01-31-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosted a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 55th CO Farm Show!

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cyfea traactor hours auction logo update 1-14-19SAVE THE DATE!

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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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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