06-21-18 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2018 Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing several topics including:



About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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06-21-18 CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

Colorado Farm Bureau Applauds the Bill’s Passage and with it, Future Support for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

June 21, 2018 – In a huge win for Colorado farmers and ranchers as well as agriculture across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon.

“We are thankful that our leaders in Washington, D.C. got this one right,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “The Farm Bill provides farmers and ranchers across the country with programs that are vital to the success of the entire agriculture industry.” Continue reading

06-21-18 CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

The House will once again be voting on the #2018FarmBill TODAY.

Tell Congressman Ken Buck and Congressman Jared Polis how important the Farm Bill is to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

They need to hear from you NOW!


06-21-18 CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

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CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

A new study that draws on previous work by Colorado State University scientists finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits nearly 60 percent more methane than current Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That amounts to 13 million metric tons of methane from oil and gas operations each year. Continue reading

06-21-18 NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

WASHINGTON – On behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Senate’s bipartisan efforts to advance a farm bill. The NFU Board urged the Senate to quickly pass the legislation.
“The goal of any farm bill should be to provide a strong safety net for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers, improve farm sustainability, and ensure access to fair and diverse markets,” said the Board. “Given persistent and ongoing economic challenges in the farm economy, Congress must pass a farm bill that provides strong support in the best interests of family farms, rural communities and consumers. National Farmers Union’s Board of Directors commends the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Agriculture Committee to advance the farm bill.”

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06-21-18 ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

Sioux Falls, SD (June 20, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help further their collegiate education.

“ACE wishes these bright young students of ACE member plant employees the best of luck as they pursue their future careers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “Students today are the leaders of tomorrow and their education is critically important for the future development of biofuels, its associated industries, and beyond.” Continue reading

06-21-18 REMINDER: June is Dairy Month, so don’t forget to enter the 2018 NFU Photo Contest!

Enter Your Best Photo for a Chance to Win $500!

It’s Dairy Month! The National Farmers Union is celebrating with gallons of ice cream and our June photo contest! Whether you raise cows, goats, or sheep, we want to see your best dairy photos.

NFU members can submit their original photos for a chance to win a 16″ x 20″ canvas print of their winning photo! At the end of the year, each monthly winner will be eligible for the grand prize – a $500 prepaid Visa gift card. Submit your photo by June 30, 11:59 PM EST to be considered for this month’s category. Get your cameras clicking and submit your best photos today!
Find eligibility, rules, and more information here. Submit your photo here.

06-21-18 The 2019 NWSS National Anthem Contest is Back!

Ready to Sing at Stock Show?
Our National Anthem Contest for 2019 is Back!

Do you want a chance to sing the National Anthem at the 113th National Western Stock Show?

Submit a video of your best National Anthem for a chance to be selected to sing in front of a sellout Stock Show crowd in 2019!

Important Dates:

  • Video Submissions:  July 4 – 27, 2018
  • Voting Period:  Aug. 1 – Sept. 1, 2018
  • Winner Announced:  Sept. 3, 2018

All videos need to be submitted via an online link (like YouTube, Vimeo or another website). The top videos then will be posted for the public to vote on. The video with the most votes will be invited to sing at one of our rodeo performances. Best of luck!


06-21-18 Don’t Miss the 2018 National Cutting Horse Denver Western Nationals – June 22-30

NCHA Denver Western Nationals

June 22 – 30  |  National Western Complex
The NCHA Transwest Ranch Denver Nationals cutting event welcomes open and non-pro cutters from across the country. This event is designed with the “weekend cutters” in mind who have hauled throughout the year and want to compete in a championship-style event. The competition consists of 12 different classes with an added money purse of $150,000. 
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06-21-18 CCA: 151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Longtime Colorado Rancher

151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Longtime Colorado Rancher

Michael Hogue, longtime rancher from Steamboat Springs, Colo., stepped into his role as the 113th president of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. One goal Hogue has for his presidency is continuing the evaluation and implementation of CCA’s new membership structure. He also wants to create more depths of leadership, primarily at the steering committee level. “We have several committees with vacant chair and co-chair seats and I want to fill them all this year,” Hogue said. And of course, Hogue is excited to keep pursuing CCA’s quest for a new home on the National Western Stock Show grounds. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 21st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 21st

China Could Step Up Trade War Tactics

China could ratchet up its trade war tactics against the United States as President Donald Trump has escalated the trade war between the two nations this week. Politico points out that China knows how to fight a trade war and could go beyond retaliatory tariffs next. China has been known to successfully encourage its 1.4 billion population to give up products from targeted countries, such as Big Macs, and make business harder for U.S. companies in China. While China has far fewer U.S. imports to impose tariffs on, a trade expert told Politico: “The reality is the Chinese can do quite a bit to hurt U.S. companies in the Chinese market.” Tariffs that have yet to take effect will target U.S. agricultural products. Earlier this week, business and agriculture groups penned a letter to Congress seeking lawmakers involvement to reign in Trump’s trade agenda. The group asked for congressional oversight, while detailing how Congress has the power to regulate foreign trade.

Heitkamp: Trade War Strikes at Rural Economies

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says if President Trump follows through with tariffs on China announced this week China’s retaliation would be “both strong in quantity and gravity.” The comments come as China indicated it would impose retaliatory trade barriers that are against U.S. goods if the administration follows through with the threat, causing soybean prices to plummet to a nine-year low. Heitkamp says Trump is “playing chicken” with China by “creating a trade war at farmers’ expense.” Heitkamp continued: “From soybeans to farm equipment to oil, these tariffs threaten to strike at the heart of our job-sustaining industries.” The North Dakota Democrat says U.S. farmers need trade policy that opens markets, not closes them. Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa agreed in a separate statement, saying “farming need trade, not aid,” in referring to any programs that would be made available to assist farmers through a trade war.

Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations

The largest dairy processor in Canada says President Trump “has a point” when it comes to dairy trade between the U.S. and Canada. Saputo Inc. told Reuters:“Canada should consider eliminating its Class 7 milk policy in order to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States.” The CEO says he understands “the frustration,” adding, “quite frankly I think they have every reason to be upset.” The Comments come a week after President Trump targeted Canada’s Dairy Supply Management System, calling it unfair to U.S. farmers. Leadership in Canada has vowed to support the system and are quick to point out that processors created the Class 7 milk issue, not the Canadian government’s dairy policies. The CEO of Saputo says Canada dairy cannot think “we’ll come out of this unchanged.”

NPPC Testifies on Thailand Trade Issue

The National Pork Producers Council wants access to Thailand. If not granted, NPPC says Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. should be revoked or reduced. Thailand is a top beneficiary of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows for removal of a country’s benefits if it fails to provide the United States “equitable and reasonable access” to its market. An NPPC spokesperson during a U.S. Trade Representative Hearing this week said; “. President Trump has called for reciprocity in our trading relationship with other countries, but there is no reciprocity at all in our trading relationship with Thailand when it comes to pork.” Thailand holds a ban on imports of U.S. pork by banning products produced with ractopamine, a feed ingredient approved. Following an NPPC petition, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in May agreed to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. GSP program.

Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Changing Dairy Market

A new report from CoBank predicts continued double-digit growth in the plant-based milk alternatives market. The report says sales are up 61 percent over the past five years, with slower growth of 15 to 25 percent projected by 2022. Meanwhile, cow’s milk consumption continues a decades-long slump. However, a CoBank spokesperson says the total volume of alternative milk is “relatively small and is not a major factor behind declining fluid milk sales.” Still, CoBank says plant-based alternatives are helping revolutionize how the dairy industry does business. The report found that most consumers who buy alternatives are not completely abandoning milk. The report goes on to say that some traditional dairy companies are adding plant-based alternatives to their portfolios. Even Dean Foods, the largest milk bottler in the United States, recently invested in Good Karma Foods, a plant-based milk and yogurt company.

Grant Awarded for Studying Livestock Antimicrobials Impact

A $3.1 million grant will fund research studying the impacts of California’s new legislation limiting the use of antimicrobial drugs given to livestock raised in the state. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the grant from the Wellcome Trust will fund research at George Washington University’s Milliken Institute School of Public Health. The California law took effect this year and is the first in the nation to ban antibiotics for routine disease prevention in food animal production. The grant, according to the University, will enable an investigation to find clear links between antimicrobial use in poultry and human antibiotic-resistant infections. The research will benefit from work already underway and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Wellcome Trust is self-described as a global charitable foundation headquarter in the United Kingdom that supports scientists and researchers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service