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 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

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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.

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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

From left to right: Neil Orth, Chuck Grove, Tommy Barnes, Stuart Wilson, Kim Wolfe(received a distinguished service award), Jack Lowderman, Kevin Wendt and John Meents.

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

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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.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 22nd

As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending

The volume of non-real estate farm debt continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve’s Agricultural Finance Databook. Total non-real estate farm loans were up nearly eight percent from a year ago, which was the seventh consecutive quarter of annual growth in loan volumes. In a news release, the Federal Reserve said the increase in farm financing continued to be driven by lending to fund current operating expenses. The volume of operating loans reached a historical high for the fourth quarter, increasing more than $10 billion, or 22 percent year over year. Rounding out a year characterized by lower farm incomes, uncertainties about agricultural trade and the growth of lending volumes, interest rates on agricultural loans trended higher. The combination of increased lending needs and higher interest rates has continued to raise the cost of financing at a modest pace. However, despite mounting pressure on the farm sector and limited profit opportunities, the value of farm real estate has continued to provide ongoing support for farmers.

Vilsack: Shutdown Impacts Could Last Years

The government shutdown could cause a ripple effect across the federal government for years, according to former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack recently told Politico that the effects could take years to realize, like the ramifications of pausing some Forest Service efforts to reduce fire hazards. Specifically, Vilsack said, “You may not see the consequences of this until August of next year, when there is a worse fire than we would have had.” The shutdown is prompting many sectors of the U.S. economy, from real estate to agriculture, to brace for years of setbacks that include the pause in government loans and permitting processes. Vilsack served as Agriculture Secretary from 2009 to 2017 under the Obama administration. He now serves as President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The Department of Agriculture last week opened select Farm Service Agency offices for three days to serve farmers. However, the offices were reported to be near overwhelmed from the workload.

Trade War Shifting Feed Demand Amid Ethanol Production Cuts

The trade war is causing U.S. ethanol production to decline, thus raising the costs of distillers dried grains, a byproduct of the ethanol process that is used for animal feed. Reuters reports cuts to ethanol production are tightening supplies of DDGs and raising prices paid by livestock farmers. Many are turning to other feeds including soybean meal, the price of which eased as China halted imports of American soybeans. The shift in distillers’ grain demand is causing further harm to the ethanol industry, which is facing the lowest ethanol prices in over a decade. Distillers’ grains have previously helped the struggling sector, by providing solid demand for the byproduct. But, that support is eroding as production is being limited. Ethanol makers were forced to limit production rates over the last year due to the low price, in an effort to deal with negative profit margins. The shift to soybean meal from DDGs is largely seen in the hog sector. Meanwhile, China, the top importer of U.S. DDGs, stopped buying the product last year due to the trade war.

China, U.S. Swine Industries Gather to Address African Swine Fever

Despite ongoing trade challenges between their two countries, members of the swine industries in the United States and China gathered in mid-January to seek possible solutions for the growing number of African swine fever outbreaks in China. The 7th U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium, held earlier this month, was co-organized by the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, along with others. Roughly 200 industry professionals gathered in Beijing for the event that focused on animal disease prevention. The swine industries in China and the United States are closely connected through trade in meat and feed products, and issues that affect the two industries have significant implications for global markets, according to USGC. Bryan Lohman of USGC, referring to diseases such as African swine fever, says, “Fortunately, a large share of China’s pork production comes from modern operations with strict biosecurity protocols, and that will help spare much of China’s production.” He adds that learning more about the disease will help in expanding biosecurity measures to contain the outbreak for the global pork industry over the next few years.

Rep. Marshall Urges Trump to Continue Fighting for Farmers in Trade

U.S. Representative Roger Marshal urged President Trump to continue to fight for farmers in trade negotiations. In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, the Kansas Republican says lawmakers were disappointed to hear the European Union say talks between the U.S. and EU “cannot include agriculture,” because it would “make it a very long and complicated negotiation.” According to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. domestic exports of agricultural products to the EU totaled $11.5 billion in 2016. Marshall says that means the EU countries together would rank fourth as an agricultural export market for the United States. He urged the Trump administration to “stay firm” and to “go on the offense for American producers” who are suffering from an agriculture economic downturn. Marshall added, “If agriculture isn’t in this deal, however, I and many of my colleagues will not consider it or support it.”

Scientist Studying How to Help Plants Adapt to Temperature Changes

The University of California-Riverside is studying ways to help plants deal with rising temperatures. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. It also affects the flowering time, crop yield, and even resistance to disease. One of the researchers says, “It is important to understand how plants respond to temperature to predict not only future food availability but also develop new technologies to help plants cope with increasing temperature.” Scientists are keenly interested in figuring out how plants experience temperature during the day, but until recently this mechanism has remained elusive. The research team is exploring the role of phytochrome B, a molecular signaling pathway that may play a pivotal role in how plants respond to temperature.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service