01-11-19 RMFU statement on CO Governor Polis’ State Of State address

RMFU statement on CO Governor Polis’ State Of State address

“Rocky Mountain Farmers Union commends Governor Jared Polis for recognizing production agriculture is facing serious challenges due to low commodity prices and a damaging tariff war in his State of the State address. We are pleased the Governor supports the funding and implementation of the Colorado Water Plan, as we all know how important water is to a productive and profitable agriculture industry and to so many of our communities. Continue reading

01-11-19 Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition

New Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition Kicks-Off Efforts with Program Screening

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., – January 11, 2019 – A group of concerned sportsmen, farmers and ranchers, businesses and individuals from southwest Colorado have formed a new coalition to prevent relocation efforts of wolves to Colorado. The newly formed Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition will kick off efforts Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. with a program hosted on RFD-TV. Continue reading



The 2019 Weld County Fair Royalty Court was officially announced and coronated by Weld County Commissioner Scott James and Weld County Fair Board President Tracy Axton on January 7th.

Camy Seelhoff, a senior at Valley High School and the daughter of Kelly and Fred Seelhoff of Greeley was named 2019 Weld County Fair Queen. Shelby Tveten, a junior at Roosevelt High School, and daughter of Bruce and Linda Tveten of Johnstown was named 2019 Weld County Fair Attendant. The Royalty court was rounded out with Mayzie Helzer an 8th grader at Platte Valley Middle School and daughter of Jeremy and Kim Helzer of LaSalle, named as the 2019 Weld County Fair Princess.  Continue reading

01-11-19 CSU: Temple Grandin Equine Center at the National Western Center

CSU: Temple Grandin Equine Center at the National Western Center

The Temple Grandin Equine Center is currently being built on the CSU Fort Collins campus, and will establish a second location at the future National Western Center in Denver. CSU faculty members and graduate students at both Temple Grandin Equine Centers will conduct research in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), which provide physical and cognitive benefits to individuals with a broad range of disabilities. Programming is underway at a temporary location at the existing National Western Complex, delivering EAAT to local youth and Denver area residents.

For more information, contact templegrandinequinecenter@colostate.edu.

01-11-19 CSU’s Water in the West Symposium is set for March 13-14…Colorado water and agriculture

CSU’s Water in the West Symposium is set for March 13-14…

Colorado water and agriculture

The Water in the West Symposium is an offering of the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center. The Symposium sold out in its first year in 2018, with more than 400 attendees, and included speakers such as U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet; a conversation between current Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; and representatives from business, agriculture, recreation, and conservation organizations and industries. The Symposium is a convening space for all stakeholders with an interest in water to help move forward the conversation about water challenges around the globe. More information about the Symposium and CSU’s plans around water research at the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center is available at nwc.colostate.edu.

01-11-19 CSU: Testing cattle for high-altitude disease

Testing cattle for high-altitude disease

Tim Holt, Professor of Clinical Sciences, takes DVM students on a tour of the yards at the 2018 National Western Stock Show. January 11, 2018

Dr. Tim Holt, an associate professor of livestock medicine at Colorado State University, is the world’s leading expert on a form of cardiopulmonary disease that afflicts cattle at high altitudes. He spends 11 months a year touring the West, with stops at 150 ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, to test cattle for indications of disease. Through the years, he has tested more than 360,000 cattle. This year, the Beef Improvement Federation honored Holt with the Pioneer Award, an award that recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle. Dr. Holt has been attending the National Western Stock Show since he was 6 years old and will be in attendance again this year. More information on Dr. Holt’s research is at magazine.csusystem.edu/2018/12/04/heart-doc-at-high-altitude/

01-11-19 CSU Day at the 113th NWSS is January 19th

CSU Day at the 113th NWSS is January 19th

Saturday, Jan. 19, is when the National Western Stock Show celebrates all things CSU. Special events include the 11 a.m. Pro Rodeo (special seating in the CSU section), all-day grounds admission and trade show access to more than 900 vendors. And, of course, you get to see the wildly popular Frontier Airlines Mutton Bustin’ event and the baby animals exhibit. While you’re there, make sure you stop by Ag Adventure, an interactive exhibit created by several Colorado commodity groups and CSU agricultural sciences students, on the second floor of the Hall of Education. The fun, engaging activities and exhibits teach children about how food is produced. After that, visit the CSU Alumni Association booth on the third floor to get your picture taken with CAM the Ram. Discounted tickets ($18 to $23) are available by using the promo code NWSSCSU.

01-11-19 CSU Extension/4-H Agents offer agricultural education tours

CSU Extension/4-H Agents offer agricultural education tours

Colorado State University Extension/4-H agents from Adams, Jefferson, Broomfield, Denver, Clear Creek, Morgan, Arapahoe, Douglas, Boulder and Weld counties partner with the National Western Stock show to provide thousands of school-aged children from across Colorado the opportunity to learn more about agriculture. During school hours on weekdays, students can see livestock, barns, commercial and commodity exhibits, and CSU’s Ag Adventures through self-guided tours, while 4-H agents are on hand to answer questions about the attractions and about 4-H opportunities in Colorado.

01-11-19 CSU: 4-H Day at the 113th NWSS is Jan 18th

4-H Day at the 113th NWSS is Jan 18th

Friday, Jan. 18, has been designated as 4-H Day at the National Western Stock Show. From 9 a.m. until the afternoon rodeo performance, the 15-member State 4-H Officer Team and State 4-H staff are available at the CSU booth on the third floor of the Hall of Education to answer questions about 4-H and hand out free giveaways, including clover tattoos.

01-11-19 CSU’s Ag Adventure at the 113th NWSS Jan 12-27


CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show (CSU Stock Photo)

CSU’s Ag Adventure at the 113th NWSS Jan 12-27

CSU’s Ag Adventure, next to the CSU booth on the third floor of the Hall of Education, is an interactive exhibit, created by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences along with several Colorado commodity groups, that teaches children about where their food comes from. The exhibit, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year, includes information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau, and commodity groups such as beef, dairy, egg, potato, corn, wheat and honey producers. Visitors interested in learning how we are all “agriconnected” can interact with the mobile museum display from 9 a.m. through close throughout the entire run of the National Western Stock Show. Continue reading

01-11-19 CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team @ 113th NWSS – Join them in The Yards!

CSU’s Seedstock Merchandising Team @ 113th NWSS – Join them in The Yards!

CSU’s Seedstock Merchandising Team will spend eight days at the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 12-19. Their main activity will be to exhibit cattle in the Hereford Pen Show on Friday, Jan. 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the Angus Pen Show on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the yards. At noon on Thursday, Jan. 17, the team will also be offering a complimentary beef sausage lunch for other exhibitors, past bull buyers, beef industry representatives, alumni, students and friends. The team will spend the rest of their time caring for, preparing and showcasing their cattle, as well as representing CSU as day-hosts on Monday, Jan. 14, at the CSU trade show booth on the second floor of the Hall of Education. Finally, the students will gain additional experience and networking opportunities by working alongside other seedstock producers to provide logistical support to three large cattle sales held during the stock show.

01-11-19 CSU: International Livestock Forum: Future of Livestock and Meat Production

International Livestock Forum: Future of Livestock and Meat Production

In conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, the CSU Department of Animal Sciences will be hosting the 2019 International Livestock Forum on Jan. 11-12 on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. The focus for this year’s program is “Innovation and Technology: The Future of Livestock and Meat Production;” it includes such speakers as Jordan Levi (Five Rivers Cattle Feeding); Randy Blach (Cattle Fax); Animal Sciences Professors Temple Grandin and Gary Smith; Lee Leachman of Leachman Cattle Co.; and representatives from Zoetis, Cargill, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Foreign Agricultural Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, among others. In addition, the ILF program hosts 20 student fellows who were chosen from over 140 applicants from 16 countries and more than 45 universities. The student fellows represent the future of agriculture and livestock production worldwide.



01-11-19 The CSU Campus at the National Western Center

The CSU Campus at the National Western Center

While this year’s National Western Stock Show takes place in its traditional North Denver location, there are exciting changes in the works, through a partnership with the City and County of Denver, Colorado State University, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and History Colorado. The National Western Center will reimagine the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum into an active year-round destination serving the local community and lead, inspire, create, and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 11th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 11th

U.S.-China Talks Wrap Up

Trade talks between the U.S. and China wrapped up this week and covered a wide range of topics. China’s Commerce Ministry released a statement saying the talks are helping to establish a way forward to wrap up the dispute between the two largest economies in the world. However, a Reuters report says the statement didn’t give many specifics on the issues the negotiators are trying to work through. The three days of talks wrapped up in Beijing on Wednesday. It’s the first time the two sides have talked since U.S. President Trump and Chinese President Xi (Zhee) agreed to a 90-day truce during a meeting in Buenos Aires. The Chinese Commerce Ministry statement says the two sides “held extensive, deep, and thorough exchanges on trade and structural issues of common concern, which promoted mutual understanding and established a foundation for resolving each other’s concerns.” The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office issued a statement saying the two sides discussed “ways to achieve fairness, reciprocity, and balance in trade relations.” The Reuters report says China pledged to buy “a substantial amount” of agricultural, energy, and manufacturing goods from the U.S.


EPA Committing to Higher Ethanol Blends by Summer

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will complete a rule to help boost sales of ethanol-blended gasoline by the time the summer driving season is in full swing. A U.S. News Dot Com article says the agency will complete the task in spite of the partial government shutdown. However, the agency did warn two congressional members that the timeline for getting the new rule in place will be delayed. Just before the November election, President Trump had pledged to get rid of the ban on summer sales of E15 gasoline. The goal was to give a boost to the U.S. ethanol industry that’s been hurt by overseas trade disputes and weak domestic demand. The administration had wanted the rule out by February. Again, EPA says the shutdown will delay that timeline, but a spokesman says the agency will still have the rule published by the summer driving season. The EPA still has a ban in place on summertime E15 sales because of concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days. That’s a concern that biofuels advocates say isn’t accurate. The Trump decision to lift the ban on summer E15 sales was applauded by corn-state farmers and lawmakers. The proposal would likely come with a number of reforms to the credit-trading market that underpins the nation’s renewable fuels policy.


Iowa “Ag-Gag” Law Struck Down in Court

A federal judge struck down Iowa’s “Ag-Gag Law.” The law prevents journalists and advocacy groups from taking part in undercover investigations of farms, slaughterhouses, and other agricultural facilities. The law, passed in 2012, is called the Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law. It was widely supported by agriculture groups but was also challenged by groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The Des Moines Register says Senior Judge James Gritzner says it’s his judgment that the law “violates the First Amendment.” Proponents say the law prevents what they call “subversive acts.” Opponents say the law made it much more difficult for employees to report unsafe working conditions or other challenges and dangers within the facilities. The Animal Legal Defense Fund says in a statement that “Ag-Gag Laws are an attempt by animal exploitation industries to hide some of the worst forms of animal abuse within the United States. This victory makes it clear that the government cannot protect these industries at the expense of our constitutional rights.” The state has not yet ruled out appealing the decision.


Grassley: Ditch NAFTA if Democrats Hold Up USMCA

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley says he’ll advise President Trump to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement if Democrats try to reopen the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The Iowa Senator says Democrats problems with the deal include enforcing environmental protections and labor standards. He says those issues can be dealt with through side letters without once again opening up the agreement. “If we get to the point where we have to go back to the negotiating table, I will encourage the president to pull out of NAFTA and hope they (Democrats) are smart enough not to let that happen,” Grassley says. “How can you want to go back to an environment in which there are higher tariffs on our products going into Mexico than there is on Mexican products getting into our country?” Grassley says the president will need to lift steel and aluminum duties on Canada and Mexico “if we want to get agriculture behind the new three-way trade pact when it comes up for a vote in Congress.” Grassley also doubled-down on his demand to be included in U.S. trade talks with the European Union when he met with the EU’s Trade Commissioner for 45 minutes on Wednesday. After the meeting, Cecilia Malmstrom, the Trade Commissioner, said “Europe is not able to negotiate ag products.


Stabenow Writes Perdue About Shutdown Impact

Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow wrote a long letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, talking about the impact of the government shutdown. The Hagstrom Report says she raised concerns about how it’s impacting farmers, families, and rural communities. Stabenow’s letter says, as of Wednesday, the USDA funding lapse hit 19 days, the second-longest shutdown in history. “I am deeply concerned that the shutdown is having a devastating impact on USDA operations, hurting many American farmers and families,” she wrote in the letter. Stabenow raised a number of questions, including how the shutdown would affect the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill was signed into law by the president just one day before the shutdown began. “Careful and quick implementation of the farm bill is critical to the well-being of American farmers and their families,” Stabenow wrote. “This shutdown will greatly slow implementation of this important bill, making it even more difficult for farmers to make planting decisions for this new crop year.” The letter also highlights a number of impacts the government shutdown is having on USDA customers across the country.


Taco Bell Promises More Sustainable Beef

Taco Bell recently outlined a series of changes it intends to make in 2019. The goal of the changes is to move the business in an eco-friendlier direction into the future. The food service chain, featuring more than 7,000 restaurants around the nation, says a key part of their promise is to make sure all of their beef Is sustainable. The industry website Meating Place Dot Com says, to accomplish the goal, Taco Bell has joined the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. It’s a network of beef industry experts from the beef supply chain, academia and research, environment and animal welfare organizations, and veterinarians. At the same time, Taco Bell is promising to make its restaurants more appealing to vegetarians. The company says, “Later this year, Taco Bell will be testing its first dedicated vegetarian menu in stores, as well as new featured vegetarian items to try.” Other Taco Bell promises include getting rid of the extra-large soda cups, simpler and higher-quality ingredients, improved recycling, and a goal of creating 100,000 new jobs by 2022.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service