08-07-18 USDA/FSA REMINDER: Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

Richard Fordyce, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator

“Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Richard Fordyce, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator.  “It removes from production marginal, erodible land and, in doing so, improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat and provides more opportunities for recreational activities, includingfishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.” 

For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices. FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup. USDA will not open a general signup this year, however, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less.

CRP Grasslands

Additionally, FSA established new ranking criteria for CRP grasslands. To guarantee all CRP grasslands offers are treated equally, applicants who previously applied (prior to the current sign-up period) will be asked to reapply using the new ranking criteria.

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Farthing Ranch hosting Farm to Table Luncheon to Benefit ALS Association & Bernal on September 1st

Please join us for a Farm to Table luncheon hosted by Farthing Ranch. We rise by lifting others and what better way to contribute than to come together in fellowship, share a meal and raise funds for the ALS Association and the Bernal Family. For more information contact Sarah Martinez-Farthing – THANK YOU!

08-07-18 Potatoes USA: Potato Industry Debuts New Campaign that Highlights the Performance-Boosting Benefits of Potatoes

Potato Industry Debuts New Campaign that Highlights the Performance-Boosting Benefits of Potatoes

Denver, CO (August 7, 2018) – The Potato industry is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America’s favorite vegetable. Potatoes USA, the nation’s potato marketing and research organization, worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challenges consumers’ preconceived notions about potatoes. Extensive research led to a strategy based on a key truth: Potatoes fuel performance. Most people don’t consider the potato a performance food and are surprised to learn about all of the nutritional benefits.

Potatoes provide the energy, potassium and complex carbohydrate people need to perform at their best. A medium-size, 5.2-ounce potato with the skin on has, 26 grams of carbohydrate, 620 mg of potassium, and is more energy packed than any other popular vegetable. Potatoes also contain many other important nutrients that athletes seek such as 27 mg vitamin C, 2 g fiber and 3 g complete protein.1

Adequate energy intake supports optimal body functions and carbohydrate is the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles.2 And with the skin on potatoes have more potassium than a medium-size banana. Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function.

Potatoes USA is bringing its “performance” strategy to life in a new campaign that shows how potatoes fuel athletic performance and poses the question: “What are you eating?” The campaign is based on the idea that consistently beating your personal best isn’t just about how you train, it’s about what you eat. Continue reading

100th Weld County Fair Results courtesy of Weld County Extension

4-H Placings – CLICK HERE

Livestock Results – CLICK HERE

All-Around Showmanship Results – CLICK HERE

Premiere Exhibitors – CLICK HERE

Open Class Results – CLICK HERE

WCF Jr Livestock Sale Results*CLICK HERE

*The attached WCF Jr Livestock Sale results are for sale purchases only and do not include add-ons

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08-07-18 Inside NAWG with VP Ben Scholz: 2018 Farm Bill Titles, Tariffs, Trade War, WILOT Program and More…

Inside NAWG with VP Ben Scholz: 2018 Farm Bill Titles, Tariffs, Trade War, WILOT Program and More…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) August 7, 2018 – Joining the  Colorado Ag News Network is Ben Scholz, Vice President of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics pertinent to the wheat industry including:

  • Winter and Spring Wheat Harvest Updates
  • 2018 Farm Bill Headed to Conference – Closer Look at the Titles
  • Tariffs & Trade War Continues
  • NAFTA Update & Need for More Trade
  • USDA Tariff Assistance Program
  • NAWG’s WILOT Program Seeks Applicants by Sep 3rd
  • & More


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 7th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 7th

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Smithfield Foods Hit with Hefty Penalty in North Carolina

A federal jury in North Carolina decided on Friday that Smithfield Foods would have to pay a hefty dollar amount of $473.5 million dollars to neighbors of three of the company’s large hog farms. The neighbors had filed an unreasonable nuisance lawsuit because of odors, flies, and large trucks rumbling down the road. The jury says Smithfield owes the compensation because it failed to stop the “obnoxious, recurrent odors, and the other nuisances caused by the operations.” The North Carolina Pork Council says a decision like this will spread to other states in farm country. The group is calling for an appeal of the decision, saying, “This verdict will spread from North Carolina to all corners of American agriculture.” North Carolina Representative David Rouzer says, “These nuisance lawsuits that are destroying the livelihoods and communities in North Carolina are the tip of the iceberg for what is to come, absent a well-informed public and good public policy.” He calls the lawsuits a slippery slope that threatens every form of American agriculture.  


Ag Holds Roundtable on Lawsuit Abuse

A special agriculture roundtable discussion took place on Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The goal was to highlight a recent wave of nuisance lawsuits in the state targeting hog farms. Lawmakers and agricultural leaders discussed the growing threat to farmers and how out-of-state lawyers are using nuisance lawsuits to get around states’ right-to-farm laws. The discussion included the economic impact of these lawsuits on the rural economy and America’s farmers. American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall told the gathering that these suits pit neighbor against neighbor and communities against each other. “The regulations need to be on trial lawyers,” he says. “We need to let our farmers and ranchers do what they do best, which is feed the world. They aren’t a nuisance. They deserve a fair shot to grow and succeed.” North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten says he’s very concerned about the scars left over in North Carolina and in rural communities because of these lawsuits. North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says these nuisance lawsuits won’t stop at animal agriculture. “If we don’t do something about it now, there’s not a farm in America that won’t be affected,” Troxler says.


Chinese Ag Tariff List Grows Longer

China announced on Friday that it’s ready and willing to put tariffs on another $60 billion worth of American imports. If it follows through on the threat, the total tariff bill on American goods will be $130 billion. Agriculture continues to be on the hit list. Politico says an informal translation of the new list includes hops, maple syrup, whey protein, frozen corn, margarine and shortening, ginseng, and “packaged foods for young infants and children.” A list like this will affect producers from Vermont all the way to California and everywhere in between. The list also includes agricultural machinery exports like milking machines and parts. A new target on the list includes hides and leather products. A number of U.S. hides, skins, and leather products would also face tariffs of either five or 25 percent from China. The President of the U.S. Hide, Skin, and Leather Association says the Chinese market is not just important for the industry, “it’s essential for our survival as competitors continue to finalize formal trade agreements that could place us at a competitive disadvantage.”


Iowa Farmers Support Trump’s Trade Tactics

A big part of the key groups that elected Donald Trump to the White House are farmers, and some of them are still confident in his trade tactics. At a recent Republican roundtable in Iowa, producers from around the state said they are still confident in spite of the escalating trade war that threatens their businesses. Iowa farmer Norman Rozendaal refers to the current trade dispute as “a pimple on the acne face of life,” saying it will heal. “I’m willing to take this because it will heal over, and we’ll smile as we look back at a fair trading field,” Rozendaal says. A KPTM TV article says five other farmers echoed the sentiments of Rozendaal. The six panelists who farm grain, dairy, and hogs, all say they are willing to go through the short-term damage if it eventually leads to a solid long-term trade deal. Not all farmers share those opinions as many farmers joined protestors who spoke out against the president’s visit to Iowa back on July 26.


Farm Futures Releases Crop Production Survey

The growing season has been wide and varied for America’s corn and soybean crops. Harvest seems to be on track for good, but not great yields. That’s according to a Farm Futures August crop production survey. However, even above average yields for the sixth-straight year could leave prices struggling, especially in a soybean market that’s getting hammered by tariffs on exports. While growers aren’t expecting record yields, the survey shows that this year’s soybean crop could still possibly be a record high. The survey puts average soybean yields at 49.8 bushels per acre. That would put total harvest at 4.42 billion bushels, 30 million above the 2017 record. The survey puts the corn yield at 175.4 bushels per acre, 1.2 bushels per acre shy of the record set last year. Acreage is also down from last year, which could drop overall production to 14.36 billion bushels, a 240 million bushel drop from 2017. USDA will release its first crop production survey on August 10, a key milestone for the grain market every summer.


African Swine Fever Found in China

The Swine Health Information Center says the first case of African Swine Fever was found in China last Friday. Farm Journal’s Pork Network says the outbreak was located in the northeast part of the country, which is a swine-dense area just 130 miles from the North Korean border. The infection was found on a small farm with 383 pigs. 47 pigs died as a direct result of the disease. The China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center confirmed those numbers last week. The Chinese Center for Disease Control says it was a Level 2 outbreak and “it’s been contained thanks to the slaughter of close to 1,000 pigs.” China is located thousands of miles from any known case of African Swine Fever, so how it got into China is unknown. The Swine Health Information Center says China has more than half the world’s pig population, and if the virus has already gotten into other herds, containing the outbreak will be a “daunting task.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service