05-30-19 Inside Colorado Corn with Dave Cure & Kim Reddin…

Inside Colorado Corn with Dave Cure & Kim Reddin…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – May 30, 2019 – Joininig the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is Stratton CO Corn Farmer Dave Cure, CCGA Public Policy Chair, Director 6 (Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Washington Counties) & CO Corn Communications Director Kim Reddin discussing numerous issues pertinent to the corn industry in the nation and more importantly to those here in Colorado, including:

  • Market Facilitation Program for 2019 *Preliminary Info – Suubject to Change*
  • Ethanol Update – EU lifts Duty on U.S. Ethanol, The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 & Year-round E-15 announcement expected soon.
  • Farm Bill Signup reminder – ARC/PLC choice for 2019-2020 should be in late Sept/early Oct.; Silveus – Sponsor of CCGA has a financial tool – coming to you this summer via CCGA in our District Visits, to be announced soon; Partner organization SWCA will have guidelines and we/CCGA will make these available later this summer & Other Sign-Ups and Deadlines
  • Final thoughts


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05-30-19 CU School of Medicine partnering with CSU to open medical school branch

CU School of Medicine partnering with CSU to open medical school branch

AURORA, Colo. – The University of Colorado School of Medicine is in the planning stages of establishing a medical school branch in Fort Collins in partnership with Colorado State University.

The partnership aims to create a training program that builds on the strengths of both universities, joining CU School of Medicine’s leading medical education and research programs with CSU’s expertise in human, animal, and public health. The partners expect to enroll the first students in the program in 2021.

“We are pleased to forge this partnership with CSU to expand the opportunities for medical education in the state of Colorado,” said Donald Elliman, Jr., chancellor for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Together, we are able to offer an education based on outstanding programs at both campuses and to improve the quality of health care for all in Colorado.”

CSU President and Chancellor Tony Frank, PhD, said: “As university leadership, we have long contemplated and discussed bringing together our two world-class medical education programs at CSU and CU. In the last year and half, our teams have worked together on this project, and I am enormously proud of everyone who has worked so diligently to make it a reality.” Continue reading

05-30-19 CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

Denver, Colo. – The Colorado State University System has selected Colorado-based design firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to complete the CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, one of three buildings comprising the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center redevelopment.

The CSU Center for Food and Agriculture will provide compelling public spaces, experiential learning opportunities and impactful research in food systems, furthering CSU’s mission as part of the National Western Center redevelopment to be a global leader in the intersection of food, water, and health. Part of that mission involves K-12 education, interactive learning opportunities for families, cutting-edge research, and authentic community outreach. The CSU System will break ground on its three-building campus in 2020 and expects to complete the project in 2022.

“Our focus at the National Western Center is to create spaces for every visitor to find inspiration and learn,” said Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System. “CSU will flip the traditional university model on its head to create a new global model for higher education, for research and experiences. Drawing students, tourists, families, and thought-leaders together to explore, discover, and work to solve the most pressing global problems of our time around water, food, sustainability, and health.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Annual fundraiser supports local agricultural education programs

Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin – May 30, 2019– Culver’s guests showed their support in a big way for agricultural education on Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day, donating more than $104,000. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and involved guests donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard.

The proceeds raised across Culver’s over 700 restaurants will go to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations.

“Each guest who bought a scoop of frozen custard helped us make a real difference in supporting local agricultural education programs,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “It’s amazing to see the support our guests show on Scoops of Thanks Day.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Inside the BARN with NACD w/Second Vice President Kim LaFleur…

Inside the BARN with NACD w/Second Vice President Kim LaFleur…

Gray Wolf Delisting, Farm Bill Implementation, Signups & Deadlines, NACD Summer Conference, Upcoming CACD Events & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – May 30, 2019- Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Kim LaFleur, who serves as Second Vice President on the Board of Directors weighs in on several issues from her home state of Massachusetts, including:

  • Delisting of the Gray Wolf – Comment Period Extended until July 15th
  • Farm Bill Implementation
  • Signups & Deadlines
  • NACD’s Upcoming Summer Conservation Forum & Tour in Santa Fe, NM August 2-6
  • Upcoming Colorado Association of Conservation District Events (2019 Camp Rocky & 75th CACD Annual Meeting)
  • & more


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05-30-19 CDA partners with numerous state agencies to create hemp advancement and planning initiative

CDA partners with numerous state agencies to create hemp advancement and planning initiative

Broomfield, CO – In response to the recent passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, commonly known as the Farm Bill, Governor Polis has signed the Hemp Regulation Alignment With 2018 Federal Farm Bill, in addition to the Industrial Hemp Products Regulation Bill. The bill signings will further establish Colorado as an innovating force in the promotion of this high-value agricultural commodity.
The Farm Bill enables every state department of agriculture to submit a hemp management plan to the USDA outlining how various aspects of hemp cultivation and processing will be managed within their jurisdiction. As a result, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is partnering with eight state agencies to establish a statewide initiative known as the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan (the CHAMP).
The CHAMP initiative is a large stakeholder-based project that will bring together top subject matter experts from higher education, regulatory fields and private industry to explore important questions regarding the advancement and management of the hemp industry in Colorado. These stakeholders will take part in guided discussions and will provide a perspective on a number of critical issues. Their input will help create a comprehensive roadmap to provide clarity and consensus on how to advance Colorado’s hemp industry.
“In keeping with CDA’s core mission to continuously strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture and foster responsible stewardship, a key objective of the CHAMP initiative is to define a structured supply chain and establish a strong market for the state’s farming communities,” said Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. “Working closely with our colleagues at other Colorado agencies as well as farmers and experts across the state will help ensure the success of this unprecedented project.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

Trade, USDA Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee Work, CO Proud, Hemp/Marijuana & More

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 30, 2019 –  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is CDA Markets Division Director Tom Lipetzky discussing several topics including:

  • TRADE – USMCA, Japan & China Tade War Impacts
  • USDA Trade Aid 2.0 – New MFP Program
  • USDA Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee Update
  • 20th Anniversary of the Colorado Proud Program
  • Hemp & Marijuana Legislation Signed into law by CO Gov Polis & Impacts on CO Ag Industry
  • & More


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Bloomberg: EPA Ready Scrap Rin Market Reform

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly ready to scrap RIN market reforms as it readies a rule to allow year-round E15 sales. Bloomberg News reports the shift comes as the agency races to meet a May 31 rulemaking deadline. The official summer driving season starts Saturday, leaving little time to announce the rule. The RIN market modifications are part of the same rule allowing year-round E15. However, for the rule to benefit drivers this year, it’s thought that the rule must be finalized before the summer driving season. The market reforms would have implemented trading restrictions on RIN credits. While the EPA may be backing off the aggressive RIN market reforms, agency officials will apparently continue to evaluate other market changes requested by President Trump. Year-round E15 sales is a welcome move by the U.S. biofuel industry and corn farmers because it has the potential to increase demand for U.S. ethanol.

China a More Reliable Trade Partner than U.S.

An analysis from a German bank calls China a more stable trading partner than the United States. Commerzbank, a self-described international commercial bank with branches and offices in almost 50 countries, announced the report this week. In its study,  61 percent of respondents expect a gloomier economic outlook for the next couple of years. The report cites political and economic troubles, assessing China as a more stable trade partner than the United States or Great Britain. The survey polled roughly 2,000 German-based companies, of which just over half were exporters. More than two-thirds of the companies surveyed have a physical presence in the United States. The report comes as the U.S. is embattled in multiple trade negotiations, including the final steps of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, the start of talks with Japan, and the trade war with China. Talks remain stalled with China after nearly reaching an agreement, and the trade war between the U.S. and China continues to escalate as a result.

China Could Take Years to Tame ASF

China’s recovery and attempt to reign in African swine fever may take years, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. China, the world’s biggest pork producer, could see up to 200 million pigs die or culled this year because of the virus, prompting shortages of pork locally and promising global change to pork production and exports. OIE Deputy Director General Matthew Stone told Reuters, “China is going to deal with this African swine fever for many years to come.” Those comments echoed a statement by Dr. Dave Pyburn of the National Pork Board last week. In a panel discussion to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Pyburn told attendees “it’s there, and it’s going to stay there,” adding “I’m not going to say that in five years that it would be over with.” This week, the OIE launched a global initiative, to be coordinated with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, to try to keep the disease in check. The initiative seeks to control the disease and strengthen prevention and preparation efforts.

House Ag Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on USDA Relocation Plans

The House Agriculture Committee announced a subcommittee hearing next week on the proposed relocation of two Department of Agriculture agencies. The committee plans the hearing, “Examining the Impacts of Relocating USDA Research Agencies on Agriculture Research,” for Wednesday, June 5. Members of the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research subcommittee will examine the proposed move of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA is expected to soon announce the final site proposals for the two agencies, after narrowing the list down to three. USDA says the list includes the Kansa City metro, Research Triangle Park near Raleigh, North Carolina, and multiple potential locations in Indiana. The plan faces pushback from some lawmakers and USDA employees, as employees of the Economic Research Service voted this month to unionize, joining the American Federation of Government Employees. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture plans a similar vote in June. USDA says the move would cut costs, improve employee wellbeing and cost of living, and bring the agencies closer to stakeholders.

Canada’s Realized Net Farm Income Declines

2018 realized net farm income for Canadian farmers fell 45 percent from 2017, the biggest annual drop since 2006. Statistics Canada released the data this week that shows realized income for the year at C$3.9 billion, falling on stagnant farm cash receipts against significant increases in feed, fuel and interest costs. Farm income fell just 2.8 percent in 2017 from 2016. AgCanada reports realized net income is the difference between a farmer’s cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation, plus income in kind — not to be confused with “total net farm income,” defined as realized net income adjusted for changes in farmer-owned inventories of crops and livestock. Total net farm income dropped to C$3 billion in 2018, decreasing across all provinces, mainly on lower on-farm stocks of barley, corn, non-durum wheat and soybeans and lower cattle and calf inventories. Farm expenses were up in every province, totaling C$50.6 billion, up 6.5 percent from 2017 for the largest percentage increase since 2012.

Late Planting with Grain Sorghum Could Provide Farmers Opportunity

As farmers seek a solution to the prolonged wet spring and lack of planting, National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Checkoff are reminding producers grain sorghum is an option that can provide opportunity to growers. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plant deadlines loom, need to keep a few considerations in mind when planting grain sorghum, according to NSP. Grain sorghum can typically be planted later than other crops, and sorghum is a lower risk option, specifically as it relates to seed costs. For example, sorghum seed typically costs $9-$18 per acre depending on seeding rate, while corn seed typically costs $55-$110 an acre depending on seeding rate and traits. Harvest costs are often lower, as well. NSP CEO Tim Lust says “despite trade uncertainty, demand for feed grain remains strong across the globe.” Interested growers should contact National Sorghum Producers for more information on local bids and crop information.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service