Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

GREELEY, CO- The Colorado Farm Show will award eleven graduating high school seniors a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Not too mention, two $1500 Secondary Scholarships will also be awarded to recipients as they continue the next year at their respective colleges.

The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients Good Luck in their future educational paths, including: Continue reading

11-26-19 CSU Extension SEA Event: Ag Marketing Lunch and Learn Series in Baca County starts January 8th

CSU Extension SEA Event: Ag Marketing Lunch and Learn Series in Baca County starts January 8th

Are you interested in learning more about cash markets, managing price
risk or selecting a broker? Maybe you just want some more information
about market planning. If so, join Baca County Extension for a series of
Lunch and Learn Webinars. Beginning January 8, 2019, topics covering
the basics of agriculture marketing will be covered every Tuesday in
January. Sessions will be from Noon-2 pm at the Minnick Building on
the Baca County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Colorado. Continue reading

11-26-18 Red Angus Association of America: Industry Leaders Confirm Phase-Out of Select Grade Beef

Red Angus Association of America: Industry Leaders Confirm Phase-Out of Select Grade Beef

DENVER – Select grade beef has an important past in the cattle and beef business. However, its tonnage is shrinking and will continue to trend lower in the coming decade, based on collaborative research conducted across all beef industry segments.

Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds, Top Dollar Angus and the Red Angus Association of America have joined forces to analyze the current and future role of Select grade beef in the U.S. beef supply chain through the release of an industry-focused white paper, “Phasing Out Select Grade Beef.” Continue reading

11-26-18 CSFS: Half of Coloradans Now Live in Areas at Risk to Wildfires

Half of Coloradans Now Live in Areas at Risk to Wildfires

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – November 26, 2018 – The number of people living in areas at risk to the effects of wildland fire increased by nearly 50 percent from 2012 to 2017, based on new Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment data released this week by the Colorado State Forest Service.

As of 2017, approximately 2.9 million people live in Colorado’s wildland-urban interface (WUI) – the area where human improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation – compared to 2 million people just five years earlier. The new figure represents approximately half of the state’s total population.

The source data are included in updates to the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or CO-WRAP, which is an online mapping tool that helps Colorado community leaders, professional planners and interested citizens determine wildfire risk and where forest management actions can achieve the greatest impact to reduce risk. The CSFS just completed a thorough update to the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment – and the data utilized for CO-WRAP – based on new housing, population, vegetative fuels, weather and other ancillary data. This is the first major update to the overarching site data since 2013.

“With the continued increase in Colorado’s wildland-urban interface population, it’s critical for landowners and communities to take actions to reduce their risk and address forest health concerns,” said Mike Lester, state forester and CSFS director. “The Colorado State Forest Service provides necessary resources to assist forest landowners and WUI communities to make their forests healthier and safer.”

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11-26-18 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: November is National Gratitude Month…


NestFresh HeaderInside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning

November is National Gratitude Month

(Brandy GamoningBARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 26, 2018 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh discussing November being National Gratitude Month, Holiday Recipes & more


NestFresh Cares - Be a good egg for the greater good.


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11-26-18 In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

FEBRUARY 11, 1921 ~ NOVEMBER 19, 2018 (AGE 97)

He loved history, and now, after 97 years of life, it his time to tell his story. Charles (Chuck) Waneka passed away on November 19, 2018.

Charles Dixon Waneka was born on February 11th, 1921 on the family farm in eastern Lafayette. He was the second child born to William P. Waneka and Bessie Dixon Waneka. His only sibling, Wilbur, was 18 months older than him. Continue reading

11-26-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Caiti Hladky

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview with CALP Class 13 Member Caiti Hladky from November 14th

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Caiti Hladky

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 26, 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 Caiti Hladky…


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!

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 26th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 26th

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China Takes Action to Increase ASF Reporting

The Chinese agriculture ministry is taking steps to counter concerns that the number of African Swine Fever cases in the country is being underreported. The ministry made it illegal to delay or obstruct reports of new ASF outbreaks, to issue false test reports, to distribute falsified health certificates, or to illegally dispose of infected animals. Reuters says Chinese officials are also offering rewards to people who file reports on new cases. Experts suspect that the 60 outbreaks reported in 18 Chinese provinces may not be an accurate number. China has already imposed transportation limits and other biosecurity measures designed to get control of the infectious disease. To date, the infection has caused China to cull hundreds of thousands of pigs from herds across the country. Officials in Beijing also announced a new case of ASF that killed 55 of 73 pigs on a single farm. China is home to 500 million pigs, more than the combined number of animals found in the rest of the world.


Beef Production Forecast Drops Slightly for 2018-2019

USDA recently reduced its forecast for beef production in 2018 by 30 million pounds. The new forecast is 26.9 billion pounds. The slight revision is based on numbers at the end of the third quarter, and from fourth-quarter expectations of slightly fewer steers and heifers to be slaughtered and fewer bulls in the slaughter mix. The industry website Meating Place Dot Com says those slaughter numbers are all found in USDA’s monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report. Despite the lower slaughter prediction in the fourth quarter of this year, the steer and heifer slaughter rate per weekday in the fourth quarter is expected to remain above the rate for the same period in 2017. The 2019 beef production forecast was lowered by 100 million pounds to 27.8 billion. The adjustment comes from fewer-than-expected cattle placed in feedlots in the third-quarter of 2018, which would reduce the expected number of fed cattle marketed and slaughtered in early 2019.  The September Cattle on Feed Report says there were 4.7 percent fewer cattle placed in feedlots, but 3.6 percent fewer cattle marketed than last year. That means there are 5.4 percent more cattle on feed than a year ago, which supports expectations of strong marketings in the first half of 2019.


NFU Study Found Farmers Got 11 Cents of Every Thanksgiving Dollar

Farmers and ranchers took home only 11.3 cents of every dollar that Americans spent on their Thanksgiving Day feast. That’s according to the Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union’s Farmer’s Share publication. The Farmer’s Share compares the retail prices of food in a traditional Thanksgiving holiday dinner to the amount farmers receive from each item they grow. “We should take the time to recognize the farmers and ranchers that provided our Thanksgiving meals,” says NFU President Roger Johnson. “While consumer holiday prices continue to decline, farm income is dropping at a much faster rate. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in generations, and we hope Farmer’s Share illustrates that to the general public.” On average, farmers get 14.8 cents of every food dollar consumers spend throughout the year. More than 85 percent of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution, and retailing. Johnson says farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food we eat throughout the year, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products. Johnson adds, “The major integrators who control the poultry markets have used their extreme bargaining power to suppress the earnings of the men and women who produce our turkeys while, at the same time, they take in record profits for themselves.” He says those same growers that raise our poultry get about five to six cents per pound of turkey they produce.


Farmland Sales Activity Picking Up

Landowners appear to be getting more interested in selling agricultural land. The total amount of land that Farmers National Company has listed for sale is up 21 percent compared to last year. Randy Dickhut is the senior vice president of real estate operations at Farmers National Company. He says most of the sales are coming from individuals or ownership groups who’ve decided that now is the time to sell. “They may have inherited the land or even owned it for years, but sellers have watched the land market, and some are deciding to take advantage of the still historically good land prices,” Dickhut says. “Some sellers are thinking that there is more downside risk in land prices than upside potential, so now is the time for them to sell.” At the other end of the spectrum, Famers National says buyers are generally more cautious right now, which causes some land brokerage companies to experience more no-sale auctions that don’t achieve the reserve price during the public auction sessions.


Feds Taking Steps to Address Rural Veterinary Shortages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is taking steps to address veterinary shortages in rural America. The agency says 74 food animal and public health veterinarians will get educational loan assistance in exchange for a three-year commitment to practice in a USDA-designated veterinary shortage area. The awards were handed out as part of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. It’s designed to help protect animal welfare and public health in rural communities by make sure there’s adequate access to veterinary services. John de Jong (de-YOUNG), president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, says farmers and ranchers depend on veterinarians to keep their animals healthy. “Access to veterinary care in rural areas is critical because animal diseases have a direct impact on local economies and public health,” de Jong says. “This program is one of the best tools available to help address veterinary shortages. We’re grateful Congress recognized its importance by providing a $1.5 million increase in program funding.” Since its inception, the program has placed veterinarians in federally-designated shortage areas across 45 states. However, 113 shortage areas remain unfilled this year.


FDA Will Allow Romain to Return Soon

FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb took to Twitter on Thanksgiving to talk about romaine lettuce. In addition to referring to plans to allow romaine to return to the market after the E. coli outbreak in Canada and the U.S., he talked about a possible new labeling standard to aid in tracing products during future outbreaks. One of his Thanksgiving tweets says the FDA believes the E. coli-infected lettuce came from California. Gottlieb says, “The goal now is to withdraw the product that’s at risk of being contaminated from the market, as well as to re-stock the market.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA announced the outbreak on November 20th, asking all levels of the supply chain to remove romaine from the market, as well as the product that hasn’t shipped yet. Gottlieb noted that romaine from Arizona and Florida will be harvested soon. “We’re working with growers and distributors on labeling produce for location and harvest date, as well as possible other ways of alerting consumers that the new product is ‘post-purge,’” he tweeted. “We’re looking to make this labeling the new standard rather than a short-term fix.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service