09-30-18 CSU president Frank to transition to full-time System chancellor role in July 2019


CSU president Frank to transition to full-time System chancellor role in July 2019

Colorado State University President Tony Frank, who also has served in a dual role as chancellor of the CSU System since 2015, will transition to a full-time role as chancellor of the three-campus system in July. The University’s governing board will launch a national search for a new university president.

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09-28-18 CLA: Bill Webster Named 2018 Livestock Leader…

CLA: Bill Webster Named 2018 Livestock Leader…

Bill Webster is presented with the 2018 Livestock Leader Award by the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, September 21, 2018

William “Bill” Webster, Past President of the Colorado Cattle Feeder’s Association, now known as the Colorado Livestock Association, was selected as the 2018 Livestock Leader by Colorado State University’s Animal Sciences Department.

Bill has spent his career dedicated to the innovation and progression of the cattle feeding industry and to strengthening his local community.

“His desire to create efficiencies and improvements within the livestock industry made him well known and very well respected,” said Kevin Pond, head of CSU’s Department of Animal Sciences. “He also worked diligently to strengthen his community and the state of Colorado.”

Congratulations to Bill Webster on receiving Colorado State University’s 2018 Livestock Leader Award!

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09-28-18 CLA: Ranchers Eligible to Apply for Losses

CLA: Ranchers Eligible to Apply for Losses

Livestock producers in Otero and Crowley counties, as well as most of Southeastern Colorado counties are eligible to apply for 2018 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture and improved pasture acres.

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09-28-18 CDA: Second EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

CDA: Second EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

Case is Unrelated to August 2018 EIA Investigation

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On September 28, 2018, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s, State Veterinarian’s Office, was notified that a second Colorado horse has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). While both horses reside in Weld County, the two cases are unrelated.
“While the investigation is in its initial stages, it is clear the affected horse is unrelated to horses, locations or movements to the previous case in 2018. The affected horse and other horses on the second Weld County property are subject to a quarantine, which restricts movement of any horses on or off the property. The remaining horses on the facility will be observed, tested and then retested in 60 days,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “It is important to note that the risk of disease transmission to other horses in Colorado at this time is low, due to the fact that there are not any horses housed on adjacent properties, which also lowers the risk of biting horse flies in the area.”
The positive test was conducted by CDA’s Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory. EIA information is available at http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/equine_infectious_anemia.pdf.
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09-28-18 NAFB Breaking Ag News: US Congressman Conaway Comments on Farm Bill Delay

NAFB Breaking Ag News: US Congressman Conaway Comments on Farm Bill Delay

NAFB News Service – September 28, 2018 – House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway expressed disappointment regarding the lack of progress on the next farm bill. The House adjourned Friday as the current law was set to expire over the weekend. Conaway says he remains committed to getting the bill done…


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09-28-18 NCGA Action Teams and Committees Announced for FY 2019

NCGA Action Teams and Committees Announced for FY 2019

September 28, 2018 – The National Corn Growers Association announced the slate of new and returning farmer leaders who will serve as members of the organization’s action teams and committees for the next fiscal year, which begins Monday, October 1. As representatives of their 300,000 fellow American family corn farmers, these volunteers will guide NCGA programs to meet the organization’s short-term strategic goals in order to ultimately fulfill NCGA’s noble vision for U.S. corn: to sustainably feed and fuel a growing world.
“While the year ahead will offer many challenges and opportunities, I am certain that the teams and committees of family corn farmers we have assembled will be both capable and wise in their leadership,” said NCGA FY 2019 President Lynn Chrisp, a corn farmer from Nebraska. “The men and women who volunteer to lead will provide excellent insight that will guide us into a bright future for corn farmers and all of humankind. NCGA received applications from over 150 highly-qualified candidates, with a wide spectrum of talents and life experiences, and we strongly urge all aspiring farmer leaders to continue serving their local and state organizations and seek to build additional leadership skills to better serve their fellow corn farmers nationwide in the future, as NCGA action team and committee members.”
Leadership for NCGA’s nine major teams in FY 2019 are:
  • Consumer Engagement Action Team: Ted Mottaz, chair; Debbie Borg, vice chair; Bruce Rohwer, board liaison.
  • Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team: Charles Ring, chair; Randy DeSutter, vice chair; Jeff Sandborn, board liaison.
  • Engaging Members Committee: Brandon Hunnicutt, chair; and Denny Maple, vice chair
  • Ethanol Action Team: Jay Schutte, chair; Mark Recker, vice chair; Tom Haag, board liaison.
  • Feed, Food & Industrial Action Team: Dan Wesely, chair; Chad Willis, vice chair; Chris Edgington, board liaison.
  • Freedom to Operate Action Team: Bob Hemesath, chair; Brent Hostetler, vice chair; Deb Gangwish, board liaison.
  • Market Access Action Team: Mike Lefever, chair; Larry Mussack, vice chair; John Linder, board liaison.
  • Risk Management Action Team: Randy Melvin, chair; Doug Noem, vice chair; Don Glenn, board liaison.
  • Stewardship Action Team: Roger Zylstra, chair; Carl Sousek, vice chair; Ken Hartman, board liaison.
Leadership for NCGA’s standing committees in FY 2019 are:
  • Corn PAC: President to be determined at first meeting; Harold Wolle, board liaison.
  • Finance Committee: John Linder, chair.
  • Governance Committee: Tom Haag, chair.
Lynn Chrisp will serve as president and also as NCGA’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council. Kevin Ross of Iowa will serve as first vice president and, in this capacity, will chair the Resolutions Committee. Kevin Skunes of North Dakota will serve as chair and, in this capacity, will also chair the Nominating Committee.
On October 1, FY 2018 chairman Wesley Spurlock of Texas will retire from the Corn Board but will continue his service to his fellow corn farmers as the co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee for 2019. Keith Alverson of South Dakota and Anthony Bush of Ohio will also retire from the board at that time.
Click here for a full list of teams and members. The FY 2019 action teams and committees will have their first set of meetings in St. Louis in mid-December.

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09-28-18 CSU/GPA Wheat Trials

Colorado State University Wheat Variety Trials

Written and submitted by: Rf Meyer

The Colorado State University Crops testing team has planted the 2019 wheat variety test on the Michael Hinkhouse farm.  The test site is located ½ mile south of Burlington along highway 385.   The site is testing hundreds of wheat varieties.  In addition, a number of experimental varieties are also being researched at this site.  The team is also tracking environmental information with a remote weather station installed at this location.   Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 28th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 28th

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U.S. Will Publish NAFTA Text Friday

Bloomberg says the Trump Administration will release the text of a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico on Friday. While the text will likely exclude Canada, it will leave open the possibility of Canada joining the agreement later. U.S. trade law says the text of the deal has to be published 60 days before it can be signed. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the U.S. is moving forward with the Mexican agreement so the current president can sign it before he leaves office on December 1st. Canada is currently negotiating with the U.S. to join the pact but there are still several issues the two countries haven’t reached an agreement on. Lighthizer says the U.S. doesn’t want to risk having to renegotiate the pact with the incoming president of Mexico. “It wouldn’t be fair to the people involved, certainly U.S. workers, farmers, and ranchers, to start a new negotiation with a new president of Mexico,” says Lighthizer. Trade talks will continue with Canada, even after the deadline passes on Sunday. Lighthizer says the two countries may even carve out a separate deal.


Legislators Call for NAFTA Negotiation Slowdown

Three state representatives are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to slow down the pace of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. They feel that gives the U.S. the best opportunity to come to a fair agreement on dairy exports. Representatives from Wisconsin, Washington, and New York all represent states that need open-market access to Canada in order to support their dairy exports. Milk Business Dot Com says there hasn’t been any substantial progress in accessing the Canadian dairy market or dismantling their Class 7 pricing system. Wisconsin and New York dairy farmers were hit the hardest when Canada implemented its Class 7 milk pricing system in the spring of 2017. As dairy prices across the U.S. remain low, the three representatives say their farmers are depending on access to the Canadian market in order to sell their “world-class dairy products.” In their statement, the legislators say, “We urge Ambassador Lighthizer to stop rushing the NAFTA negotiation process and focus on getting the best deal with both Canada and Mexico.” They add the arbitrary deadlines the administration says it faces are its own. “We should not be rushed to complete NAFTA negotiations at the expense of a good outcome,” they say.


Lame-Duck Session a Risk for Farm Bill Passage

The current farm bill is set to expire on Sunday. Top lawmakers now admit they will likely have to finish putting together a new farm bill after the November 6th midterm election. Politico says the timing isn’t surprising to most observers. There’s been a lot more sniping between House and Senate negotiators than there have been signs of progress over the past month. Failure to meet the September 30th deadline is a defeat for ag leaders who said they were determined to finish a new farm bill before the current one expired in order to give needed certainty to farmers and ranchers. Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts says he hopes negotiations will make enough progress to vote on a final farm bill the week after the election. However, political leverage could shift significantly if Republicans lose control of the House and Senate. Some members of the farm bill conference committee are warning that waiting until November will add a whole lot more challenges to the negotiations. North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says there “may not be the political will to get it done” after the midterms. Not a single farm bill title had been finalized through the middle of this week.


White House Considers Limits on Biofuel Trading for E15 Deal

Three sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters that the Trump Administration is considering limits on trading biofuels credits. The goal would be to discourage speculation and reduce costs for oil refiners to comply with U.S. biofuels policy. The sources also told Reuters that an announcement could be made in the weeks ahead. The move would be part of a deal to help U.S. corn farmers and biofuels producers by lifting a ban on the summer sales of higher ethanol blends in the nation’s gasoline. President Trump has repeatedly said he supports the lifting the ban on the year-round sale of E15 to help expand the market for corn. However, lifting the ban could also draw legal challenges from the oil industry, which worries that such a move could eat into their market share. The White House is considering capping the number of credits a dealer can hold at 120 percent of their company’s annual compliance obligation. It’s also considering restricting certain parties from holding the credits for more than 30 days.


Groups Ask Court to Halt WOTUS Nationwide

A broad coalition of groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, asked a Georgia federal district court to expand a prior order delaying WOTUS implementation. The groups asked the U.S. District Court in southern Georgia to extend its previous injunction to the 22 states that are currently subject to the “controversial and unlawful” rule. The filing was prompted by another court’s decision to strike down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that delayed application of the Waters of the U.S. Rule. In addition to the Georgia court, federal courts in North Dakota and Texas have blocked the WOTUS rule in specific states. The combined court decisions left only 22 states subject to the 2015 rule. If the Georgia court should grant the groups’ request, the WOTUS rule would be blocked from implementation in all 50 states. The court filing says one of the many problems with the rule is the “hodgepodge” of states in which the federal rule is applicable. “This is a deeply troubling state of affairs,” the motion says. “A rule this fundamental to the Clean Water Act’s regulatory scheme should not apply in a patchwork manner.”  


USDA Wants Comments on Dairy Food Labeling

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomes the Food and Drug Administration’s request for public comments on dairy foods labeling. NMPF CEO and President Jim Mulhern says this group is hopeful that this will finally end the misleading practices of plant-based foods imitating real dairy products. The organization will provide additional perspective in explaining why the agency must enforce its own labeling regulations and limit the standardized use of dairy terms to products that come from animals. “We are pleased that after years of engagement, the FDA has finally acting on our concerns that these plant-based products are inappropriately marketed to consumers,” Mulhern says. “Plant-based products are packaged, merchandized, and sold in the same way as real dairy foods. However, they provide fewer nutrients and therefore cannot be considered suitable substitutes.” The concern over accurate labeling is a concern not just about nutritional equivalence and public health. Mulhern says a food identified by a certain standard is more than just a collection of nutrients. “Just adding plant protein, calcium, and a few other ingredients doesn’t make it milk,” Mulhern says.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



09-27-18 USDA-CO Department of Ag Market News: CO/NE/WY Elevator Afternoon Grain Bids

Greeley, CO Thu Sep 27, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
CO/NE/WY Elevator Afternoon Grain Bids
Cash grain bids to farmers delivered to country elevators for Corn,
Wheat and Soybeans per bushel; and Sorghum, Millet, and Sunflowers per
cwt. as of 3:00 pm. Sep 27, 2018.
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat Ordinary Protein: mostly 4 lower.
Northcentral Colorado range 4.38-4.57
Greeley 4.38
Bennett/Roggen/Byers 4.47-4.57
Northeast Colorado range 4.39-4.53

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09-27-18 CALP Class 14 Application deadline is September 30th

CALP Class 14 Application deadline is September 30th

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is a competitive 2 year leadership program that develops and enhances the leadership capabilities of diverse men and women committed to the future of Colorado’s agricultural rural communities.
Fellows attend 10 seminars with 41 days of intense training. They will hear over 135 speakers, work with current leaders in agriculture, attend on-site visits, receptions and discussions, produce the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and enjoy a network of over 300 alumni. CALP travels around the State to Washington D.C., another state, and internationally to study agriculture issues, political processes, development of leadership skills, team building, fundraising and communications.
Applications for the next class, Class 14 are due Sept. 30! Class 14 starts in Feb. 2019 at the Governor’s Ag Forum. Call Dani at (303) 547-5963 for more information or fill out the online application by Sept. 30 at ColoAgLeaders.Org

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09-27-18 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 900,000 head as of September 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 1 percent above last month and 5 percent above the September 1, 2017 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 190,000 head of fed cattle during August 2018. This was 12 percent above last month’s marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 205,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August 2018, 46 percent above the previous month’s placements and 17 percent above August 2017 placements. Of the number placed in August, 17 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 12 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 800-899 pounds, and 27 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was 5,000 head below last month, but the same as last year.

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09-27-18 A closer look at WestBred® New WB4418 HRW Variety w/Mark Lubbers, Technical Product Manager…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 27, 2018 – Colorado wheat growers have unique challenges to contend with, but perhaps none is more of a “pest” than Wheat Stem Sawfly, which was prevalent in 2018. And there’s a New Variety of Hard Red Winter Wheat (WB 4418) that is now on the market that Offers Excellent Straw Strength and Pest and Disease Resistance and joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss that in much more detail is Mark Lubbers, WestBred Technical Product Manager for the Central Region


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 27th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 27th

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Deadline Weekend Likely to Pass with Little Farm Bill, NAFTA Progress

The farm bill and the North American Free Trade Agreement seem certain not to meet the weekend deadline, leaving more uncertain times for agriculture. Negotiators were trying to reach an agreement on the farm bill this week, but the clock is all but out of time as the current bill expires Sunday. Monday means critical trade programs will not have funding, including the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program, seen as key units of USDA given the current trade climate. Leaders of the farm bill conference committee met Wednesday and are not ready to offer an extension on the current farm bill. House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway says “the world didn’t stop turning” when previous farm bills expired without a new law in place. Conaway told Politico “putting this off makes no sense whatsoever,” adding “the decisions to be made are on the table.” Adding further uncertainty, the U.S. is likely to forge ahead with its handshake agreement with Mexico on NAFTA, leaving Canada behind, for now. Regarding NAFTA, dairy is one of the main holdups, as the U.S. wants better market access.

U.S. Says Canada Not Making Needed NAFTA Concessions

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer charges Canada is not making needed concessions to strike a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement. As the U.S. ideal deadline will pass this weekend, the U.S. is gearing up to move forward with a Mexico-only agreement. Lighthizer said there was “some distance” between the two sides on issues such as access to Canada’s dairy market and how best to settle trade disputes, according to AgCanada. Lighthizer says the U.S. believes the concessions are “essential” to reaching an agreement. President Trump has demanded changes in NAFTA, including making dairy a top priority, asking for more market access to Canada, and an end to the Class 7 product dumping on the global market. The Trump administration says the text of a deal is needed by Saturday to allow the Mexican government to sign it before leaving office on November 30th.

U.S., Japan, Agree to Negotiate Trade Agreement

The United States and Japan announced Wednesday the two nations would seek a free trade agreement. President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Sheen-zoh-ah bay) announced the two nations will soon begin negotiations. Japan has previously feared a bilateral agreement, and instead urged the U.S. to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Japan is thought to block opening of its agricultural markets to the U.S. through a two-nation pact, and instead opt for TPP. Following the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the talks are “welcome news since we know that export income is critical to the financial health of agriculture and is a key contributor to rural prosperity.” Perdue called Japan an important customer for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Perdue also called the announcement “proof” that President Trump’s approach to trade will “benefit our entire economy, including the agricultural sector.”

China Passing on U.S. Soybeans, Purchasing from Brazil

China soybean processors are purchasing record volumes of Brazilian soybeans and cutting purchases of U.S. soybeans. U.S. soybeans face steep tariffs in China thanks to the ongoing tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China. A Singapore-based trader told Reuters that China is “willing to pay higher prices for Brazilian beans than what domestic crushers are paying.” Brazil’s typical soybean export season ends in September, and the U.S. provides to the market through March. However, China is importing a record 14 million metric tons of Brazilian soybeans for arrival in October and November. In 2017, Brazil shipped just under nine million metric tons of soybeans to China in the final quarter, which was the previous record. Brazil is the world’s top soybean exporter and the United States is the second top exporter. U.S. farmers are harvesting an estimated record soybean crop this year, but China has purchased just a fraction of soybeans from the U.S. compared to its long-term average.

Cargill CEO Concerned with Long-Term Health of Ag in Trade Dispute

The CEO of Cargill says he is concerned with the long-term health of U.S. agriculture due to impacts from the U.S.-China trade dispute. Cargill CEO David McLennan told Bloomberg News a long-term dispute with China could squeeze the U.S. out as China turns to other sellers of soybeans, as the nation is doing now. Soybean prices are near the lowest levels in a decade as a result of the trade war and an expected record crop in the U.S. this fall. MacLennan of Cargill spoke with Chinese leaders over the summer who told him the country “wouldn’t back down.” He says speculatively, that means China will find alternative sources of supply, but concedes “price can drive a lot of different decisions.” Cargill is spending more time with lawmakers and government officials expressing desire to see a swift end to the trade war. MacLennan says Cargill recognizes the goal of the Trump administration to make trade more fair and balanced, but says “we just think there are other tactics that can be pursued to improve trade relations.”

Kansas Representative Exploring Ways to Trade with Cuba

A U.S. representative is seeking ways to open markets with Cuba. Roger Marshall, a Republican from Kansas, spoke with Cuba’s President earlier this week. The two discussed trade opportunities between Cuba and the U.S., a priority over the last few years for U.S. agriculture and more-so given the current trade climate. Marshall says the U.S. “can and should be Cuba’s number one supplier of commodities like sorghum, soy, wheat, and corn.” Currently, Cuba imports roughly 80 percent of its food from Europe, Latin America and Asia. Marshall says Cuba represent a “significant opportunity” that the U.S. is missing because of “outdated and unnecessary restrictions, at a time when farm country needs new markets the most.” Marshall supports eliminating outdated restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba, and cosponsored the Cuba Trade Act, Americans Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, and the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



09-26-18 October is National Cooperatives Month: Interview with Doug O’Brien, NCBA-CLUSA President & CEO…

October is National Cooperatives Month

Interview with Doug O’Brien, NCBA-CLUSA President & CEO…

CLICK HERE to learn more about Doug O’Brien, President and CEO of NCBA CLUSA International

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 26, 2018 – Did you know that October is National Co-op Month and did you also know that there are 286 cooperatives in Colorado that have created 9,700 jobs across the state? Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss cooperatives in much more detail is Doug O’Brien, President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International discussing not only October being National Cooperatives Month but also other topics like:

  • O’Brien’s Background
  • NCBA CLUSA International History
  • Cooperatives & their Role in the US Economy
  • 2018 Farm Bill
  • POTUS signing legislation recently important for Cooperatives
  • & More


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