04-25-19 USDA NASS-Colorado Livestock Slaughter Report

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in March, down 2 percent from the  4.52 billion pounds produced in March 2018.
Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 4 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.65 million  head, down 2 percent from March 2018. The average live weight was down 19 pounds from the previous year, at 1,339

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04-22-19 CO Commissioner of Agriculture Greenberg’s “Meet & Greet Tour” Continues April 25 in Yuma and April 26 in Ft Morgan…

Greenberg To Host Meet-And-Greet For Farmers, Ranchers in Yuma, Ft. Morgan

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg will host a meet-and-greet event in Yuma and Fort Morgan, with Governor Jared Polis planning on attending the Fort Morgan event. Continue reading

04-25-19 CPW Sends Three Million Kokanee Salmon into Blue Mesa Reservoir

Colorado Parks and Wildlife sends Three Million Kokanee Salmon into Blue Mesa Reservoir

GUNNISON, Colo. – In an annual ritual conducted to provide anglers with a unique sport-fishing opportunity, Colorado Parks and Wildlife sent 3.1 million kokanee fingerlings to Blue Mountain Reservoir on the evening of April 24.

After hatching at the Roaring Judy Hatchery north of Gunnison last fall, the fingerlings were released from the hatchery raceways into the East River as they are every year. The young kokanee move with the flowing water about three miles to the confluence of the Gunnison River; and then they travel another 20 miles into Blue Mesa Reservoir where they grow up.

“The habitat for these land-locked sockeye salmon is spot-on at Blue Mesa Reservoir,” said Seth Firestone, hatchery manager at Roaring Judy. “There’s lots of deep, open water and there’s abundant zooplankton for the kokanee to feed on.” Continue reading

04-25-19 CO Ag Commissioner Greenberg Announces Peck as CDA’s New Director of Communications and Public Awareness

CO Ag Commissioner Greenberg Announces Peck as CDA’s New Director of Communications and Public Awareness

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg has named Mary Peck as the agency’s new Director of Communications and Public Awareness.  In the role, Peck will be responsible for coordinating communications on behalf of the Department in an effort to promote agency activities, consumer education and staff outreach. Peck will work with the Governor’s Office, Department senior management, state and federal partners, industry organizations, staff, the media and the public to achieve the goals of the position.
“Mary brings a wealth of ideas, energy, and experience to the position. Her personal agricultural roots and devotion to rural communities will help drive her work here at CDA.  We’re lucky to have Mary on board. She will be a great asset to Colorado’s agricultural community.” said Greenberg.

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04-25-19 Inside The BARN with Colorado’s New Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Steve Silverman…

Inside The BARN with Colorado’s New Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Steve Silverman…

Background, Duties, CDA Strategic Plan,  CO State Fair, Colorado Crisis Services & More

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – April 25, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado’s NEW Deputy Ag Commissioner Steve Silverman, and will be discussing several topics including:


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04-25-19 Nominations Open for 2020 Potatoes USA Board Members

Nominations Open for 2020 Potatoes USA Board Members

Potatoes USA announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2020-2023 term. The board is seeking nominees to fill a total of 73 open seats for producers from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Importers. Continue reading

04-25-19 CPW issues citation for illegal possession of wildlife to university professor, remains in support of study on West Nile Virus

CPW issues citation for illegal possession of wildlife to university professor, remains in support of study on West Nile Virus

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have closed an investigation looking into reports of illegal possession of wildlife by a university professor.

Dr. Gregory Ebel, professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, was issued a citation for illegal possession of five crows and fined $208. He was also issued a warning on the other 32 crows held in possession that were being used for a study on West Nile Virus. Continue reading

04-25-19 Inside the NACD with 1st Vice-President Michael Crowder…

Inside the NACD w/1st VP Michael Crowder…

NACD Awarded Pollinator Partnership Grant, NACD files WOTUS Comments, Upcoming NACD Summer Meeting and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) April 25, 2019 – Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts… First Vice-President Michael Crowder discusses several issues pertinent to the agriculture, locally-led conservation efforts and to the NACD, including:


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04-25-19 NFU: New Bill Would Help Farmers Reorganize Debt

NFU: New Bill Would Help Farmers Reorganize Debt

VIA NFU Email on April 25, 2019 – Last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives introduced the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, which would expand family farmers’ access to relief under Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy rules. A companion bill was submitted in the Senate three weeks earlier. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for April 25th

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U.S.-China Talks Resume Next Week

The U.S. and China will resume trade talks next week. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to China to meet with trade officials along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. China is also expected to return to the U.S. for negotiations on May 8th. Next week’s discussions will cover intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement, according to a White House statement. Both sides appear hopeful to reach a draft agreement by the end of May. The negotiations, which stem from the tit-for-tat trade war last year, bring hope that tariffs will come to an end for U.S. agriculture. However, the ongoing African swine fever outbreak in China, which is forcing a more than 20 percent drop in China’s hog production, will also reduce demand for soybeans and feed products, a top agriculture export product for the United States. If the two sides can reach a favorable agreement, the U.S. could be in a position to provide addition pork exports to China to cover the production loss.

Farm Bank Lending Rises to $108 Billion in 2018

U.S. farm banks increased agricultural lending by 5.3 percent, or $5.5 billion, to $108 billion in 2018. The American Bankers Association recently released its annual Farm Bank Performance Report. The report found that in 2018, farm banks’ asset quality remained healthy and non-performing loans stayed at a pre-recession level of 0.52 percent of total loans. The report is an analysis by ABA’s economic research team based on FDIC data and examines the performance of the nation’s 1,700 banks that specialize in agricultural lending. ABA defines farm banks as banks whose ratio of domestic farm loans to total domestic loans is greater than or equal to the industry average. More than 94 percent of farm banks were profitable in 2018, with more than 63 percent reporting an increase in earnings. Farm banks also served as job creators, adding more than 1,500 jobs in 2018, a 1.8 percent increase, and employing more than 86,000 rural Americans. Since 2008, employment at farm banks has risen 24.4 percent.

R-CALF Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Beef Packers

The Scott+Scott law firm has filed a class action lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago on behalf of R-CALF USA and four cattle-feeding ranchers from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming. The suit alleges the nation’s four largest beef packers violated U.S. antitrust laws, the Packers and Stockyards Act, and the Commodity Exchange Act by unlawfully depressing prices paid to American ranchers. The complaint was filed against Tyson Foods, Inc., JBS S.A., Cargill, Inc., and National Beef Packing Company, LLC. The suit claims the packers, which purchase and processes more than 80 percent of U.S. fed cattle, conspired to depress the price of fed cattle they purchased from American ranchers, thereby inflating their own margins and profits since January of 2015. The class action lawsuit seeks to recover losses suffered by two classes believed harmed by packers alleged conduct. The first class includes cattle producers who sold fed cattle to any one of the companies from January 2015 to the present. The second class consists of traders who transacted live cattle futures or options contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from January 2015 to the present.

New York Mayor Announced Own Green New Deal

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Green New Deal of his own this week, calling for a reduction in purchases of processed meats in New York City. The deal, according to the mayor’s office, would ensure a near 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. The plan was passed by the New York City Council last week. As part of the plans waste and carbon reductions, it calls for the city to end “unnecessary purchases of single-use plastic foodware, phase out the purchase of processed meat, reduce the purchase of beef by 50 percent and commit to a carbon neutral City fleet by 2040.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said of the deal he is “particularly thrilled” that the city “has taken up our mantle to reduce our overconsumption of meat through the phasing out of processed meat purchasing and the reduction of beef purchasing.” The New York Green New Deal also bans the “inefficient” steel and glass skyscrapers that adorn the city, and calls for vast changes to make current building more efficient.

Tariffs Could Skyrocket Tomato Prices in the U.S.

Threatened tariffs could hike U.S. tomato prices between 40 and 85 percent. Research commissioned by the Fresh Produce Association of America suggests that if the U.S. withdraws from the Tomato Suspension Agreement on May 7, and applies duties on Mexican tomatoes, consumer prices could rise up to 40 percent in the period from May to December. During other periods, such as winter, prices for certain varieties like vine-ripened tomatoes, tomatoes on the vine and Romas could rise more than 85 percent. At the request of tomato growers from Florida, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the U.S. would end the current suspension agreement between the two countries. By doing so, the U.S. would resume an anti-dumping investigation that could result in steep duties on Mexican tomatoes. The Tomato Suspension Agreement is an agreement suspending the antidumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico, which stops Mexico from dumping tomato exports on the U.S. market.


Study: Red Meat Safe Shelf Life Seven Weeks

A new study suggests red meat can safely be stored for up to seven weeks. Advancements in storage and vacuum packaging may extend the shelf life of red meat, according to researchers from the British Meat Producers Association and Meat and Livestock Australia. The research indicated that raw beef doesn’t become toxic with the bacterium that causes botulism until 50 days after first developing spores. The beef needed to be chilled at 46 degrees Fahrenheit or below, noting that it takes 45 days for lamb and 25 days for pork to land in similar circumstances at the same temperature. U.K. officials initially set a shelf-life rule of ten days for fresh beef in 1992, with revised guidance issued in 2008. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the findings could give meat processors the ability to apply longer retail shelf lives to their products, benefitting consumers and the environment thanks to lower levels of food waste and improved sustainability.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service