07-17-18 Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…


Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 16th Feeders & Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit coming up August 18th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2017 Keith Spayd Benefit (Watch the 2017 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Carlos Valdez
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • Top Teams to receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers Critical to the event’s success each year
  • & more


CLICK HERE to watch the webcast archive from New Raymer, CO

CLICK on a link below to watch select videos from the afternoon’s events







08-17-18 NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

WASHINGTON – In an effort to expand the market for domestic agriculture products, reduce harmful emissions, and provide consumers with lower cost fuel choices, National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative announced they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels.  Continue reading

08-16-18 The Route for This Year’s Pedal The Plains September 14-16 Brings The Eastern Plains of Colorado to Life

The Route for This Year’s Pedal The Plains September 14-16 Brings The Eastern Plains of Colorado to Life

Denver, CO (August 14, 2018) — Pedal The Plains (PTP) the 3-day tour will take participants on a 200-mile adventure as they cycle through the Eastern Plains of Colorado where the countryside is woven together like a quilt stitched with golden, chocolate and emerald patches. Beginning September 14th riders will head from Kiowa to Bennett on a 40.6 mile ride, stay in Bennett for departure on day 2 to Limon, riding 82.5 miles. Day 2 brings a century option (100 mile ride) as well as the Great Mustang Gravel 100 for those looking for a challenge. For day 3, riders make their way 76.2 miles from Limon ending the 3-day tour in Kiowa.

“Pedal The Plains highlights all the wonderful things about the Eastern Plains – the great communities that come out to support the cyclists, the beautiful countryside and the rich history of the area. Additionally, the ride accommodates all levels of cyclists, from the first timers who want to give it a try, to those that need to hammer out as much mileage as possible and even a gravel ride,” comments Deirdre Moynihan.

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08-17-18 NFU Urges Increase in Biofuel Requirements, Rejection of Attempts to Undermine RFS

NFU Urges Increase in Biofuel Requirements, Rejection of Attempts to Undermine RFS

WASHINGTON – The administration must continue to build on the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and promote expanded use of American-grown biofuels if it is to promote the economic viability of family farmers and the vibrancy of rural communities, that according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization.
In public comments filed to the EPA today, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the RFS’s 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional biofuels, increase the advanced biofuel volume requirements for 2020, and ensure recent waivers of the RFS does not undermine the intent of the law.

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08-17-18 CDA: First Confirmed Case in 2018 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

First Confirmed Case in 2018 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – One horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado’s first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2018.  This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 15, 2018.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 17th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 17th

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U.S., China, Far Apart in Trade War Talks

A Chinese delegation will travel to the U.S. as part of the ongoing trade war as both sides “remain far apart.” China said Thursday the delegation will meet with U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass to discuss trade issues. However, the South China Morning Post reports observers say the talks are unlikely to yield any breakthrough, but could lead to further negotiations aimed at de-escalating the trade war. Malpass has no authority to negotiate with China on trade, but can set up the basic protocol for a possible future round of talks. The U.S. is due to issue tariffs on another $16 billion worth of Chinese goods in the next week, with China again vowing to retaliate against the U.S. tariffs. The visit between China and the U.S. is mainly viewed as a means to check and see if future dialogue between the two nations is possible.

NAFTA Talks Reach One-Year Mark, Close to U.S. Mexico Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort passed the one-year anniversary this week. A year ago Thursday, the U.S., Canada and Mexico convened for the start of the renegotiation talks. Now, the U.S. could be nearing a deal on NAFTA, at least with Mexico. Politico reports the political situation in both countries is such that each is more eager than ever to make a deal, setting up a scenario in which significant progress could be on the near horizon. Plus, the incremental progress, along with “good faith negotiations” between Mexico and the U.S. are offering signs of hope to U.S. farmers and business in the global trade arena. Mexico says the list of items to resolve is “no longer a question of chapters, it’s now a question of paragraphs and points.” Meetings were scheduled to continue through the end of this week in Washington as negotiators seek an agreement, before moving on to striking a deal with Canada.

USDA Announces Section 32 Beef, Chicken Purchases

The Department of Agriculture will purchase U.S. beef and chicken for nutrition assistance programs. The purchase intent follows a $50 million purchase announcement of milk for nutrition programs earlier this week. USDA is seeking to purchase up to $60 million in chicken products and an unspecified amount of beef. The National Chicken Council thanked USDA in a statement, saying the purchases will “help in balancing the supply and demand situation in the market.” The section 32 purchases are intended to encourage continued domestic consumption of the products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. The purchases, USDA says, are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation. National Chicken Council president Mike Brown says the announcement is “a real victory” for chicken producers but adds “the real winners are the actual recipients” of the nutrition programs.

Animal Ag Groups Ask for Permanent Funding for Disease Preparedness

A coalition of animal agriculture stakeholders is seeking permanent funding for disease preparedness programs in the farm bill. In a letter to the farm bill conferee members, who will be ironing out differences between the House and Senate bills, the group specifically seeks permanent full funding for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. The groups say permeant funding is “critical “ as an outbreak of a foreign animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease or Avian Influenza, “has the ability to cripple the entire agricultural sector and create long-lasting ramifications.” The letter says recent studies indicate that the cumulative 10-year loss due to an uncontrolled FMD outbreak would be $199.8 billion. The coalition includes more than 100 state and national livestock, veterinary and animal health organizations.

NFU: Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

The National Farmers Union Thursday told the Department of Agriculture U.S. meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU wrote to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, that the standards “need to be changed immediately.” The NFU action supports a petition by the Organization for Competitive Markets and American Grassfed Association. The petition says that FSIS should change current regulations to require that beef be of domestic origin to be eligible for the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU President Roger Johnson says the labeling standard also “misleads consumers.” Johnson noted that NFU has long been a proponent of mandatory country-of-origin labeling for agricultural products as a means to ensure consistent labeling for the benefit of American family farmers and consumers. Yet COOL was repealed in 2015, and the voluntary “Product of U.S.A.” labels do not provide consumers with accurate country-of-origin labeling.

BASF Closes Acquisition of Bayer’s Vegetable Seeds Business

BASF announced this week it has closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business. The transaction, BASF says in a news release, “adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF’s portfolio.” The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes a research and development operation, and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops. Closing of the acquisition allows Bayer to begin integrating Monsanto. The sale of the vegetable seeds business was a requirement needed for regulatory approval of the Bayer-Monsanto agreement. Bayer took ownership of Monsanto in June, but the two companies were ordered to remain separate until conditions by the U.S. Department of Justice, including this sale, were met.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service