07-31-19 CattleFax: Demand Keeping Beef Business Profitable

CattleFax: Demand Keeping Beef Business Profitable

NAFB News Service via The BARN Herd expansion, export markets, corn crop expectations and swine fever ramifications are among the factors that will have an impact on the upcoming U.S. cattle market. Yet, one industry analyst says cattle producers are managing the market well. Speaking at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, CattleFax CEO Randy Blach says risk management by the cattle industry is paying off…

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07-31-19 Darren Armstrong, North Carolina Farmer, Elected USGC Chairman At Cincinnati Meeting

U.S. Grains Council Chairman Darren Armstrong

Darren Armstrong, North Carolina Farmer, Elected USGC Chairman At Cincinnati Meeting

CINCINNATI, OHIO – July 31, 2019 – The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) elected Darren Armstrong, a farmer from North Carolina representing the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, as chairman of its Board of Directors at its 59th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday.

“To be successful with global trade, you have to find a way to make it happen,” said Armstrong during his incoming comments, announcing his chairman year’s theme “Make Something Happen.”

“That’s why I identify with the Council’s mission,” he said. “Council staff plant seeds where there is opportunity, where the promise of demand can only be matched by the willingness to do the work. The Council does this work every day.”

Armstrong grew up working on his family’s farm alongside his father and two brothers. He has been farming for 26 years in Hyde County, North Carolina, currently producing corn, soybeans and wheat. He studied at the Agricultural Institute of North Carolina State University and has completed industry leadership trainings. He has also won the North Carolina Farm Bureau Discussion Meet as well as the North Carolina Farm Bureau Achievement Award.

Armstrong has been a Council delegate for five years and previously served as the Council’s Trade Policy Advisory Team (A-Team) leader in 2015 and 2016.

Also at their meeting Wednesday, the Board of Delegates elected as secretary-treasurer Chad Willis of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. Additionally, two at-large directors were selected, Brent Boydston, representing Bayer Crop Science, and Josh Miller, representing the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.

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07-31-19 US Senator Gardner Applauds Approval of Colorado Reinsurance Waiver

US Senator Gardner Applauds Approval of Colorado Reinsurance Waiver

Senator pushed CMS directly for this action to lower health insurance costs in CO

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the State of Colorado’sreinsurancewaiver was approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In conversations with CMS, Senator Gardner stressed how critical health insurance cost savings are and emphasized how large of an impact areinsurancewaiver would have for families in Colorado. In May, Gardner wrote to Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Azar in support of Colorado’s waiver application.

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07-31-19 Colorado Governor Polis Announces Federal Approval For Colorado’s Premium-Slashing Reinsurance Program

Colorado Governor Polis Announces Federal Approval For Colorado’s Premium-Slashing Reinsurance Program

DENVER – Gov. Polis released the following statement announcing federal approval for Colorado’s reinsurance program, which will reduce premiums for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans:

“For the first time in history, Coloradans in the individual health insurance market will save an average of 18.2 percent next year. Finally, we’re driving insurance premiums down,” said Governor Jared Polis.

“We are thrilled to announce that Colorado has received federal approval for our reinsurance program, which will directly reduce health care premiums for hundreds of thousands of Colorado families. Bringing down the outrageous cost of health care in our state has been a top priority for my administration from the beginning, and this is a significant milestone on our way toward achieving that goal. We’re already seeing the direct impact this program will have on premiums on the individual market. That’s thousands of dollars in savings that Coloradans can put toward paying the mortgage, saving for college or retirement, taking a family vacation, or just living their lives.”

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07-31-19 NFU: RFS Obligations Must Account for Hardship Waivers

NFU: RFS Obligations Must Account for Hardship Waivers

WASHINGTON – Following the release of its disappointing 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today hosted a public hearing to gather feedback from farmers and other stakeholders on the proposed rule.

The proposal would maintain the current volume of corn ethanol currently required to be supplied to the transportation sector, and would only increase overall biofuel use by 120 million gallons. By contrast, the ongoing misappropriation of RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs) to multinational corporations has eliminated demand for biofuels by 2.6 billion gallons.

National Farmers Union (NFU) has consistently protested the rampant abuse of SREs by sending letters, submitting testimony, joining a lawsuit, and most recently filing a petition. The organization was dissatisfied that, when drafting next year’s RVOs, the EPA ignored numerous requests to account for the damage inflicted on farmers and rural communities by the exemptions.

In a statement released today, NFU President Roger Johnson reiterated the organization’s previous concerns and urged the administration to rectify the oversight in the finalized rule:

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07-31-19 Inside The BARN with Farmers Market Coalition Interim Executive Director Ben Feldman…

Inside The BARN with Farmers Market Coalition Interim Executive Director Ben Feldman

USDA’s 20th Annual National Farmers Market Week August 4-10 & More

The BARN, Briggsddale, CO – July 31, 2019 – Did you know that the USDA is celebrating its 20th anniversary of National Farmers Market Week is August 4th – 10th?  Not too mention, the Farmers Market Coalition is launching its nationwide campaign too. Joining the Co Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss all of that in more detail is  Ben Feldman, Interim Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition…

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BY THE WAY: Colorado Farmers Market Association Offers New Membership Opportunities

The Colorado Farmers Market Association has created brand-new membership categories that recognize how central farmers and ranchers are to farmers markets in the state. The Farmer/Rancher membership category brings farmers’ and ranchers’ voices into CFMA, and a Farm Stand/CSA membership category expands support to farmers who run farm stands or CSAs. Click here for more information and to join.

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07-31-19 US Senators Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Increase Number of Federal Judges in Colorado

US Senators Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Increase Number of Federal Judges in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Colorado’s U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet this week reintroduced legislation to address the Article III judge shortage in Colorado. Colorado has a heavy caseload for its six active judges. Moreover, those judges are all located in Denver, so litigants outside of Denver often travel long distances to attend court. This bipartisan legislation would add two new District Court judgeships for the district of Colorado, and the President of the United States would have the authority to nominate individuals to fill these positions. Continue reading

07-31-19 ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2020 RVOs

ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2020 RVOs

Sioux Falls, SD (July 31, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Communications Director Katie Fletcher testified today during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Fletcher’s testimony highlighted some points which will be detailed in ACE’s written comments to the proposed rule, including (1) the difference between EPA’s proposed 2020 RVO and the real-world effect small refinery exemptions (SREs) have on RFS blending obligations; (2) the need for EPA to reallocate gallons waived for SREs and restore the 500 million gallons unlawfully waived from 2016; and (3) the economic hardship facing farmers and U.S. ethanol facilities.

“The proposed 2020 RVO marks the second compliance year EPA is professing to follow statutory volumes on paper but, in reality, is allowing refiners to escape their lawful responsibility to blend renewable fuel with the petroleum products they make.

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07-31-19 RFA: Coalition Seeks Court Action Forcing EPA to Account for Lost Biofuel Volumes

RFA: Coalition Seeks Court Action Forcing EPA to Account for Lost Biofuel Volumes

An agriculture and biofuels coalition has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to lift a stay it placed on a joint 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from undue harm caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The petition, filed late Tuesday afternoon, asks EPA to revise its Renewable Fuel Standard regulations for setting annual percentage standards of renewable fuel to account for small refinery exemptions the Agency issues retroactively. EPA’s current regulations factor in only future small refinery exemptions granted prior to the compliance year, despite the fact that most of the exemptions granted in recent years have been for compliance periods that had already ended.

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07-31-19 RFA Urges EPA To Address RFS Small Refiner Waivers and Court Remand

RFA Urges EPA To Address RFS Small Refiner Waivers and Court Remand 

In oral testimony presented at a public hearing today in Ypsilanti, Mich., the Renewable Fuels Association urged the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that its 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard final rule prospectively accounts for expected small refinery exemptions and properly addresses a 2017 court order to restore 500 million gallons of blending requirements that were illegally waived by EPA in 2016.
The agency’s proposed rule, published in Monday’s Federal Register, failed to adequately address small refiner exemptions or the court order, stoking fears across the renewable fuels industry that EPA-induced demand destruction could continue in 2020.
“Unfortunately, the market has no faith that the proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations will result in biofuel blending volumes consistent with the RFS standards set by law, including the 15-billion-gallon conventional renewable fuel requirement,” RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman said. “It is a misnomer to call the numbers in the proposal ‘obligations’ as long as small refinery exemptions (SREs) continue to transform the RFS into a voluntary program for roughly one-third of the nation’s refineries.”

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07-31-19 USDA-ARS Hosting Limited Irrigation Research Farm Field Day 2019 in Greeley on August 22nd

USDA-ARS Hosting Limited Irrigation Research Farm Field Day 2019 in Greeley on August 22nd – FREE EVENT

USDA-ARS Central Plains Limited Irrigation Research Farm /Water Management & Systems Research Unit – Field Day 2019

Address: 30900 CR 45, Greeley, Colorado (SE corner of CR45 and CR64) click for map

When: Thursday, August 22nd, 9am – 2pm.

  • Coffee, donuts, and discussion (9:00am – 9:30am)
  • Field tours and demonstrations (9:30am – 11:30pm)
  • Lunch and discussion (11:30am to 2:00pm)

Topics/events:

  • Irrigation scheduling experiment and demonstration with new technology
  • Demonstration of UAV-based remote sensing (canopy temperature, stress, & cover)
  • Demonstration of how crops respond to drought and how they can be designed to perform better
  • Estimating consumptive use (evapotranspiration) under deficit irrigation
  • Measurements to manage and document (monitor) consumptive use savings and support Alternative Ag Water Transfer Methods (including remote sensing)
  • Use of alternative crops to reduce farm water needs

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07-31-19 Currency Realignment Would Boost Economic Outlook for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

Currency Realignment Would Boost Economic Outlook for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – With little relief in sight for persistently low commodity prices, U.S. family farmers and ranchers are facing a bleak economic future. But a bipartisan bill introduced today by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) would help restore prosperity to rural America by correcting an imbalance in U.S. monetary policy.

The Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act (CDJPA) would work to realign the value of the dollar, making U.S. agricultural exports more competitive abroad. By applying a market access charge on foreign investments, the legislation would strategically slow the flood of foreign capital that is currently driving up the dollar’s value to noncompetitive levels. As the value of the dollar declines, U.S. agricultural exports will be more competitive, spurring demand for those goods in markets abroad. As the demand for those products increases, so in turn will the prices paid to U.S. farmers and ranchers. A one percent decline in the value of the dollar could lead to as much as a 2.5 percent increase in the prices of certain crops.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the bill’s introduction:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 31st

U.S. Ethanol Near the Breaking Point?

The Trump Administration’s trade war with China and the surge in small oil refinery RFS exemptions have the U.S. ethanol industry nearing the breaking point. Green Plains Ethanol CEO Todd Becker tells Reuters that the weight of those two factors is becoming almost unbearable. The U.S. ethanol industry growth has stalled in the face of President Trump’s trade war with China, a major ethanol buyer. The small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard handed out to small refineries by the Environmental Protection Agency has seriously cut into demand. The sustained downturn is beginning to take a significant toll. Becker tells Reuters that, “Some plants will slow down, some will shut down, and some will shut down forever.” The president did fulfill a promise to lift the summer ban on higher blends of ethanol. However, the infrastructure the industry needs to deliver it will require time to build. Becker says there are about 2,000 retail stores equipped to supply E85 gasoline, but the industry needs about 10,000 stores to boost demand. Becker did say he feels the industry has been “undisciplined,” continuing to ramp up production while facing weak demand growth and growing supplies.

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EPA Will Rule on Refinery Biofuel Waivers Soon

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will decide soon on the 2018 petitions for small refinery waivers from the Renewable Fuels Standard blending obligations. Administrator Andrew Wheeler says they hope to get through the petitions in the next few weeks. Wheeler visited the Monroe Energy Oil Refinery in Pennsylvania on Monday, telling reporters that, “We’re going through them. We hope to be processing them in the next few weeks and month at the most.” President Trump recently ordered a review of the waiver program, which has been a serious bone of contention between the ethanol and oil industries for some time. An MSN Dot Com article says sources in both the oil and biofuel industries says the waiver decisions were nearly complete before President Trump demanded a review of the program. Both the EPA and the USDA are working to come up with a solution to the problem. The sources also say that the Department of Energy has already provided its scoring results last April on the 40 outstanding 2018 petitions. Trump, looking at possible reelection next year, has struggled to find a balance between oil refiners and corn growers since taking office.

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Lighthizer Promises Ag Wins in Japan Deal

Any potential trade deal between the U.S. and Japan will include big gains for farmers and ranchers. Politico says that statement comes directly from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. He says in written comments to the Senate Finance Committee that ag producers will see “significant new opportunities for agricultural exports” once any agreement gets finalized. The Economic Revitalization Minister from Japan will be in Washington, D.C., for trade discussions on Thursday and Friday. Negotiators tell Politico that they’re hoping to get a mini-deal done quickly that focuses on agriculture and automobiles. They’d like to get it done within the coming weeks and months. An agreement on farm products would be a big boost for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in effect without the United States, American producers fear losing their share of the large Japanese market to competitors like Canada and Australia. Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-noo-chin) will be returning this week from trade negotiations in China and be back in time to meet with Japanese officials.

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China Trying to Boost Pork Production

The Chinese government is looking to battle back against the effects of African Swine Fever. The government has mandated a boost in domestic pork production to shore up supplies and stabilize prices that have been hit hard by the disease. China has lost 13 million tons of pork, which is equal to the entire yearly production level of the U.S. That loss is pushing Chinese officials to go forward with domestic actions, which will help 13 cities in the nation’s top pork-producing province produce 34 million pigs this year. City governments will subsidize pig farms and require banks to make credit and favorable insurance policies available to pig farmers and pork processors. China will earmark a total of $111.6 million from the provincial budget for the effort.  U.S. pork producers are hopeful that a new trade deal with China would get rid of the giant 62 percent tariff that the National Pork Producers Council estimates have caused its producers to miss out on $1 billion in sales.

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African Swine Fever Makes First Appearance in Slovakia

African Swine Fever has made its first appearance in Slovakia. The first confirmed infection showed up on a backyard farm in a village near the border with Hungary. The Director-General of the State Veterinary and Food Administration says it’s the very first case of ASF diagnosed in Slovakia. The disease turned up on a small farm with just four pigs located near the border of Hungary and Ukraine, two countries that have had ASF infections already confirmed. Hundreds of wild boars in Hungary have also been confirmed to have ASF infection this year. Slovakian authorities say all pigs within a three-kilometer radius of the infected farm will be culled. They will also establish a three-kilometer protection zone and a ten-mile surveillance zone. Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com says only the Czech Republic has successfully kept ASF outbreaks under control and was declared free of ASF earlier this year. However, recent outbreaks in Bulgaria and Poland indicate big challenges ahead in keeping the disease from spreading.

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More Softening in Farmland Values in 2019

Farmland values slipped some during the first half of this year in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. However, Farm Credit Services of America says overall that the market for cropland values continues to make adjustments to the current agricultural economy. The value of the 64 benchmark farms that FCSA keeps track of declined an average of 0.59 percent in the first half of this year. Since the farmland market peaked back in 2013, cropland values have dropped 20 percent in Iowa, 21 percent in Nebraska, and 12 percent in South Dakota in the company’s benchmark farmland study. Tim Koch, FCSA’s Chief Credit Officer, says, “Despite continued tight commodity price margins in 2018, real estate values remained stable and were supported by favorable interest rates, market facilitation payments, and equilibrium in supply and demand for real estate.” While Iowa farmland had the biggest decline in value during the benchmark study, values are still up 2.7 percent from a year ago. The average quality of land has not changed in the past year, and buyer demand for high-quality ground remains strong.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-30-19 In Memory of Dale Newland

In Memory of Dale Newland

May 14, 1940 – July 25, 2019

Dale Dean Newland, 79, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Farson, Wyoming. He was a resident of Wyoming for 32 years, and is a former resident of Colorado.

Dale was born on May 14, 1940 in Yuma, Colorado; the son of Joseph W. Newland and Zella Lucille Moser.

He attended schools in Colorado and was a 1958 graduate of Yuma High School. Dale also attended Adams State University in Colorado. Continue reading

101st Weld County Fair Results courtesy of Weld County Extension

101st Weld County Fair Results courtesy of Weld County Extension

Division Champ Results – CLICK HERE

Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Results – CLICK HERE

WCF Jr Livestock Sale Order for July 29th- CLICK HERE

WCF JLS Sale Results *NEW RECORD* – CLICK HERE

Total WCF JLS Sale = $915,100.00  NEW RECORD

48 Sheep Average $2692.78
3 Turkeys Average $3916.66
33 Beef Average $7492.42
2 Rabbits Average $2325.00
99 Swine Average $3589.39
8 Chickens Average $2031.25
54 Goats Average $2788.88
Submitted toThe BARN by:

Carrie Huenink
Treasurer – Weld County Junior Livestock Sale Committee

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON LIVESTREAM @ 3pm MT!

*The attached WCF Jr Livestock Sale results are for sale purchases only and do not include add-ons

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07-30-19 Emerging Markets In India, Africa, Ethanol Focus Of USGC Annual Meeting

Emerging Markets In India, Africa, Ethanol Focus Of U.S. Grains Council Annual Meeting

Scott Sindelar, CEO of Edgewise Trade Advisers and a former USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) official,

(CINCINNATI, OH) – The name of the game in today’s challenging agricultural trade environment is emerging markets, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) set its sights on India, Africa and new opportunities for ethanol sales on Tuesday during its 59th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Cincinnati.

India has shown solid economic growth and is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Its population is very young – 45 percent is under age 25 – but a combination of outdated agricultural policy and regulation is a roadblock for U.S. products in India, said Scott Sindelar, CEO of Edgewise Trade Advisers and a former USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) official, who spoke to the Council’s delegate body.

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07-30-19 Inside the CDA’s Colorado Proud Program with Marketing Specialist Wendy White…

Inside the CDA’s Colorado Proud Program with Marketing Specialist Wendy White…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – July 30 2019 – In case you didn’t know…Colorado Proud is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With that in mind, Colorado Proud is hosting “The Next Generation of Ag Tour” in  August…a month-long commemoration of Colorado Proud’s 20th anniversary, focusing on consumers’ “appetite” for locally-grown food, agricultural relationships and innovation.

And joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the CO Proud Program, its impact and much more is Wendy White, Marketing Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in the Markets Division.

Topics covered within the interview include:

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Colorado Proud Advertising on CBS 4 in Denver. Watch for the new Colorado Proud television ads on CBS 4 in Denver, July-September. We’ll be encouraging consumers to look for the new logo and buy local. Colorado Proud member, Proctor Produce in Rocky Ford, is featured in this year’s ad.

To learn more about the Colorado Proud Program visit www.coloradoproud.org

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07-30-19 NMPF Agrees With Former USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Senate Finance Testimony: Pass USMCA

NMPF Agrees With Former USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Senate Finance Testimony: Pass USMCA

ARLINGTON, Va. – As the Senate Finance Committee convened a hearing today on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern offered the following statement:

“As Secretary Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, testified at today’s hearing, USMCA delivers key wins for America’s dairy farmers and the exports that drive stronger sales. With USMCA, dairy farmers will see more export opportunities and greater trade certainty. Without USMCA, we lose out on $314 million in additional dairy exports. We also lose the benefit of the new rules this deal puts in place, such as key reforms to Canada’s dairy system and stronger safeguards for our cheese exports to Mexico.

“We commend the Senate for spotlighting USMCA’s importance and strongly support the testimony offered by USDEC on how the agreement benefits dairy. To usher in USMCA’s improvements for dairy farmers and build momentum for additional trade agreements with key markets like Japan, we urge swift action to resolve any outstanding issues and secure approval of USMCA.” Continue reading

07-30-19 Colorado State Fair Poetry and Farm and Garden competition entry deadlines are August 5th

 

Colorado State Fair Poetry and Farm and Garden competition entry deadlines are August 5th

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair is accepting online entry forms for its Poetry and Farm and Garden categories through Monday, August 5, 2019.

Now in its third year, the fair’s poetry competition provides a way for writers to share diverse Colorado experiences, and all ages are invited to enter. This year’s poetry competition judge is Barbara Ford, poet and radio show host from Poncha Springs, Colorado. Continue reading