01-25-19 The NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

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Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer – CLICK HERE to watch the NWSS Webcast Archive

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record 

DENVER, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com/educational-support/.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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01-25-19 The Colorado Senate congratulated not-for-profit Tri-State on the announcement of 100-megawatt Spanish Peaks Solar Project

The Colorado Senate congratulated not-for-profit Tri-State on the announcement of 100-megawatt Spanish Peaks Solar Project

January 25, 2019 – Westminster, CO – Members of the Colorado Senate extended their congratulations to not-for-profit Tri-State in recognition of the announcement of the 100-megawatt Spanish Peaks Solar Project. The commendation was put forward by Colorado State Senate President Leroy Garcia and highlights our investment in Southern Colorado with this utility-scale project. The commendation also mentioned that this project will benefit our members with its favorable pricing and economies of scale. Continue reading

01-25-19 NMPF Calls for Fast Farm Bill Implementation as Government Reopens

NMPF Calls for Fast Farm Bill Implementation as Government Reopens

ARLINGTON, Va. – With the federal government poised to reopen for three weeks after a 35-day partial shutdown that delayed implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, the National Milk Producers Federation today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging quick implementation of the law’s dairy provisions.

“Dairy farmers have just completed a fourth consecutive year of depressed milk prices and are facing an uncertain outlook for 2019,” wrote Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “We believe that the significant dairy policy reforms we worked successfully with Congress to enact in the new farm bill will be critically important to helping farmers better manage difficult periods of low margins.” Continue reading

01-25-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Reopening the Federal Government

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Reopening the Federal Government

(Washington, D.C., January 25, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of reopening the federal government:

“President Trump’s announcement of the reopening of the federal government is welcome news, as it will bring thousands of our employees back to work and return us to our mission of providing our customers with the services they rely upon.  I extend my sincere thanks to the thousands of USDA workers who stayed on the job during the shutdown to offer as many of our normal activities as we could.  The President has already signed legislation that guarantees backpay for all employees, and we will move forward on that as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, we will prepare for a smooth reestablishment of USDA functions.

“There will now be sufficient time for Congress to come to an agreement with the President on his pledge to protect our national security by securing our southern border with a reliable, effective barrier.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 25th

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Mexico Ambassador Predicts Quick Mexico USMCA Passage

Mexico’s new ambassador to the United States recently predicted Mexico could quickly approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. Pro Farmer reports the ambassador said, “Our process will be faster than your process,” at a conference of city mayors in Washington, adding “now the USMCA needs to move forward.” The agreement only needs to pass one chamber, the Senate, of Mexico’s legislature. The agreement is also expected to easily gain approval in Canada once considered. The U.S. timeline, however, is uncertain as the necessary steps to move forward, economic impact reports from the U.S. International Trade Commission, could be delayed by the federal government shutdown. Those are due in March, if the process is to stay on-time. Then, the administration must submit to Congress a draft bill, and ultimately an implementing bill for consideration.

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Groups Urge Administration to Lift Metals Tariff

A diverse group of more than 45 organizations is calling for an end to U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican aluminum and steel imports so that America can take advantage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Farm groups, including the National Pork Producers Council, took part in a letter sent to the Trump Administration urging the administration to lift the tariffs so Canada and Mexico will rescind their duties on U.S. goods. The Trump administration on June 1, 2018, imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a ten percent duty on aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico. Both countries subsequently retaliated against a host of U.S. products. The groups want the metals dispute resolved soon so they can turn their undivided attention to generating congressional support for the USMCA. Farmers and food companies have been particularly hard hit by the Canadian and Mexican retaliation. Mexico’s 20 percent punitive tariff on U.S. pork, for example, has inflicted severe financial harm on America’s pork producers, according to NPPC.

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CoBank Releases 2019 Year Ahead Report

The U.S. economy is still performing well by most key measures. However, Global and U.S. economic prospects are weakening, and the agricultural economy shows few signs of an imminent comeback, according to a comprehensive 2019 outlook report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. A CoBank spokesperson says trade uncertainty, rising debt levels and market volatility are “threatening to derail the global economy and creating difficult operating environments for U.S. agriculture.” The CoBank outlook report examines ten key factors that will shape agriculture and market sectors that serve rural communities throughout the United States. With agricultural commodity markets depressed by global supply abundance and ongoing trade disputes, farmers and ranchers face the difficult task of cutting production costs.  However, continually rising costs in agriculture are expected to squeeze producers, causing further margin erosion and financial stress in 2019. Further, the report says farmers should not bank on a fourth consecutive year of above-trend crop yields to make up for low commodity prices and rising costs.

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Farm Futures Survey Shows Planting Intentions

A survey by Farm Futures finds growers said they want to boost corn and cotton acreage, while cutting back on crops affected by China’s import tariffs on soybeans and sorghum. Farm Futures surveyed 626 farmers in December and January and reported soybean planting intentions of 84.6 million acres, down 5.5 percent from 2018, but more than the 82.5 million projected in estimates USDA released in November. Farmers intend to plant 90.3 million corn acres. While that would be up 1.3 percent from 2018 it was below the 92 million USDA projected in November. USDA doesn’t release its first survey of prospective plantings until March 29, though it will update the statistical guess at its annual outlook conference in February. The survey found spring wheat intentions of 12.5 million, down 5.3 percent from 2018. Only durum seedings could rise, moving to 2.5 million after a significant cutback in 2018. Meanwhile, cotton acreage could be up 4.1 percent this spring to 14.6 million thanks to better prices and soil moisture across the growing region.

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Farmer Registrations for 2019 Commodity Classic Outpacing Past Two Years

Farmer registrations for the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, are trending well ahead of the past two years. As of January 23rd, farmer registrations were 17 percent ahead of the same period in 2018-and 23 percent ahead of 2017.  Commodity Classic will be held February 28 through March 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic, says “We’re extremely pleased with the response and excitement being generated for the 2019 Commodity Classic.” Those interested in attending Commodity Classic can avoid late registration fees by registering online by Thursday, January 28, 2019. To register, visit CommodityClassic.com. A complete schedule of events is also available on the website. Established in 1996, the event features a robust schedule of educational sessions, a large trade show, unique tours and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.

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Farm Simulator Game Popularity Rising, Tournaments in Europe

The farming simulator community in Europe is growing in popularity to now include a competitive pro league with a €250,000 prize pool, according to PCGamer magazine. The Farming Simulator League from Giants Software, maker of the game, will host tournament games that will run on the latest game, Farming Simulator 19, and will expand from bale stacking, to a competitive mode where teams will challenge each other to determine who is the best on the field. The new endeavor will be “a full-fledged esports league” with ten tournaments across Europe. A spokesperson for Giants Software says, “We have lots of enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time.” Each event in the tournament series will offer prizes and circuit points that will take the best teams into a €100,000 grand finale. The game series is also available in the United States, though there are no known competitive leagues in the U.S. at this time.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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01-24-19 COLORADO 4-H DAIRY JUDGING TEAM INVITED TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

COLORADO 4-H DAIRY JUDGING TEAM INVITED TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

WELD COUNTY, CO — The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging team has been invited to attend the International Dairy Judging Tour in Scotland and Ireland. The tour takes place from June 19 to July 3, 2019. Continue reading

01-24-19 OCTANE PRESS: New Book in Second Edition of Covers Oliver History in Beautiful Format…

OCTANE PRESS: New Book in Second Edition of Covers Oliver History in Beautiful Format…

CLASSIC OLIVER TRACTORS—AVAILABLE NOW

Austin, Texas—January 23, 2019—Octane Press is pleased to partner with
Oliver Heritage and Heritage Iron Editor Sherry Schaefer to produce the new
edition of the definitive book, Classic Oliver Tractors. Continue reading

01-23-19 Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s’ Association (CCA) gather twice a year to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion.

This year’s Mid-Winter Conference, held on January 21-23 in Denver, focused on agriculture-related issues that will be addressed during the 2019 session of Colorado’s General Assembly.  Committee meetings were also held during the conference, which help establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics impacting Colorado’s beef industry.  “CCA members across Colorado represent the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and act as leading advocates for our industry,” said Mike Hogue, President of CCA.  “The opportunity for our diverse and broad membership to meet and discuss issues and engage in policy is a core purpose of this organization,” continued Hogue.
CCA Foundation Banquet

On Tuesday evening, January 22nd during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Banquet, awards were presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry: Continue reading

50th CYFEA State Institute Feb 7-9 in Durango…REGISTER NOW!

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION’S 50TH ANNUAL STATE INSTITUTE

The Strater Hotel, in Durango, CO

FEBRUARY 7 – 9, 2019

 The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s 2019 State Institute is only two weeks away!  This annual gathering of the young and young at heart CYFEA Chapter membership, beginning and established farmers, agricultural enthusiasts, and CYFEA supporters will be held at the historic Strater Hotel in downtown Durango.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 23rd

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USDA to Reopen Farm Service Agency Offices Nationwide

The Department of Agriculture will soon reopen Farm Service Agency offices nationwide. USDA has temporarily recalled all of the more than 9,700 FSA employees to keep offices open from 8 am to 4:30 pm weekdays beginning January 24th. However, operations will slim to just three days a week next starting February 8th. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday afternoon announced the plan as an effort to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Select FSA offices were previously opened for a three-day period offering limited services to farmers. The list of services offered during the period includes the Market Facilitation Program, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, and the Dairy Margin Protection Program, among others. 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 14th. The original deadline had been January 15th.

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EU Doesn’t Include Ag in Trade Goals for U.S. Agreements

In a list of goals last week, the European Union left out agriculture for its upcoming negotiations with the United States. An expected move, the action starts the talks off on a sour note as agriculture was one of the objectives for the United States. The Trump Administration goals included a desire to “secure comprehensive market access for U.S. agricultural goods by eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers for farm goods,” according to Politico. A deal without agriculture has little U.S. support from lawmakers. Also last week, U.S. Representative Roger Marshal of Kansas said in an editorial that if agriculture isn’t in the deal, he and other in Congress “will not consider it or support it.” In the editorial, Marshall urged the Trump Administration to continue to fight for farmers in the trade negotiations. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. domestic exports of agricultural products to the EU totaled $11.5 billion in 2016.

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FDA Considers Calling Back More Inspectors

The Food and Drug Administration is considering calling back more furloughed workers to help with inspections of high-risk foods. The FDA last week said it would restart inspections of high-risk foods that had been stopped due to the federal government shutdown. Over the weekend, Gottlieb took to Twitter to say, “more staff could be on the way depending on needs.” He says the FDA has called back about 100 investigators and 35 supervisors for high-risk food inspections. Among the foods the FDA considers high risk are seafood, select dairy products, unpasteurized juices, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, shell eggs, sandwiches, prepared salads and infant formula. Meanwhile, The National Pork Producers Federation reminded the nation over the weekend that federal meat inspectors are working in meat packing plants despite the government shutdown. NPPC and other livestock groups a year ago urged USDA to deem inspectors as essential employees, because without inspectors, “meat and poultry processing plants are prohibited by law from operating.”

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AFIA Refutes LANCET Study

In response to a new report launched by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, The American Feed Industry Association calls the report “yet another organized attack on animal agriculture.” A statement released by AFIA says the report is not reflective of the current and accurate science on the industry’s substantial sustainability advances. AFIA’s President and CEO Joel G. Newman says the report’s calls to “return to primarily an ‘agrarian lifestyle’ will undo years of research and innovation, while likely keeping nutritious and high-quality protein and dairy products out of the hands of the people who need them the most.” The 50-page report advises consumers to drastically reduce their meat and dairy consumption for their health and for the good of the planet. It plans to promote the report vigorously over the next month.

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Pork Brought to Australia Confirmed to Contain ASF

Officials in Australia say six pork products brought to the nation’s airports have tested positive for African swine fever. The testing was done through routine border checks at Australian airports and mail processing centers as they were about to enter the country. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that two weeks of testing by the Australian Animal Health Laboratory uncovered six pork products among 152 seized and tested that were contaminated with the ASF virus. The detection does not change Australia’s ASF-free status, but does serve as a warning that “the threat of ASF spreading to Australia remains serious.” Australia has an estimated 2,500 pig farmers and 36,000 pork supply chain workers. African swine fever outbreaks in China, meanwhile, have reached 24 provinces and have resulted in the culling of more than 900,000 pigs since late last summer.

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USDA Confirms Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Utah

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Utah. USDA says this is the first case of Newcastle disease in the state. The case is believed to be connected to the current outbreak of Newcastle disease in California, as three of the birds at the premises were recently moved to Utah from Los Angeles County, California.  Since May of 2018, 299 cases of Newcastle disease have been confirmed in Southern California, primarily in backyard exhibition birds. Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern.  However, the disease is a contagious and is a fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs. A death rate of almost 100 percent can occur in unvaccinated poultry flocks.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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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.

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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