Take an Agriculture and Foods Tour of Chile in Feb 2020 with CSU Extension – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Take an Agriculture and Foods Trip to Chile in Feb 2020 with CSU Extension – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Agricultural & Foods Tour To Chile With Colorado State University Extension

Colorado State University Extension and the Pueblo County Extension team are always looking for ways to bring education and new ideas to their clients. One of the things that producers are often interested in is how they can increase profitability on their ag operations. Some of the key elements that arise with this question are the potential for wider risk management techniques, lengthening growing season, reducing water usage, diversifying ag enterprises on a farm, developing new markets, and a greater understanding of import/export markets. Continue reading

07-19-19 CSU Ext: Western bean cutworm and spider mites in field corn

Western bean cutworm and spider mites in field corn

by Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University Extension

Western bean cutworm (WBC) moths began to emerge in most part of northeastern Colorado.  According to the historic pheromone trap data, the moth flight will continue until middle of August in Colorado. The peak population of the moth usually occurs between the last week of July and first week of August.

Western bean cutworm is a pest of both corn and dry beans. In dry bean, pheromone traps may be used to monitor moth populations and make treatment (https://wiki.bugwood.org/HPIPM:Main_Page).

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 1,030,000 head as of July 1, 2019. The latest inventory was 3 percent below the previous month’s inventory,
but 11 percent above the July 1, 2018 inventory. The inventory included 520,000 steers and steer calves, no change from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 510,000 head, are up 24 percent from a year ago. Cattle
feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during June 2019. This was 7 percent above the previous month’s marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 135,000
cattle and calves were placed on feed during June, 16 percent below the previous month’s placements and 7 percent below June 2018 placements. Of the number placed in June, 19 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from
600 to 699 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 22 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 22 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for June, at 5,000 head, was down 5,000 head from last month and the
same as last year.

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07-19-19 USDA Awards Agricultural Trade Promotion Funding

USDA Awards Agricultural Trade Promotion Funding

Washington, D.C., July 19, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $100 million to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP)to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets.
In May, President Trump authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs to support farmers, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. ATP is one of three programs that will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.
“China and other nations haven’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices,” Secretary Perdue said. “At USDA, we are always looking to expand existing markets or open new ones and this infusion of money will do just that. American farmers are so productive that we need to continue to expand our markets wherever we can to sell the bounty of the American harvest.”

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07-19-19 Colorado Prairie Music Festival Wraps Up on Aug. 10 with Ned LeDoux & Randall King

Colorado Prairie Music Festival Wraps Up on Aug. 10 with Ned LeDoux & Randall King 

HUGO, Colo. (July 19, 2019) — Country musicians Ned LeDoux and Randall King will conclude the third annual Colorado Prairie Music Festival in style on Aug. 10 in Hugo, Colorado. Get a taste of Colorado’s Eastern Plains while taking in this boot stompin’ concert that wraps up the 124th annual Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo in style.

Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo – Small-Town Americana

Make a day (or several) of it with free admission to the Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo, Aug. 5 to 10, full of fun activities for all ages, small-town style. Before the concert on Aug. 10, expect bounce houses, obstacle courses, food booths, unique vendors, horse races and two performances of the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) Rodeo displaying the talent and bravery of some of the state’s finest cowboys and cowgirls. Plus, there is a morning parade, VFW and Shriners Band concert at noon, and the always entertaining mutton bustin.

Colorado Prairie Music Festival – Ned LeDoux & Randall King

Stick around on Aug. 10 for authentic country music from two of the best in the industry, Ned LeDoux and Randall King, starting at 7 p.m. Their songs and sounds are traditional but are blazing a trail through the new country scene. Tickets are just $30, and kids 12 and under are admitted for $5. Continue reading

07-19-19 New NALJA Officers Elected

The 2019-2020 North American Limousin Junior Association Board of Directors: (seated) Lindsey Gulotta, Independence, La., President; Colt Schrader, Beggs, Okla., Vice President; Hannah Ziegler, Bloomville, Ohio, Secretary; Zane Gavette, Everson, Wash., Treasurer; Randa Taylor, Decatur, Texas; Ex-Officio; (standing) Katie Campbell, NALF Director of Activities; Clayton Schowe, Cassville, Mo.; Riley Smith, Macomb, Ill., Tristan Gulotta, Independence, La., Wiley Fanta, Starbuck, Minn.; and Shelby Hubbard, Miami, Okla.

New NALJA Officers Elected

On Saturday, June 29, 2019, applicants interviewed for four open positions on the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) board. They spoke about their desire to be on the board, their biggest influences in life, and their future goals.

The new officers and board members for the 2019-2020 year were named during the awards ceremony held on July 5, 2019 in Springfield, Missouri. Continue reading

07-19-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases confirmed in a total of six Colorado counties

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases confirmed in a total of six Colorado counties

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, La Plata, Larimer, and Weld counties in Colorado. At this time, all confirmed cases in Colorado have been in horses.

The total count of premises under quarantine for VSV by county is outlined in the table below.  CDA’s Animal Health division is updating this table regularly with the latest data on its CDA VSV website.

Colorado Vesicular Stomatitis Cases by County 2019
Colorado County Total Current Quarantines Released Quarantines
Adams 1  
Boulder 11  
Broomfield 1  
La Plata 5  
Larimer 18  
Weld 14 2
Totals 50 2

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 19th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 19th

Report: Large Loans Drive Further Increases in Farm Lending

Growth in the average size of farm operating loans boosted agricultural lending in the second quarter of 2019. A Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank report shows the volume of loans increased 11 percent compared with 2018. The pace of growth is the fastest in the second quarter since 2011. Operating loans continues as the majority of non-real estate farm lending and increased 16 percent. Meanwhile, the volume of non-real estate farm loans exceeding $1 million was notably higher than previous years and contributed significantly to the average size of loans. According to the survey data, the volume of new non-real estate loan originations at commercial banks totaled more than $800 million in the second quarter. Large loans also contributed significantly to increased agricultural lending activity at commercial banks in the second half of 2018. The report also says the average duration of farm loans has lengthened. Finally, despite increased pressure from weaker farm finances and recent increases in interest rates, farmland values continued to hold relatively steady.

U.S., Japan, Working Hard Towards Trade Deal

Japan and the U.S. are “working hard” to reach a trade agreement, according to those close to the negotiations. A Japanese official told Reuters this week, “Our team is now working pretty hard, so we are looking forward to some news in the near future.” The U.S. and Japan are reportedly working on a small trade deal involving agriculture and autos. The trade talks between Japan and the U.S. began earlier this year. A deal could be finalized for agreement in September when President Trump will meet with Japan’s prime minister. Industry officials say the deal could offer U.S. farmers new market access in return for a reduction on tariffs for Japanese auto parts. Farmers have pleaded for better access to Japan since Trump removed the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now renamed and in place. The TPP replacement gave other nations a competitive advantage over U.S. farm products, such as pork and beef, giving Japanese buyers incentive to look beyond the U.S. for products.

Lawmakers Continue Questioning Validity of Announced China Purchases

Wisconsin lawmakers continue pressuring the Trump Administration regarding alleged purchases of U.S. ag products by China. Trump said following a meeting with China’s President last month that China would begin buying U.S. ag product. However, those purchases have not begun. Trump expressed disappointment recently in the lack of action. However, lawmakers from Wisconsin question the validity of the claims by Trump. Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, this week called on Trump administration officials to provide more details. Kind penned a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and economic advisor Larry Kudlow saying, “farmers deserve to know when they can expect these purchases will happen—if at all.” Officials in China have not confirmed the agreement to make purchases of U.S. ag products. Earlier this week, Kudlow stated that the administration expects that China will soon be announcing “large-scale purchases” but offered no further details. Kind’s letter follows comments from Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin who asked the President to stop making false claims regarding the purchases.

Plant-Based Foods Association Reports Industry Growth

Data from the Plant-Based Foods Association shows sales of plant-based foods in the U.S. have grown 11 percent in the past year. The report announced last week says the plant-based market is worth $4.5 billion. The total U.S. retail food market has grown just two percent in dollar sales during the same period. The association says the data proves plant-based foods are a key driver of growth for retailers nationwide. Since April 2017, total plant-based food sales have increased 31 percent. Additionally, plant-based foods unit sales are up 8.5 percent. Association spokesperson Julie Emmit calls plant-based foods “a growth engine” for grocery sales. The leading drivers of plant-based sales continue to be so-called plant-based milks and plant-based dairy such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, and plant-based meats. The plant-based meat category is worth more than $800 million, with sales up 10 percent in the past year. The report concludes that plant-based meat now accounts for two percent of retail packaged meat sale.

Deere Announces Registered Apprenticeship Program

A new apprentice program by John Deere gives ag equipment dealers more options to address the shortage of service technicians. Deere announced this week it has received approval from the U.S. Labor Department for its new Registered Apprenticeship Program. The effort will provide dealers with a formalized, on-the-job and technical training plan to help them develop more highly skilled employees. Through participation in the apprenticeship program, dealers formally commit to developing talent in the earn-while-you-learn program. A participating apprentice benefits from structured, on-the-job training in partnership with an experienced mentor. As training progresses, apprentices are rewarded for new skills acquired. At the end of the program, students will receive a nationally recognized journeyworker certificate. The Program complements Deere’s existing Deere Tech Program. Tim Worthington, a customer support manager with John Deere, says the program can “improve a dealer’s productivity and profit potential as employee turnover costs are reduced and employees are retained longer.” Deere says those interested in participating in the program should contact their local dealer.

$400 Million Available in USDA Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

The Department of Agriculture has more than $400 million available in loans for renewable energy projects. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley is encouraging farmers and rural small businesses to apply for the financing. The funding provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs through renewable energy. The funds are available through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, known as REAP. Baxley calls the program “an important tool to help strengthen and grow the rural economy.” USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. The funding can be used for renewable energy systems such as anaerobic digesters, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar. It also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, including insulation, and lighting and refrigeration. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. Anyone interested should contact their USDA Rural Development office for additional information.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service