03-07-19 Majority Leader Fenberg’s Effort to Prioritize Health and Safety of Coloradans When Regulating Oil and Gas Operations Moves Forward

Majority Leader Fenberg’s Effort to Prioritize Health and Safety of Coloradans When Regulating Oil and Gas Operations Moves Forward

Denver, CO  After over seven hours of testimony, SB19-181, Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations, today passed the Senate Finance Committee with a vote of 4-3. In response, Majority Leader Steve Fenberg released the following statement.

“Changes to Colorado’s regulatory framework around oil and gas development are long overdue. I’m proud that so many Coloradans have come to the Capitol this week to voice their support for our effort to prioritize their health and safety. We’ve offered amendments every step of the way and continue to have substantive conversations with stakeholders everyday to make this bill better. l look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to pass legislation that will empower local communities across Colorado.” Continue reading

03-07-19 USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

Enrollment Expected to Begin this Summer

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. Continue reading



CENTENNIAL, CO (March 7, 2019) Eighty percent of beef producers nationwide say the Beef Checkoff Program helps drive demand for beef. That is one major finding from a recent Producer Attitude Survey commissioned by the Checkoff – and conducted and reviewed by a third-party, independent research firm – to gauge beef producers’ awareness, overall sentiment and concerns about the program.

Completed in January, the survey reported from a sampling of beef and dairy producers nationwide. Using 2012 Agriculture Census statistics, the data was weighted by age, geography and type of operation to be proportionate to the number of beef and dairy farms in that region, resulting in the adjusted sample size of 1,200 producers.

“For more than 25 years, the checkoff has commissioned an outside research firm to conduct this type of survey,” said Brian Malaer, co-chair of the checkoff’s Investor Relations Working Group. “Overall, producers continue to have very favorable attitudes toward the Beef Checkoff and have consistently supported the program over time.”

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03-07-19 NMPF Offers Guidance to Producers Considering New Dairy Margin Coverage Levels

NMPF Offers Guidance to Producers Considering New Dairy Margin Coverage Levels

ARLINGTON, Va. – With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting the first month of data applicable to farmer payments under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the National Milk Producers Federation commended USDA for helping farmers understand the scope of DMC program and offered its own example to illustrate the potential benefits of maximizing coverage under the new top margin-coverage level of $9.50 per hundredweight. Continue reading

03-07-19 On the Trail of Greater Consumer Satisfaction: Third Phase of Revolutionary Lamb Flavor Research Funded

On the Trail of Greater Consumer Satisfaction: Third Phase of Revolutionary Lamb Flavor Research Funded

What is a major driver for consumers to choose lamb, and in particular American Lamb, for a premium? Its unique flavor. This fact has been confirmed in every American Lamb Board (ALB) consumer study. The 2015 National Lamb Quality Audit also identified flavor as the most prominent factor defining lamb quality – 71% of the lamb purchasers surveyed indicated a willingness to pay a premium for guarantees eating satisfaction (great flavor).

ALB believes that providing consistent, high quality, great tasting lamb to consumers is key to creating more demand for American Lamb.  Following the National Lamb Quality Audit, the ALB set out to better understand how various factors affect lamb flavor including differences in production background, days on feed, animal age and gender. Starting in 2016, the ALB has been working with Colorado State University (CSU) on a series of innovative research projects designed to help all segments of the industry provide the best-flavored lamb possible.

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03-07-19 CSU SEA Extension: First Southeast Area Annie’s Project Successful

CSU SEA Extension: First Southeast Area Annie’s Project Successful

March 7, 2019 – Annie’s Project participants back (left to right): Darla Miller, Hillary Merwin, Stacy Crouch, Sammie George, Elissa Hall, Vicki Harris, Shelby Matthew, Mary Beth Tucker. Front (left to right): Danielle Smith, Linda Fellhauer, Jessica Mills, Diane Graham, Barb Leininger, Jenise Trotter. Not pictured: Kimberly Juul, Kelsey Barbee. Continue reading

03-07-19 U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Responds to Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-cultured Food Products

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Responds to Formal Agreement to
Regulate Cell-cultured Food Products

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a formal agreement to regulate cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry.

United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement in response: Continue reading

03-07-19 CDA: Chemigation Deadline Approaching

CDA: Chemigation Deadline Approaching

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds those using a closed irrigation system to apply agricultural chemicals, including fertilizer, that they must obtain a chemigation permit. The deadline for renewals is March 31, 2019.  This program strives to protect one of our most important resources—water and chemigation permits are an important tool in that effort.

“The Colorado Department of Agriculture issues approximately 4,300 chemigation permits annually statewide,” said Don Gallegos, CDA’s Chemigation Coordinator. “I encourage people to call if they need to renew their license or are trying to decide if they need a permit. We are available to answer all questions and help producers through the process.” Continue reading

03-07-19 Get Registered for the 2019 Colorado Livestock Association’s Annual Meeting!


Get Registered for the 2019 Colorado Livestock Association’s Annual Meeting!

April 3-4, 2019 | Embassy Suites, Loveland

Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation, a dueling pianos show and a panel discussion with experts on legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado.


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03-07-19 CSU: Forest management protected life, property from 2018 fires

CSU: Forest management protected life, property from 2018 fires

The 2018 fire season saw more acres burned in Colorado than any other year with the exception of 2002. While hundreds of homes were lost, forest management actions intended to help protect communities from wildfires and other threats proved effective in efforts to save lives and property.

The 2018 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests, which the Colorado State Forest Service distributed to legislators at the state Capitol today, highlights these and other facts related to forest management in the state. Each year, forest health reports provide information to the Colorado General Assembly and residents of Colorado about the health and condition of forests across the state. Information for the reports is derived from an annual aerial forest health survey by the Colorado State Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as field inspections, contacts with forest landowners and special surveys. Continue reading

03-07-19 USDA and FDA Announce a Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry

USDA and FDA Announce a Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.

FSIS and FDA released a formal agreement to address the regulatory oversight of human food produced using this new technology. The formal agreement describes the oversight roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how the agencies will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into commerce. This shared regulatory approach will ensure that cell-cultured products derived from the cell lines of livestock and poultry are produced safely and are accurately labeled.

“Consumers trust the USDA mark of inspection to ensure safe, wholesome and accurately labeled products,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears. “We look forward to continued collaboration with FDA and our stakeholders to safely regulate these new products and ensure parity in labeling.” Continue reading

03-07-19 Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg

CDA Commissioner Tour, Recap & Preview Ag Events, Deputy Ag Commissioner & Communications Director Searches, Importance of Trade, CSU’s Water in the West Symposium, Weights & Measures Week, National and Colorado Ag Days, Water & More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 7, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics including:


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03-07-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

BURLINGTON, CO – March 7, 2019 – Groundwater use and availability remain key issues for the vitality of our region. In an effort to gather information about how groundwater is used over the course of the growing season and as a result of last year’s successful project, researchers at Colorado State University are once again recruiting paid participants for the Agricultural Data Reporting and Incentives Program (AgDRIP). Continue reading

03-07-19 Pork Board Names 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

Pork Board Names 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

Recipients recognized as leaders of the next generation of American pig farmers

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – March 7, 2019 – The National Pork Board announced today that Bailee Arnold from North Carolina, Ben Luebbering from Missouri and Ben Wikner from Iowa have been named the 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. They were recognized today at the 2019 National Pork Industry Forum in Orlando.

“It is important for the Pork Checkoff to recognize the future leaders of the pork industry,” said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pork producer from Alcester, South Dakota. “We are excited for these young farmers to share their unique stories with consumers.” Continue reading

03-07-19 NPPC News: Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships

NPPC News: Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2019 –The National Pork Producers Council today at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – awarded scholarships to 10 college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry. The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship program is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by NPPC.

The 2019 winners of the $2,500 scholarships – named after the late NPPC vice president from Mt. Olive, N.C. – are: Continue reading

03-07-19 Reminder from Colorado Corn: Stewardship Applications Due April 19th

Reminder from Colorado Corn: Stewardship Applications Due April 19th
Two years ago, Colorado Corn Growers Association started the Farm Stewardship Award to recognize members in good standing who were demonstrating best management practices on their farm related to soil, water, and/ or air stewardship. Applications are due by April 19, 2019 revised from the March 15th due date. The announcement of the winner will be made during the Colorado Corn Annual Meeting in Greeley, CO to be held on December 4th, 2019.
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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 7th

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Weekly Export Sales for March 7th

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USDA Predicts Net Farm Income Increase

A new forecast from the Department of Agriculture predicts net farm income will increase ten percent in 2019. The forecast from the USDA Economic Research Service predicts net farm income will increase $6.3 billion in 2019 to $69.4 billion, following a 16 percent decline in 2018. Meanwhile, net cash farm income is forecast to increase $4.3 billion, or 4.7 percent, to $95.7 billion. In inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars, net farm income is forecast to increase $5.2 billion, and net cash farm income is forecast to increase $2.7 billion. Overall, farm cash receipts are forecast to increase $8.6 billion to $381.5 billion in 2019. Crop cash receipts are forecast to be $201.7 billion in 2019, an increase of $4.0 billion. Total animal and animal product receipts are expected to increase $4.6 billion. Receipts for milk, cattle/calves, corn, and fruits/nuts are forecast to increase largely due to expected higher prices for those commodities.

USDA Announces Additional Steps to Stop African Swine Fever from Entering U.S.

The Department of Agriculture has announced additional steps to keep African swine fever from entering the United States, even as the disease spreads internationally. The steps strengthen the protections announced last fall after the deadly swine disease reached China. USDA says the goal remains to protect our nation’s swine industry from the disease. The new measures include training additional beagle teams with Customs and Broder Patrol to identify pork products, expand screening of arriving products into the United States, increase inspection of garage feeding facilities, develop reliable testing procedures for the virus in grains and feeds, and heighten producer awareness. USDA says the steps are in continued cooperation with Canada and Mexico on a North American coordinated approach to ASF defense and response. ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs in all age groups. It is spread by contact with the body fluids of infected animals. It can also be spread by ticks that feed on infected animals.

Trade Gap with China Reaches All-time High

As the Trump administration works towards an agreement with China to end the tit-for-tat trade war, the federal government Wednesday reported the trade deficit in goods with China set a record in 2018. The trade gap rose to $419.2 billion in 2018, from the previous record of $375.5 billion in 2017, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Trump imposed billions of dollars of tariffs on China in the last year to pressure the nation to enter trade talks with the United States. Those trade talks could reach an agreement at the end of this month, but the damage from the trade war remains. China imposed tariffs on U.S. agriculture products, causing further market harm to U.S. producers. Meanwhile, the report shows the U.S. exported a record $147.4 billion worth of food, feeds and beverages in 2018. The U.S. also set record export levels to more than 50 countries, including Mexico and Japan.

Mexican Farmers Call for Mirror Tariffs on U.S. Ag Products

Mexican farmers are urging mirror measures on U.S. farm imports of yellow corn, poultry and other products to counter decades of subsidized imports from the United States. Reuters reports Mexico is currently working on an updated list of products imported from the U.S. on which to possibly apply a second round of tariffs in response to U.S. measures imposed on Mexican steel and aluminum by the Trump Administration last year. Mexico’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade told reporters Mexico knows “the U.S. agricultural sector is what hurts the United States’ government the most.” U.S. farm leaders, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, have called for an end to the section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada, arguing the retaliating tariffs negate the benefits of the recently negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Farm Groups Demand Justice for North Carolina Hog Farmers

A judgment stemming from a $50 million verdict must be overturned, according to farm groups appearing in a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, this week. Last year, juries in three separate trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, awarded punitive damages of more than $500 million to neighbors of North Carolina hog farms. Plaintiffs claimed the odor and truck noise related to the farms should be declared a nuisance. The first judgment from these trials is the subject of the recent appeal. But, runaway damages awards based on commonplace and highly regulated farm activities would cause enormous harm to farmers and rural communities, according to a  brief filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and North Carolina Pork Council. Attorneys noted the North Carolina Right to Farm Act, which recognizes that normal farming practices do not constitute a nuisance, insulates farmers from these types of suits.

Pig Farmers Pack 900 Meals for Orlando-Area Children

Kicking of the Pork Industry Forum in Orlando, members of the National Pork Board helped pack 900 meals to feed hungry children in the area. NPB partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to provide the meals. NPB President Steve Rommereim says that “While we have important business to attend to, we are never too busy to give back to communities.” Second Harvest Food Bank’s Hi-Five Kids Pack program will distribute the meals. Since 2006, the program supports educators seeking a solution to students who came to school sick and unable to learn on a Monday because they had not eaten since their school lunch the previous Friday. Producer delegates from across the country are in Orlando this week for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. The business meeting allows directors and staff of the National Pork Board to hear directly from Pork Act delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service