11-29-18 Inside Northern Water with Brian Werner: Four States Irrigation Council ‘s 66th Annual Meeting, Year in Review , Water Storage Project Updates & More…

 

Brian Werner, Public Information Officer at Northern Water

Inside Northern Water with Brian Werner: Four States Irrigation Council ‘s 66th Annual Meeting, Year in Review , Water Storage Project Updates & More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 29, 2018 – The Four States Irrigation Council is hosting their 66th annual meeting January 9-11, which will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone to discuss the upcoming event as well as a look back at 2018 and ahead regarding Northern Water‘s Storage Projects (NISP & Windy Gap) is Brian Werner, Public Information Officer at Northern Water in Berthoud, CO…

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ABOUT NORTHERN WATER

Northern Water is a public agency created in 1937 to contract with the federal government to build the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The C-BT Project provides supplemental water to more than 640,000 acres of irrigated farm and ranch land and about 960,000 people in Northeastern Colorado. Northern Water and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly operate and maintain the C-BT Project, which collects West Slope water and delivers it to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. In addition, Northern Water collects, distributes and monitors weather and water quality data, tracks streamflows and reservoir levels, and provides water planning and water conservation information.Learn more about Northern Water – CLICK HERE

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11-29-18 House and Senate Ag Leaders: We’ve Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

House and Senate Ag Leaders: We’ve Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement today on the state of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations:

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible.”

Audio of Chairman Conaway discussing how the Ag Committee leaders have reached a deal in principle…

AUDIO FEATURING HOUSE AG CHAIR MIKE CONAWAY (R-TEXAS)

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11-29-18 Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

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Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

For 73 years now, our Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Livestock Auction Steers have joined patrons in the lobby of the Brown Palace for morning tea. This year, we’re adding a new animal to this fun tradition. The Grand and Reserve Champion Goats are headed to a different iconic site in urban Denver. They will be on display at the Denver Athletic Club on January 17th. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this inaugural event!

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11-29-18 VOTE HEMP: Congressional Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal on the 2018 Farm Bill…

VOTE HEMP: Congressional Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal on the 2018 Farm Bill…

Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative deal on the Farm Bill pending final cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
Senator McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act language is included in the bill. This will be a game changer for the hemp industry.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 29th

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Farm Bill Inching Closer to Reality

A farm bill agreement could be announced yet this week. Leadership of the farm bill conference committee reports a deal is close, with a possible announcement this week and a more detailed announcement to follow next week, according to staffers close to the negotiations. A move towards an agreement would set the stage to allow Congress to consider final passage of the bill this year. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says a full agreement depends on the cost analysis. There is little time in the lame duck session to complete the bill, as lawmakers are scheduled to exit Washington by mid-December. Still, all sides appear committed to finishing the bill this year, ahead of a new Congress that offers a change of control in the House of Representatives. Collin Peterson, incoming chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has previously said he wants the bill done now, before the next Congress, which would likely require a rewrite of the legislation.

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Western Caucus Members Urge Adoption of Active Forest Management

Members of the Congressional Western Caucus issued a statement condemning obstruction of active fire management policies by Senate Democrats. The statement says the 2018 deadly and destructive wildfire season has further solidified the need for active forest management provisions found in the House-passed farm bill. The group sent a letter to the farm bill conference committee urging the inclusion. However, farm bill conference committee members reported Wednesday afternoon that leadership decided against any sweeping forestry title reforms, which has been the latest hold up in the farm bill debate. More than 52,000 wildfires have burned more than 8.5 million acres this year alone. The caucus, currently comprised of all Republicans, is open to all political parties. Opposition to the House plan has said that active forest management could “devastate forests” and “wipe out plants and animals.”

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EPA Rejects Requests to Reallocate Displaced RFS Gallons

The Environmental Protection Agency will not reallocate waived biofuel volumes in 2019. The agency denied a request by the corn and ethanol industries to reallocate any biofuel volumes lost to small refinery waivers next year, according to Reuters. Expansion of the waivers, which were unused under the Bush and Obama administrations, threatens demand for corn and corn-based ethanol. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires oil refiners to blend biofuels each year or purchase blending credits. However, the small refiner waivers exempt any refinery that proves complying with the RFS causes them financial strain. The corn industry points out that some of the world’s largest oil companies have received waivers from the Trump administration. Meanwhile, an EPA official this week also said that the 2019 annual biofuel mandate figures were set to be largely in line with the agency’s June proposal of 19.88 billion gallons.

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Trade Groups Ask Trump to Ensure Review of Argentine Biodiesel Import Duties

Trade groups are expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. In a letter to President Trump, the groups, including the National Biodiesel Board, urged the president to ensure the Commerce Department undertake a “rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review” before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established earlier this year. The Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers. The letter states that any political concessions to Argentina would “distort U.S. markets and undercut crop prices that are only now regaining stability.” The groups opposed the initiation of the changed circumstances review, arguing the Commerce Department has well-established administrative review procedures for revisiting antidumping and countervailing duty rates.

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USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced a $291 million investment to improve rural community infrastructure and essential services. Announced by Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, the funding will improve rural communities for 761,000 residents in 18 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is investing in 41 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers. Hazlett says of the projects that “modern community facilities and infrastructure are key drivers of rural prosperity.” For more information and a list of projects funded, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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California Farm Bureau Launches Disaster Relief Fund

To assist farmers, ranchers and rural communities hurt by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, the California Farm Bureau Federation has established a Farm and Rural Disaster Fund. Created under the California Bountiful Foundation-a charitable foundation established by the California Farm Bureau, the fund will collect contributions to aid communities affected by natural disasters. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says the fund comes at the request of state Farm Bureau members to “provide aid to farms, ranches and rural communities that have suffered losses.” In addition, county Farm Bureaus in the state have begun relief efforts specific to the Camp Fire that continues to burn. The fund will accept donations dedicated to feeding, housing and maintaining livestock displaced by the fire that are being cared for at the county fairgrounds. Learn more about both efforts at CFBF.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-28-18 Watch the AM Session from Nov 28th during the 74th CACD Annual Convention

Watch the AM Session from Nov 28th during the 74th CACD Annual Convention

Featuring the following speakers/presentations: (VIDEO & AUDIO links)

To watch and to listen to all of the webcast archives, click the individual links above for video and/or audio only – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Association of Conservation District, please visit www.coloradoacd.org

11-28-18 CSU Extension: ARC-CO or PLC, Did I Make the Correct Decision?

CSU Extension: ARC-CO or PLC, Did I Make the Correct Decision?

STERLING, CO – November 26, 2018 – A survey of the 2017 ARC-CO payments for irrigated corn in the seven counties (Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma) served by the CSU Regional Engagement Center in Sterling reveals that payments were only made in Washington county. Producers in Morgan county did not receive a payment in 2016 or 2017.

Many irrigated corn producers are beginning to wonder if the decision they made in 2015 to elect ARC-CO rather than PLC was the correct decision. Before we compare the track records of ARC-CO and PLC over the past four years a quick review of how the programs work is in order.

Payments are made under ARC-CO when ARC-CO Actual Revenue is less than the ARC-CO Guarantee for a covered commodity. ARC-CO Actual Revenue is determined by multiplying the county yield during the crop year by the national price for that crop year. The ARC-CO Guarantee is calculated by multiplying the county benchmark yield by the national benchmark price. Continue reading

11-28-18 CSU selects The Clark Enersen Partners to complete design for building at National Western Center

CSU selects The Clark Enersen Partners to complete design for building at National Western Center

Denver, CO – Colorado State University announced that it has selected The Clark Enersen Partners as the design team for the CSU Animal Health Complex – one of three buildings on the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, which will break ground in early 2020.

“We continue to move the vision forward for the CSU Campus at the National Western Center by bringing in top-tier partners to create distinctive spaces where CSU experts can research the world’s most pressing issues, and widely share that knowledge,” said Amy Parsons, executive vice chancellor of the CSU System.

“The Clark Enersen Partners’ holistic approach to design and nationwide experience in similar projects made them a clear partner for this project,” Parsons said.

“For the Clark Enersen Partners, the distinctiveness of the CSU Animal Health Complex and the impact of what will happen within its walls aligned perfectly with our company’s expertise and areas of interest,” said Greg Lattig, president of the Clark Enersen Partners. Continue reading

11-28-18 CSU launches opioid abuse prevention project for rural Colorado

CSU launches opioid abuse prevention project for rural Colorado

Colorado has been feeling the effects of the national opioid crisis, particularly in rural areas. Now Colorado State University has received about $1.4 million in federal grants for a project in which community professionals — including CSU Extension agents — will work with youths age 10-14 and their families to prevent drug experimentation before it starts.

As part of the program, Extension agents will receive specialized training on dealing with opioid abuse, in an approach that uses existing community relationships and networks instead of sending in outsiders who don’t know the families or the culture of the area.

Abby Weber, a family and consumer sciences agent with CSU Extension and 4H in southeast Colorado’s Bent County, has seen the problems with opioids and other drugs firsthand.

“Some adults trade their food stamps for drugs, so they and their kids don’t eat,” said Weber, who has worked in both social services and the judicial system. “If a parent is using drugs and the child knows, the roles reverse and the child becomes the caregiver, so the child is not only trying to self-protect, but protect the parent. It’s hard to watch these kids trying to make sure that they, their siblings and their parents are OK.” Continue reading

11-27-18 RMFU Radioline Report featuring Nick Levendofsky, Director of External Affairs

RMFU Radioline Report featuring Nick Levendofsky, Director of External Affairs

Nick Levendofsky, Director of External Affairs for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 27, 2018 – Farmers and ranchers from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming were in Cheyenne to “Reason Together” at the 110th Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention back on Nov. 16-17; and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Nick Levendofsky – Director of External Affairs at RMFU, recapping that event and several other issues as well, including:

  • 110th RMFU Convention Recap
  • Recap Election Results: Nationwide, Wyoming, New Mexico & Colorado
  • Congress Lame Duck Session: Farm Bill – Trade War with China – USMCA
  • Look ahead into 2019
  • & more

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is an advocate for family farmers and ranchers, local communities, and consumers. We are a progressive grassroots organization whose members determine our priorities. Founded in 1907, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union represent farm and ranch families in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Working together with similar state chapters across America, we are the heart and soul of the National Farmers Union. Learn more about the organization and become a member @ www.rmfu.org

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 27th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 27th

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Congress Returns with Hopes of Farm Bill Passage

Lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., this week with a need to still find a path forward on the farm bill. However, multiple measures, including 2019 appropriation bills, must also be passed in the lame-duck session. The House is scheduled to leave on Thursday, December 13th, while the Senate is scheduled to adjourn on Friday, December 14th. But, Congress could stay in session longer if the necessary end-of-the-year business is not completed by the target dates, according to the Hagstrom Report. Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees say they still hope to finish a farm bill this session, but they have not shown signs of reaching a final agreement. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has hinted that the farm bill might be added to the appropriations bill so that House leadership would not have to bring it up as a separate piece of legislation. Meanwhile, Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who will chair the House Ag Committee next year, says that if the bill does not pass, he wants to organize his committee quickly in January and bring up the farm bill in short order.

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Mexico and Canada Confirm USMCA Signing this Week

Leadership of Mexico and Canada have confirmed the two nations will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Friday that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. Politico reports that Canada’s Justin Trudeau and the outgoing Mexican President will sign the pact on the Mexican official’s last day in office at the G20 Summit, where President Trump is also expected to talk trade with China. The confirmation comes as there is no steel and aluminum tariff resolution for Mexico and Canada, once thought to be a contingent by the two nations. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau last week said Canada was “not going to make one set of negotiations contingent on the other.” Mexico and Canada both had previously threatened to hold off on signing the USMCA until President Trump removed the steel and aluminum tariffs. The tariffs are also thought to limit any gains in the new agreement once in place.

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Strong Demand Keeping Pork Supplies Current

Strong demand is helping the pork industry push through high production. An outlook published by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service shows that though fourth-quarter pork production is on track to reach a record high of more than seven billion pounds, up 3.5 percent from a year ago, the ending stocks-to-production ratio is projected to drop to its lowest level since 1990. Meat industry publication Meatingplace says that means domestic demand is outpacing production because U.S. consumers are likely responding to lower prices by buying more pork at a time when disposable personal incomes are rising. Fourth-quarter hog price forecasts reflect heavy supplies, almost nine percent lower than prices during the same period last year. For the full year, commercial pork production is projected at a record 26 billion pounds.

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Tennessee Eying Corn Checkoff Vote

Beginning next year, Tennessee corn growers could see over a million dollars invested annually in research, promotion and education activities. That is if they pass a one cent per bushel corn checkoff during the checkoff authorization vote this week. Tennessee Corn Growers Association President Mike Holman says: “A state corn checkoff with a refund provision will provide help in achieving both yield increases and better demand.” If passed, Tennessee will join the other 20 top corn-producing states in the nation in collecting a checkoff. The state corn checkoffs invest almost $90 million annually to improve farmer profitability. Some of those funds are spent in-state with universities and other partners, especially on vital research. State and federal ag research dollars are declining and little of the corn research being done by large seed companies is specific to Tennessee, according to the National Corn Growers Association.

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Tyson Predicts 2019 Food Trends

Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. food company, is offering up its predictions for food trends next year. Noting that years past have led to avocado toast, and others, including the poke bowl in 2018, Tyson says it takes “enormous pride and responsibility in helping shape and identify the next wave of culinary trends.” For 2019, while no specific dish or item is identified, Tyson says there are several key trends to focus on. Those include personalized foods to promote health and beauty, transparent food production, adding more proteins in more forms, harnessing the power of smart technology and food, creating food as a form of self-expression and a fusion of global cuisines at home. This year, to identify the next top food trends, the company created the Tyson Trendtellers Council, made up of a dozen of the company’s top food thinkers and innovators.

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Cargill Donates Milk Servings to Feeding America

In August, Cargill launched the #putyourherdfirst campaign to support The Great American Milk Drive. More than 65,000 people engaged with the campaign on Facebook and Cargill announced that all 200 food banks in the Feeding America network will receive 500 servings of milk through the campaign. A Cargill spokesperson says the company received “tremendous” support, adding it is “very thankful to everyone who helped us reach the goal of 100,000 servings of milk.” Cargill notes that each year, 46 million people, including 12 million children, rely on Feeding America food banks for regular access to milk, which is one of the most-requested, but least-donated, items. On average, the food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. The Great American Milk Drive was created to help address the need, and is the first-of-its-kind national program. The campaign was used by Cargill to raise awareness for HerdFirst, a new line of advanced calf and heifer nutrition.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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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
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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…

 

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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

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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