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) board of directors, the first woman ever to do so. Continue reading

04-11-18 Pork Checkoff Announces the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

Pork Checkoff Announces the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

DES MOINES, IOWA – April 11, 2018 – The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future leaders. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 70 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production.

“The 2018 scholarship winners are an important part of the pork industry’s future,” said National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebraska. “These young people are critical to helping us develop the next generation of pig farmers and industry leaders who will be ready to produce safe, wholesome food in a socially responsible way.”

The 21 student recipients hail from 15 states and 14 universities and represent six different majors in swine-related fields. The 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:  Continue reading

04-11-18 KSRE News: More than 200 come together to discuss Ogallala Aquifer

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, encouraged participants of the 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Summit to continue the conversations and share information with others.

More than 200 come together to discuss Ogallala Aquifer

Meeting helps citizens, officials from eight states to share ideas and concerns

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – More than 200 people from agriculture and other industries came together April 9-10 to discuss the challenges and opportunities for preserving groundwater in the Ogallala Aquifer region, a large resource that touches parts of eight states from South Dakota to Texas.

The Ogallala Aquifer Summit marked a key accomplishment in the 50-year water vision for Kansas, a plan set forth in 2013 by then Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

“The Ogallala was one of the two marquee parts of the governor’s 50-Year Water Vision, along with the reservoirs in the eastern part of the state,” said Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, which organized the summit along with Kansas State University and Colorado State University. Continue reading

04-11-18 Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Colorado State Fair General Manager

Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Colorado State Fair General Manager

PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, has named Scott Stoller, of Chico, California, as the Colorado State Fair General Manager. He assumes his new role on July 1, 2018.
“The Colorado State Fair is the centerpiece of our agricultural education efforts and I’m thrilled that Mr. Stoller will be spearheading our goals of promoting agriculture, supporting our FFA and 4-H youth, improving the Fair’s financial position, and developing additional year-round activities at the fairgrounds,” said Commissioner Brown.

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04-11-18 FSA-CO: Farm Storage Facility Loans

CLICK HERE to visit USDA-FSA-Colorado’s Website

Farm Storage Facility Loans

FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Continue reading

04-11-18 FSA-CO: Livestock Inventory Records Reminder

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Livestock Inventory Records Reminder

Producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster. When disasters strike, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist producers who suffered excessive livestock death losses and grazing or feed losses due to eligible natural disasters. Continue reading

04-11-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Wheat’s New Seed and Trait Specialist Tyler Benninghoven…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Wheat’s New Seed and Trait Specialist Tyler Benninghoven

Briggsdale, CO – April 11, 2018Colorado’s Wheat has a new Seed and Traits Specialist, its Tyler Benninghoven and he discusses the following with BARN Media…


Learn more about Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation & the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee – CLICK HERE

04-11-18 NASDA Statement on Chinese Tariffs on American Agriculture

Arlington, VA – Following the recent announcement of Chinese tariff’s on American agricultural products as a retaliatory measure against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn issues the following statement:

“China is a $28 billion customer of the American agricultural industry. The tariffs China is proposing are extremely concerning to the farmers and ranchers who are already facing a very poor agricultural economy.  We urge the United States and China to end this high-stakes trade war. Our integrated food and agriculture industry cannot lose another market opportunity, particularly with one of our top customers. It is imperative the administration keep the interests of agriculture in the international marketplace at the forefront. We stand ready to assist the administration to advance opportunities for U.S. producers around the world.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 11th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 11th

China Files WTO Complaint, Pledges to Lower Some Tariffs

China has filed a dispute with the World Trade Organization alleging the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum violate world trade rules. However, the nation also reconfirmed it will open it’s economy by lowering tariffs on cars, paving the way for negotiations. “Actions speak louder than words” when it comes to China, one U.S. economist told Reuters. But, China’s President did announce this week the intention to raise the foreign ownership limit in the automobile, shipbuilding and aircraft sectors “as soon as possible”, and push previously announced measures to open the financial sector. Plans to open the auto sector to the U.S. by China have been in the works since before the Trump administration. The announcement by China could offer a glimmer of negotiation to end or dampen the trade spat, which includes proposed tariffs on U.S. agricultural products. Trump has been insistent that the two nations will reach a mutually beneficial agreement, while Chinese officials recently said negotiations would be impossible under “current circumstances.”

Trade War Help for Farmers: All Options on the Table

A top Department of Agriculture official says “all options are on the table” when it comes to finding relief from a trade war with China for farmers. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky told reporters earlier this week USDA is “looking at all of our authorities” to find ways to assist farmers, according to Politico. Those options include buying up commodities through the Commodity Credit Corporation. The comments by Censky confirm Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s comments from last week, eluding to USDA having something in the works to shield farmers from a trade war. However, Perdue has not announced any details to what that may be. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump this week said: “We’ll make it up to them,” referring to the risks farmers face in a trade dispute with China. Trump claimed that “farmers will be better off than they ever were,” but offered a vague timeline of when that help may arrive for farmers and ranchers.

GOA Issues Report on Cattle Markets

A report by the Government Accountability Office shows supply and demand factors, such as a drought that affected the price of cattle feed, affected changes in prices of fed cattle—those ready for slaughter from 2013 through 2016. The price of fed cattle has fluctuated widely from 2013 through 2016 and experienced a sharp downturn beginning in late 2015, raising concerns about the market and questions about USDA’s oversight, which prompted those in the industry to request the report. GAO’s analysis of cattle market data from USDA also indicated that competition levels among packers that slaughter and process fed cattle did not appear to affect the national price changes in the fed cattle market in 2015 but that areas of the country with less competition among packers had lower cattle prices. GOA offered two recommendations, including USDA review the extent to which, under statute, the price reporting group can share daily transaction data with the Packers and Stockyards Program. And if USDA determines the statute does not permit such sharing, and it is advisable, submit to Congress a proposal to allow such sharing.

WASDE Report Predicts Record Soybean Crop for Brazil

The latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Report from the Department of Agriculture shows Brazil is reaching a record soybean planting. USDA predicted a record Brazilian soybean crop in the report Tuesday of 115 million metric tons, or 4.2 billion bushels. Domestically, U.S. soybean supply and use changes for 2017/18 include increased crush, lower seed and residual use, and lower ending stocks. Soybean ending stocks are projected at 550 million bushels, down five million. The season-average soybean price is forecast at $9.10 to $9.50, unchanged at the midpoint. The monthly outlook for corn saw reduced feed and residual use, and increased ending stocks. With supply unchanged and total use declining, ending stocks were raised 55 million bushels. The projected range for the season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged at the midpoint with the range narrowed to $3.20 to $3.50 per bushel. For wheat, USDA increased ending stocks by 30 million bushels to 1,064 million, all on lower feed and residual use. The season-average wheat farm price is unchanged at the range of $4.60 to $4.70 per bushel.

Farm Groups Outline Fake Meat Regulation Desires

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted comments Tuesday to the Department of Agriculture outlining key principles for the regulation of fake meat products. NCBA is requesting USDA to work with the Food and Drug Administration to “take appropriate, immediate enforcement action against improperly-labeled imitation products.” In its comments, NCBA stated the organization believes the term beef “should only be applicable to products derived from actual livestock raised by farmers and ranchers.” Meanwhile, the National Farmers Union submitted comments Tuesday, as well, supporting another set of proposals by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association. NFU President Roger Johnson says NFU supports USCA’s request to restrict the broader definition of “meat” to the tissue or flesh of animals that have been harvested in the traditional manner. That includes not allowing the use of “meat” on labels for plant-based alternatives and lab-grown alternatives.

Nebraska’s “Most Expensive Farm” Hits the Market

A $34 million farm is up for sale in Nebraska. Billed as the state’s “most expensive farm,” the more than 10,300-acre operation includes 5,600 acres of center pivot irrigated farmland. The Zeman ranch, located in north-central Nebraska, is described as a large cattle operation that also includes 44 center pivot irrigation systems. The property is near the eastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills and on the northern edge of Nebraska in a major farming and ranching area. Hall and Hall, a U.S.-based ranch brokerage firm, says the ranch also includes an open-air feeding facility, processing facilities, barns and corrals. The ranch features 2,300 acres of hay grounds that supports the 2,300 cow/calf pairs and the 2,500-head feeding facility. The listing company says the area is one of the largest remaining tracts of mid and tall grass prairie in North America.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service