11-21-18 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 1,020,000 head as of November 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 4 percent above last month and 4 percent above the November 1, 2017 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during October 2018. This was the same as last month’s marketings and the same as the November 2017 marketings. An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2018, 17 percent below the previous month’s placements, but the same as the October 2017 placements. Of the number placed in October, 28 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 21 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 15 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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11-21-18 State of Colorado Issues $2.7M in Medical Marijuana Research Grants

State of Colorado Issues $2.7M in Medical Marijuana Research Grants

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded $2.7 million in grant funding for two research studies to investigate the potential therapeutic uses of marijuana.

 Both research studies are random controlled trials, the type of research considered to be the “gold standard” in the scientific community. One study will research marijuana as a treatment for chronic spine pain and will evaluate its use as a therapy to reduce prescription opioid use. The other will research the efficacy and safety of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat children with autism spectrum disorder.

 The state already has funded $9 million in medical marijuana research grants and an additional $2.35 million in grants for seven marijuana public health research studies. Earlier this year, the General Assembly authorized the department’s Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program to fund and oversee a new round of medical marijuana research grants through June 2023. In an executive order, Gov. John Hickenlooper directed the department to prioritize fiscal resources to research the use of medical marijuana by patients experiencing autism spectrum disorder. In addition, the reduction or elimination of long-term opioid use for chronic pain has been an ongoing priority for the department, and important questions remain about whether marijuana can be an effective substitute for opioids. Continue reading

11-21-18 Farmers Receive 11 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

Farmers Receive 11 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.3 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.
These comments from NFU President Roger Johnson…

11-21-18 Inside the CattleTrace Pilot Project with Board Chair Brandon Depenbusch

Inside the CattleTrace Pilot Project with Board Chair Brandon Depenbusch

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 21, 2018 – On November 19th, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach was welcomed to Great Bend, Kansas, by beef industry leaders participating in the CattleTrace pilot project for disease traceability. A pilot project that the USDA is a partner in that will develop and test an end-to-end disease traceability system.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss that in more detail is Brandon Depenbusch, vice president of cattle operations for Innovative Livestock Services based out of Great Bend, KS & Chairman of the Board of Directors of CattleTrace Inc.


To learn more about CattleTrace, the industry-driven pilot project for Animal Disease Traceability please visit www.CattleTrace.org or call 785-564-7446 or email info@cattletrace.org ; or simply follow CattleTrace on Facebook or Twitter.


11-21-18 PlainsGold® Growers Place in National Wheat Yield Contest

PlainsGold® Growers Place in National Wheat Yield Contest

*CORRECTED* The National Wheat Foundation recently released results of the National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). PlainsGold® is happy to announce 4 growers placed in the contest with PlainsGold® varieties.

The NWYC offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 21st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 21st

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Gillibrand Calls on Trump Reject Farm Bill Without MPP Refund

New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says President Trump should reject any farm bill that does not include a refund for dairy farmers who participated in the Margin Protection Program. The farm bill conference committee is reportedly nearing completion of the farm bill, leaving a final version to be passed by the House and Senate before heading to the president’s desk. Senator Gillibrand urged Trump in a letter this week to only support a final bill that includes her Dairy Premium Refund Act,  that she says would “issue a refund to farmers who participated in the failed Dairy Margin Protection Program.” Gillibrand says that Since 2014, thousands of New York dairy farmers paid millions of dollars to USDA for coverage, but when milk prices and feed prices fell at the same time, most farmers “lost money on every pound of milk they sold and never received a payment.” Gillibrand serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is considered a hopeful candidate for President in 2020.

Mexico Expects Tariff Deal this Month

Mexico expects the U.S. to stop steel and aluminum tariffs this month, before the U.S. Mexico And Canada sign a new trilateral trade agreement. Mexico expects Trump will agree to lift the tariffs in exchange for signatures on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, which updates the North American Free Trade Agreement. A Government official from Mexico says the expectation is that by the time of signing there “will be either a solution or a very clear track” that the tariffs will end, according to Politico. Removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs would allow Canada and Mexico to remove retaliatory tariffs imposed against roughly $15 billion in U.S. exports. A recent report from Farm Foundation claims the retaliatory tariffs in response to steel and aluminum tariffs would cause U.S. exports to Mexico and Canada to decline by $1.8 billion, despite a new trade agreement, if not removed.

FDA: High Oleic Oils Provide Health Benefit

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week announced new health claims for high oleic oils. FDA announced the claims in response to a detailed petition from a biotech company. FDA says manufacturers of high oleic oils can choose to include a qualified health claim on their label stating that “supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that daily consumption of about 1½ tablespoons of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” Edible oils must contain at least 70 percent oleic acid to meet the criteria for the qualified health claim. Gottlieb says the science behind the new qualified health claim for oleic acid, while not conclusive, “is promising.” The FDA evaluated results from seven small clinical studies that evaluated the relationship between consumption of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, at least 70 percent per serving, and improved cholesterol levels, which indicates a reduced risk for coronary heart disease.

Chinese Ag Officials Visit U.S. Cooperative

Two officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China recently visited Southern States Cooperative to learn about U.S. agricultural co-ops. A Chinese agronomist and Science Department Director met with Southern States Cooperative President and CEO Jeff Stroburg and the cooperative leadership team to learn about how co-ops are organized and how they function. The Chinese officials toured a fertilizer plant in King William, Virginia owned by Southern States Cooperative. During their six-week visit to the United States, the Chinese officials had a goal to witness a U.S. farm operation. The officials were able to visit a large row crop farm in Virginia. Stroburg says the officials “gained a better understanding of the tremendous value that cooperatives provide farmers in the United States.”

USDA Announces Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs

The Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced William “Bill” Beam has been appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs. Beam was sworn in last month to the position. As Deputy Administrator, Beam will be responsible for overseeing and implementing policies and procedures that regulate the delivery of federal farm programs. He, along with farm programs staff, oversee major portions of the farm bill including programs that help farmers, ranchers and forest stewards manage market risks, recover from disasters and conserve and protect natural resources. Prior to his appointment, Beam was the president, owner and operator of Beam Farms, Inc., a fourth-generation row crop, specialty crop and hay operation in Elverson, Pennsylvania. In addition to his farming operation, Beam owns and manages a sawdust trucking business.

Wisconsin Claims “State of Cheese”

Wisconsin is the nation’s top cheese-producing state, so it comes as no surprise it is claiming the title of the “state of cheese.” The new branding from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is a step to “boldly claim its rightful place as the state of cheese.” Research indicates 86 percent of consumers think of Wisconsin when they think of cheese. However, Wisconsin wants to help deepen their knowledge. Wisconsin has the only Master Cheesemaker Program outside of Europe, and Wisconsin makes nearly half of the specialty cheese in the United States. A Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin spokesperson says of the claim and new video advertisement highlights “the story and heritage of Wisconsin cheesemakers.” And, as consumers are looking for Wisconsin cheese in stores across the nation, they will begin seeing the new Proudly Wisconsin Cheese logo that resembles a ribbon to represent the world’s most awarded cheese.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service