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

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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