12-31-18 The BARN’s TOP 20: Ag News & Interviews

The BARN’s TOP 20: Ag News & Interviews

#1     CLA: In Remembrance of Don Rutledge

#2     President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

#3     Thirty-one Centennial Farms & Ranches to be recognized by Colorado Department of Agriculture and History Colorado

#4     CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr, DVM Provides an Update on the Current EIA Investigation in CO…

#5 NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record Continue reading

12-31-18 The BARN’s TOP 20 Livestream Webcasts of 2018

The BARN’s TOP 20 Livestream Webcasts of 2018

#1     2019 CO State Fair Livestock Shows & Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale

#2     90th CO FFA Convention

#3     2018 Farm Credit Colorado Ag Hall of Fame

#4     USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s “Back to Our Roots” Tour of CO & WY

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12-31-18 High Plains No-Till Conference to highlight profitability, new ideas, current ag issues

High Plains No-Till Conference to highlight profitability, new ideas, current ag issues

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Dec. 31, 2018 – The 31st Annual High Plains No-Till Conference will feature more than 50 educational sessions focused on profitability, new ideas, and current issues facing farming operations across the High Plains. The event is scheduled for Feb. 5-6 and will be held at the Community and Education Center in Burlington, CO.

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12-31-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Corey Pelton

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview from December 19th with CALP Class 13 member Corey Pelton

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Corey Pelton

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 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 Corey Pelton…


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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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 New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st

More Refinery Waivers Filed; Ethanol Industry Concerned

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a list of updated data on several small-refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Ethanol Producer Dot Com says seven new waivers have been filed for the 2018 compliance year. One new petition for 2017 compliance has also been added to the list. All of the waivers were filed between November 10 and December 18. As of December 18, the EPA has received 22 waiver requests for the 2018 compliance year. That’s up from the petitions that were filed between November 10 and December 18. For 2017, EPA has received a total of 37 small refinery petitions, up from the 36 it had received by November 10. The agency has approved 29 petitions so far, with seven still currently pending and one declared ineligible or withdrawn. The 29 petitions that have been approved so far have exempted roughly 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), keeping just over 13.6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets. A coalition of ethanol-related groups recently filed a lawsuit against the EPA over the small-refinery waivers. Brian Jennings of the American Coalition for Ethanol says the coalition believes the EPA is abusing the hardship waivers.


Trump Weighing NAFTA Cancellations to Push USMCA Through Congress

President Donald Trump and his advisers are said to be considering canceling the North American Free Trade Agreement to help push the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Congress. A ProFarmer report says if the move gets made, it may present Congress with a hard choice to make. Marc Short is a former White House Director of Legislative Affairs who says, “It could be that he withdraws from NAFTA even before USMCA ratification gets to Congress. I think there’s a high probability of that, yes.” If the U.S. does end up withdrawing from NAFTA, it would take six months to go into effect. That gives Congress a deadline of six months to either approve USMCA or have tariffs slapped on about $1.3 billion worth of goods traded between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Emily Davis, a spokesperson for the U.S. Trade Representative, says they’re very confident that Congress will eventually approve NAFTA. “From the beginning, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has worked closely with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate while renegotiating the agreement,” says Davis Speculation is that the Democratic-controlled House will take up the agreement around March or April.


VA Tech Ag Economist Recaps 2018

The economic book is closing on 2018, and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech University, said several elements shaped the landscape. In an article written for Corn and Soybean Digest, he said the agriculture industry is in the sixth year of what he refers to as a reset, also known as a “grinder.” He says the elongated poor economic conditions are taking a serious toll on the well-being of those involved in the ag industry. Some segments are facing more difficulty than others. A good example is the dairy industry, into its fourth year of low prices, leading to a serious loss of equity and producers exiting the industry. Production in the pork and poultry industries has greatly expanded. The result is a large supply of product on hand, what economists are calling a “Great Wall of Protein.” International trade agreements and stronger domestic demand will be important moving forward into the new year. The beef industry has led the way with an increase in demand after years of decline. However, the demand increase is showing signs of growing softer. The grain and crop sector had good production but not good profits. The health of the U.S. economy, the status of international trade agreements, and the strength of the U.S. dollar will all be keys to moving ahead in 2019 and beyond.


Shutdown Resolution Likely Won’t Happen Before January

In spite of the fact that the House and Senate were in session late in the Christmas week, House members were told there wouldn’t be any votes. The Hagstrom Report says that makes it likely that resolving the partial government shutdown won’t happen until the new Congress is in place and the Democrats take over the House of Representatives on Thursday, January 3rd. The Senate will convene briefly on Monday, December 31st, and won’t be back in session until Wednesday, January 2nd. They’ll resume consideration of the House Message to Accompany H.R. 695, the legislative vehicle for the continuing resolution. The Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are all reduced to essential services. However, the Farm Credit Administration is open for business because it’s funded through fees rather than any taxpayer funds. The shutdown is going on because President Trump wants Congress to include $5 billion in funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Politico says Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi can either pass a full-year continuing resolution, pass a six-bill funding package, as well as a continuing resolution for Homeland Security, or pass the stopgap bill the Senate passed. All of those options result in Trump getting $1.3 billion for border security, not the $5 billion he wants.


Judge Sides With White House on Packer Rules

Appellate Judges with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals have sided with the USDA on packer rules. The judges ruled the agency was not “arbitrary and capricious” in withdrawing an interim final rule that would have made it easier for farmers and ranchers to sue meatpackers on claims of unfair treatment. The court denied a petition by the Organization for Competitive Markets to review the decision. The OCM contends that USDA violated a congressional mandate given in the 2008 Farm Bill to publish a regulation outlining criteria around contracting practices by June 2010. OCM filed the lawsuit after USDA, under the new Trump Administration, withdrew the final interim rule, known as the Farm Fair Practice Rules, which were implemented at the end of the Obama Administration in 2016. The interim rule would have made it much easier for farmers and ranchers to prevail in cases where they claim that packers treated them unfairly in contracts because it would have all but eliminated the need for the plaintiffs to prove competitive harm. A Meating Place Dot Com article says implementing the Farmer Fair Practice rules would have represented a change in USDA regulatory approach. It would have also conflicted with the courts’ historical interpretations of the Packers and Stockyards Act.


American Farm Bureau Offering Paid Internships Next Summer

The American Farm Bureau is accepting online applications for five paid summer internships through January 7th. The internships will run from mid-May through mid-August, depending on schedules, and last between eight and 10 weeks. Farm Bureau prefers internships begin no later than June 10. Interns will be supervised by an intern coordinator within their assigned departments and will also be responsible for their own housing. Students should have at least completed their sophomore year of undergraduate education, preferably with a major in agriculture or public policy-related field. The skill level for the internships is perfect for undergraduate students. Farm Bureau is accepting applications for intern positions in the Business Operations and Revenue Development; communications; Leadership, Education, and Engagement; Public Policy – Economic Analysis; Public Policy – Legislative. Interested applicants can find more information about how to apply online at www.fb.org and follow the links through the career tab. Again, Farm Bureau is accepting those internship applications through January 7th, 2019.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-29-18 Judy Johnson is the 2019 Colorado Farm Show’s Volunteer of the Year – Listen to her Interview!

Judy Johnson is the 2019 Colorado Farm Show’s Volunteer of the Year – Listen to her Interview!

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 31, 2018 – The Colorado Farm Show has named Judy Johnson as their Volunteer of the Year for 2019. Johnson took time to visit with The BARN recently regarding the honor…


Check out the article that Rachel Gabel of The Fence Post wrote from The BARN’s interview, which will appear in the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure too!

Mark your Calendars!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado

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From our BARN to yours…Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The BARN is CLOSED for the New Year’s Holiday Dec 30th, 31st & Jan 1stHappy New Year from our BARN to yours...

Thanks to all The BARN’s followers/listeners both OnAir & OnLine for your continued support of what I do each and every day.

Also a HUGE THANKS to all of the sponsors of The BARN, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network, couldn’t do it without your generous support for sure…you keep the BARN doors open!

I am looking forward to working with you all in 2019 & beyond as The BARN celebrates its 11th year in business and as a member of the NAFB…OnAir, OnLine & OnDemand!

Thanks again and may God continue to bless our entire nation in 2019 and your families too!

– Brian Allmer, Owner/Host

12-28-18 Make Plans to Attend the Annual Farming Evolution Event set for Feb 20-21 in Holyoke, CO


Registration by Friday, February 8, 2019, is $30 for one day and $40 for both days.  Late Registration and at the door is $40 for one day and $50 for both days.  Breaks, lunches, and all handout materials are included.

Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2019 Farming Evolution event in Holyoke, CO.  The Farming Evolution will be held February 20 & 21, 2019 at the Phillips County Event Center on the Fairgrounds, just north of Holyoke, CO.

Christine Jones, soil ecologist from Australia, will be the headline speaker.  Over several decades, Christine has worked with farmers and ranchers using renewing practices.  After a highly respected career in the public sector, she began to promote the benefits of soil carbon throughout the world.

Christine will spend a good deal of time explaining how we can build new top soil.  She’ll transition to the amazing power of diversity.  She’ll also talk about how Pasture Cropping can benefit the soil and producer.  Pasture Cropping is seeding annual crops into former cropland seeded to grasses.  This includes CRP, Soil Bank, or go back lands. You can learn more about Christine at www.amazingcarbon.com Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 28th

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U.S. and China Will Be Face-To-Face in January

Two people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg that U.S. officials will travel to Beijing on January seventh to talk trade with Chinese officials. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffery Gerrish will lead the Trump Administration’s team to China for the talks. A Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman did confirm that the two sides will get together in January but didn’t provide a specific date for the talks to take place. The January meeting will be the first time the two sides have held face-to-face discussions since President Trump and Chinese President Xi (Zhee) Jinping agreed to a 90-day truce during da meeting in Argentina. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) did tell Bloomberg the two sides have had phone discussions since then. Bloomberg says the meeting adds to signs that the two largest economies in the world are cooling off trade tensions. Beijing recently announced a third round of tariff cuts, lowering the duties on more than 700 goods starting January first. Two people in Beijing with knowledge of the discussions told Bloomberg that China isn’t clear on exactly what the U.S. wants. President Trump has agreed to hold off on $200 billion in additional tariffs while negotiations are taking place.  


Trade-Aid Payment Deadline May Need To Be Extended

The majority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t been disrupted by the partial government shutdown yet. If the dispute between Congress and the White House drags on, it could potentially affect how quickly the second round of trade aid payments get to farmers. Farm Service Agency offices remain open through Friday (today). That’s when money appropriated in previous years runs out. Farm Journal says if the standoff continues into January, it will more than likely affect the timing of at least a portion of the MFP payments. The article says if the dispute does drag on into early January, FSA will likely have to extend the application deadline for those payments, which is currently January 15th. That would be one consequence of any potential work stoppage at USDA. There are also some major reports that could be disrupted if the shutdown drags on. USDA would not get to issue some major reports, including the daily export sales numbers. That means it will have an impact on some major agricultural data.


South American Soybean Production May Put a Damper on 2019 U.S. Exports

Upcoming trade negotiations between the U.S. and China in January and the possibility of trade conflict resolution rallied prices after the G-20 summit in Argentina. However, Todd Hubbs of the University of Illinois says changes in the export market look to be minimal in the months ahead, even with China buying more beans from the U.S. “The potential for strong South American soybean export competition in the marketing year is the limiting factor in expanded U.S. soybean exports,” says Hubbs, an agricultural economist. “That’s in spite of any possible trade resolution with China.” The USDA World Production report estimates crop production in the major South American soybean-producing countries to be 7.02 billion bushels. Hubbs says that forecast is likely lower than what the real final number will be, due in large part to optimum growing conditions in Brazil. Overall, Hubbs says the prospects for a large South American soybean crop look very good, on top of an already excellent U.S. crop.


NASS Collects Nearly Half-Million Census of Ag Questionnaires Online

The National Ag Statistics Service wrapped up its Census of Agriculture collection in 2018. The agency plans to release the new up-to-date Census data in 2019. “Over the course of 2018, NASS conducted the single-largest federal agricultural data collection in the United States with an improved questionnaire and asked some new questions to document changes and emerging trends in American farming,” says NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “These efforts, along with the partnership of hundreds of farm organizations across the country, and participation by hundreds of thousands of producers who completed the census, provide public data to tell the changing story of agriculture since 1840.” NASS received 445,000 responses online, a 57 percent increase from the 283,000 responses in 2012. The overall national response rate from the more than three million known and potential farms and ranches across the United States was 71.8 percent. That number was down from the 74.5 percent in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The new Census of Agriculture results will include first-time-information on military service, food marketing practices, and on-farm decision-making. These additions will help to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running a farm enterprise.


China Relaxes Hog Transport Restrictions

The Chinese hog industry has been hit hard by the African Swine Fever virus. The disease has a nearly 100 percent mortality rate among infected animals. Earlier this year, the Chinese government placed transportation restrictions on moving hogs in provinces that had ASF outbreaks. As a result, pork supplies are running low in certain areas. Chinese officials have relaxed those restrictions to make sure the country has adequate supplies. Breeder pigs and piglets from provinces without infection can now be transported to other provinces. Breeders and piglets from infected provinces can now be moved anywhere within that province. Hogs in infected areas of China can be moved to large slaughterhouses if the farm they were raised on meets certain biosecurity requirements. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce wants to grow its hog supplies ahead of the Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival in early 2019. China is home to the world’s largest hog herds, containing 55 percent of the world hog population. Forty percent of those are called “backyard hogs,” which makes the disease that much harder to contain.


Food Banks Struggling With Too Much Milk

A USDA program designed to buy and distribute almost $50 million in dairy products is overwhelming food pantries in Iowa and Illinois. An Associated Press article says River Bend Foodbank CEO Mike Miller says about 80,000 half-gallons of milk will be sent to food banks across the Quad City (Iowa) region through March. The large rise in milk donations comes from a USDA program designed to help dairy farmers caught in the middle of a trade dispute between the U.S. and several key trading partners. Retaliatory tariffs have cost American dairy farmers more than $1 billion since May. The USDA is buying the milk to help dairy farmers facing low milk prices and an oversupply of milk. The USDA is distributing the milk that would have been sold overseas to food banks across the country. “It’s certainly helpful to farmers who are hurt by tariffs placed on their products going into China,” Miller says. “It’s also a huge help to hungry people in our communities.” He says it’s challenging because milk has such a short shelf life, so it has to move quickly. Some food banks also lack adequate storage for the large number of dairy donations and don’t have a large enough staff to help distribute the milk quickly.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-28-18 Inside the BARN with Colorado Wheat Communications Coordinator Madison Andersen

Inside the BARN with Colorado Wheat Communications Coordinator Madison Andersen

What is CAWG, CWAC & CWRF; Upcoming Meetings & Elections and More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 28, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Madison Andersen, Communications Coordinator at Colorado Wheat discussing several topics including:

  • Andersen’s Background
  • What is Colorado Wheat? (CAWG, CWAC & CWRF)
  • How is the Wheat Checkoff Used
  • Upcoming CO Wheat Annual County Business Meetings & Elections Jan 8-11
  • Thought on The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)
  • And more

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 27th

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Second Round of Trade Aid Payments Underway

USDA is moving forward on the second and final round of trade mitigation payments to farmers hurt from retaliation by America’s trading partners. Commodity producers are now eligible to receive Market Facilitation Payments on the second half of their 2018 production. USDA has been sending out the first round of MFP payments to producers since September on the first 50 percent of their 2018 production. The MFP payments are designed for almond, cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, fresh sweet cherry, and wheat producers. Producers are only required to register one time for both the first and second round of payments. The MFP signup period runs through January 15, 2019, but producers actually have until May 1 to certify their 2018 production numbers. Farmers who haven’t done so can find signup information and instructions at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Eligible producers must wait until harvest is completely finished as payments are made based on 2018 total production. Farmers that have already applied, completed harvest, and certified their production, will receive a second payment on 50 percent of their production, multiplied by the MFP rate for each commodity.  


Foreign Ag Service Worked to Expand Trade in 2018

The USDA worked diligently in 2018 to expand trade opportunities around the world for U.S. ag producers. Those efforts paid off as global sales remained strong in spite of challenges in the trade arena through the year. Ted McKinney, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, says it’s been a “rollercoaster ride this year,” but U.S. farm exports remain strong, thanks in no small part to the Foreign Agricultural Service. One of the biggest highlights of the year was the successful negotiation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. USDA also broke down trade barriers and provided more access to overseas markets for several commodities. They included poultry and dairy to Canada through the USMCA, as well as lamb and goat meat to Japan, beef and pork in Argentina, poultry to India and Namibia, lamb to El Salvador, beef and poultry to Morocco, eggs to South Africa, and dairy to Turkey. FAS staff also worked around the globe to assist U.S. exporters in releasing hundreds of shipments that had been detained in foreign ports. USDA made sure that more than $77 million of perishable U.S. products arrived safely at their intended destinations. Among them was beef to Bulgaria, cherries to Taiwan, cranberries to China, and even lobsters to the United Arab Emirates.


Poultry Production Likely Slower in 2019

U.S. broiler markets are still weak, and prices are depressed. As a result, Rabobank says poultry production is likely to slow down in 2019. Nan-Dirk Mulder is a senior analyst for animal protein at Rabobank, who says the outlook for the global poultry industry will gradually improve as the year progresses. The biggest improvements likely arrive in the second half of 2019, thanks to rising Chinese imports spurred by the impact of African Swine Fever on protein demand in the country. That demand is expected to lead to more poultry imports, especially from the U.S. However, the market is struggling with oversupply from record-high broiler and red meat production that’s resulted in low domestic prices and high cold storage levels. That means the market needs to rebalance itself before things head in a positive direction. Rabobank’s Poultry Quarterly report says record broiler production at 3.89 billion pounds during October has pushed boneless breast meat prices well past historical lows. Most of the big-bird operations have seen sizeable losses in recent weeks, with the small-bird options faring just slightly better on production that’s down eight percent year-over-year. “Chicken demand remains weak as large supplies of competing proteins, especially pork, make for a very competitive retail marketplace,” says Mulder.


Livestock Haulers Freed From ELD Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation officially suspended the requirement that livestock haulers use electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their trucks. Back in 2012, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act mandated that drivers of commercial motor vehicles replace their paper logs with ELDs by December 18th of 2017. The National Pork Producers Council requested a waiver from the requirement on behalf of all the U.S. livestock sectors. The NPPC also asked for an exemption from the regulation, citing the incompatibility between transporting livestock and the Department of Transportation’s Hours of Service Rules. Those regulations limit truckers to driving 11 hours daily, after 10 consecutive hours off duty, and restrict their on-duty time to 14 consecutive hours, which includes non-driving time. NPPC was granted the waiver but a permanent fix was yet-to-be-determined. The NPPC applauds the Trump Administration and its commitment to U.S. agriculture, marking this as a huge win for both U.S. livestock producers and haulers.


China Feed Manufacturer Found With ASF Virus in Feed Supplies

Chinese officials have found the African Swine Fever Virus in some protein powders made from pork blood produced by a Chinese company. The General Administration of Customs issued a statement saying that the raw material in 79.93 tons of contaminated protein products, mainly used in animal feed, came from 12 slaughterhouses. This happened in spite of the fact that Chinese health officials banned the use of food waste and pig blood as a raw material for the production of pig food. Officials implemented the ban in September in an effort to control the spread of the disease. China has already reported more than 90 cases of African Swine Fever virus infection, which is deadly to pigs but doesn’t harm humans. China first detected the disease in its herds back in August. The customs department also has issued an alert, that will last for six months, to strengthen testing for the African Swine Fever virus in exports of similar products. The alert also urges farms in Hong Kong and Macau (Mah-COW) to tighten their checks on animal feed imports.


Red Meat Exports Deliver Value to Corn Producers

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says an updated study shows the value that red meat exports deliver to U.S. corn producers. A Drovers’ Report says a study conducted in 2016 by World Perspective, Incorporated, took a look at the previous year’s exports and determined that those exports accounted for 11.7 million tons of combined corn and dried distiller’s grains. In a similar study, WPI found that 2018 exports will use a combined total of 14.9 million tons of corn and distiller’s grains. That amounts to an additional 460 million bushels of corn produced, an increase totaling 29 percent over the 2015 predictions. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom says, “The USMEF receives outstanding support from the feed grain and oilseed industries because those producers understand that red meat exports boost the profitability of their largest customer, which is the U.S. livestock industry.” USMEF says, since 2015, one in every five bushels of added feed demand for corn is due to beef and pork exports.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-26-18 Logan County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

Logan County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

Sterling, CO, Dec. 26, 2018 –Logan County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that Mike Brownell of Fleming, Colorado was elected to represent his local administrative area (LAA) during the recent county committee election.

“County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,” said Sherry Lederhos, county executive director. “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2019 and will be joining the existing committee.”

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12-26-18 Inside the BARN with Dave Pratt, CEO, Ranch Management Consultants: Ranching for Profit, Upcoming Schools, Workshops and more…

Inside the BARN with Dave Pratt, CEO, Ranch Management Consultants: Ranching for Profit, Upcoming Schools, Workshops and more…

Make plans to attend BEEF DAY @ the 2019 CO Farm Show and learn more about Ranching for Profit on Jan 29th!

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 26, 2018 Are you interested in finding breakthroughs that will improve your herd’s health and productivity on your ranch as well as increase the profitability of your business and improve the quality of your life all at the same time?

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss ALL of that in much more detail is Dave Pratt, the CEO of Ranch Management Consultants from Fairfield, California. Pratt also discussed the following topics within the interview:


Ranch Management Consultants…Making your ranch MORE PROFITABLE WITH less WORK AND STRESS – Learn more online @ https://ranchmanagement.com/

CLICK HERE to view the entire lineup for BEEF DAY at the 2019 CO Farm Show

12-26-18 Red Angus: Unique Genetics Project Demonstrates Effectiveness of EPDs and DNA Testing

Red Angus: Unique Genetics Project Demonstrates Effectiveness of EPDs and DNA Testing

by: Kacey Koester, former Junior Red Angus Association President and current Field Representative for Top Dollar Angus

DENVER – More than 40 calves produced from one cow, all in the name of genetic research. That’s something you don’t see every day. This research, dubbed the LiveWiRED project, is a cooperative effort between the Junior Red Angus Association of America and the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. The plan is to evaluate the real-world performance of calves compared to their sires’ EPDs for growth and carcass traits. A host of data has been collected on the calves, including DNA profile information, which will be used to generate a complete “genetic trail,” tracking from parental EPDs to progeny DNA and finally the actual performance of those progeny. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 26th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 26th

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Ag Groups Pleased 2018 Farm Bill is Finished

Ag commodity and policy groups across the board are pleased the 2018 Farm Bill is over the finish line. The National Corn Growers Association says it’s pleased farmers can look forward to 2019 with the certainty of a new farm bill in place. An NCGA statement says, “Between depressed commodity prices, record low farm incomes, as well as tariff and trade uncertainty, this is welcome news.” The American Soybean Association is happy with provisions in the bill that maintain the ARC and PLC programs, as well as a strong crop insurance program, funding for Foreign Market Development program, and many of its other priorities. Incoming House Ag Chair Collin Peterson says the new bill provides expanded, affordable risk management options for dairy farmers, as well as permanent, mandatory funding for a host of other valuable programs. The National Cotton Councill says the legislation means the continuation and enhancements of a much-needed safety net, crucial for many producers still dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters in 2018. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says one of the most critical components in the new bill is support for the international promotion of U.S. agricultural products. The American Farm Bureau says the bill improves on risk management programs, invests in research and beginning farmer programs, is budget neutral, and ensures environmental stewardship programs continue to be available.


Ag Broadband Coalition Applauds Connectivity Provision in Farm Bill

The Agricultural Broadband Coalition welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act included in the just-signed 2018 Farm Bill. Coalition co-Chair Nick Tindall says, “U.S. farmers and ranchers are deploying more and more data-driven technologies and solutions in their operation, and their need for reliable broadband connections in the field is intensifying. This important provision highlights this need to expand broadband services, including mobile coverage, to U.S. croplands and ranchlands.” Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau, says bringing together the USDA, the Federal Communications Commission, along with public and private stakeholders to address the needs of precision agriculture ensures current and future generations of farmers and ranchers will have the necessary connectivity to achieve their goals. Brian Cavey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for CoBank says, “Rural communities depend on broadband to keep their businesses competitive in the marketplace. The inclusion of the connectivity provision in the 2018 Farm Bill is an important step towards developing widespread broadband internet access across America’s farmland.”


Ag Groups Insist Agriculture Be Included in EU Trade Deal

A coalition of food and agriculture groups insist that any future trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union include agriculture. The groups also want the agreement to address the EU’s restrictive tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. farm products. Those 53 organizations sent a letter to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. They want the administration to continue stressing to the EU that only a truly comprehensive agreement will be acceptable to the administration and the U.S. Congress. The EU has openly expressed reluctance to include agriculture in any future trade agreement with the U.S. An agreement would require the EU to lift import barriers that protect their farmers and remove regulatory measures that are scientifically unjustified or overly restrictive. Because of those barriers, the U.S. had a trade deficit at nearly $11 billion last year, and it’s only increased over the years. The trade deficit with the EU was $1.8 billion back in 2000.


Perdue Looks Back at USDA Accomplishment in 2018

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue took a look back at a busy year for the USDA and said his agency accomplished a lot of good things for American agriculture. “We fought for American farmers, ranchers, and producers by delivering new and improved trade deals like USMCA and a re-negotiated KORUS agreement, provided trade assistance to farmers because of illegal trade retaliation, and helped our fellow citizens through devastating natural disasters,” Perdue says. “I’m proud to say that every day at USDA we do our best to live by our motto to ‘Do Right and Feed Everyone.’” He says accomplishments include making strides toward reigning in dependence on government assistance by beginning the rule-making process to move more able-bodied adults without dependents off the SNAP program and to self-reliance. USDA also provided a broad range of assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large following Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. Over the past year, the USDA Forest Service treated more than 3.5 million acres to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health through timber sales and prescribed fire. The agency also successfully merged the Agricultural Marketing Service, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, and the Farm Service Agency’s Commodity Operations programs to better meet the needs of farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers, while also improving customer service and maximizing efficiencies.


House Democrats Introduce Bill to Stop ERS, NIFA Moves

The Hagstrom Report calls it a “sign of things to come.” House Democrats introduced a bill designed to stop the Trump Administration’s idea of placing the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service under the USDA chief economist. The bill would also prevent the administration from moving most of the 600-plus employees of the ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Washington metropolitan area. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed the changes based on the idea that they would increase efficiency, be cheaper, and closer to the nation’s farmers and ranchers. A total of 136 different communities responded to a USDA request for expressions of interest in hosting the two agencies. However, multiple research organizations have said the changes would not only disrupt the lives of the employees, but it would also diminish the Ag Department’s status as one of the finest agricultural research institutions in the world. The move would also make it difficult for researchers to interact with other federal agencies. Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill. He says, “Abruptly relocating these agencies and politicizing their leadership will disrupt the important work they are doing and could also cause an unnecessary loss of valuable expertise through possible staffing losses. None of this will be helpful at a time when our farmers are facing retaliatory tariffs and years of declining commodity prices.”


Perdue Announces Site-Selection Criteria for possible ERS, NIFA Location

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the USDA has developed a set of criteria to evaluate the 136 expressions of interest received from groups in 35 states. Those locations are all possible new homes for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service. “We don’t undertake these relocations lightly,” Perdue says.”We’re doing it to improve the performance and services these agencies provide. We’ll be placing those agencies closer to many stakeholders, most of whom live and work far from Washington, D.C.” He says the move will save money for taxpayers and improve the USDA’s ability to retain more employees in the long run. They’ll also increase the probability of attracting highly-qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture. UDA will apply a set of guiding principles, including locations meeting USDA travel requirements, locations with specific labor force statistics, and locations with work hours most compatible with USDA office schedules.


High Hopes for Possible Bioengineered Cannabis

Genetically modified cannabis might turn into a lucrative cash crop someday. Already, scientists are racing each other to sequence the cannabis genome. That would enable producers to highlight desired traits, make the plants less dependent on pesticides, or possibly develop new medical treatment options for cannabis. There aren’t many regulations guiding the budding business sector. That makes things uncertain for both growers and consumers. Modified marijuana is still in the research and development stage, but the products could jump from labs to farms within only a few years. Politico says there is no framework in place for studying the safety risks of biotech cannabis for humans and other plants. Cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, so USDA and FDA can’t regulate the product like they can for other genetically engineered plants. Large agribusiness companies like Bayer and Syngenta aren’t active in the emerging business space yet, leaving startups to dominate the field so far.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



12-24-18 The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Danell & Tabor Kalcevic

The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Danell & Tabor Kalcevic

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 19, 2018 – Women continue to change the face of many industries, including agriculture. Through managing harvests, running the business and implementing new technologies, like: wind power and using RFID in the tracking of dairy cows for instance. Women are on the front lines – feeding our nation and the world. Many may be surprised to learn that women farmers make up 37 percent of Colorado’s producers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture there are 21,443 women farmers in Colorado, who farm more than 13 million acres, making a nearly $285 million impact on the economy. There is a group of women farmers here in Colorado that are dedicated to sharing their personal experiences, science and research to help consumers sort through the growing number of myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming. The BARN is starting a NEW “Women in Agriculture” series spotlighting four Colorado women which include:

Mary Kraft, Jan Kochis as well as a mother & daughter team Danielle & Tabor Kalcevic

They do this important work as volunteers with CommonGround Colorado –www.FindOurCommonGround.com– a national grassroots movement designed to help bridge the gap between the women who grow food and the women who buy it.

The third and final interview within the  BARN’s Women in Ag Series is  Danell & Tabor Kalcevic, a mother/daughter team from Bennet, CO.…

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12-24-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Justin Lewton

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview from December 11th with CALP Class 13 member Justin Lewton

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Justin Lewton

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 24, 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 Justin Lewton…


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!

12-21-18 Secretary Perdue Details USDA Functions in the Event of a Lapse in Federal Funding

Secretary Perdue Details USDA Functions in the Event of a Lapse in Federal Funding

*CORRECTED* WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2018 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available in the event of a lapse in government funding.

“There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide,” said Secretary Perdue.  “Our employees work hard every day to benefit our customers and the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our programs. During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect.”

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12-21-18 Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Forest Management Executive Order

Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Forest Management Executive Order

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2018 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risks. 

Perdue issued the following statement:

“As we’ve seen in Paradise Valley, California, wildfire can have devastating lasting effects on our people and our towns. More than 70,000 communities and 46 million homes are at risk of catastrophic wildfires. Today, based upon the feedback he received from Federal, State, County, and Tribal leaders, the President outlines a shared vision to make our communities safe.  This executive order empowers states and federal land managers to more effectively clear the excessive fuels threatening their homes and businesses.  Along with the authorities passed in the 2018 Omnibus and Farm Bills, Congress can further help this effort by passing legislation that gives the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior the ability to expedite these sorely needed forest treatments before another Paradise Valley-like fire occurs.” Continue reading

12-21-18 PRO 15: New Appointments by Governor Elect Polis

PRO 15: New Appointments by Governor Elect Polis

Congratulations to all of the new appointees. Some of you we know and others we look forward to getting to know and to working with all of you.
Gov.-elect Jared Polis on Friday unveiled his first batch of a dozen cabinet picks, tapping several former lawmakers and federal government officials.
Polis also will keep a couple of cabinet members from the Hickenlooper administration.
Polis’ first dozen picks are split 50/50 among men and women and four of the picks are minorities: three Hispanics and one African-American.
New to the Colorado executive branch:

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