01-31-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosted 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!

*UPDATED – 01/14/19*

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 55th CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, was held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All the 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 were sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  The CYFEA will sold seven, 25 hour blocks. On Thursday January 31st, several bidders participated in this fun and useful 2019 CYFEA fund raising event which raised $14,100 from 5 bidders. Auctioneers Miller Associates called this exciting event. Continue reading



DENVER – The American Sheep Industry Association’s 2019 Annual Convention marched into New Orleans Jan. 23-26 and marched out with new officers and a revamped executive board to lead the industry through the challenges of the new year.
Benny Cox of San Angelo, Texas, was elected president to succeed Mike Corn of New Mexico. Cox started his career in the livestock industry in the late 1960s with his employment at Producers Livestock Company while attending high school in San Angelo and then earning his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics in 1975 at Angelo State University. Today, he remains employed at Producers as the sheep and goat sales manager. His personal involvement in sheep – whether it be in production, feeding or trading – has lasted more than 35 years. Cox is a past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association and has been a member of ASI’s Lamb Council.

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01-31-19 Don’t Miss the Final Day of The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show!

Don’t Miss the Final Day of The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is well underway at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colorado. The great weather has seen over 20,000 attendees experiencing the 300 Agricultural Exhibitors and the 35+ Free Educational Seminars, in the first two days. Don’t miss out on Day 3, January 31, 2019 where we will spotlight Ag Outlook & Strategy, Ag Energy, Sheep Day, Equine Day and Colorado Ag Education Day. Highlights for day 3 also include the “Tractor Hours” Live Auction presented by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association (CYFEA) and 4Rivers Equipment.  There will be 6 lots of 25 hours each auctioned off to benefit the CYFEA Academic Scholarship Program. Capping off the Colorado Farm Show is the 2019 Gun Raffle, where tickets are only $5 for a chance to win. Our special Thanks to Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply of Greeley for the 357 Mag Henry Big Boy Classic and the 22 Mag Golden Boy. We can’t wait to see you there!

01-31-19 DALC: In Memory of Harry Counsil…

The DALC is sorry to let you know that longtime-DALC member Harry Counsil passed away on January 9. His funeral was January 15.


The DALC will be memorializing Harry and also Darrell Anderson with additional $250 scholarships for two teachers to attend the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s Summer Institute.

If you would like to send a card to Darlene, her address is:

Darlene Counsil

9 Carla Circle

Broomfield, CO 80020

DALC: In Memory of Harry Counsil…

September 16th, 1927 — January 9th, 2019

Harry Ellis Counsil died at home in Broomfield, Colorado on January 9, 2019.  He was 91 years old.  His mother and father, Owen and Neva Counsil, left Oklahoma in the year 1916 and moved to Kim, Colorado to obtain a farm under the Homestead Act.  Harry Counsil writes in a series of vignettes he penned in retirement that the following 15 years were, “Relatively prosperous.”  The dugout, a cellar like structure vividly rendered in Willa Cather’s classic post World War 1 immigrant novel My Antonia, that the Counsil’s built after they claimed their farm was replaced with a log cabin and there Neve Counsil bore six children—Effie Ellen in 1918, Herman Joe in 1921, and Owen Chester in 1923. A second story was added and Elton Carlos was born in 1925, Harry Ellis in 1927, and Vera Fay in 1932.  On July 7,1937 farming, family life, and friends of the Counsil’s as well as most of the rest of the country was forever changed by events beyond their control.  Namely the stock market crash and the dust bowl combined to usher in the Great Depression.  Continue reading

01-31-19 NCGA Announces Winners of the Fields-Of-Corn Photo Contest – Congratulations Ryan Kanode!

NCGA Announces Winners of the Fields-Of-Corn Photo Contest – Congratulations Ryan Kanode!

It was a record-breaking year for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. More than 590 images were submitted for judging in the 2018 contest.
In total, 25 prizes were awarded, representing photographers from 16 states. This year’s grand prize photo was submitted by Ryan Kanode from Colorado with the photo titled “Golden.”
“Every year it gets harder and harder to judge the photos as the quality and quantity continues to grow,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove. “One of the things the judging committee loved about Ryan’s photo is that it represented part of the story of agriculture that we typically don’t see captured in photography. This photograph could have a variety of different meanings to it, depending on who is viewing it. For some, it signals the last load being delivered and the end of the season. For others, it could represent the beginning of harvest. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 31st

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U.S., China Begin Two Days of Talks

Wednesday was the first of two days that the U.S. and China would be face-to-face for high-level talks aimed at ending the trade war between the two countries. A Bloomberg article says the dispute is starting to cast a growing shadow over the two largest economies in the world. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) tells the Fox Business Network that he expects significant progress in the talks this week. Bloomberg says administration officials and others close to the talks say there are still several big issues that the countries remain far apart on. Sources also tell Bloomberg that U.S. officials are still working through an internal debate on how to proceed from this point forward and are ill-prepared for the talks. This week’s negotiations come after a period of turmoil in markets that has left both governments wanting to be able to point out progress and settle the nerves of worried investors. U.S. demands still include structural reforms in Chinese economic policy and America still wants concessions on issues like intellectual property. The talks will also cover Beijing’s recent pledge to buy more American goods, including large amounts of agricultural products. Sources familiar with the discussions say that President Donald Trump appears to want to strike a deal soon.


Peterson Says Farm Bill “Is What It Is”

House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson says he’s worried the new farm bill won’t be able to provide adequate benefits to U.S. agriculture. While he admitted to those worries on Monday, he also said, “It is what it is.” The Hagstrom Report says Peterson first expressed those same concerns in December, just before the bill passed through Congress. At that time, Peterson said his specific concern was that the benefits wouldn’t be generous enough for farmers during a period of low commodity prices compounded by trade conflicts. Peterson also says bankers are telling him they are also “concerned,” but he also said agriculture is “going to have to live with it.” While farmers were able to overcome the problem of low prices thanks to big crops, Peterson said that farmers in part of his district weren’t able to do that because of poor crops. The House Ag Chair says he believes the new dairy provisions in the bill are “adequate.” Peterson also discussed climate change this week, saying he would consider the issue “if anyone comes up with effective ideas.” He also discussed biofuels policy, noting that agriculture had allied with environmentalists to write legislation on biofuels and ethanol. However, because cellulosic ethanol hasn’t taken off, environmental support for biofuels has diminished.   


U.S. Dairy Fears Losing Japanese Market

The U.S. dairy sector is worried about access to the lucrative Japan market. Dairy groups and officials are sending a brand-new, industry-funded study to President Donald Trump, administration officials, and to members of Congress. Politico says the study stresses the need for expanding market access overseas. The report points out that the U.S. is the only major dairy-exporting country not included in one of two new trade deals with Japan. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Dairy Export Council and conducted by a Tokyo-based consulting company. The new report projects export losses for the U.S. dairy sector of up to $1.3 billion within 10 years because countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Germany all have better terms under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as a new economic partnership with the European Union. The Dairy Export Council is also concerned that a potential trade agreement with Japan may get lost in the shuffle of other trade agreements. The White House is placing a higher priority on getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement through Congress, where it’s expected to face opposition by members of both major political parties.


Global Feed Production Climbs Three Percent in 2018

The Alltech Global Feed Survey came out this week and showed that international feed tonnage grew by three percent in 2018. The total of 1.103 billion metric tons topped the 1 billion-mark for a third-straight year. The eighth annual survey covers 144 countries and 30,000 feed mills. The global feed industry is 14 percent larger than it was five years ago. The eight biggest producers include China, the United States, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. Together, these eight produce more than half of the world’s feed production and contain 59 percent of the world’s feed mills. Predominant growth came from the layer, broiler, and dairy feed sectors. Specific region results show that North America saw steady growth of more than two percent last year, with beef and broilers leading the growth at three percent each. The U.S. remained the second-largest feed producer in the world, behind only China. North America has the lowest feed prices in the world across all species. Elsewhere, Latin America was relatively stagnant last year while the European Union grew four percent. Africa continued a strong growth pattern with a five percent increase in feed production.


Pork Producers Readying for Possible African Swine Fever in the U.S.

Many industry experts say it’s a “when not if situation” in terms of African Swine Fever reaching U.S. soil. Pork producers at the recent Illinois Pork Expo all agreed that ASF hitting the U.S. would be a disaster. Mike Haag is a past president of the National Pork Producers Council who says the U.S. pork industry is being proactive on keeping the virus out of American pork herds. “At this point, ASF in other countries has benefitted our industry from a demand standpoint,” he says. “However, if it does come to America it’ll be just the opposite. It will be devastating.” Illinois pig farmer Derek Dunkirk says he doesn’t think ASF in America is inevitable because America does a pretty good job with biosecurity. The Illinois Pork Producers message to their members at the Illinois Expo included preparedness. While it’s important to implement solid biosecurity protocols, Haag told producers it’s also vital to make sure their premise ID numbers are correct. “Make sure your addresses and barn locations are correct,” Haag says. “If the industry does ever get shut down by a foreign animal disease, it’s vital to have the correct information because that’s how all livestock will move through a state.”


Crappie Masters Fishing Tournament Educates Boaters on Ethanol

The 2019 Crappie (CROP-pee) Masters Fishing Tournament Trail is underway and the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association are co-sponsors. The first of 16 tournaments begin this weekend in Florida. Crappie Masters President Mike Valentine says they’re very happy to have the Renewable Fuels Association back as a co-sponsor. “We’ve done significant education outreach to the boating community on the benefits of 10 percent ethanol blends, and we’ve also helped push back against misinformation surrounding E15,” Valentine says. “Every Crappie Masters Tournament winning team has used E10 in their boats safely and with no reported engine problems.” Valentine says they plan to continue to work at dispelling myths propagated by ethanol’s opponents, and to support homegrown, environmentally-friendly ethanol as a great choice for the boating community. Robert White, VP of Industry Relations for the RFA, says, “Thanks to our partnership with Crappie Masters, with each passing year, more and more boaters learn about the benefits of clean, lower-priced, higher-octane ethanol. 10 percent ethanol has been used in all types of marine engines and the fuel blend has been approved for all marine engine manufacturers for the better part of 30 years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-30-19 ICYMI: 55th CO Farm Show Beef Day Audio Available Online Inside The BARN

55th CO Farm Show Beef Day Audio

Sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment

Tuesday, January 29, 2019…9:00 am – 3:15pm MT

Events Center Room A

“Ranching for Business”

Emcee – Brian Allmer, The BARN

AUDIO to be posted later this week below for each of the following presentations/speakers

“Colorado Beef Council – Hot Topic Update” featuring Nita Howard, Manager, Compliance/Accounting


“Colorado Brand Board – Hot Topic Update” featuring Chris Whitney, Brand Commissioner, CO Department of Agriculture


“FMCSA Farm & Ag Update” featuring CO State Patrol Trooper Monty Kinder, CSP Motor Carrier Safety Unit


“Livestock Market Update & Outlook” featuring Jim Robb, Director, Senior Economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center


Comments from Ben Berlinger, NRCS-CO Rangeland Specialist


“Adding Value to Beef Production” featuring Hannah Garrett,Diamond Peak Cattle Company of Burns, WY


Comments from Dr Charlie Davis, CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories


“Key Performance Indicators – Targets for Cow-Calf Operations” featuring Dave Pratt, CEO, Ranch Management Consultants of Fairfield, CA


Audio courtesy of the Colorado Farm Show Beef Committee & provided by The BARN

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 30th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 30th

Peterson Preparing for Possible Second Shutdown

House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson is trying to get out in front of another possible government shutdown. The first government shutdown temporarily shuttered Farm Service Agency offices across the country. Politico says Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, is exploring possible ways to keep the FSA running in case government leaders can’t come to a budget agreement. Peterson says he didn’t know that agency staff in charge of getting the mandatory farm bill programs up and running didn’t get to continue working on that during the funding lapse. Peterson is also trying to figure out if it’s possible to get arrangements in place for certain FSA workers to remain on the job during a potential shutdown. Peterson says farmers were asking him, “What’s going on? NRCS offices are open but FSA isn’t?” He was referring to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which was able to keep full staffing during the partial government shutdown, thanks to leftover money from fiscal 2018. “That’s hard to explain,” says Peterson.


EU Biodiesel Market Now Open to U.S. Soybeans

The European Commission made a couple of announcements important to U.S. soybean farmers. Conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production now meet European Union standards. Also, biodiesel produced from U.S. soybeans can now be used in the EU. The European Union requires biofuels to meet a set of sustainability criteria outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive. The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline called the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol. With this week’s announcement, the EU formally acknowledges that the SSAP meets its rigorous sustainability requirements. Davie Stephens, a Kentucky soybean grower and American Soybean Association President, says, “U.S. farmers have long prided themselves on adopting newer and better methods for producing high-quality soybeans that are grown responsibly and sustainably. We’re pleased that the EU Commission has recognized our efforts by opening the door for SSAP-certified soybeans to be used in EU biodiesel.” The United States is the leading soybean supplier to the EU. While this announcement only applies to soybeans exported specifically for biodiesel production, the ASA sees this as a positive step toward enhancing its share in the EU marketplace. The EU’s decision will be in place until at least July 1 of 2021.


Critical Dairy Insurance Policy Now Available

Sales are once again underway for the Dairy Revenue Protection policy, offered through the federal crop insurance program. The policy, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, had been put on hold during the partial government shutdown. Dairy Revenue Protection is designed to insure against unexpected declines in the quarterly revenue from milk sales relative to a guaranteed coverage level. The potential revenue is based on the futures prices for milk and dairy commodities and the amount of covered milk production that’s chosen by the producer. The covered milk production is then indexed to the state or region where the dairy producer is located. Producers can find more information on the Risk Management Agency’s website. Sales of the Livestock Risk Protection Policy has also resumed. It’s designed to insure against declining market prices. Producers have a variety of coverage options and insurance time periods to choose from.


NPPC Urges U.S., China to Resolve Differences

As Chinese officials are in Washington, D.C. this week for trade negotiations, the National Pork Producers Council is urging the two countries to resolve their differences quickly. A Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com article says the NPPC is also asking China to purchase a minimum of $3.5 billion in pork products over the next five years. China is the world’s number one pork consumer. That fact has made it a top destination for U.S. pork exports for the last several years. In 2017, the U.S. pork industry shipped $1.1 billion worth of product there, which made it number three on the list of the top pork export destinations. Industry experts say pork represents approximately 15 percent of China’s Consumer Price Index and could almost singlehandedly make a large dent in the U.S.-China trade imbalance. NPPC President Jim Heimerl says China has been a “tremendous market” for U.S. pork. “Without numerous trade barriers, they would likely be our number one export market,” Heimerl says. “Even without the preexisting barriers on U.S. pork, the 50-percent punitive tariffs have slowed our exports to a trickle.” U.S. pork producers now face tariffs of 62 percent on exports to China. An Iowa State University report says producers have lost $8 per hog, or more than $1 billion on an annualized basis, because of the 50 percent punitive tariffs.


Judge Allows Controversial Evidence in Roundup Trials

A federal judge in San Francisco overseeing lawsuits against Bayer AG’s Roundup weed killer tentatively allowed controversial pieces of evidence in the first phase of the latest trials. A Reuters article says the U.S. District Judge called his decision “probably most disappointing for Monsanto,” the Bayer subsidiary that manufactures Roundup. The company continues to deny the allegations that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, causes cancer. Monsanto also says decades of independent studies have shown the chemical is safe for human use. With the judge’s decision, plaintiffs can now introduce some evidence of Monsanto’s alleged attempts to ghostwrite studies and influence the findings of scientists and regulators. In his decision, the judge said, “documents showing the company taking a position on the science or a study introduced during the first phase were super-relevant.” Monsanto had argued that much of the evidence was a “sideshow” that would distract jurors from the scientific evidence. Plaintiff’s lawyers contend that some evidence of corporate misconduct was without a doubt linked to their scientific claims of product safety. On Monday, the judge appeared to agree, saying it was difficult to draw the line between scientific evidence and allegations of corporate misconduct. He also questioned whether it would be fair if the jury didn’t get to hear about the company’s alleged attempts to influence scientists.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 29th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 29th

Opening of Government Brings Much Needed USDA Reports

The Department of Agriculture did not supply more than 60 reports during the government shutdown and will supply much of that data next month. USDA announced Monday many reports, including final production reports for 2018 will be published on February 8th, the same date of the February World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. However, American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh says some of the data “will never be available.” For example, the January World Agriculture Supply and Demand report will never be published, but some of the data will be rolled into the February report. Many market analysts warn to watch for a glut of data from USDA that could shock the market over the next few weeks as markets had previously relied on privately reported data during the shutdown, but USDA reports are often considered a benchmark in reporting.

EPA Will Complete E15 Rule by Summer

The Environmental Protection Agency says the now-ended government shutdown will not delay rules to allow year-round E15 sales. The EPA intends to finalize the rules in time for the summer driving season. An EPA official told Reuters, “I still think we can get the rule done in time and what I mean by that is get the rule in place by start of the summertime.” The government shutdown prompted worry that the rule may not be finished in time for the summer driving season. The Renewable Fuels Association this month called similar comments made by Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler encouraging. However, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper says the EPA “would greatly improve its chances of getting the regulatory fix done before summer” if the agency separated the year-round E15 provisions from so-called ‘RIN reform’ provisions also being considered as part of the rulemaking package.

China Officials in D.C. for Trade Talks

The U.S. and China are holding trade talks in Washington, D.C. this week as the two nations work to end a trade war. Chinese officials will meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for two days of talks starting Wednesday. Bloomberg News reports the talks will build on discussions that have focused on everything from how many U.S. soybeans China buys to the subsidies Beijing gives its state-owned companies. There is little expectation of a final deal being announced this week, but the talks seem likely to yield a package of proposals that inch closer to a final agreement. There is a little more than a month to work out the details, as President Trump gave China until March 1 to work out a deal on “structural changes.” If the talks fail, Trump has threatened to raise the tariff rate on $200 billion of Chinese imports if the talks don’t succeed.

Secretary Perdue Selects Three Senior Leaders at USDA

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday named three appointments to Department leadership positions. Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as deputy undersecretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as deputy assistant secretary for civil rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as deputy undersecretary for research, education, and economics. These positions do not require Senate confirmation. The trio was nominated for Senate-confirmed USDA positions by President Trump, but the nominations expired without receiving confirmation votes by the end of the 115th Congress. Perdue notes all three received bipartisan support from the Senate Agriculture Committee and that President Trump has resubmitted their nominations to the Senate in the 116th Congress. The three have been re-nominated for more senior roles than the ones Perdue selected them to fill in their respective mission areas at USDA. Dr. Brashears was nominated for undersecretary for food safety; Earp was nominated for assistant secretary for civil rights; and Dr. Hutchins was nominated for undersecretary for research, education, and economics.

Secretary Perdue to Address NCBA Friday

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will speak at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show February  1, 2019. Perdue will give his remarks at the Closing General Session of the event, being held this week at the New Orleans Convention Center. He will address the farm bill, trade and other issues affecting U.S. agriculture. The convention is the largest gathering of cattle industry professionals in the country, and the NCBA Trade Show will feature more than 350 exhibitors. NCBA President and California cattleman Kevin Kester says the industry is honored to host Secretary Perdue at the convention. Noting the many issues facing agriculture today, Kester says “It’s great that Secretary Perdue will share his thoughts and his agency’s plans with us.” The annual meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National CattleWomen, CattleFax and National Cattlemen’s Foundation will also be held during the event this week.

AEM Celebrating 125 Years

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers officially kicked off its year-long 125th anniversary celebration. AEM chair John Laegmann of John Deere says that for now 125 years, member companies of  AEM “take off their proverbial competitive hats and work together on key issues for the betterment of the industry.”AEM, the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, provides business development resources to advance the industry in the global marketplace. Its member companies manufacture and market a wide variety of equipment, from large earthmovers and agricultural equipment to smaller hand-held, portable and walk-behind machinery. Through the celebration, each month, AEM will feature an interview with one of its volunteer leaders, culminating at the AEM annual conference in November. AEM’s roots began in 1894, when the precursor of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute formed with three members, John Deere, CNHi and AGCO/Massey-Ferguson.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-28-19 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference & Trade Fair is Feb 5-6-7 in Monte Vista, CO

CLICK HERE to learn more and to get registered

Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference & Trade Fair is Feb 5-6-7 in Monte Vista, CO

BRIGGSDALE, CO – January 28, 2019 – The Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference & Trade Fair is slated for Feb 5-6-7 in Monte Vista, CO. Joining the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss the event in much more detail is Tyler Thompson, CSU/San Luis Valley Research Station Manager



01-29-19 Colorado USDA Rural Development is open for business

Colorado USDA Rural Development is open for business

We now have an enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 continuing resolution that provides short-term funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development. As we begin an orderly start-up of our loan and grant activities for FY 2019, we thank you for your patience and support during the period in which our services were unavailable. Continue reading

01-28-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Western Dairy Management Conference Feb 25-28 in Reno, Nevada

Genomic Revolution: The Next 10 Years

Monday, February 25, 2019 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

2707 S Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502

The past decade – the genomic revolution – has forever changed dairy cow performance and herd management. As we focus- forward to how U.S. dairy will transform and adapt in an ever-changing environment, there are important questions to ask and answer. What is the next frontier for genomics and dairy data utilization? How will U.S. cattle breeding advance to a new level of global leadership?
Many collaborative and inquisitive minds are imperative. To share your voice in this important conversation, join CDCB in Reno. Register at http://www.wdmc.org.


01-28-19 High Plains No-Till Conference to offer crop adviser and applicator credits

High Plains No-Till Conference to offer crop adviser and applicator credits

KIT CARSON, CO – Jan. 28, 2019 – Thirty-one sessions at the High Plains No-Till Conference in Burlington, Colorado have been approved for certified crop adviser credits. Ten of those sessions will also offer continuing education credits for licensed qualified supervisors, certified operators, and private applicators.
Scheduled for Feb. 5-6, the event will take place at the Community and Education Center. In addition to a trade show and outdoor equipment display, breakout sessions will be presented on an assortment of subjects, including the 2018 Farm Bill, soil health, regenerative grazing, farm profitability, and technology. Farmers will also share their first-hand experience with no-till and other conservation methods on producer panels dedicated to both dryland and irrigated production.
“We’re excited about the lineup we have for this year,” said Joni Mitchek, coordinator for the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association. “There will be a great variety of topics, which allows us to offer quite a few education credits as well.”

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01-28-19 Registration Now Open for the Pork Management Conference

Registration Now Open for the Pork Management Conference

Checkoff event provides platform for experts to discuss future of
the U.S. pork industry

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 28, 2019 – The National Pork Board will host its annual Pork Management Conference, April 16-19, in Nashville, Tennessee. At the annual conference, a diverse set of experts from across the country will address business trends and challenges facing the U.S. pork industry. Through presentations, breakout sessions and networking, attendees will gain important insight on the pork industry and its challenges along with learning more about financial management practices to improve the performance and efficiency of pig farming.

“The Pork Management Conference continues to be an important event for pork producers,” said Emily Erickson, chair of the Pork Checkoff’s Producer and State Services Committee and a pig farmer from Jackson, Minnesota. “It is exciting to have a great line up of guest presenters and industry experts who will provide valuable knowledge and insight for our producers and other attendees.”   Continue reading

01-28-19 The 113th NWSS Celebrates Over 700,000 Attendees

2019 NWSS Celebrates Over 700,000 Attendees

DENVER, CO – The 113th National Western Stock Show celebrated the best sixteen days in January with the third highest attendance, hosting 701,656 visitors. The attendance record sits at 726,972 guests and was set in 2006 during the 100thAnniversary. “We appreciate every person, young and old, from near and far that came out to celebrate Colorado’s longest standing western tradition with us,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “To host over 700,000 guests in sixteen days for the second straight year is tremendous.”  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 28th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 28th

Trump Announces Temporary End to Partial Government Shutdown

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has reached an agreement to reopen the federal government for three weeks. That three-week continuing resolution will allow furloughed federal employees to return to work. Trump also promised to get them their back-pay, “As soon as possible. It will be quick.” The remarks come on the 35th day of the shutdown. Members of the Senate from both parties have recently pushed Trump to temporarily reopen the government and restart serious negotiations on a wider-reaching immigration deal. Trump did mention the importance of allowing immigrants to legally enter the country to work, something very important to agriculture. The three-week resolution will allow the government to reopen nine unfunded departments, which includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two bills to reopen the government were shot down in the Senate on Thursday. That got serious negotiations going for the first time in weeks. Trump had asked for a “down payment” on funding for a border wall in exchange for reopening the government, but it’s still unclear if he got what he asked for. Trump said he has other options that would allow him to build the southern border wall. Right now, It’s unclear if he’ll take any steps if lawmakers temporarily fund the government but don’t reach a solution on immigration.


Energy Report Proves Need for Higher Ethanol Blends

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2019 report. It’s a federal forecast for anticipated energy needs in the future. Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs for Growth Energy, says this report underscores the importance of providing lower-cost options at the fuel pump. “America’s thirst for clean, affordable fuel options is set to remain strong for decades to come,” he says. “Consumers deserve a cleaner, more affordable options, and that’s exactly what higher ethanol blends like E15 can deliver. Regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency must act quickly on the president’s promise and open the door to competition at the fuel pump year-round.” The new EIA report predicts that “motor gasoline and diesel fuel retail prices will increase by 76 cents per gallon and 82 cents per gallon, respectively, between 2018 and 2050. The jump in fuel prices over that time frame will come because of rising crude oil prices. Additionally, the report also concludes that light-duty vehicle miles traveled will jump by 20 percent, going from 2.9 trillion miles in 2018 to 3.5 trillion in 2050. The rise in miles traveled comes as a result of rising incomes and a growing population.  


U.S. Cancels Preliminary Meeting With China Ahead of Talks

A CNBC report says the White House turned down a planning meeting with China last week over disagreements on enforcing intellectual property rules. U.S. Trade Representative officials were set to meet with two Chinese Vice Ministers to try to help resolve trade differences before a March 1st deadline. A source close to the situation told CNBC that the meeting was called off. President Trump has said if no agreement is in place by March 1st, he’ll reinforce punitive tariffs on about half of all the goods China sends to America. The White House told CNBC that “teams from both countries remain in touch ahead of the visit by the Chinese Vice Premiere this week.” The Treasury Department and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office both didn’t answer requests for comment by CNBC. White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC that no meetings were canceled last week and that the only one on the schedule is when the vice premiere comes to Washington, D.C., for official negotiations. Joseph Lupton, a global economist for J.P. Morgan, says, ”I would characterize things as going in the right direction. Last week, China offered an olive branch, saying it would lower tariff rates and would pledge to import up to $1 trillion of U.S. goods by 2024.”


Tariff Mitigation Payments May Not Be What Was Expected

A senior USDA official says the amount of money sent to farmers to help mitigate the financial damage from the trade war may not be as much as expected. An Agriculture Dot Com article quotes USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey as saying up to two-thirds of the Trump trade aid payments were made by early January. Northey says, “up to $5 billion of the $8 billion we expect to make in mitigation payments” has already gone out to farmers. Northey didn’t give any additional information as to why the figure didn’t quite measure up to the initial $9.6 billion in payments that were estimated to go to producers of almonds, cotton, corn, dairy, pork, soybeans, sorghum, sweet cherries, and wheat. USDA is also aiding growers by purchasing $1.2 billion worth of food to give away and providing $200 million to ag export groups for trade promotion work. Also, the temporary agreement to reopen the government on Friday was good news for recipients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The agreement is expected to allow nine unfunded agencies to reopen, including USDA. There were a lot of questions about how the USDA would make SNAP payments in March. The program’s reserve fund was too small to pay out March benefits in full.


Plant-Based Protein Shipment Numbers Are Climbing

The NPD Group, a market research company, says shipments of plant-based proteins to foodservice providers have jumped 20 percent last year, compared with 2017. The NPD Group says consumers are seeking out “options they perceive as better for them.” Every region around the country saw double-digit growth through the year that ended in November of 2018. The most plant-based volume and shipment growth took place in the western United States, followed closely by the southern U.S. The firm says up to a quarter of the national population, many of whom say they aren’t vegetarian or vegan, eat and drink plant-based foods and beverages, as well as consume regular animal protein. The NPD Group says one of the main reasons that plant-based foods have become more accepted nationally is animal-welfare concerns. They also want to know more about how products are brought to market. Burger substitutes are the biggest plant-based foodservice category, seeing double-digit year-over-year growth in pounds that are shipped to operators. The group also said smaller, more affluent homes earning at least $100,000 a year are the biggest consumers of the plant-based burgers.


Feeding America Doors Open for Federal Employees

Feeding America issued a statement in support of federal workers who are coming to its food banks to help make ends meet because of the recent government shutdown. The statement came about as a reaction to comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. On Thursday, Ross was quoted as saying he couldn’t understand why unpaid federal employees were going to food banks. The Feeding America statement says “Feeding America and our network of 200-member food banks know that just one missed paycheck can be the difference between making ends meet and needing our help.” The Hagstrom Report quotes Feeding America as saying it’s growing increasingly concerned about the hardships federal employees went through as approximately 800,000 workers were due to miss a second paycheck on Friday. President Trump announced a temporary agreement to reopen the government on Friday, but the shutdown is a perfect illustration of what Feeding America knows all-too-well; millions of hard-working Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck and never are far from becoming food insecure. Because of the very real danger that the shutdown posed to so many affected workers, the Feeding America network of food banks and 60,000 partner agencies have extended their hours, hosted mobile food distributions, and increased their supplies to meet more needs.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-27-19 CALP: Early Bird Registration for Governor’s Ag Forum Ends February 1st

CALP: Early Bird Registration for Governor’s Ag Forum Ends February 1st

January 26, 2019, Denver, Colo. – The early bird registration rate for the the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will end on February 1, 2019.
The early bird rate provides registrants with a $50 discount. After February 1, the regular rate returns to $200. Please follow this link to register if you have not already completed your registration.
The Forum will take place at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, located at 3801 Quebec St. Denver, CO  80207. The phone number for the hotel is (800) 468-3571.

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01-27-19 National Western’s History to Come Alive at New Wold Family Heritage Center

National Western’s History to Come Alive at New Wold Family Heritage Center
Major gift will open priceless archives to the public; year-round exhibits share values, culture and characters of the West
DENVER, Jan. 26, 2019  – A family with its own remarkable history in the West has made a major gift to preserve Western history and, in particular, the history of the National Western Stock Show.
The Wold Foundation’s generous gift to the Honoring the Legacy campaign supports the new National Western Center and makes possible the Wold Family Heritage Center (WFHC). To be located prominently on the first floor of the new Legacy Building and easily accessible to visitors year-round, the WFHC will be a place to learn about the history of the Stock Show, farming, ranching, and the rodeo traditions that emerged from life in the rural West. The WFHC will showcase the immense societal, cultural, and economic contributions of Western ranching and agriculture and will open a unique window into Western history.

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

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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.