08-15-18 US Senator Bennet and Senator Gardner Historic Parks Bills Receive Committee Hearing 

Bennet, Gardner Historic Parks Bills Receive Committee Hearing 

Washington, D.C. – Two Colorado-focused bills, introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), received ahearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The senators applauded the advancement of the Pike National Historic Trail Study Act and the Amache Study Act and encouraged their passage out of committee.

The Pike National Historic Trail Study Act, led by Bennet, could result in the designation of explorer Zebulon Pike’s route through the American Southwest—including significant stretches in Colorado—as a National Historic Trail. Bennet introduced this legislation in previous Congresses and testified in support of the bill in 2013. A video of Bennet’s testimony is available HERE.

“Two centuries after Zebulon Pike made his journey across the West, it’s time we designate the Pike National Historic Trail,” Bennet said. “This legislation—widely supported by local governments across several states—not only recognizes an American trailblazer and the rich history of the West, but also would boost tourism and provide opportunities for economic development. Today’s hearing is a step in the right direction toward passing this bill and designating the Pike National Historic Trail.”

“Zebulon Pike, the namesake of Pikes Peak, is known throughout Colorado and the West as a trailblazer who explored the country’s new territory following the Louisiana Purchase, and I support cementing his legacy by naming the route he took as the Pike National Historic Trail,” Gardner said.“I know there are many in Colorado who are glad to see this bipartisan bill taking the first step toward becoming law.” Continue reading

BARN Media’s Decision 2018 – The Race for CO Attorney General – Republican Candidate George Brauchler

The BARN /  FarmCast Radio – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 15, 2018 – Once again, Election Day will be upon us very soon and CO will be voting for a NEW Attorney General, and as I mentioned last week, The BARN, the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is taking time to visit with both candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties.

This week’s guest is Republican Candidate, George Brauchler,  a Colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard and serves as a legal advisor for NORAD/NORTHCOM; member of the U.S. Army Reserve; and currently serves as the District Attorney representing the 18th Judicial District, which includes 1 million Coloradans in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

The interview includes the following topics:

  • Brauchler’s Background  & Family
  • Why the switch to run for CO Attorney General vs CO Governor?
  • Brauchler’s take on Duties & Responsibilities for CO Attorney General
  • Brauchler’s Tour of Colorado Continues
  • Brauchler’s regard for U.S. Constitution & Colorado Constitution
  • Is Colorado Agriculture a Priority for Brauchler?
  • Brauchler’s thoughts on: TABOR;  Water / WOTUS; COAL Industry; Oil and Gas Industry; Net Neutrality; Opioid Epidemic; Immigration (Illegal & Legal); Border Security; Sanctuary Policies for Cities/Colorado; Justice System Integrity; Private Property Rights; Affordable Care Act & Election Integrity/Voter ID
  • Will Brauchler be able to work with a NEW Governor, whether it be Republican Walker Stapleton or Democrat Jared Polis?
  • Response to challenger’s claim of “Dark Money” funding Brauchler’s Campaign
  • Final Thoughts – Learn more about George Brauchler – Ballots out on Oct 15th!


*This is the second part of the series regarding the Race for Colorado’s next Attorney General – Stay tuned for which political race will be featured next here inside the BARN.

08-15-18 There’s a Stampede at the 146th Colorado State Fair!

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There’s a Stampede at the 146th Colorado State Fair!

Registration Now Open for 5k Run & 2-Mile Fun Walk

PUEBLO, Colo. – Runners and walkers can start their day with a fun, healthy event and wrap up their day with funnel cake!  The Colorado State Fair Stampede, a 5k Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk, will be held on September 1, 2018.  Runners can look forward to a flat course that starts at the State Fairgrounds and moves through the historic surrounding Pueblo neighborhood, while walkers will enjoy the ease of traveling the perimeter of the grounds.

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08-15-18 The 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

The 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

DES MOINES, IA – Aug. 15, 2018 – The National Pork Board recently announced the four finalists who are vying to be named the 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs following the We CareSM ethical principles and who is committed to sharing their farming story with the American public.

“The four finalists demonstrate how pig farmers embrace the We Care ethical principles as their daily standard of care,” said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “They represent these principles by being the best in pig farming.” 

The 2018 finalists are:

  • Patrick Bane –  Arrowsmith, Illinois
  • Bill Luckey –  Columbus, Nebraska
  • Brad Lundell – Kiron, Iowa
  • Kevin Rasmussen – Goldfield, Iowa

The four finalists will meet with an expert panel of third-party judges in Chicago. The judges will view videos produced at the finalists’ farms and will interview each of them.

Through Aug. 29, the public can vote once a day per person per email address for their favorite finalist at www.americaspigfarmer.com. The winner will be announced the week of Oct. 1 based on the judges’ scores and the online voting.

About the Finalists
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08-15-18 CCA and CSU Prepare to Host Second Ranch Gathering

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CCA and CSU Prepare to Host Second Ranch Gathering

Join Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) for the second Ranch Gathering, to be held at the Marshall Cattle Company on September 6th, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Burlington, Colo.  CCA members and the surrounding ranching community are invited and welcome to attend for an evening of great food, education, and networking opportunities!  Continue reading

08-15-18 Pork Checkoff Launches New Digital Asset Library

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Pork Checkoff Launches New Digital Asset Library

The Pork Checkoff recently launched its new Digital Asset Library for media and others interested in pig farming. Found at library.pork.org, the library features thousands of photos from pig farms, as well as images of delicious pork dishes and other graphics.

Also available are easy-to-download cooking videos, industry studies, audience handouts and more. You can search through library.pork.org by topic or asset type (photos, fact sheets, infographics, etc.) and download for use. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 15th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 15th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China: U.S. Farmers May Never Bounce Bank

China threatens that U.S. agriculture won’t recover from the tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries. In the South China Morning Post, a government official warned that U.S. agriculture may never regain lost market share stemming from the trade war. China alleges that “many countries have the willingness” and capacity to take over market share occupied by U.S. goods. Since the trade war began, China has imposed duties on 90 percent of agricultural goods from the United States. China charges that addition tariffs will cause “a great decrease” in exports from the U.S. with “limited impact” on China due to diversified import sources. China’s vice agriculture minister also claimed that Chinese companies had “basically stopped” importing soybeans from U.S. farmers and would deal with the impact by finding alternative ingredients for animal feeds. China is the world’s biggest importer of soybeans, which it uses to make cooking oil, biodiesel and livestock feed.

China Accepts U.S. Soybean Shipment with 25 Percent Tariff

China Monday accepted the 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, as a vessel waiting to dock for five weeks reached port and began unloading. The move marks the first shipment of U.S. soybeans to be accepted with a 25 percent tariff stemming from the U.S.-China trade war. China’s state grain stockpiling company accepted the shipment, even as government officials warned over the weekend China would source products, such as soybeans, elsewhere. The company will pay the tariff on the 70,000 metric ton shipment, with the tax estimated at $6 million, according to Reuters. The Chinese company claims the ship was delayed by port congestion, though the port has not seen any major backlogs for more than a month. U.S. soybean exports to China in 2017 were worth $12.7 billion, but the trade war between the two nations has sparked concerns over how much U.S. soy China will purchase. Two other ships carrying U.S. soybean have been anchored along China’s coast for a few weeks now, and many expect China to start sourcing more soybeans from Brazil.

NCBA Calls R-CALF Effort an Attack on Beef Checkoff

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association alleges that R-CALF is attacking the beef checkoff. Last week, R-CALF asked for an injunction against collection of checkoff funds be expanded to 13 more states. The injunction currently only applies to Montana. In a statement, R-CALF says it’s members in other states “object to being required to turn over their hard-earned money to fund private speech with which they disagree and cannot influence,” that private speech being the focus of an R-CALF lawsuit in Montana. NCBA says the attack is “nothing more than an attempt to broaden the damage they have caused in Montana.” NCBA says the Beef Checkoff program carries out necessary demand-building programs on behalf of the industry, adding that R-CALF has “already weakened” the producer-directed programs that support beef demand and “divided neighbors in a manner that undermines the best interests of the entire beef community.” NCBA is not a part in the litigation but vows “unwavering” support to the Beef Checkoff. NCBA vowed to “ stand with the state beef councils” against R-CALF, which NCBA says its activists allies are “aligned with the Humane Society of the United States and other anti-agriculture organizations.”

Bayer Takes Market Hit from Glyphosate Ruling

The first day of trading following a jury ruling against Monsanto pushed shares of Bayer down 12 percent. Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer, was ordered to pay $289 million as part of a lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer. While Bayer says the verdict is “at odds with the weight of scientific evidence,” the ruling by a California Jury claimed glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, presented a “substantial danger” to consumers, and that the company knew, or should have known, the potential risks they posed. A market analyst told the Wall Street Journal the ruling will likely “create a litigious headache for Bayer,” as the lawsuit is one of roughly 4,000 filed and sets a precedent. Monsanto will appeal the ruling, and in a statement, noted that more than 800 scientific studies, along with health and regulatory authorities around the world “support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”

Sorghum Growers Disappointed in Chlorpyrifos Ruling

National Sorghum Producers expressed disappointment in last week’s court decision to impose a ban on chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss), a useful pesticide for sorghum growers. Last week, a U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke tolerances and cancel all registration for chlorpyrifos within 60 days. In response, NSP chairman Don Bloss of Nebraska expressed disappointment in the decision, calling the pesticide a “vital tool used in rotation to control damaging pests such as sorghum midge, various aphid species, and sorghum webworm and headworm.” NSP points out that chlorpyrifos has been evaluated and approved in 79 countries around the world and extensive studies “strongly point to a reduced risk product that should remain in the toolbox of American farmers.” NSP offered up similar comments to CropLife America, hoping EPA would explore all avenues of appeal following review of the order.

Tractor, Combine Sales, Posting Strong Numbers

Overall U.S. sales of tractors and combines continued to post strong numbers, led by combines and four-wheel-drive tractors, according to the July 2018 report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. July U.S. sales of combines gained 37 percent compared to last year, with year-to-date growth of nearly 24 percent compared to last year’s January-July numbers. U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors jumped 77.5 percent for July compared to July 2017, and grew nearly 13 percent year-to-date over January-July 2017. For July, total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors grew 12 percent over last year. Sales in the 100-plus horsepower category led the way with 31-percent growth. An AEM spokesperson says the numbers are favorable, but surveys show AEM members are voicing concerns about the second half of the year, as “Tariffs and trade continue to dominate the conversation.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service