04-15-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 15, 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:

  • National Trade Issues effecting Colorado’s Agriculture (USMCA-ChinaTrade War)
  • Full Day Kindergarten – Was For Now Against
  • 2020 Budget & Self-Induced Recession
  • New Taxes or “Fees” from the CO Dept of Revenue (Fertilizer Tax – Ex-Military Vehicle Title Issue – Conservation Easement Problem)
  • Thoughts about curent Recalls of Laws, Legislators & the Governor
  • Thoughts about Steve Silvermans selection as next CO Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture & the direction of the CDA in general
  • Road Safety this Spring as it pertains to Agriculture Equipment
  • & More

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



04-15-19 CO Commissioner of Agriculture Greenberg’s “Meet & Greet Tour” Continues April 25th in Yuma…

Join the Colorado Livestock Association as the host a meet and greet with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg in Yuma, CO at 5:30 pm Thursday April 25, 2019 at the Yuma Community Center (421 E. 2nd Ave., Yuma, CO 80759).

For more information about the CDA Commissioner Greenberg’s “Meet & Greet Tour” stops visit…

04-15-19 RMFU Appreciates Governor’s Shout Out of Cooperative Development Center

RMFU Appreciates Governor’s Shout Out of Cooperative Development Center

Dan Hobbs, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Lead Cooperative specialist, along with cooperative attorney Jason Weiner and a handful of other leaders, attended the Governor’s signing of an executive order in support of employee ownership on April 10 in Colorado Springs. RMFU is especially pleased that the Governor mentioned the enduring importance of cooperatives to agriculture. RMFU’s Cooperative Development Center is working closely with Betsy Markey and the OEDIT to coordinate services and support for worker, consumer- and producer-controlled democratic businesses in Colorado. Continue reading

04-15-19 RMFU: Governor Polis Signs Farm Stand Bill

RMFU: Governor Polis Signs Farm Stand Bill 

Joined by bill sponsors Representative Jeni Arndt and Senator Kerry Donovan, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1191 (Allow Farm Stands on Any Size Principal Use Site) into law.

The bill defines “farm stand” to mean a temporary or permanent structure used for the sale and display of agricultural products resulting from agricultural operations that are conducted on the principal use site on which the farm stand is located. The bill permits a farm stand to be located on a parcel of any size. Continue reading

04-15-19 RMFU: Colorado Lawmakers Send Spending Bills To Governor Polis

RMFU: Colorado Lawmakers Send Spending Bills To Governor Polis

By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado

The FY2019-20 Long Bill conference committee report has been finalized and accepted by the House and the Senate – and the Long Bill is on its way to Governor Jared Polis. Due to the limited March revenue forecast, many amendments proposed by the House and Senate were removed by the JBC. The few successful changes to remain intact added funds for aging services, rural economic development, food banks, and suicide prevention. Honoring the initial deal made in the Senate, $100 million has been set aside for transportation legislation. Other major investments include $120 million for higher education to keep resident tuition flat, and $77 million to buy down the K12 Budget Stabilization Factor. Continue reading

04-15-19 CSU SEA Extension Says: Colorado MyPI


The first class of MyPI (My Preparedness Initiative) was held in Crowley County the first week of April.  A huge thank you goes out to the fire departments in the towns of Crowley and Olney Springs, and especially to Justan Grafel for his coordination and help with class instruction.  MyPI is a national program offered through CSU Extension 4-H designed to train youth, ages 13 to 19, to be prepared for emergency situations.  After instruction, each class member is required to develop a preparedness plan and contact list for their family and six others.  They also have to put together a preparedness kit to be used if they have to shelter in place.  These kits are to include food and supplies for three days. Continue reading

04-15-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations of Extreme Importance to U.S. Beef and Pork

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations of Extreme Importance to U.S. Beef and Pork

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DENVER, CO – April 15, 2019 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has confirmed that initial meetings aimed at reaching a trade agreement with Japan will be held April 15-16.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom notes that it is extremely important for rapid progress to be made in these negotiations if U.S. beef and pork are to remain competitive in the largest value destination for U.S. red meat.

Halstrom on U.S.-Japan launch 4-15-18 Continue reading

04-15-19 CLA Members Elect Officers and Directors

CLA Members Elect Officers and Directors

At the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, April 4, 2019, the members of the Colorado Livestock Association elected officers and directors. CLA would like to congratulate the new leadership and thank the existing officers and directors for their time and service to the livestock industry.

Tom Wernsman, Wernsman Feeders, Fleming, Colo. was re-elected to serve as the Treasurer for a one year term.

Case Gabel, Magnum Feedyard, Wiggins, Colo. was re-elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.

John Mrozinzki, Producers Feedlot, LLC, Greeley, Colo. was elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.

Russ Moss, Rusco Land and Cattle, LLC, Ault, Colo. was elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.

2019-2020 Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors Continue reading

04-15-19 Upcoming Changes to the May 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report

Upcoming Changes to the May 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report




WASHINGTON – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule redefining waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Through the proposed rule, the agencies clarify the definition of jurisdictional waters designated under the CWA.

“NACD appreciates the certainty provided by this definition,” NACD President Tim Palmer said. “America’s farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land. This clarified definition reduces the complexity of the rule, enabling landowners and operators to responsibly manage their resources and prioritize production of the nation’s food, fuel and fiber.” Continue reading

04-15-19 CO Commissioner of Agriculture Greenberg’s “Meet & Greet Tour” Continues May 9th in Alamosa

Two more Meet and Greet stops featuring Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg have been scheduled for Thursday, May 9th in Alamosa, Colorado:

  • Vista’s Retaurant, 77 Stadium Drive from 5-6pm MT
  • Town Hall in the Carson Auditorium at Adams State University, 1603 First Street from 6-7:30pm MT

The event is OPEN to the public and refreshments are provided.

Sponsored by: the SLV Farmers Union, Alamosa County Farm Bureau, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, SLV Cattlemen’s Association, Salazar Rio Grande Del Norte Center at Adams State University and by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Continue reading

04-15-19 Red Angus Adds EID Tags to Increase Options for Producers

A Red Angus feeder calf sports the popular yellow tag, indicating enrollment in the Feeder Calf Certification Program

Red Angus Adds EID Tags to Increase Options for Producers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA Director of Communications (785) 448-0239  brandi@redangus.org

Denver – The Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program, the oldest and best-recognized USDA Process Verified Program in the beef industry, recently added a new tagging option. Producers utilizing Red Angus genetics can now enroll their calves in the FCCP and Allied Access programs and purchase standalone EID tags. These “button-only” tags still meet the PVP requirements outlined by the USDA. More cattle feeders and packers are requesting EID-tagged cattle and this new option enables commercial cattlemen and women to meet that demand while retaining complete access to all FCCP and AA marketing alternatives.

“Red Angus is excited to bring standalone EID tags to our already successful Feeder Calf Certification Program. We want to make sure our customers are receiving the best possible value when ordering tags and investing their money in Red Angus genetics. We look forward to expanding our array of tag options and know it will provide a positive return on investment for Red Angus producers,” said Chessie Mitchell, RAAA tag programs coordinator.” Continue reading

04-15-19 RACA: FCC Announces 5G Effort to Boost Rural Communities and Businesses

FCC Announces 5G Effort to Boost Rural Communities and Businesses

(WASHINGTON) – The Rural & Agriculture Council of America (RACA) applauds today’s announcement by The White House and FCC to invest in improving next generation connectivity and access for rural Americans. Under the FCC’s 5G Fast Plan, President Trump and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announced the largest commercial spectrum auction in FCC history, freeing up more airwaves for the private sector to enhance their quality of service and lay the foundation for networks of the future.

RACA Vice President Chris Skorupa issued the following statement:

“Their announcement of a $20.4 billion ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Fund’ will help underserved areas’ access to broadband over the next 10 years through a series of incentives intended to stimulate private sector competition and investment in much-needed broadband infrastructure”. Continue reading

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Trump, Senators Meet Regarding Stalled Disaster Aid

Senators from states that are still recovering from natural disasters met with President Trump at the White House to talk about stalled disaster aid. The House passed a bill that failed to advance in the Senate. Politico says the legislation has been bogged down for months over a dispute about U.S. aid to Puerto Rico. Roll Call Dot Com says Hurricane Maria battered the island in 2017 and Congress set aside billions of dollars in assistance. However, some $20 billion in rebuilding aid hasn’t been spent yet and President Trump has accused Puerto Rico officials of mismanaging the aid. Senate Republicans have introduced a $13 billion aid package, which includes $600 million in additional assistance to Puerto Rico. Democrats want an additional $462 million for the long-term rebuilding of the country. House Democrats introduced a $17.2 billion bill last week that builds on the House version while adding an additional $3 billion to help Midwest flooding victims recover. Another winter storm dumped heavy snow on parts of the Plains and the Midwest last week. At one point, almost 90,000 people were without power in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The additional precipitation and snowmelt could cause another surge in the Missouri River after severe flooding swamped farmlands and grain storage sites last month.


U.S. Pork Still Pushing for Quick Trade Agreement with Japan

The U.S. pork industry is pushing for trade talks with Japan to get underway immediately. Politico says the industry is lobbying the administration to move quickly in striking a favorable deal. Nick Giordano (Jee-oar-DAH-no), vice president and counsel for the National Pork Producers Association, spoke during a recent media roundtable. He says the 11-nation CPTPP, which is the new name for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has squeezed out U.S companies that are already being hit hard by retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico. “The pork industry is on no less than three retaliation lists,” Giordano says. “I’m not sure there’s another industry in our country that’s on three lists. It’s an immediate hair-on-fire issue.” He says a lot of people really don’t know what’s at stake in Japan. It’s the pork industry’s biggest-value market and “the math says we have a big problem.” Politico says there was a slight glimmer of hope for the pork industry. China bought more than 77,000 metric tons of U.S. pork last week as African Swine Fever continues spreading throughout parts of Asia. It’s the biggest weekly sale to China since the USDA began keeping records.  


Rabobank Says ASF Will Create Large Protein Shortfall

Production losses from African Swine Fever have exceeded initial estimates. When you combine the shortfalls in China with those in the rest of Asia where the disease has popped up, Rabobank says there are both challenges and opportunities for protein exporters. Rabobank says it expects China’s pork production losses to total between 25 and 30 percent. The disease is also in Vietnam, where productions losses will reach 10 percent. ASF has also reached into Cambodia and Europe. Animal protein companies that have the necessary supply, as well as access to Chinese and Asian markets, will likely benefit from the impact of ASF. The European Union, the U.S., and Brazil appear to be in the best place to respond to the increased import demand for pork and other animal proteins in China and Asia. However, the disease outbreak in eastern Europe could potentially restrict the amount of available European exports. The U.S. is a major pork producer, yet the tariffs in place on U.S. pork exports to China are restricting current trade opportunities. The U.S. is also a major poultry exporter but can’t send shipments to China because of a ban that’s in place thanks to avian influenza back in 2015.


Fewer Biofuel Waivers in the Future

In a statement sure to please ethanol backers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may grant fewer waivers that exempt small refineries from the country’s biofuel policy. Reuters says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler feels that move can be made because lower prices for blending credits have made the cost of compliance lower. The administration’s recent use of those waivers to save the oil industry money has drawn the ire of the corn lobby, which claims the exemptions have been overused and threaten demand for corn-based ethanol. The waivers have been handed out at a time when farmers are already struggling financially. During the Trump Administration, the EPA has granted far more waivers than at any time in the past. In an interview with Reuters, Wheeler says the prices of the Renewable Identification Numbers have fallen, easing the financial strain on refineries in complying with the biofuel blending requirements. “RIN prices have been relatively low and relatively calm since last spring,” Wheeler says, “so that tells me that there should be less economic harm in the refining industry now than there was a year ago.”


Veterinary Association Applauds Bill to Address Vet Shortage

The American Veterinary Association is happy about the re-introduction in Congress of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. It’s an important bill to the industry because if it’s passed, it will play a critical role in addressing shortages of food animal and public health veterinarians in rural and agricultural communities. “Veterinary shortages are one of the many significant challenges facing farmers and ranchers today,” says AVMA President Dr. John De Jong (Young). “If we don’t take steps to address these shortages, we’ll likely see an increase in animal disease incidents that impact our economy and even public health.” De Jong says they’re very grateful to all lawmakers who’ve been supportive of the legislation. The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture designated 190 regions in 44 states as suffering from shortages of food animal or public health veterinarians, the most in the program’s history. Student debt is a key cause of the shortage. Students typically graduate with $180,000 in debt. Careers as a food animal vet typically pay less than a career as a companion animal vet.


Livestock Producers Pleased with Bernhardt Confirmation

Ethan Lane, senior executive director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands, says the confirmation of David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior is good news for livestock producers. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Secretary and are glad he can finally focus on the Department of Interior’s critical work,” Lane says. “While we celebrate the new Secretary’s confirmation, several senior positions at the Interior Department remain vacant.” Lane says they’re asking the administration to get those vacant spots filled as quickly as possible. In the meantime, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says Bernhardt reinvigorated multiple-use management of America’s public lands while serving as Deputy and then Acting Secretary. “This included regulatory efforts to reform implementation of the Endangered Species Act, streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as promoting outcome-based grazing across our nation’s rangelands,” Duvall says. “He also implemented policies to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the West.” Duvall says they look forward to working with the new Secretary on behalf of all farmers and ranchers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service