The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Greeley, CO Mon Aug 19, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
*Basis Change*
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 3.56-3.91 uneven, 3 lower to 7 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.85 6 lower
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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08-19-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 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:

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



08-19-19 Inside The BARN with UNL’s Karla Wicke: 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

Inside The BARN with UNL’s Karla Wicke: 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 19, 2019 – The 26th Bi-Annual Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 18-20 in Mitchell, NE at the Scotts Bluff County fairgrounds. And joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss that event and much more is Karla Wilke, Assoc Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Panhandle Research & Extension Center IANR in Scottsbluff, NE…


Learn more about Karla Wilke – CLICK HERE

Come join us in Mitchell, NE November 18-20 for the Range Beef Cow Symposium. To register online visit


08-19-19 Inside the BARN with National FFA Communications Manager Kristy Meyer…

Inside the BARN with National FFA Communications Manager Kristy Meyer

92nd National FFA Convention & Expo and more

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 19, 2019 – Hard to believe but yet another school year has begun across the United States and here in Colorado…and its not too soon to be thinking about the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN October 30 thru November 2, 2019 Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to preview the event is Kristy Meyer, National FFA Communications Manager..


Registration opens Tuesday, September 10th

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


08-19-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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08-19-19 Dairy Industry Asks U.S. Government to Swiftly Secure Strong Trade Deal with Japan

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Dairy Industry Asks U.S. Government to Swiftly Secure Strong Trade Deal with Japan

ARLINGTON, VA – In an effort organized by the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, 70 dairy companies, farmer-owned cooperatives, and associations today sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture asking the U.S. government to capitalize on the conclusion of Japan’s national elections and quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home.

“Given that Japan is an established market with a growing demand for dairy products, the successful negotiation of a robust trade agreement with Japan will bring a much-needed boost to the economic health of the U.S. dairy industry and set our industry up on a path to compete effectively there moving forward. Securing robust dairy export opportunities into this overseas market will be critical to restoring confidence for our dairy farmers and processors across the country,” they wrote.

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08-19-19 NFU Welcomes Thirteen New Participants for its 2019-2020 Beginning Farmer Institute

NFU Welcomes Thirteen New Participants for its 2019-2020 Beginning Farmer Institute

WASHINGTONBuilding on over a century of agricultural education, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Thirteen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will take part in the education program, which promotes the success of the next generation of agricultural professionals by providing mentorship, technical training, and leadership development.
BFI was established in 2011 in response to many of the demographic challenges the agricultural industry is currently confronting. At the time, the median age for American farmers was 55.5 years; today, that number has crept up to 57.5. An estimated 33 percent of American farmland will transfer ownership in the next 15 years.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 19th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 19th

Wheat Farmers Angry About Trump Comments

President Donald Trump’s recent comments on wheat exports to Japan have generated some negative press among one of his biggest groups of supporters. The Hagstrom Report says when the president was speaking in Pennsylvania, one of the topics was the U.S. trade deficit with Japan. Trump said, “They send thousands, even millions of cars to us. We send them wheat. That’s not a good deal. And they don’t even want our wheat. They do it because they want us to at least feel that we’re okay.” The National Association of Wheat Growers responded quickly via Twitter. “Mr. President, Japan is the number one market for U.S. wheat exports on average, where we hold just over 50 percent of the market. They don’t buy our wheat because ‘they want us to feel okay.’ They buy it because it’s the highest-quality wheat in the world. That’s not fake news.” The negative reaction to Trump’s statement followed farmers venting about the administration’s policies when Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared at Farmfest in Minnesota.


Democrats Hitting Trump Over Ag Policies

The Democratic National Committee had a lot to say last week about the Trump Administration’s trade policies and the impact those policies are having on U.S. farmers. Politico says this was the fourth time in recent months that the Democrats went after the administration’s stance on agriculture and trade. In an email blast, the DNC says, “Farmers are suffering, and Trump and his administration continue to make it worse.” The email listed several instances in recent weeks that have led to building tension in agriculture. Some of the stories included wheat growers who were furious about Trump’s dismissive comments about wheat exports to Japan, as well as a joke that Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told about farmers whining. The DNC also mentioned ag groups shooting down White House adviser Peter Navarro’s statement that trade aid is “making farmers whole again.” A Trump campaign spokeswoman says the administration is confident farmers will stick with their support of the president. The president talked about his confidence last week on Twitter, saying “Our great farmers know how important it is to win on trade. They will be the big winners.”


China Makes August U.S. Pork Purchase; More to Come After ASF Outbreak?

The world’s biggest pork consumer bought just over 10,000 tons of U.S. pork sometime between August 2-8. Reuters says that was the biggest purchase of American pork in almost two months. The pork purchase is due for shipment this year as African Swine Fever continues to ravage the world’s biggest pork herd. The Chinese Commerce Ministry had said on August 5 that Chinese companies stopped buying U.S. farm commodities after yet another escalation in the trade war with America. Reuters says it’s not clear if the pork was bought before or after the August announcement. Analysts say the sales are seen as a sign that China needs meat from the United States to help offset the death loss of millions of pigs. Steve Meyer is an economist with the commodity firm Kerns and Associates, who says, “It’s a new booking, which is positive.” China’s duty on American pork sits at a whopping 62 percent. President Trump backed off last week on part of his plan for 10 percent tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports starting on September 1. Late last week, China says it would counter the latest U.S. tariffs.


Ethanol CEO Tells Industry to Not Stand Quietly

The American Coalition for Ethanol held its annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last week. A DTN report says ACE CEO Brian Jennings made an interesting proclamation to the rest of his industry, which is currently on the ropes. Jennings asked members of the ethanol industry to look to the future and to not stand on the sideline while the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grant small refinery waivers to Renewable Fuels Standard requirements. The EPA has now granted enough waivers to total more than four billion gallons of lost ethanol demand in just three years. While all that is happening, a potential 3-billion-gallon export market in China is closed to U.S. producers. That’s going on while doubt about the future of the RFS continues to grow outside the ethanol industry. Jennings says the ethanol industry isn’t doing enough in response to quell some of those concerns. “We have to turn up the volume,” he says. The president directed USDA and EPA to review the waiver program this year, making ethanol believe Trump was aware of the problem. However, the EPA recently announced it had granted another 31 small-refinery exemptions and denied only six for 2018. Jennings says now is the time for the industry to “get angry” and speak up about the harm the EPA is doing to an industry that would be in a much better place without the EPA’s actions.


Mississippi Companies “Knew” Workers Were Illegal

The recent immigration raids at Mississippi poultry plants are bringing new scrutiny on the processors who employed the 700 arrested workers. An Agri-Pulse report says the Department of Homeland Security wrote in court documents that the companies were ”fully aware” that the workers were undocumented immigrants. In fact, some of the same workers that were arrested had already been detained for being in the country illegally and were wearing ankle bracelets to track their whereabouts. Court affidavits were unsealed and detailed numerous arrests of illegal immigrants over the years who had worked at the seven facilities that were raided. One of the companies had a history of employing undocumented workers up through June of this year. The affidavits also say companies had failed in many cases to verify the eligibility of workers through E-Verify. One affidavit showed a company had employed 25 workers who had not been searched for in the E-Verify System. The National Chicken Council fired off a letter to President Trump saying that the industry uses “every available tool” to find out if workers can legally be employed in the U.S. However, they say the government hasn’t given employers a reliable way to prevent identity fraud and false documentation.


Center for Consumer Freedom Takes on Alt-Meat Ingredients

The Center for Consumer Freedom is taking on the idea that plant-based meat products are healthier than traditional meats from animals. The CCF began running full-page ads in two of the nation’s biggest publications, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. The ads highlight the processed ingredients in meat substitutes. The ads are part of a larger campaign to educate the public on what’s in plant-based meat. The headline for the watchdog group’s ads says“Fake Meat, Real Chemicals.” The ad then goes on to list the primary ingredients for pork sausage and a non-meat sausage, or bacon and an alternative product. “Despite what the name leads people to think, plant-based meats are not made in gardens, but rather in industrial facilities,” says CCF Managing Director Will Coggin. “Fake meat companies are trying to promote a ‘health halo’ over their products, but consumers should know that imitation meat is highly processed. In some cases, fake meat has more calories and sodium than the real thing.” CCF describes itself as “devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


07-09-19 Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

WATCH the TAPE-DELAYED AUDIO/VIDEO from this weekend by Sunday evening, August 18th…CLICK HERE

Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 9, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 17th Feeders & Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit coming up August 17th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2018 Carlos Valdez Benefit (2018 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Derek Weingardt
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • & NEW THIS YEAR a Second Round
  • Top Teams receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations are needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers are Critical to the event’s success each year
  • For the latest updates…follow them on the Feeders and Friends Facebook Page
  • & more



08-16-19 Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997), Bull Fighter and Rodeo Clown, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, Burwell, Nebraska, 1958.

Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society are excited to announce the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019! Celebrate their induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award Honorees!
The 2019 Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees are:
  • Wacey Cathey,
  • Gene O. “Buddy” Cockrell,
  • Lydia Moore,
  • Frank Shepperson,
  • Rob Smets,
  • Jack Ward,
  • Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997) and
  • Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Walter (1949 – 2017).
The 2019 Ben Johnson Memorial Award Recipient is Doug Clark, the 2019 Tad Lucas Memorial Award Recipient is Cindy Rosser, and the 2019 Directors’ Choice Award Recipient is Dr. Charles “Bud” Townsend!

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08-16-19 U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

Washington – With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working tirelessly to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities.

“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “In collaboration with local, state, and other federal partners, we are using everything in our arsenal to prepare for wildfires this year, treating more than one million acres.”
As a part of the DOI, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contribute to a total workforce of 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. These firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, dozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets also play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires as the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.

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08-16-19 Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann, who spent his career exploring water issues in the Arkansas River basin, has rejoined the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board.

Edelmann, 64, was appointed to the board this month to represent El Paso County. He lives in Colorado Springs. Edelmann served on the board as a Pueblo County representative from 2014-17. He replaces Gibson Hazard, who retired from the board in April.

“I resigned because I had moved, so I am happy to be serving again,” Edelmann said.

Edelmann retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after 37 years in 2011. He served 32 years in the Pueblo USGS office. During that time, he spearheaded numerous water quality studies dealing with the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and other tributaries to the river during a time when water quality emerged as a central issue for water development in the basin. Continue reading

08-16-19 REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

The Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 18-20 in Mitchell, NE at the Scotts Bluff County fairgrounds. The format is slightly different this year. In the afternoon of November 18, we will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification and a Ron Gill stockmanship clinic. The more traditional program will start in the morning of the 19th. However, in the afternoon of both the 19th and the 20th, there will be demonstrations and hands on presentations offered 3-4 times throughout the afternoon. During this time one of the rotations offered will be to visit the vendor booths, allowing more time for producers to interact with those industry supporting services who help bring them this great program every year. Continue reading

08-16-19 ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced on Thursday that the EPA would reevaluate the use of M-44 devices to control wild animals that prey on livestock and other animals.
“I am announcing a withdrawal of EPA’s interim registration review decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control wild predators,” he said. “This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of this predacide. USDA is the primary registrant, along with five other state departments of agriculture: Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
“I look forward to continuing this dialogue to ensure U.S. livestock remain well-protected from dangerous predators while simultaneously minimizing off-target impacts on both humans and non-predatory animals.” 
The American Sheep Industry Association fully supports the M-44 and Livestock Protection Collar. The M-44 and LPC are the most targeted and environmentally friendly predator control products available to producers, and ASI will work closely with the EPA and the administration as they conduct this further review.
Source: EPA

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08-16-19 ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

On Monday, U.S. Department of Interior Sec. David Bernhardt rolled out the final Federal Rule modernizing the Endangered Species Act. The three rules are the culmination of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox said this represents a huge step in the right direction.
“We greatly appreciate Sec. Bernhardt and President Donald Trump for taking this action,” said Cox. “America’s sheep industry has been set back many times by the irregular and unpredictable enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. These rules represent tremendous progress toward not only regulatory certainty for our producers, but true recovery for listed wildlife species.
“Through these rules, the administration has done everything it can to promote the recovery of species through a collaborative effort, and we will continue to work with Congress to support fundamental ESA reform.”
The ESA was last authorized by Congress in 1988, and has a less than 3 percent recovery rate.

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08-16-19 Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Broomfield, Colo. – As Colorado’s livestock communities continue to manage a significant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) outbreak affecting 20 counties across the state, misinformation about the virus is being shared on social media channels and traditional media outlets. The initial source of the inaccurate reporting, comparing VSV to a “rabies-like” virus, was an Associated Press article that was reposted by a number of media outlets. The article has since been corrected.

“It is highly misleading to say that vesicular stomatitis virus is a rabies-like virus.  Both viruses belong to the same family, Rhabdoviridae, but that classification is based on viral structure alone,” said Maggie Baldwin, Epidemiology Traceability Veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). “The two diseases have no similarities in transmission, clinical signs, or outcome.”

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