11-19-18 CSU: New animal welfare course launched for veterinary medicine students

CSU: New animal welfare course launched for veterinary medicine students

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. – from the Veterinarian’s Oath

Every fall, new veterinary students at Colorado State University and other colleges across the country recite this solemn pledge as they begin their four-year education. The oath was revised in 2010 to recognize animal welfare — defined as how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives — as an integral part of the veterinary profession.

Colorado State now requires that students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program take an animal welfare class as part of the curriculum. The course was launched in 2017 and is taught by Lily Edwards-Callaway, assistant professor of livestock behavior and welfare in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

As a graduate student at CSU, Edwards-Callaway trained under Professor Temple Grandin, the world-renowned pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals.

Animal welfare training lacking nationally

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11-19-18 Inside the Newly Launched USDA-APHIS “Defend the Flock” Campaign with Dr Allan Huddleston, DVM…

Laying hens freely enter and exit discarded horse trailers

Inside the Newly Launched USDA-APHIS “Defend the Flock Campaign with Dr Allan Huddleston, DVM…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss this new “Defend the Flock” campaign is Dr. Allan Huddleston, DVM and Director of The Avian, Swine and Aquatic Animal Health Center discussing several topics including:


CLICK HERE to register and to take part in the webinar on Nov 28th


11-19-18 NWSS Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Applications due December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan – The deadline for participating in the 82nd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading

11-19-18 Inside NAWG with Treasurer Dave Milligan…

Inside NAWG with Treasurer Dave Milligan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) November 19, 2018 – Joining the  Colorado Ag News Network is Dave Milligan, Treasurer of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics pertinent to the wheat industry including:



11-19-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 19, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • 2018 Farm Bill – Will it pass in the Lame Duck?
  • Trade Situation – USMCA & China Trade War
  • Recapping the 2018 Elections – Nation vs CO & the “Blue Wave”
  • CO SoS: Record number of votes cast in Colorado midterm
  • CO Legislature Leadership Positions Announced (Republican & Democrat Caucus Elections for CO Senate)
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg!
  • & More

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…



11-19-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Jilane Hixson

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Jilane Hixson

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 19, 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 Jilane Hixson…


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

Want to learn more about the CALP Program – CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to listen to other CALP Class 13 Member Interviews

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

11-19-18 Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Burlington Ag Water Workshop on Dec 12th and more…

Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Burlington Ag Water Workshop on Dec 12th and more…

(BARN MediaFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO – November 19, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is Greg Peterson from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance , discussing the upcoming CAWA Ag Water Workshop in Burlington, CO on December 12th and more…


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11-19-18 Beef Sustainability Framework Incorporates Public Feedback, Solicits Final Comments

Beef Sustainability Framework Incorporates Public Feedback, Solicits Final Comments

DENVER (November 19, 2018) –  After receiving more than 450 comments from its first public comment period, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) released an updated Sustainability Framework for a second round of feedback. The public can submit comments to the revised Sustainability Framework through December 20.

The USRSB Sustainability Framework was developed over the course of three years by more than 200 industry stakeholders representing all segments of the beef value chain. The Framework is comprised of resources that explore key environmental, social and economic factors, and capitalizes on individual voluntary efforts the industry can implement to assess and improve its overall sustainability. The full set of resources was initially released June 1 for a nation-wide 60-day public comment period.

“The public comment period was an opportunity to listen, identify areas for improvement, and ultimately create a stronger, more flexible resource for the beef value chain,” said Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, JBS USA sustainability director and 2018 – 2019 USRSB chair.

“The feedback brought us one step closer to finalizing the USRSB Framework as we addressed stakeholder feedback. For example, we were able to further clarify judicious use of antibiotics, expand upon practices that could mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or improve carbon sequestration, and further define our role in the implementation of market programs for sustainable beef based on feedback from the public.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 19th

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Farm Bill Conference Committee Talks Suddenly Close

The farm bill conference committee could have an agreement in place as this week starts. “We’re darn close,” House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway told Politico a couple days after a bout of finger-pointing between conference committee members, who have since downplayed previous comments. Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts was hopeful a deal would come together by (today) Monday. Roberts had reportedly received a House proposal Friday afternoon. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, discussed the farm bill with President Trump and said that he and the President are determined to finish the bill this year. McConnell previously told reporters the farm bill is one of two items that “absolutely have to be accomplished” before the end of 2018. Conference committee talks remain fluid, and as of Friday afternoon, unresolved issues included the conservation title and regulatory language, along with negotiations ongoing regarding the nutrition title.

Eastern Corn Belt: Economic Conditions Deteriorate More Than Expected

Eastern Corn Belt farmers are facing similar conditions reported by the Western Corn Belt. The St Louis Federal Reserve Bank, following a Kansas City Fed report, says bankers reported that farm income had declined, and that farm household spending and capital expenditures remained below levels compared with a year ago. The survey includes seven Midwest and Midsouth states, including Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Overall, bankers were slightly less optimistic when asked about the prospects for farm income in the fourth quarter of 2018. As one Missouri lender stated, farmers are hurting, expecting “no change in the marketing plans because they have bills to pay and will need to sell the crop to make those payments.” The report says small farmers are hurting because of the low prices and are usually the ones who do not have on-farm storage to allow them to hold their harvested crops.

Trade Aid Payments near $840 Million

Nearly $840 million in trade aid has been handed out to farmers from the Department of Agriculture so far this year. The payments stem from the trade mitigation package announced by USDA to help offset trade war loses for farmers. The package, worth $12 billion, has paid out $837.8 million to farmers. Top aid recipients are soybean, wheat, corn dairy and hog producers, according to Reuters. The five states that received the highest amount of aid were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and Minnesota. The second set of payments is expected in December, and USDA says producers who signed up for the first round will be automatically included in the second round of payments. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said that there are no plans to extend the aid into 2019, for now.

U.S. Wants Soybeans in Any China Trade Deal

The Trump administration will push China to resume U.S. soybean imports in any potential trade deal. The tit-for-tat trade war has moved China’s purchases lower as the nation slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. The Trump administration says, ahead of broad-based talks at the G20 Summit, the U.S. will push to secure future sales to China, to curb lingering effect following the trade war. Steve Censky, Deputy Agriculture Secretary, told Reuters Trump would be looking for a “robust level of commitments from China for purchases, because we want to make sure that we resume our sales.” Censky is the former American Soybean Association executive director and said previously China was “strategic” in inflicting “pain” on Trump’s rural political base. However, even if the trade war comes to an end, the talks at the end of this month are just the first stepping stone, meaning tariffs are expected to remain well into next year.

Canada Strengthening Ties with China

The Canadian government says it is strengthening ties with China following the third Canada-China Annual Leaders’ Dialogue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) discussed bilateral trade and investment by expanding cooperation in sectors including agriculture. They also pledged to continue to promote multilateralism, free trade, and the rules-based international order, such as the World Trade Organization. Canada is working to enter a trade agreement with China, as the U.S. remains embattled in a trade war. The move comes even as the updated North American Free Trade Agreement, now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, tries to block member nations from engaging with China. Canada maintains the upgraded agreement that is not yet in force or approved, does not bar Canada from talking with China on improving trade relations.

USGC: USMCA A Gold Standard in Removing Non-tariff Barriers

In testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission last week, the U.S. Grains Council called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement a “gold standard” in removing non-tariff barriers for trade and increasing trade volume. The Grains Council says USMCA, the negotiated update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, would remove remaining barriers to grains trade in the region and bolster continued growth in North American markets for commodity grains and value-added grain products like meat and ethanol. The agreement represents top trade markets for U.S. grains. Exports of grains in all forms, including U.S. corn, barley, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles, ethanol and certain meat products, have increased 279 percent to Mexico and 431 percent to Canada since NAFTA went into effect. USGC says Mexico and Canda offer significant additional potential growth, adding that USMCA, like NAFTA, “will be the foundation of that success.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



11-19-18 NWF Announces State Winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

NWF Announces State Winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Washington D.C. (November 19) – Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Today, NWF is announcing state winners for the 2018 Contest which includes 82 growers from 23 states.

“It’s great to see winners from such states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia who aren’t commonly known for producing wheat,” stated NWF Board President and Idaho wheat grower Wayne Hurst. “It demonstrates the versatility of the crop which can grow in these states and states, like Kansas and Idaho, which are known for being large producers of wheat.” Continue reading