03-21-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Recap 2019 CO Ag Day at the Capitol (Livestream Archives)
  • Thoughts on Current Trade Issues (USMCA, New Brazilian Wheat Rade Announcement & China Trade War)
  • Thoughts on CO Legislation including: SB19-042, HB19-1032, SB19-181, SB19-1177, SB19-1257 & SB19-1258)
  • Support of Full Day Kindergarten Legislation
  • Sen Sonnenberg’s Committee Work, Resolutions & Bills
  • His thoughts on Recall Efforts for legislation, elected officials and regarding th Governor
  • Watch out for Ag on the Roadways & thoughts for fellow ag producers in neighboring states like NE, the Dakotas and others downriver…
  • & More

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…



03-21-19 Senator Donovan’s Climate Change Bill Passes the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee

Senator Donovan’s Climate Change Bill Passes the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee today voted 5-to-2 to pass SB19-096, Collect Long Term Climate Change Data, a bill sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan (D- Vail) to collect the necessary data to help Colorado track greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction goals and protect our environment. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“People in my district depend on clean land, water, and air for their personal enjoyment and livelihood, but climate change is putting that at risk,” said Senator Donovan. “This bill is an important step towards protecting our environment while ensuring that the businesses powering our local economies can continue to operate in the years ahead.” Continue reading

03-21-19 USDA Now Soliciting Applications for the American Lamb Board  

USDA Now Soliciting Applications for the American Lamb Board

USDA is seeking nominations for four vacancies to serve on the American Lamb Board starting in 2020 – a producer with less than 100 lambs, a producer with more than 500 lambs, an at-large feeder and a first handler (processor).

The American Lamb Board, established in 2002, is a national promotion, research and information organization (national checkoff program) whose purpose is to increase awareness and demand for American Lamb and increase the value of American Lamb for all segments of the industry.  The Board is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and represents all sectors of the industry. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

The 13-member board represents all sectors of the industry – six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Board also represents all geographic regions and sizes of production.

Your current Board Members are: Continue reading

03-21-19 Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading

03-21-19 USDA: USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Flooding

USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2019 – To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

“Recent flooding in the Midwest and along the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys has caused devastating impacts across the region, and USDA has personnel and resources devoted to helping farmers and communities recover after this storm,” Secretary Perdue said. “I encourage area farmers and ranchers to contact their local USDA Service Center so we can work with them to identify the resources and tools needed to reestablish their operations. While farmers and ranchers in the area are resilient, the pain is real. We will do everything in our power at USDA to be as helpful as we possibly can.” Continue reading



WASHINGTON – March 21, 2019 – Wyoming’s Jennifer Hinkhouse has been selected to chair the Joint Forestry Team (JFT) for 2019. Hinkhouse is the district manager of the Campbell County Conservation District and serves as a supervisor for neighboring Crook County Natural Resource District.

Hinkhouse was formally introduced as this year’s chair during the JFT’s annual in-person meeting, held March 11 in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Hinkhouse said. “I’m excited to help the Joint Forestry Team manage this year’s set of priority tasks.” Continue reading

03-21-19 NAWG: Flooding in Nebraska Demonstrates the Importance of Maintaining Crop Insurance

NAWG: Flooding in Nebraska Demonstrates the Importance of Maintaining Crop Insurance

Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2019) – As floods pummel through the Midwest, NAWG extends its support and consideration to those farmers and ranchers who are facing the devastating aftermath. As growers work to pull through, NAWG calls for state and federal governments to use all resources available to help those impacted.

“Our hearts go out to those farmers and ranchers across the Midwest who have been hit with unprecedented flooding,” stated NAWG President and Lavon, Texas wheat farmer Ben Scholz. “Disasters like this one not only mean damage to the crop but loss of buildings, equipment, and infrastructure.” Continue reading

03-21-19 Joint Release: Speaker Becker, Sens. Court & Priola Unveil Bipartisan Bills to Better Fund Public Schools, Transportation & Higher-Ed


Joint Release: Speaker Becker, Sens. Court & Priola Unveil Bipartisan Bills to Better Fund Public Schools, Transportation & Higher-Ed

Denver, CO — Speaker KC Becker, Sen. Kevin Priola and Sen. Lois Court introduced a bipartisan bill today to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit. Colorado has one of the best economies in the country but revenue limits restrict the state’s ability to benefit from economic growth during upturns and protect against downturns. As a result, Colorado’s investment in public schools consistently ranks at the bottom of the nation, and transportation is severely underfunded.

“This effort is supported by a broad, bipartisan coalition. This is about good governance,” said Speaker Becker, D-Boulder. “The TABOR cap is an antiquated fiscal policy that has severely limited Colorado’s ability to invest in basic functions of government-from public schools to transportation and health care.  It’s made our economy easier to bust when recessions hit and harder to boom when they end. This measure is not an answer to all of our fiscal problems, but it’s a critical first step in making sure our fiscal policy actually supports our way of life in Colorado.” Continue reading

03-21-19 Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

CLICK HERE to view all of the video that was shot by The BARN on March 20th from the Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol event in Denver

Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

DENVER, CO – March 20, 2019 – CO Ag Day at the Capitol  took place on March 20, 2019 and it was osted by the Colorado Ag Council. Check out the BARN’s coverage of the event including the press conference that featured:

Terry Fankhauser, Chairman of the CO Ag Council & Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, CO Ag Commissioner KateGreenberg, CO Governor Jared Polis, CO Senator Kerry Donovan, CO Representative Dylan Roberts,  Foodbank of the Rockies CEO Erin Pulling and ACF CO Chefs Association Executive Director Colleen Ferreira

CLICK HERE to watch the Press Conference

Check out the Chef Team Interviews too (CLICKTOWATCH) Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 21st

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Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion

The federal government may have to step in with extra resources to help states like Nebraska and Iowa recover from flood damage. Floodwaters are still receding in the wake of the “bomb cyclone” that hit Midwest states hard and left behind large-scale damage. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells the Fox Business Network that the existing safety net programs probably won’t be enough to cover the catastrophic damage. “Hopefully, we’ll have a supplemental disaster bill out of Congress very soon,” Perdue says. “This may be included in that as well.” Nebraska Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says, “It’s hundreds of millions of dollars, approaching a billion dollars of impact straight to agriculture.” Politico says the damage totals could exceed $400 million in livestock losses and $440 million for crop farmers, who could be forced to delay or even cancel planting entirely. Craig Head of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says, “Those are very early estimates. They don’t even account for the damage done to roads, bridges, barns, fences, and other infrastructure.” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s seeking federal aid as soon as possible, citing ruined grain bins and lost livestock. The Des Moines Register says it’s too soon to know the scope of the damage. “Some farms have been completely destroyed,” Wellman said. “We’ll rebound as best we can.”


Brazil Opens Up to More U.S. Wheat Imports

U.S. wheat growers are thrilled about a joint announcement from Washington and Brazil that says the South American country will establish a 750,000-ton quota for tariff-free wheat imports. A Small Grain Dot Org article says U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers welcome the announcement because it fulfills a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization commitments. U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Chris Kolstad says they’re grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers. “Specifically, we say thank you to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing Brazil’s WTO commitments,” he says. “This new opportunity gives us a chance to build stronger relationships with Brazilian millers and a more consistent market there for U.S. wheat.” Brazil was the largest importer of wheat in Latin America, as well as the fourth-largest in the world during the 2017-2018 marketing year. The move could bring some relief to U.S. farmers who have lost export sales after President Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and slapped tariffs on major trading partners, which prompted retaliation against U.S. farm goods.


Jury Finds Roundup Caused Plaintiff’s Cancer

A second California jury found that a man likely developed cancer after being exposed to the Roundup weed killer he used in his yard. The Wall Street Journal says it’s the second case to go to trial over the alleged harm of the popular Bayer product. The six-person jury in the San Francisco-based U.S. District Court will now begin hearing evidence to separately weigh whether Bayer’s Monsanto unit should be held liable. That’s a decision that could bring substantial financial damages against the company as Monsanto will now have to disclose internal documents related to the case. It’s a blow to Bayer, which took over Monsanto’s Roundup product portfolio when it bought the agrichemical giant last year. In a statement after the verdict was announced, Bayer says credible science doesn’t support the plaintiffs’ case and that it plans to “vigorously defend” glyphosate-based products used by both farmers and consumers. The jury will have to decide whether Bayer will have to pay damages to Edwin Hardeman, the 70-year-old plaintiff. His attorneys say they “look forward to presenting this evidence and holding Monsanto accountable for its bad conduct.”


ASF Outbreak Spreading Throughout Asia

The African Swine Fever virus is continuing to march through parts of Asia and Europe. A National Pork Board update says it’s causing increasing disruption to the world’s pork production. Much of the ASF concern centers on China, for good reason, because it’s number one in global pork production. The World Organization for Animal Health now says nearly all of China’s provincial-level administrative units have reported one or more ASF outbreaks. That means all but the far western portion of China now has at least some level of ASF exposure. Official reports now say China has had to cull approximately one million pigs since the outbreak got going last August. However, there are unofficial reports say the actual number of lost animals may be ten times the official number. Economist Steve Meyer with Kerns and Associates, says China’s breeding herd is down 19 percent from a year ago. Total market hogs are down 16 percent from 2018. Non-governmental reports from U.S. pork industry visitors are calling China’s ASF outbreak “endemic,” which means there is little hope of containing the disease or getting rid of it any time soon. Good evidence of this designation is the fact that ASF has now been confirmed in neighboring Vietnam, where 17 provinces in the northern part of the country have confirmed cases of the disease.


DFA Sales Drop More Than $1 Billion in 2018

The largest dairy cooperative in the nation had a “challenging” 2018 and lost a lot in net sales numbers from the previous year. The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative held its annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, and reported that net sales fell by $1.1 billion during 2018. That’s a 7.5 percent decrease over 2017. Net sales in 2018 came in at $13.6 billion, while the previous year’s total was $14.7 billion. As most industry folks expected, the decrease is primarily due to lower milk prices. The all U.S. milk price was 8.2 percent lower than the previous year. Prices averaged $16.20 per hundredweight in 2018 compared with $17.65 per hundredweight the previous year. The cooperative’s net income came in at $108.5 million for 2018. That’s an $18.9 million dollar drop from 2017’s income total of $127.4 million. DFA President and CEO Rick Smith says the past year was challenging for many in the dairy farmer community. “However, DFA remains focused on bringing value to our members,” Smith says. “From marketing members’ milk and offering valuable farm services, to expanding our global presence and making strategic investments to strengthen our commercial portfolio, we’re committed to ensuring a strong and sustainable cooperative.” Despite facing challenges in domestic demand, DFA invested in a new cheese and whey processing facility in Michigan during 2018.


Georgia Student Wins National Collegiate Discussion Meet

Kylie Bruce of Georgia is the winner of this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet. The announcement took place at the Farm Bureau’s FUSION Conference. Bruce was awarded the top prize after a discussion on technology as a driving force for innovation in agriculture. Bruce is studying agriculture education and poultry science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and will receive her associate of science degree in May. For those who don’t know, the Collegiate Discussion Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. Contestants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it. Bruce qualified for the national competition after winning the Georgia Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet. As the national winner, she gets a $3,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation, which sponsors the competitive event. A total of 35 contestants took part in this year’s Collegiate Discussion Meet. The Young Farmer and Rancher Program’s goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other farmers, and realize their full potential as future agricultural leaders.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service