08-03-18 USDA Under Secretary Visit Talks Issues with CFB Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Under Secretary Visit Talks Issues with CFB Farmers and Ranchers

Producers from around Colorado gathered at the Colorado Farm Bureau office to visit with Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. Under Secretary  Ibach visited with the group about new USDA programs, as well as provided update on trade issues and the recent $12 billion aid package that was announced last week by the department.
“It’s always good to talk with fellow farmers and ranchers,” said Ibach who has made it a priority to know how decisions in Washington D.C. affect the people in the field. His own farm is located in rural Nebraska where he also served as the Director of Agriculture for the state.
Those seated around the table represented a variety of commodity groups, including; corn, wheat, potatoes, sugar beets and beef. Many of whom, traveled from across the state.

Under Secretary Ibach provided insight into the recent trade negotiations and also solicited feedback and stories from those in the room who have been impacted. The USDA is working to support our farm families during this time of need, no matter what commodity is grown. Farmers from around the state expressed the difficulties they are experiencing with the limited export markets that have occurred in response to the trade war. Continue reading

08-03-18 CO Farm Bureau’s Announcement on Signature Submission of Initiative 108

Video courtesy of The Colorado Farm Bureau, editing by BARN Media (AUDIO ONLY LINK)

Stamped, sealed and delivered! A record 208, 673 signatures are turned in to the Secretary of State of Colorado supporting property rights for all Coloradans. Courtesy of the CFB

CO Farm Bureau’s Announcement on Signature Submission of Initiative 108

08-03-18 CSU Golden Plains Ext: Pest Alert – Scouting for Sunflower Insect Pests

Scouting for sunflower insect pests?

Written by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Pest Management, CSU Extension

The three sunflower head infesting insects, namely sunflower head moth, banded moth and seed weevils are currently present in sunflower fields. Recent study field study shows that sunflower head moths and red sunflower seed weevils are more damaging pests of sunflower in Colorado and need a particular attention during scouting. For historic pheromone trap data (2008-2018) on monitoring sunflower and banded moth flight and emergence time in Colorado, go to Colorado State University Extension website: (http://northernipm.colostate.edu/).   Continue reading

08-03-18 KDA: Kansas, Colorado reach agreement on Republican River Water Usage

Kansas, Colorado reach agreement on Republican River Water Usage

TOPEKA, Kan. — Today the Governors and Attorneys General of Kansas and Colorado announced that they have reached a settlement of claims regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact. The Compact allocates the waters of the basins between the states of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

“This settlement is an investment in the basin to ensure a better future for Kansas water users.” said Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer.“Kansas and Colorado are committed to continuing to make the Compact work for the benefit of the citizens of our states, and this settlement recognizes the ties that bind our states together and is an important step for the economic development of the region.”

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt also expressed his approval. “The Kansas water team at the Department of Agriculture and our legal team at the Attorney General’s office have done an outstanding job of resolving years of past disputes without litigation,” Schmidt said. “This settlement going forward promises a more cooperative approach to what really matters — the best possible management of the water resources in the basin’s South Fork on both sides of the state line.”

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper agreed that “This settlement provides funds that could be used in the Republican River Basin within Kansas and Colorado and creates additional opportunities for cooperative water management between the States.”

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman also expressed her approval, saying the agreement “avoids the costs and uncertainty of litigation and furthers the principles of the Compact, including removing controversy and fostering interstate cooperation.” 

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08-03-18 USDA-NASS-MRFO: January 1 Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

January 1 Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2018 totaled 2.63 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2017. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2018 was 2.69 million colonies. During 2017, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 2.64 million, 2.69 million, 2.99 million, and 2.85 million colonies, respectively. Continue reading

08-03-18 USDA to Measure Small Grain Production in September

USDA to Measure Small Grain Production in September

Denver, CO – August, 2018 – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2018 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

“The small grains industry is an important part of agriculture and it is crucial for all
involved with the agriculture sector to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “We will contact more than 6,000 producers in the Mountain Region to accurately measure 2018 acreage, yield, and production for small grain crops. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage, yield, and production estimates at the county level, to be published in December 2018.” Continue reading

08-03-18 USDA NASS Colorado Farm Production Expenditures – 2017

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Farm production expenditures in the United States are estimated at $359.8 billion for 2017, up from $346.9 billion in 2016. The 2017 total farm production expenditures are up 3.7 percent compared with 2016 total farm production expenditures. For the 17 line items, 13 showed an increase from previous year, while the rest showed a decrease. Continue reading

08-03-18 USDA NASS Mountain Regional Land Values and Cash Rents…

USDA NASS Regional Release

USDA NASS Mountain Regional Land Values and Cash Rents…


The 2018 Arizona average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $4,200 per acre. This is an increase of 2.4 percent from 2017 and 10.5 percent from 2016. The average value of cropland and irrigated cropland was $8,450, up 0.6 percent from 2017. Pasture values were not published for Arizona to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Arizona was $253.00 per acre in 2018, $3.00 more than the previous year. Average cash rent for pasture in 2018 was not published for Arizona to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.


The 2018 Colorado average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $1,420 per acre. This is a decrease of 0.7 percent from 2017 and unchanged from 2016. The average value of cropland was $1,910, down 0.5 percent from 2017. The average value of irrigated cropland was $4,600, unchanged from the previous year, and the average value of non-irrigated cropland was $1,250, down 0.8 percent from the previous year. Pasture values were unchanged from 2017 at $760 per acre.

Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Colorado was $144.00 per acre in 2018, $1.00 more than the previous year. Average cash rent for non-irrigated cropland and pasture in 2018 were not published for Colorado to avoid disclosing data
for individual operations

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 3rd

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Canada Happily on NAFTA Sidelines, for Now

Canada may be sitting out on the North America Free Trade Agreement talks, for now. However, Canadian officials say they are “perfectly happy” doing so, because “they have a number of issues to discuss that Canada does not need to sit in on,” according to Politico. That includes auto rules in the agreement, a contentious issue between the U.S. and Mexico. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is away from the talks, attending a meeting in Singapore this week. If Mexico and the U.S. can agree on auto rules of origin and other topics such as the trade of steel and aluminum products, many say that would be a positive sign towards reaching a new NAFTA. Still, much work remains, including talks with Canada on dairy issues, as the U.S. dairy industry wants Canada to abandon its dairy supply management program, a move Canada has repeatedly shot down. Those talks will have to wait, though, with the Trump Administration focused on striking a deal with Mexico first.

Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill

The Senate earlier this week approved a number of appropriation bills, including the 2019 Agriculture appropriations bill, before heading off to a two-week long recess. The Senate voted 92-6 to pass a bill that funds the Agriculture Department and related agencies, and other federal agencies such as Transportation, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Senate leadership is hopeful to pass other funding bills later this fall, but President Trump has threatened a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends September 30th if Congress does not pass immigration enforcement, border security and border wall measures, according to the Hagstrom Report. Of the provisions in the ag appropriations bill, Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota points out the bill continues funding his Agriculture Risk Coverage pilot program to allow for an alternate calculation method for crop payments when National Agricultural Statistics Service data is insufficient. The bill also increases funding for the Agricultural Marketing Service to help provide producers with marketing opportunities for U.S. agricultural products.

Drought Monitor Shows Continued Dryness

If one were to draw a line roughly at or south of Interstate 80 across the central U.S. and look south, drought conditions would raise major alarm bells. As such, a split through Corn Belt shows much of the area south of the Interstate 80 corridor in a classified drought. The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday shows areas of extreme and exceptional drought classifications in parts of Kansas and Missouri, through Oklahoma and Texas, and throughout the Southwestern United States. In North-central and Northwest Missouri, pastures take the look of winter and evidence of corn being chopped for silage is seen. Little relief is expected for the Midwest, but the Drought Monitor does suggest that over the next week, temperatures could be as much as 10-20 degrees below normal during the period along with 1-2 inches of precipitation. For July, the West, Southwest, South, and Northeast were among the warmest third of historical records which date back 124 years. Total precipitation amounts for the month of July were below average for much of the Midwest and Northwest. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Midwest, to the North, and east, few classified droughts are evident.

USDA Announces Rural Broadband Investments

The Department of Agriculture will invest $97 million in 12 rural broadband projects to improve services in 11 states. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the investment Wednesday, saying the action will expand access for 22,000 subscribers to “help grow their rural communities and America’s economy.” USDA is making the investments through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Community Connect Grant Program. Through the investment, improvements are being made to rural broadband in Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. USDA says investing in telecommunications infrastructure connects people to each other: businesses to customers, farmers to markets, and students to a world of knowledge. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

BASF Closes Acquisition of Businesses and Assets from Bayer

BASF has closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction, the company says, is a “strategic complement” to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds, non-selective herbicides and nematicide seed treatments. A spokesperson for BASF says the move “adds excellent assets” to the BASF portfolio. BASF signed agreements in October 2017 and April 2018 to acquire the businesses and assets Bayer offered to divest to allow approval of its acquisition of Monsanto, for an all-cash purchase price of 7.6 billion euros, subject to certain adjustments at closing. BASF acquired Bayer’s vegetable seeds business, the Liberty herbicide brand, a research and development platform for hybrid wheat and a range of seed treatment products. The transactions are now completed, except for the vegetable seeds business for which closing is expected in mid-August 2018.

Environmental Group: Food Companies are Flunking the Planet

A report-card like study gives the majority of food companies a flunking grade on environmental issues. The report, issued by Mighty Earth, claims to find widespread failure across the food industry to address the environmental impacts of the meat supply chain. The report is called “Flunking the Planet: Scoring America’s Food Companies on Sustainable Meat.” Calling meat one of the “most environmentally polluting products in the world,” the report claims even brands offering sustainable option have “no environmental standards for their meat,” including stores like Whole Foods. Mighty Earth is a self-described global campaign organization that “works to protect the environment,” and has published several reports critical of modern agriculture. The organization is a project by the Center for International Policy.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



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