The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Oct 18, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.70-4.95 6 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.86 3 lower
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 18th

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Weekly Export Sales for October 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 18th

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U.S. Seeking Trade Agreements with Japan, EU, UK  

The U.S. formally announced it will seek trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced this week that the U.S. will seek to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the EU and the U.K. The European Union has downplayed the announcement, despite ongoing exploratory talks since this summer. The EU has previously stated that agriculture would not be negotiated in any free trade agreement with the United States. However, in the announcement, Lighthizer says he is committed to negotiating “with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.” The Trump administration intends to negotiate the trade agreements under Trade Promotion Authority, which allows for a simple yes or no approval by Congress, without amendments. U.S. goods and services trade with the EU totaled nearly $1.2 trillion in 2017, while trade with Japan totaled an estimated $283.6 billion in 2017.

Pork Producers Encouraged by Trade Announcement

Representatives of the U.S. pork industry say “we’ve got the momentum on trade headed in the right direction.” National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) stated “pork producers are hurting because of retaliatory tariffs on pork,” but says their patience is starting to pay off. The comments followed the formal announcement that the U.S. is seeking new free trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom. That announcement follows the recent completion of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, now named the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement, if approved. Between the USMCA, and the recently updated agreement with South Korea, NPPC points out that the administration has maintained the U.S. pork industry’s zero-tariff access to three of the top five destinations for U.S. pork exports. However, NPPC notes, that while the organization is open to trade negotiations with the United Kingdom, it is skeptical about EU intentions. Heimerl says “The EU has played the United States like a drum in the past,” adding that NPPC expects the U.S. to require the EU to eliminate all tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork.

McConnell: No NAFTA 2.0  Vote This Year

As expected, the U.S. Senate will not consider the updated North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, in 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News a vote on the updated agreement would not happen until after the New Year, saying “My trade advisers say you can’t possibly do it under the various steps that we have to go through.” However, McConnel said, “There’s no question this will be on the top of the agenda” next year. The outcome of the November midterm elections could make the path forward for USMCA a challenge. If Democrats gain control of the House, they could ask the White House to make changes to the updated agreement before voting, or simply disapprove the agreement altogether. While unlikely, some Republican Senators, including Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, have commented that a vote this year on the updated agreement would avoid any potential political conflict next year.

Further Farm Bill Delays Possible

Progress on the farm bill following the November midterm elections could be stalled even further, depending on the need for disaster relief stemming from Hurricane Michael. House Agriculture Committee ranking Democrat Collin Peterson this week speculated congress members from states impacted by the hurricane will pressure lawmakers to “either add something to the farm bill or appropriations,” according to Politico. Peterson says those efforts “could potentially give us more problems to solve than we already have.” The 2014 farm bill expired at the end of September and top ag lawmakers expected the new farm bill to be passed following the midterm elections. Those close to the negotiations continue to work on the farm bill, but the House and Senate are both on recess until after the elections, and conference committee members report little progress on all titles of the farm bill.

U.S. Now has 6.5 Million Acres of Organic Certified Land

An organic industry data service says the U.S. now has 6.5 million acres of organic certified land. A report from Mercaris (Meh-CAR-us) reveals that, as of August 2018, there are 17,648 U.S. farms certified as compliant with the USDA National Organic Program standards for organic row crop production. The total represents three percent increase from 2017, or 460 new operations across the country. Total land increased two percent from 6.4 million acres. States along the East Coast, through the Corn Belt, and through the West reported the largest gains in total certified operations, with the three regions adding a combined 430 certified organic crop operations. The data company calls the report the only trusted information source on organic farmland statistics because the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will not be issuing data on organic acreage for 2018.

Assistance Available for Hurricane Damaged Ag Land through NRCS

Georgia farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. A series of special sign-ups for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal is being conducted for several counties designated under the expedited major disaster declaration by President Donald Trump. The first sign-up period ends October 26, 2018. A second sign-up period will end November 16, 2018. Farmers and ranchers seeking NRCS financial and technical assistance can sign up at their local NRCS office. This assistance is available to individual farmers and ranchers to aid in recovery efforts on their properties and does not apply to local governments or other entities. For more information on disaster assistance programs for farmers and ranchers, visit

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



10-17-18 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today three inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2019 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading

10-17-18 Inside the CCAC with VP Troy Schneider…

Inside the CCAC with VP Troy Schneider…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 17, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio  is Troy Schneider, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee VP, CO Corn Market Development Action Team Chair and U.S. Grains Council Delegate discussing the latest news and information regarding the corn industry on the national and state levels, including:


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10-17-18 The 28th Annual International Championship Texas Longhorn Show and Convention is Oct 24-27 in Enid, OK

The 28th Annual International Championship Texas Longhorn Show and Convention

ENID OK — The 28th Annual International Championship Texas Longhorn Show and Convention will be held at Enid, OK, at the Chisholm Train Expo Center, Oct 24 – 27. Entries will be competing from 11 states and open to all registered Texas Longhorn cattle. Continue reading

10-17-18 AFBF: Livestock Groups Petition Department of Transportation for Hours of Service Flexibility

Livestock Groups Petition Department of Transportation for Hours of Service Flexibility

October 15, 2018 – Today organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encourages DOT to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices. Continue reading

10-17-18 CFB Election Event News: Meet Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Support Fair Maps at DU on Oct 20th

Meet Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Support Fair Maps

Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: DU campus, address provided upon rsvp
Registration link: 

Join supporters of Amendment Y and Z and gather to stop gerrymandering. Fair Districts would would establish independent redistricting commissions, prohibit gerrymandering and create fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts.

Tickets start at $50 and photo opportunities are available for $1,000.

To purchase tickets, RSVP and for more information visit: 

Questions? Contact Laura at 303-881-8971 or

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 17th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 17th

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Panel Calls for Congress to Pass Senate Version of the Farm Bill

A panel formed by Food Policy Action says Congress should pass the Senate version of the farm bill. The organization took aim at the House version of the farm bill that includes work requirements for food stamp recipients. During an event this week, Food Policy Action  executive director Monica Mills said, “we want to see a farm bill that is good for the Americans we represent.” The group says the House version of the bill barely passed the chamber, while the Senate bill passed with an 86-11 vote. Work on the farm bill remains stalled as both the House and Senate are out of session ahead of the November midterm elections, and three of the top four farm bill lawmakers are up for reelection, as noted by the Hagstrom Report. Meanwhile, Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council said, “Congress is at a crossroads.” Referring to the Senate bill, he says “It may not have been the bill we would have drafted ourselves … but it is a serious compromise.”

Trudeau Says USMCA Keeps China Trade Door Open

Canada’s Prime Minister says the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement allows Canada to move forward with trade talks with China. Despite a provision in the text of the agreement that allows the U.S. to opt-out of the deal if Canada or Mexico engages with China, Justin Trudeau (True-doh) claims the provisions were “watered down” in the final version of the agreement. He told the Globe and Mail this week that he is ready to reopen talks with China. The USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement and a clause in the agreement is interpreted to forbid deals with “non-market” countries, such as China. Specifically, the provision specifies that if one of the current NAFTA partners enters a free trade deal with a “non-market” country such as China, the others can quit in six months and form their own bilateral trade pact. However, Trudeau says the clause does not stop Canada from doing business with “whom it pleases.”

Livestock Groups Petition for DOT Hours of Service Flexibility

Livestock organizations this week sent a petition to the Department of Transportation requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain Hours of Service requirements for livestock haulers and encourages the Department of Transportation to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices. Current rules limit drive time to 11 hours and limit on-duty hours to 14. Instead, the organizations request that livestock haulers be granted approval to drive up to 15 hours with a 16-hour on-duty period, following a 10-hour consecutive rest period. The petition states the current requirements “place the well-being of livestock at risk during transport and impose significant burdens on livestock haulers.” The petition was signed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Livestock Marketing Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association, and the National Aquaculture Association.

Hurricane Michael Damage Estimate to Ag at $1.3 Billion

Agriculture damages from hurricane Michael are estimated at more than $1.3 billion. The Hurricane struck Georgia, Alabama and Florida last week, impacting cotton and pecan growers the most, according to CNBC. In Georgia alone, the latest farm-related damage estimate from the storm is $1.2 billion, and in Florida another $100 million to $200 million, as reported by the University of Georgia. President Donald Trump toured damaged areas earlier this week, as did Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The hurricane caused an estimated $300 million worth of losses to Georgia’s cotton crop as only about 15 percent of the crop was harvested before the hurricane struck. Meanwhile, the storm caused an estimated $600 million loss to pecans. Georgia’s poultry operations lost an estimated two million chickens, as the Georgia Department of Agriculture has received reports of 84 chicken houses that were destroyed. Losses were less in Florida because of less farmland in the path of the storm. in Alabama, only about 10 percent of the state’s cotton crop was harvested before the hurricane hit. Cotton is the most valuable crop for Alabama and producers expected a record-high yield this year.

USDA Approves Low Gossypol GE Cotton

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has deregulated Texas A&M’s cotton variety genetically engineered to have ultra-low levels of gossypol (goss-e-pull) in its seed. Gossypol is a naturally occurring compound in the pigment of cotton plants and protects them from pests and diseases. This genetically engineered variety, according to USDA, maintains protective levels of gossypol in the plants, but the compound is significantly reduced in the seed. This benefits agriculture by lowering cottonseed oil refining costs, and potentially expands the use of cottonseed in the livestock and aquaculture feed industries, as well as for human food uses. The move follows a public comment period that was opened in August. APHIS concluded in its final assessment that this variety of GE cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States and is deregulating this variety of GE cotton.


USDA Announces Support for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture will issue $9.4 million in grants to provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. The funding is available through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program managed by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. Perdue says the grants “ensure veterans and underserved farmers and ranchers are well positioned to start their careers in agriculture and continue to give back to the American people.” The program was created through the 1990 farm bill to help socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and foresters, who have historically experienced limited access to USDA loans, grants, training, and technical assistance. Provisions were expanded in the 2014 Farm Bill to include outreach and technical assistance to military veterans.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



10-16-18 Learn more about IDEAg Group LLC’s upcoming 34th Amarillo Farm & Ranch November 27-29

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Learn more about IDEAg Group LLC’s upcoming 34th Amarillo Farm & Ranch November 27-29

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 16, 2018 IDEAg Group LLC is hosting their 34th annual Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show coming up Nov 27-29 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the event in more detail is Show Director Amy Latessa


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10-16-18 USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity

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USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity

Rural Economic Development Initiative Provides Opportunities for Rural Communities to Plan for the Future

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized four cooperative agreements to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans.

“Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in enhancing quality of life and building economic opportunity in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Asset-based planning is an important tool to complement and leverage existing regional resources and create a foundation for rural prosperity.” Continue reading

10-16-18 Make plans to attend CLA’s Northeast Livestock Symposium November 13th at NJC

Don’t Miss the 4th Annual Northeast Livestock Symposium!

CattleFax Market Update, Wastewater Discharge Liability, Long-Range Weather Outlook and more!

GREELEY, CO – Join livestock producers for the annual Northeast Livestock Symposium, an educational symposium held November 13, 2018 in the Hays Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling (100 College Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751). This year’s event will feature a full day of engaging and informative speakers covering of current topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

10-16-18 Inside the CCWCD with Board President Randy Knutson…

Inside the CCWCD with Board President Randy Knutson…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 16, 2018 – The 2018 Election season is upon us, and there are a great many measures to consider PRIOR to Nov 6th. For those that are in the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, one item on the ballot is a bond measure 7E. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside the BARN to discuss the importance of passing 7E is Central Colorado Water Conservancy District Board President Randy Knutson…


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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


10-16-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Extended Preview


10-15-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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10-16-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Zach Thode

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview with CALP Class 13 member Zach Thode

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Zach Thode

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 16, 2018 – Welcome to CALP Corner here inside the BARN, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet each one of the participants of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program within Class 13. This week my guest is Zach Thode…


Want to learn more about the 28th Annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Feb 27, 2019 in Denver – CLICK HERE

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Keep checking inside the BARN for the next edition of CALP Corner!

10-16-18 Ibach, Andriessen to Receive USMEF Awards

Ibach, Andriessen to Receive USMEF Awards

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has announced the recipients of its Michael J. Mansfield Award and Distinguished Service Award. Both awards will be presented Nov. 7 at the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference in Long Beach, California. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 16th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 16th

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International Trade Commission to Review USMCA

The U.S. International Trade Commission will review the U.S.,-Mexico-Canada Agreement next month. The Commission is scheduled to meet November 15th for an economic review of the trade agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Politico reports that the ITC probe, which is required by Congress, formally launched Friday. The Commission has until mid-March to complete its report, and Congress is expected to wait until the review is finished to vote on the trade pact, however, Trade Promotion Authority rules don’t require Congress to wait for the review. The Commission is looking for how the agreement will impact the U.S. economy as a whole, along with the impact to specific sectors and consumers. The new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, is expected to be signed before the end of November by leaders of the three countries, but must be approved by the governing bodies of each nation before taking effect.

Rising Output Compressing Ag Margins

Strong growth in both the U.S. and global economies will support increased demand in domestic and export markets through the end of the year. However, U.S. competitiveness is currently constrained by trade uncertainties and the high value of the U.S. dollar, further placing pressure on the agricultural economy as output in most industries rises. The latest Quarterly Rural Economic Review from CoBank indicates that any significant farm price improvements over last year’s prices will be limited, particularly with record U.S. yields for many of the major crop commodities adding to available supply levels. Meanwhile, the animal protein and dairy sectors continue to benefit from strong domestic demand and the promise of better access to Mexico and Canada, but will need more export market growth to absorb their current pace of output and expansion. A CoBank spokesperson says that while recently negotiated trade deals show upside, “global demand for output from the U.S. agriculture sector is being outpaced by current U.S. production.”

USDA Issuing Farm Safety Net Payments

The Department of Agriculture Friday began issuing farm safety net payments for the 2017 and 2018 crop years. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced more than $4.8 billion in payments are being made starting this month through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs. The payments come as there is a temporary lapse of farm bill authorities, but Perdue says farmers and ranchers can “rest assured that USDA continues to work within the letter of the law to deliver much-needed farm safety net, conservation, disaster recovery, and trade assistance program payments.” Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018. The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and make up a portion of the agricultural safety net to producers when they experience a substantial drop in revenue or prices for their covered commodities.

Another African Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in China

China reports new outbreaks of African swine fever as fear of a global spread of the disease rises. Four reports were announced last week, and Monday, China reported a new case of the disease at a farm with nearly 20,000 pigs, the largest farm to report an outbreak. The new case, one many reported in the region recently, according to Reuters, underlines the escalating threat to the country’s $1 trillion pig industry from the disease despite a slew of initial measures imposed to curb its spread. Until now, the outbreaks in China were reported at the hundreds of thousands of small farms in the nation, not any large-scale operations. A representative of China-America Commodity Data Analytics says: “The fact that the disease was confirmed on a big pig farm showed that it got more serious.” Larger operations typically have better biosecurity measures.

Women in Agriculture Say Barriers to Equality Persist

Women in agriculture around the world, whether in developing or developed countries, say widespread gender discrimination persists and poses obstacles to their ability to help feed the world. A new study from Corteva Agriscience released Monday studies 17 nations to underscore the importance of women in agriculture and to identify barriers to their full and successful participation. The study was released Monday in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women. The survey’s findings reveal that although women are overwhelmingly proud to be in agriculture, they perceive gender discrimination as widespread, ranging from 78 percent in India to 52 percent in the United States. Only half say they are equally successful as their male counterparts; 42 percent say they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, and only 38 percent say they are empowered to make decisions about how income is used in farming and agriculture. 72 percent said it would take one to three decades or more to achieve full equality. Key actions were identified to remove obstacles to equality, including training, education, support and public awareness.

Export Exchange Next Week

International buyers and end-users of coarse grains from more than 35 countries are scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis next week for Export Exchange 2018. The group will meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain. Hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, Export Exchange is an educational and trade forum for U.S. feed grains that will host approximately 200 participants. The biennial conference is scheduled for October 22 to 24. USGC CEO Tom Sleight says connections made at the event propel the industry “for years to come.” USGC describes the event as the conduit between buyer teams from countries interested in purchasing U.S. feed grains and U.S. suppliers. The meeting brings the groups together to help each broaden their networks and forge new relationships by facilitating trade of U.S. corn, distiller’s dried grains with solubles, sorghum and other commodities. Registration is available online via

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



09-26-18 Announcing…CLA’s Regional Livestock Symposiums…

CLA’s Regional Livestock Symposiums…

The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer symposiums throughout the state. Each symposium features a full day of informative speakers covering topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado.
Registration is free, but please RSVP for lunch.

Register for a meeting near you!

November 13, 2018
Northeast Junior College, Sterling