08-10-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper Reappoints CLA Members to Beef Board

Governor Hickenlooper reappoints livestock producers to serve on the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors

Two Colorado Livestock Association members, Britt Dinis and Nolan Stone, were reappointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors.

Britt Dinis, a dairy farmer from Wiggins, will represent her fellow dairy farmers on the Board until her term expires on July 1, 2022. Britt currently serves on the CLA Board of Directors and is a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee.

Nolan Stone, a cattle producer from Eaton, will represent the cattle feeding industry until his term expires on July 1, 2022. Nolan is the Immediate Past President of the Colorado Livestock Association and serves on the CLA Board of Directors. Continue reading

08-10-18 Make Plans to Attend the 100th CFB Annual Meeting Nov 16-18

It’s Never too Early to Talk about the CFB Annual Meeting

While change isn’t always easy, the changes to this year’s annual meeting are exciting! Not only are we moving to a new location, but this year also kicks off a year of celebration in honor of our 100th birthday! We are thankful to our members who have made the past 100 years so wonderful.

Never fear. While our location is changing, we will continue to share great content and learning opportunities while still providing the programs we all love:

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08-10-18 Octane Press: Author and Publisher Lee Klancher has a new book out on Sept 3rd, “TRACTOR”

Octane Press: Author and Publisher Lee Klancher has a new book out on Sept 3rd, “TRACTOR”

The Heartland Innovation, Groundbreaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses that Mechanized Agriculture

Austin, Texas – August 9th, 2018 – Written by Lee Klancher this rollicking and beautiful ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines of all colors. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, Tractor moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged and independent builders and farmers began creating their own machines with a pencil drawing and a welder.

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08-02-18 CDA: August is Colorado Proud Month!

CDA: August is Colorado Proud Month!

August is Colorado Proud Month, and its the perfect time to celebrate food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
In August 2018 Colorado Proud will be promoting Colorado grown produce through the “Follow Your Fruits and Veggies” promotional campaign.
Consumers will be educated about Colorado produce through social media, in-store materials and at community events.
Better for you. Better for Colorado. Look for the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants. By buying locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, you are receiving high quality fresh products and helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area.
Additional information will be available at www.coloradoproud.org.

08-10-18 National Western Stock Show Creates Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup

National Western Stock Show Creates Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup

Denver, Colo. – The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is excited for the inaugural National Western Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup debuting in January 2019. This event was created to provide an opportunity for local equestrian youth to learn and compete during the National Western Stock Show through relevant hands–on educational activities with their equine partner and top equine professionals.

Taking place on opening day January 12, 2019, the Mentor Matchup will match selected youth with industry professionals who will act as their “coach” for the day. They will be given one-on-one practice time in the morning followed by a competition in the afternoon. A Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be named and awarded prize money of $1,000 and $500, respectively. Each of the remaining competitors will receive $100. Continue reading

08-10-18 Inside Colorado Wheat and PlainsGold with Seed and Trait Specialist Tyler Benninghoven…

Inside Colorado Wheat and PlainsGold with Seed and Trait Specialist Tyler Benninghoven…

Briggsdale, CO – August 10, 2018Colorado’s Wheat has a new Seed and Traits Specialist, its Tyler Benninghoven and he discusses the following with BARN Media…


Learn more about PlainsGold and all the PlainsGold Wheat Varieties – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the CoAXium™ Wheat Production System, developed and owned by Colorado Wheat Growers – CLICK HERE

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

08-10-18 Syngenta introduces new AgriPro brand winter wheat varieties to address local growing conditions

Syngenta introduces new AgriPro brand winter wheat varieties to address local growing conditions

  •  Growers can select multiple top-performing varieties for their wheat operations
  • Local agronomic support provided by a broad network of experienced associates

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, Aug. XX, 2018 – Syngenta is adding five new winter wheat varieties to its proven portfolio of AgriPro® brand wheat for the 2018 season. Each variety was developed to address specific production challenges from Texas to Montana.

  • SY Rugged produces high yields across variable environments with good test weights as well as rust and drought tolerance in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. SY Rugged has been the top-yielding variety in three years of testing in the western High Plains.
  • SY 517 CL2 features good winter hardiness and straw strength with two-gene herbicide tolerance. Its area of adaptation includes Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana.
  • SY Benefit has tolerance to fusarium head blight when planting after corn. In eastern Kansas, it has out-yielded Everest by 3.7 bu/A over three years and 3.4 bu/A in central Kansas.
  • SY Achieve CL2 has two-gene herbicide tolerance and is early maturing, resulting in very high yields in Kansas and Oklahoma. It has also been at the top of university forage trails in both states for those considering grazing. Hard red winter wheat variety Bob Dole features a good disease package with leaf and stripe rust tolerance along with excellent end use quality.

“Our new class of winter wheat varieties continues our tradition of developing top-performing varieties that address local production challenges,” said Greg McCormack, Syngenta key account manager for the Plains region. “We’ve seen excellent results from these varieties over the past couple years of testing and are confident they will fulfill a need on growers’ farms.” Continue reading

08-10-18 Colorado Pork Producers Council announce 2018 Taste of Elegance winner

Colorado Pork Producers Council announce 2018 Taste of Elegance winner

The Colorado Pork Producers Council hosted the Taste of Elegance on July 20th, 2018 at the Renaissance/Stapleton Hotel in Denver. This event is a joint fundraising event for the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Chefs Association.

The Taste of Elegance included 10 chefs from across Colorado who prepared different pork entrees that allowed attendees to sample and select the People’s Choice. These chefs competed for a $2,000 prize and the ability to represent Colorado in Napa, California at the 2019 Pork Summit.  The pork for this event was generously sponsored by Prairie Fresh, a product by Seaboard Foods.

Chef Jason Nauert, representing the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, received the honor of Best Dish and will be representing Colorado at the Summit. His dish was Pork Tostada; with blue corn tortilla, lightly smoked pork loin, jalapeño/peach pico, prickly pear crème, fresh and candied lime zest gastrique. He was assisted by the La Rochelle DFAC 10th Special Forces Group from Fort Carson, Colorado. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 10th

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Midwest Farm Economy Dips in Second Quarter

The farm economy in seven Midwestern states dipped in the second quarter of 2018, alongside a sharp drop in prices of key commodities and weakened agricultural credit conditions. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Agricultural Credit Survey released Thursday shows that despite challenges in the farm economy, farmland values have remained relatively steady and provided ongoing support to agricultural credit markets. A decline in farm income accelerated slightly in the second quarter as crop prices plummeted in June. Farm income was expected to remain subdued in the coming months, especially in states more heavily concentrated in commodities, such as soybeans, that have been targeted by retaliatory tariffs. The report says that ongoing weakness in the farm economy continued to dampen spending throughout the sector, and bankers indicated they expect borrowers to continue to reduce spending in coming months. Agricultural credit conditions also weakened at a slightly faster pace in the second quarter, and bankers continued to report a modest increase in problems with loan repayment.

USDA Announces Further Reorganization

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced it would move some jobs out of Washington, D.C. under a realignment plan. The agency says the moves are intended to “improve customer service, strengthen offices and programs, and save taxpayer dollars.” As per the announcement, The Economic Research Service, currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign with the Office of the Chief Economist under the Office of the Secretary. Additionally, most employees of ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be relocated outside of Washington, DC. The movement of the employees is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. New locations have yet to be determined, and it is possible that the two may be co-located when their new homes are found.  The movement of the Economic Research Service under the Office of Chief Economist, according to USDA “simply makes sense because the two have similar missions.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the changes “are more steps down the path to better service to our customers.”

FDA to Consider Organic Labeling Claims

The Food and Drug Administration will apparently investigate labeling claims of organic products. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (Got-leeb) took to Twitter this week, responding to a critical Wall Street Journal editorial, which a former FDA official argued under the headline “The Organic Industry is Lying to You,” that the agency has been lax in allowing the use of non-GMO and pesticide-free claims in the food industry. The editorial squared off at Whole Foods, saying the grocer makes claims that organic farms do not use “toxic or persistent pesticides,” while many pesticides are allowed in organic production, and allowing non-GMO labels on products with no GMO counterparts. Politico reports there will be more to come, as Gottlieb suggested the FDA plans to do more to help consumers “make sense of food labels.” While the Department of Agriculture has jurisdiction over the term organic, Gottlieb says FDA oversees “general food labeling compliance and safety issues.”

Coalition Pushing for COOL in NAFTA

The Coalition for a Prosperous America is urging the U.S. to include Country-of-Origin Labeling for beef and pork in the North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations. Coalition member, R-CALF, says in a news release that reinstatement of COOL labeling will help U.S. consumers “to find safer food alternatives and will also help to boost domestic agriculture.” R-CALF points out in its reasoning for COOL that the U.S. cattle industry is the single largest segment of U.S. agriculture and includes roughly 750,000 cattle farm and ranch operations. Currently, U.S. agriculture is prohibited from distinguishing between domestic and imported beef due to objections raised by Canada and Mexico at the World Trade Organization. The coalition believes U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has “an opportunity to address this issue.” The coalition claims: “Unless we address the food labeling issue, the effectiveness of renegotiating NAFTA to strengthen America’s overall economy will be diminished.”

Weekly Drought Monitor Update

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows a continuation and expansion of prolonged drought in the Midwest and Southwestern United States. Drought conditions now extend from Washington State down the coast and along the U.S.-Mexico border to Louisiana and Mississippi, and north across Missouri to Colorado. The weekly measure notes that livestock production has been seriously impaired by the drought, particularly in southern Oregon and part of northeastern Utah. In the Midwest, livestock and crops are suffering, especially in Missouri, where 42 percent of the state is considered in severe drought, while 20 percent of the state is in extreme drought. The Drought Monitor specifically pointed out that the lake level for a city reservoir for Hamilton, Missouri has been dropping about two inches per week, and is now 70 inches below the spillway. If the trend continues, water would drop below the minimum intake level in three months. Meanwhile, across Texas, mandatory water use restrictions have been imposed by 665 public water supply authorities, according to the Texas Drought Preparedness Council, with a few mandating moderate to severe restrictions.

Grains in All Forms Exports on Track To Set New Record

U.S. exports of grain in all forms are on track to set a new record in 2017/2018, with two months of sales left to report, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council. During the first ten months of the marketing year, September 2017 to June 2018, the United States exported 98.3 million metric tons, or 38.7 billion bushels, of grain in all forms, up two percent year-over-year from last year’s record-setting pace. The feed grains in all forms calculation helps capture how much of U.S. coarse grain production is actually used in the world market by including the corn equivalent of co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles, as well as beef, pork and poultry meat exports. Mike Dwyer, Grains Council chief economist, predicts grains in all forms exports could top 116 million metric tons, or 4.57 billion bushels, by the end of the marketing year. USGC says that achievement would come “despite a tumultuous trade environment, serving as a reminder of the resiliency” of U.S. exports and of the quality and price competitiveness of U.S. coarse grains and co-products.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service