01-17-19 CAA: Auctioneers…Want to Win $5000? Auction Time hosting 1st-Ever Mile High Auctioneer Open at 113th NWSS on January 26th

CAA: Auctioneers…Want to Win $5000? Auction Time hosting 1st-Ever Mile High Auctioneer Open at 113th NWSS on January 26th

Would you like to earn $5,000?

Auction Time Mile High Auctioneer Open
will be held during the National Western Stock Show on January 26, 2019.

NO Interview

Top 5 Positions will earn Prize Money.
Limited to 30 Contestants and we’re already more than halfway there!

Click HERE to Register.  See Contest Rules and Scorecard

This event helps the Colorado Auctioneers Foundation raise money for education and scholarships to the members of the Colorado Auctioneers Association.

01-23-19 Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s’ Association (CCA) gather twice a year to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion.

This year’s Mid-Winter Conference, held on January 21-23 in Denver, focused on agriculture-related issues that will be addressed during the 2019 session of Colorado’s General Assembly.  Committee meetings were also held during the conference, which help establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics impacting Colorado’s beef industry.  “CCA members across Colorado represent the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and act as leading advocates for our industry,” said Mike Hogue, President of CCA.  “The opportunity for our diverse and broad membership to meet and discuss issues and engage in policy is a core purpose of this organization,” continued Hogue.
CCA Foundation Banquet

On Tuesday evening, January 22nd during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Banquet, awards were presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry: Continue reading

12-31-18 Check out the 2019 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure online…

Mark your Calendars!

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

The Colorado Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Farm Show. This 55th Annual event is one of the largest – and oldest – farm shows in the nation. The 3-day show will be held January 29, 30 & 31, 2019 at the Island Grove Regional Park, Weld County in Greeley, Colorado.

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 55th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 29-31, 2019, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

Here are some ag facts to ponder about agriculture in Colorado and our host location of Weld County: Continue reading

01-07-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company Present a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 55th CO Farm Show!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CYFEA…


cyfea traactor hours auction logo update 1-14-19SAVE THE DATE!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 @ 12:00PM

*UPDATED – 01/14/19*

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 2019 CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, to be held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All proceeds will benefit the CYFEA’s Academic Scholarship Program, which annually awards one scholarship each for a Colorado college bound freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student who is majoring in the field of agriculture.

A total of 150 tractor hours are being sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  The CYFEA will sell six, 25 hour blocks, and you can bid on just one block or a combination of several of the total hours. Auctioneers Miller Associates will be calling this exciting event.  In addition to live bidding, There will be phone bidding available, but you must register with the CYFEA before January 31st. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Grain Elevator

Greeley, CO Wed Jan 23, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.02-5.20 5 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.94 steady
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031

50th CYFEA State Institute Feb 7-9 in Durango…REGISTER NOW!


The Strater Hotel, in Durango, CO

FEBRUARY 7 – 9, 2019

 The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s 2019 State Institute is only two weeks away!  This annual gathering of the young and young at heart CYFEA Chapter membership, beginning and established farmers, agricultural enthusiasts, and CYFEA supporters will be held at the historic Strater Hotel in downtown Durango.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 23rd

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 23rd

USDA to Reopen Farm Service Agency Offices Nationwide

The Department of Agriculture will soon reopen Farm Service Agency offices nationwide. USDA has temporarily recalled all of the more than 9,700 FSA employees to keep offices open from 8 am to 4:30 pm weekdays beginning January 24th. However, operations will slim to just three days a week next starting February 8th. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday afternoon announced the plan as an effort to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Select FSA offices were previously opened for a three-day period offering limited services to farmers. The list of services offered during the period includes the Market Facilitation Program, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, and the Dairy Margin Protection Program, among others. Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14th. The original deadline had been January 15th.


EU Doesn’t Include Ag in Trade Goals for U.S. Agreements

In a list of goals last week, the European Union left out agriculture for its upcoming negotiations with the United States. An expected move, the action starts the talks off on a sour note as agriculture was one of the objectives for the United States. The Trump Administration goals included a desire to “secure comprehensive market access for U.S. agricultural goods by eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers for farm goods,” according to Politico. A deal without agriculture has little U.S. support from lawmakers. Also last week, U.S. Representative Roger Marshal of Kansas said in an editorial that if agriculture isn’t in the deal, he and other in Congress “will not consider it or support it.” In the editorial, Marshall urged the Trump Administration to continue to fight for farmers in the trade negotiations. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. domestic exports of agricultural products to the EU totaled $11.5 billion in 2016.

FDA Considers Calling Back More Inspectors

The Food and Drug Administration is considering calling back more furloughed workers to help with inspections of high-risk foods. The FDA last week said it would restart inspections of high-risk foods that had been stopped due to the federal government shutdown. Over the weekend, Gottlieb took to Twitter to say, “more staff could be on the way depending on needs.” He says the FDA has called back about 100 investigators and 35 supervisors for high-risk food inspections. Among the foods the FDA considers high risk are seafood, select dairy products, unpasteurized juices, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, shell eggs, sandwiches, prepared salads and infant formula. Meanwhile, The National Pork Producers Federation reminded the nation over the weekend that federal meat inspectors are working in meat packing plants despite the government shutdown. NPPC and other livestock groups a year ago urged USDA to deem inspectors as essential employees, because without inspectors, “meat and poultry processing plants are prohibited by law from operating.”

AFIA Refutes LANCET Study

In response to a new report launched by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, The American Feed Industry Association calls the report “yet another organized attack on animal agriculture.” A statement released by AFIA says the report is not reflective of the current and accurate science on the industry’s substantial sustainability advances. AFIA’s President and CEO Joel G. Newman says the report’s calls to “return to primarily an ‘agrarian lifestyle’ will undo years of research and innovation, while likely keeping nutritious and high-quality protein and dairy products out of the hands of the people who need them the most.” The 50-page report advises consumers to drastically reduce their meat and dairy consumption for their health and for the good of the planet. It plans to promote the report vigorously over the next month.

Pork Brought to Australia Confirmed to Contain ASF

Officials in Australia say six pork products brought to the nation’s airports have tested positive for African swine fever. The testing was done through routine border checks at Australian airports and mail processing centers as they were about to enter the country. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that two weeks of testing by the Australian Animal Health Laboratory uncovered six pork products among 152 seized and tested that were contaminated with the ASF virus. The detection does not change Australia’s ASF-free status, but does serve as a warning that “the threat of ASF spreading to Australia remains serious.” Australia has an estimated 2,500 pig farmers and 36,000 pork supply chain workers. African swine fever outbreaks in China, meanwhile, have reached 24 provinces and have resulted in the culling of more than 900,000 pigs since late last summer.

USDA Confirms Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Utah

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Utah. USDA says this is the first case of Newcastle disease in the state. The case is believed to be connected to the current outbreak of Newcastle disease in California, as three of the birds at the premises were recently moved to Utah from Los Angeles County, California.  Since May of 2018, 299 cases of Newcastle disease have been confirmed in Southern California, primarily in backyard exhibition birds. Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern.  However, the disease is a contagious and is a fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs. A death rate of almost 100 percent can occur in unvaccinated poultry flocks.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-22-19 CFB ALERT: Colorado Ag Commissioner Hearing on Jan 24th

CFB ALERT: Colorado Ag Commissioner Hearing on Jan 24th

The Governor was sworn in a few weeks ago and the legislature is working through the hearings for cabinet-level positions. Up next for review is Kate Greenburg, appointee for Commissioner of Agriculture whose hearing will be held this week.

Her hearing will take place Thursday, January 24 at 1:30 p.m. All committee hearings are broadcast live from the Capitol on the website.

Click here to listen to the hearing on Thursday.


01-22-19 CLA: ‘Thank You’ to Don Brown for his Service to Colorado Agriculture

CLA: ‘Thank You’ to Don Brown for his Service to Colorado Agriculture

Following any state election there are many changes that take place. One such change occurring after the most recent election is the appointment of a new Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. Continue reading

01-22-19 The 113th NWSS Enters Final Week with Strong Attendance

The 113th NWSS Enters Final Week with Strong Attendance
DENVER, CO – The 113th National Western Stock Show enters the final week of show with strong attendance numbers during the first ten days. Since the doors opened on January 12th, more than 447,119 guests have visited the historic grounds. This number marks the second highest attendance through the first ten days of stock show. The record attendance for the first ten days was set in 2006 with 448,202 guests during the 100th anniversary.
“We work hard all year-long to ensure there is plenty to see, do and memories to make during the best sixteen days in January,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President & CEO. “The success of our show depends on our guests and we are excited to have had so many join us already this year.”

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01-22-19 CSU Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

CSU Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

Denver, Colo. – Colorado State University will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium on March 13-14, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies, to convene diverse experts and thought leaders to highlight solutions and collaborate on one of the greatest global issues: water.

The inaugural Symposium in 2018 sold out with 35 speakers from across the country and more than 400 diverse water stakeholders, ranging from recreation and environment to business and agriculture.

“Colorado State University is in the perfect position to act as a convener around the issue of water,” said former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, an advisor to CSU on the National Western Center project in north Denver. “As we focus on solutions and problem-solving around water issues at this event, we want everyone at the table to be part of this critical conversation for an issue that impacts everyone, regardless of where they live.” Continue reading

01-22-19 Tom Vilsack Highlights Exports at Dairy MAX Board Meeting

Tom Vilsack Highlights Exports at Dairy MAX Board Meeting   

Written by: Marty McKinzie on 01/17/2019

Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack shared his expertise and commitment to the dairy industry at a recent Dairy MAX board of directors meeting. Now serving as president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of global promotion and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. He works with industry leaders to develop strategies for building sales and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. Continue reading

01-22-19 Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program announces 14th class of Fellows to join program

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP…

Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program announces 14th class of Fellows to join program

Cortez, Colo. January 15, 2019 — 19 applicants were selected to partake in the 14th Class of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program. Applicants were required to fill out a written application and pass an oral interview to be accepted into the program… Continue reading

01-22-19 NFU SPECIAL ALERT: FSA Offices to Reopen, Provide Select Services Amidst Government Shutdown

NFU SPECIAL ALERT: FSA Offices to Reopen, Provide Select Services Amidst Government Shutdown

Dear National Farmers Union members,

As you are well aware, a lapse in funding has caused a government shutdown affecting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and several other federal agencies. Among other consequences, this has shuttered the doors of your county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices.

Today, USDA announced that all county FSA offices will reopen on Thursday, January 24 to provide select services. For the first two full weeks under this operating plan (January 28 through February 1 and February 4 through February 8), FSA offices will be open Mondays through Fridays during normal business hours. In subsequent weeks, offices will be open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, if needed to provide the additional administrative services.

Please read further to find out what services your county FSA offices will provide: Continue reading

01-22-19 USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

(Washington, D.C., January 22, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since January 17, and will continue to do so through January 23.  Beginning January 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.

Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14.  The original deadline had been January 15.  Other program deadlines may be modified and will be announced as they are addressed.

“At President Trump’s direction, we have been working to alleviate the effects of the lapse in federal funding as best we can, and we are happy to announce the reopening of FSA offices for certain services,” Perdue said.  “The FSA provides vital support for farmers and ranchers and they count on those services being available.  We want to offer as much assistance as possible until the partial government shutdown is resolved.” Continue reading

01-22-19 Livestock Marketeers Induct Three into Hall of Fame

Livestock Marketeers Induct Three into Hall of Fame

DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders met for their 54th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 19th. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, Executive Vice President of the American-International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall
of Fame inductee.

The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Continue reading

01-22-19 Rippey Named Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year

The American Gelbvieh Association named Gale Rippey of Rippey Farm the AGA Commercial Producer of the Year for 2018. Gale Rippey (middle) stands with his wife Gena (left) after receiving the award presented by Doug Hughes (right), AGA member and friend.

Rippey Named Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year

Gale Rippey, Rippey Farm, Galax, Virginia, was honored as the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) Commercial Producer of the Year for 2018 during the awards banquet held at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading

01-22-19 CDA: Colorado Agriculture Shines in Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize
“Caught in the Middle”
Caleigh Payne, Alamosa, CO
Photo Taken in Rio Grande National Forest, CO

CDA: Colorado Agriculture Shines in Photo Contest Winners

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural landscapes provide a picturesque backdrop for photographers across the state.  From crops blowing in the breeze and a cowboy moving sheep to aerial views of fields and bright sunflowers, winning entries in the 21st annual “Colorado…it’s Agricultural” Photography Contest make Colorado agriculture shine.
“Judges had their work cut out for them this year, with nearly 160 entries submitted,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  “We received photographs from across the state, showcasing the diversity of Colorado agriculture.”

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01-22-19 NMPF: Survey…Only 1-in-5 Consumers Think Plant-Based Imitators Should be Called Milk

NMPF: Survey…Only 1-in-5 Consumers Think Plant-Based Imitators Should be Called Milk3g

ARLINGTON, Va. – With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milks ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being appropriated by fake-milk producers, as well as confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters.

The national survey conducted by IPSOS, a global market research and consulting firm, found: Continue reading

01-22-19 Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference

Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference

Tech Pitch Finalists Announced

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to have keynoter Dr. Stephanie Mercier bring attendees the latest developments on agricultural trade and unpack elements of the 2018 farm bill impacting produce growers during its fifth annual conference. Her address will be in the morning of the second day of the conference on Feb. 26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Mercier is a senior fellow at the Farm Journal Foundation, who served from 1997 to 2011 as chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Democratic staff. Prior to this she was team leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Trade Policy and Programs within the Economic Research Service.
“The CFVGA conference is just a few days before the end of the 90-day ‘cooling off’ period agreed to by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Li JinPing last year to put a temporary halt to the U.S.-China trade war,” said Mercier. “We should have a pretty good idea by then if the Chinese are willing to concede to any of the president’s demands on protection of intellectual property rights and other trade-related matters.”