12-14-18 Get registered for the CAA Foundation’s Mile High Auctioneer Open on Jan 26th – Only 30 Entries Accepted!!!

The Colorado Auctioneers Foundation will be hosting the Inaugural Mile High Auctioneer Open championship bid calling contest that will  be held at the Beef Palace Auctioneer Arena during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.



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11-26-18 Mark your Calendars – The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-30-31 in Greeley, CO

2018 CFS Fence Post Breeeders Connection ad half page 112818Mark your Calendars – The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-30-31 in Greeley, CO

The CO Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend The Colorado Farm Show is one of the largest — and oldest — farm shows in the nation at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, within Weld County. Here’s some ag facts to ponder about agriculture in Weld County and Colorado too:

  • According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) data for cash receipts, in 2017 Colorado ranked 22nd nationally for total state cash receipts for all commodities @ $6,781,142,000, representing 1.8% of Cash Receipts for all commodities in the United States.
  • Also, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Total Value of Agricultural Products Sold in Colorado was 7,780,874,000, making Colorado 20th in the nation.
  • And Total Value of Agriculture Products Sold in Weld County was $1,860,718,000, ranking 1st in the Colorado and 9th in the nation.

Making this year’s theme more timely: “If you eat it, drink it or wear it, agriculture produced it!” Continue reading

12-14-18 Colorado Wheat Announces Dates of 2019 County Meetings and Elections

Colorado Wheat Announces Dates of 2019 County Meetings and Elections

Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections jointly sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF). The business meetings and elections will be held January 8-11, 2019, at eight different locations.  Please see the table below, or visit coloradowheat.org for full details. Continue reading

12-14-18 CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Headed to The President’s Desk

CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Headed to The President’s Desk

Dec. 14, 2018 – Earlier this week the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” began its final journey to President Trump’s desk. Monday the House and Senate Agriculture committees and Congressional leadership released the conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill. Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with 87 to 13 votes. Wednesday, the House passed the bill by a vote of 369 to 47 votes. President Trump is expected to sign the bill next week.

The compromise bill brings much needed certainty to producers in Colorado on the heels of what has been a tough year. Colorado Corn Growers Association, applauds Representatives DeGette, Perlmutter, and Tipton for supporting the bill.

“Agriculture is dealing with depressed commodity prices and significant natural disasters that have taken their toll on the bottom line of farming operations across the country,” stated Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) President Dave Eckhardt. “Timely passage will help producers plan for the next five years.”

The following summary of provisions in the bill highlight those of specific interest to grain corn farmers. CCGA Policy Action Team members began working on many of these in 2017 and have spent many miles and hours of their time speaking up for corn farmers in Colorado.

“We strongly advocated for a disaster program in this bill”,” CCGA Policy Chair Dave Cure explained. “We will continue to advocate for a solid disaster program and we believe we will get that accomplished in a reasonable timeframe.”

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12-14-18 NFU Insists Trade Payments Happen Immediately

National Farmers Union Insists Trade Payments Happen Immediately

WASHINGTON – Amidst reports that the White House is delaying the second round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments, National Farmers Union (NFU) is insisting the administration move forward with the payments and develop a long-term solution to mitigate substantial market loss for U.S. farm exports.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in July that it would make available $12 billion in aid for American farmers and ranchers struggling with unsustainably low farm prices due to trade volatility from the administration’s trade war with China. A first round of payments through MFP was announced in August, and information about the second round was expected to be released in early December. USDA contends the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is holding up the payments.

NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the news:


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12-14-18 CSU SEA Extension: Private Pesticide Re-Certification Meetings

CSU SEA Extension: Private Pesticide Re-Certification Meetings

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado. Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices. Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed. Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting. These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam. Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.

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12-14-18 CSU SEA Extension: CSU Offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) Program

CSU SEA Extension: CSU Offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) Program

Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free economic feasibility assessments for Colorado farms interested in learning their cost-benefit for use of solar energy. The Center has already conducted feasibility assessments for 30 irrigated farms and 10 feedlots and has just expanded the program to greenhouses and dairies as well. The Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) program provides estimates of initial costs, ongoing costs, tax implications, energy savings, and incentives as well as a detailed cash flow analysis that producers can use to make a decision about whether or not to pursue solar. Continue reading

12-14-18 ASI Weekly News –  December 14, 2018

ASI Weekly News –  December 14, 2018

Online Registration Open for 2019 ASI Annual Convention

The Crescent City will host the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention for the first time, and we invite you to join us When the Sheep Go Marching In on Jan. 23-26, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott.

Online registration for the convention opened in early November. Click Here to register. The 2019 ASI Annual Convention is shaping up to be one of the best in the association’s 154-year history.

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12-14-18 CPW modifies fees, offers new annual pass option for state park visitors

Colorado Parks and Wildlife modifies fees, offers new annual pass option for state park visitors

Denver — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will modify its state parks entrance fees beginning Jan. 1, 2019 as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 18-143 in May. This is the first increase to park entry fees since 2010. Based on visitor feedback, CPW will also begin offering a hangtag park pass option that will be tied to an individual instead of a vehicle, allowing an individual to use the hangtag when he or she is present in any vehicle of their choice.

The revised fee structure approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission allows the agency to address increased operating costs, provide adequate staffing, and fulfill property maintenance needs to continue providing quality programs and services while managing an increasing number of park users. Ten key goals have been identified for the agency as a result of this increased funding.

 “The additional fees will serve to enhance all aspects of the visitor experience in Colorado’s 41 state parks,” said Margaret Taylor, CPW assistant director for capital, parks and trails. “We are committed to providing a fun, safe and rewarding experience for every visitor. Through funding larger capital projects to smaller on-the-ground programs, these dollars help us better serve both the public and our resources.”

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12-14-18 NMPF Strongly Supports EPA Efforts to Exempt Manure Air Emissions Reporting Under EPCRA

NMPF Strongly Supports EPA Efforts to Exempt Manure Air Emissions Reporting Under EPCRA

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed comments today in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Nov. 14 proposal to exempt manure air emissions reporting from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (ECPRA). Continue reading

12-14-18 USDA Secretary Perdue announced $600M in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America…

USDA Secretary Perdue announced $600M in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America

(Washington, D.C., December 11, 2018) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Answering the Administration’s call to action for rural prosperity, Congress appropriated funds in the fiscal year 2018 budget for this broadband pilot program. USDA Rural Development is the primary agency delivering the program, with assistance from other federal partners.

“High-speed internet e-Connectivity is a necessity, not an amenity, vital for quality of life and economic opportunity, so we hope that today rural communities kick off their rural broadband project planning,” Secretary Perdue said. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA has worked to understand the true needs of rural communities facing this challenge so we can be strong partners to create high-speed, reliable broadband e-Connectivity.” Continue reading

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China Soybean Purchase Larger Than Expected

China is officially buying U.S. soybeans again, which is good news for American agriculture. This week’s purchase amount was one for the record books. A Farm Journal report says the latest U.S. Soybean Export Sales Report from USDA shows that China bought 1,130,000 metric tons of soybeans. To give that amount some perspective, it’s the ninth-largest one-day purchase in ten years. It’s also the biggest Chinese soybean buy in the four years. It’s also the biggest soybean buy of this year, so far. President Trump told Reuters that, “They’re buying tremendous amounts of soybeans. They’re definitely back in the market.” Reuters says it seems to affirm the trade truce that the U.S. and China reached on December 1st. We still don’t know if China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm goods will be dropped as a part of the temporary truce. There’s also no word on whether or not the countries can resolve the longer-term disputes, including forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft within 90 days. That’s when President Trump said additional tariffs will go into effect and the trade war will resume


Ag Groups Applaud Animal Health Provisions in 2018 Farm Bill

The National Pork Producers Council is pleased that the 2018 Farm Bill contains important mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness efforts. The five-year bill includes $120 million in funding for the first four years of the legislation going to animal health and disesase preparedness. At least $5 million a year will go directly to the National Animal Disease Preparedness Program. Money can go to a national disease vaccine bank; to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, which provides disease and diagnostic support; and, through block grants, go to state efforts to prepare for any foreign animal disease outbreak. The Animal Agriculture Coalition is also pleased with the animal health provisions in the farm bill. “Livestock and poultry producers, working together with veterinarians, work hard to ensure the health of the animals they raise,” the coalition says in a statement. “They play a central role in feeding the nation’s families, as well as providing jobs that contribute to economic stability. That’s why producers and veterinarians agree that preventing the impact of devastating animal diseases must be a high priority.” The organization is pleased the bill provides funding for research into animal diseases, as well as the ability to respond if diseases are identified in the nation’s herds and flocks.


Conservation Districts Approve New WOTUS Rule

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency announced rulemaking that includes a new definition of the Waters of the U.S. Rule under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule is designed to revise the definition of WOTUS, in order to make sure the definition matches up with the Trump Administration’s Executive Order issued in February of 2017. Brent Van Dyke is President of the National Association of Conservation Districts. He’s pleased with the work done by the EPA and the Army Corps to address just how complex the definition of jurisdictional waters can be. “Locally-led conservation, including local decision-making, must be at the forefront of these clarification efforts,” he says. “That’s why the NACD has consistently stood against expanding federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.” Van Dyke says they are optimistic the new rule will provide clarity and transparency around current WOTUS regulations and help landowners have a better understanding of exactly what is compliant with the law. The National Association of Conservation Districts says it will continue to work with the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to provide additional input as they complete the review of the proposed rule.


Water Experts Digging Into New WOTUS Proposal

Water experts around the country are looking at the details of the Trump Administration’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. While the outlines are becoming clear, some of those experts tell Politico that there are different directions the administration could go when the final rule comes out next year. In written language before the actual proposal, the administration asks for comments on several specific alternatives. That’s something that might help the administration fight off expected legal challenges to a final rule, especially if it looks quite a bit different from the one proposed this year. The proposal would give protection to streams that flow year-round, as well as intermittent waterways that carry water only at certain times of the year. But the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers ask commenters to weigh in on whether or not the definition should only cover perennial waterways. That would be a much bigger change than what the EPA is currently proposing. The text also asks for comments on whether protection should be given to water features that contribute less than intermittent flow. The proposed rule issued this week would dramatically shrink the number of wetlands protected federally by covering only those that touch or have a direct surface water connection with protected rivers, streams, and lakes.


Grain Sales Top $400 Million at Export Exchange

The National Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis was profitable for the nation’s grain farmers. Grain buyers from 35 countries attended the conference. Those buyers report purchasing roughly $403 million worth of coarse grains and co-products, including dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), as well as feed grains. The biennial event was held in October. Buyers and end-users were polled while they were at the conference, as well as immediately after the conference, on their purchases. In total, conference attendees sold about 2.1 million metric tons of grains and co-products. The sales either took place at the conference or immediately prior to or after. “Bringing buyers and sellers together in this way is crucial to U.S. farmers right now,” says Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. “These sales show that buyers at Export Exchange 2018 were serious about making deals. Considering the international trade climate, we are pleased to see these numbers are holding steady.” Many buyers did admit that their purchasing strategies were more short-term than unusual, due in part to an uncertain relationship between the U.S. and China. However, the buyers also said they valued their long-term partnerships with U.S. suppliers. Those same buyers also report that they are still considering future purchases.


Dicamba Rules Different Between States

The Environmental Protection Agency released its federal labels for three products that contain dicamba back on October 31st. A DTN report says different state-level restrictions are developing in rural states. For example, Arkansas is considering imposing a May 20th cutoff date, as well as requiring large protective buffers for sensitive crops. Indiana and Minnesota both submitted 24(c) special local needs labels to the EPA with proposed cutoff dates of June 20th. South Dakota has submitted a similar 24(c) proposal with a June 30th cutoff date. North Dakota is considering a similar proposal. Other states are said to be considering additional requirements. Some of the proposals include additional record-keeping rules, as well as state-specific application requirements. DTN says EPA approval of the different requirements is not a sure thing. EPA recently told state regulators they don’t want them to submit 24(c) labels to create restrictions in addition to those federal requirements that already exist. The agency’s reasoning is the practice of doing that may not be legally sound. Only four states have said they won’t add any additional requirements to the federal label.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service