Make plans to attend the 2019 Bottom Line Conference in Lakin, KS August 14-15 – REGISTER NOW!

Make plans to attend the 2019 Bottom Line Conference in Lakin, KS August 14-15 – REGISTER NOW!

Are You Seeking Profitability in a Dry Climate? Know Your Bottom Line.

Do you want to improve profitability, organic matter, and soil health? Do you want to decrease costs, mitigate risks, and reduce debt? Come network with other producers and experts at the 2019 Bottom Line Conference.

Farmers and ranchers know that they need to cut costs and add value, especially in today’s farm economy with high inputs and low commodity prices.  They need the tools for a profitable business that supports their family while building equity and increasing the health and value of their land. That is what inspired a group of producers in western Kansas to bring The Bottom Line Conference to life for the first time in August 2018.

The 2019 Bottom Line Conference will be held at the Kearny County Fairgrounds, just a mile west of Lakin, KS on August 14-15, 2019.  The two day event will have dozens of presentations, ranging from topics on money management, soil health, grazing strategies, farm programs, and more.  As always, the focus of the Bottom Line Conference is profitability through soil and water conservation in a dry climate.  If you farm or ranch in a dry climate, you will want to be there. Continue reading

08-13-19 Blood Orange Pictures to Debut ‘SILO’ at the 2019 Farm Progress Show

Blood Orange Pictures to Debut ‘SILO’ at the 2019 Farm Progress Show

Decatur, IL August 13, 2019 – Blood Orange Pictures, a New York-based film and television production company, today announced the upcoming release of the narrative feature film SILO. Set to launch at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL on August 27th, the film is the first to address the very real threat of grain entrapment faced by the agricultural community every day.

SILO tells the story of Cody Rose, a teenager who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town. As the grain flows like quicksand inside of the grain bin, SILO offers its viewers a window into the lives and relationships of the town locals as they come together in a race against the clock to save Cody’s life.

SILO has been a project five years in the making that we hope will bridge coastal and middle American audiences through the power of storytelling,” said Sam Goldberg of Blood Orange Pictures. “We are excited to launch our film at the Farm Progress Show to an audience who understand better than anyone the life-threatening implications of grain entrapment.”

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08-13-19 CSU Agricultural Sciences dean Menon transitions into lead role at CSURF

As dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Ajay Menon has overseen expansions of both buildings and programs dedicated to student success.

CSU Agricultural Sciences dean Menon transitions into lead role at CSURF


Ajay Menon, who has served Colorado State University as a dean since 2002, will be stepping down as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the end of August, the Office of the Provost has announced. Menon will remain part of the CSU community, moving into a new role as president and CEO of the Colorado State University Research Foundation.

“We’re delighted that Ajay will continue to contribute his talents and energies in service to the CSU community as CEO of CSURF,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda. “He will bring his unrivaled University experience in faculty and administrative roles, and his extensive network of external relationships, to this new role.”

Since July 2015, Menon has served as dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Colorado Agriculture Experiment Stations. Prior to this most recent leadership role, he served for 13 years as the dean of the College of Business. Continue reading


CSU researchers Todd Gaines and Eric Westra on the story behind the CoAxium Wheat Production System. 


By Anne Manning
Video by Savannah Waggoner

A powerful new tool for farm profitability

Just under a decade ago, Colorado State University scientists identified a genetic trait in wheat that would make the plants tolerant to a particular herbicide. They found that spraying the herbicide would kill crop-destroying weeds while leaving wheat untouched.

Today, that trait, coupled with the herbicide, make up a patented, non-genetically modified wheat production system that gives wheat farmers a powerful new tool for profitability. It’s all the result of a longstanding partnership between Colorado wheat growers and CSU agricultural scientists, who over several decades have had a hand in developing varieties grown on nearly 80 percent of Colorado wheat acreage.

Last fall, the CoAXium® Wheat Production System became commercially available to farmers in Colorado, where more than 2 million acres of wheat grows across the eastern plains. Continue reading

08-13-19 CSU team uncovers potential for Rift Valley fever virus transmission in Colorado livestock

Assistant Professor Rebekah Kading said this new research and fieldwork helps determine which mosquito species that could carry the virus actually feed on humans and livestock. Photo: John Eisele/CSU Photography

CSU team uncovers potential for Rift Valley fever virus transmission in Colorado livestock


Rift Valley fever virus is a global health concern that is caused by infected mosquitos and the handling of infected animal carcasses.

Every 10 to 15 years, the viral disease has led to outbreaks in Africa. In the late 1990s, it spread across five African countries and infected 90,000 people, killing 500 of them. That’s not even counting the waves of livestock deaths reported by farmers and veterinarians. Continue reading

08-09-19 Out of the gate: New horse hospital breaks ground on CSU Veterinary Health Campus

Colorado State University celebrates the groundbreaking of the Johnson Family Equine Hospital. August 6, 2019

Out of the gate: New horse hospital breaks ground on CSU Veterinary Health Campus


When Dr. Chris Kawcak speaks about the excellence of the equine care at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he’s not only speaking from his position as director of equine clinical services, but as a horse owner.

“I’ve actually been a client in this hospital. My wife (Dr. Erin Contino) and I lost three horses in six weeks to severe problems. It was terrible. We had the horses here in the hospital during that time, and what I learned then was how fierce an advocate – faculty, staff, students – are for our clients and patients. We talk about ‘bricks and mortar’ but it’s really the people who make the program.” Continue reading

08-13-19 U.S. Senator Bennet Calls on Forest Service to Quickly, Effectively Implement Fire Fix, 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Bennet Calls on Forest Service to Quickly, Effectively Implement Fire Fix, 2018 Farm Bill

Letter Urges Forest Service to Use New Funding and Tools to Invest in Colorado Forestry, Recreation, and Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – After years of budget challenges at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) which have burdened towns and counties across Colorado, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources Subcommittee, today urged the USFS to use the new funding and budget flexibility provided in the 2018 Omnibus federal spending bill and the new forest management authorities secured in the 2018 Farm Bill to invest in Colorado’s forests and watersheds.

In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment James Hubbard and USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen, Bennet highlighted that the budget challenges the agency has faced for years increased the likelihood of wildfires, put water users at risk, and placed a significant burden on towns and counties across Colorado.

“Chronic underfunding and years of fire borrowing have decimated the USFS’s ability to fulfill their mission,” wrote Bennet. “… budget constraints have also hampered the ability of the USFS to maintain our public lands and improve infrastructure to keep pace with our outdoor economy.” Continue reading

08-13-19 CAB: Fetus to Feedyard

CAB: Fetus to Feedyard

Immunometabolism’s impact on animal health

Story and photos by Kylee Kohls

This isn’t a research topic you’d find at the middle-school science fair.

It’s so new, research is just beginning to explore this 16-letter term for immune cells sharing nutrients with major organs: immunometabolism. So far, there are still more questions than answers.

Barry Bradford, animal scientist at Kansas State University, presented his work with cattle at the American Society of Animal Scientists annual meetings in July.

That interaction of cells competing, sharing and utilizing nutrients is especially key in times of illness, he said.

“The body makes a lot of adaptations to make sure the immune system has what it needs to combat infection,” Bradford said. The same systems collaborate with metabolism for growth, development and health throughout life – from fetus to feedyard or pasture. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 13th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 13th

Record 19 Million Prevented Plant Acres This Year

The Farm Service Agency reports farmers were unable to plant a record 19 million acres this year. The recent round of Department of Agriculture reports Monday details the prevented plant acres, which are 17.49 million more than last year. Of those prevented plant acres, more than 73 percent were in 12 Midwestern states, where heavy rainfall and flooding has prevented many producers from planting mostly corn, soybeans and wheat. The data suggests prevented plant acres total 11.2 million acres for corn and 4.4 million acres for soybeans. Undersecretary Bill Northey says the results show farmers are “facing significant challenges and tough decisions” this year. USDA supported planting of cover crops on fields where farmers were not able to plant because of their benefits in preventing soil erosion, protecting water quality and boosting soil health. The report showed producers planted 2.71 million acres of cover crops so far in 2019, compared with 2.14 million acres at this time in 2018 and 1.88 million at this time in 2017.

Crop Production Report Lowers Soybean Production 19 Percent

Monday’s Crop Production report from the Department of Agriculture predicts a 19 percent drop in soybean production from 2018. Meanwhile, USDA expects corn growers to decrease their production four percent from last year, forecast at 13.9 billion bushels. Area for soybean harvest is forecast at 75.9 million acres with planted area for the nation estimated at 76.7 million acres, down four percent from the June estimate, and down 14 percent from last year. Acres planted to corn, at 90.0 million, are down two percent from the June estimate but up two percent from 2018. The figures include the information stemming from a resurvey of planted acres. The data surprised commodity markets, as traders say the numbers are higher than expected for corn production. Meanwhile, the monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand report, reflecting its data and the Crop Production report, lowered the season-average corn price 10 cents to $3.60 per bushel. The season-average soybean price was unchanged at $8.40 per bushel.

EPA Waivers Anger Ethanol Industry, Lawmakers

The late-Friday announcement of 31 waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard angered ethanol groups. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the small refiner waivers, which exempt refineries from the RFS. However, ethanol and corn and soybean groups say the waivers destroy demand. The Trump administration has now waived granted more than 50 waivers since 2016, representing more than three billion gallons of biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Association says more than 14 ethanol plants in the U.S. have recently shut down, three permanently, as a result of the waivers. House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson says the waivers will “only make things worse” for farmers. He touted the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019, which would stop the EPA from “recklessly granting” waivers to oil refineries and undermining the market for ethanol. Meanwhile, the EPA announced further exploration of removing burdens on E85 and flex-fuel vehicles. And, EPA also noted its communication with the National Corn Growers Association, working to expedite the reregistration of atrazine.

Interior Department to Implement ESA Revisions

The Interior Department Monday announced the implementation of revisions to the Endangered Species Act. The Trump administration says the changes apply to ESA sections which deal with listing and critical habitat, threatened species protection, and interagency consultation. The changes direct ESA listings to be determined “solely on the basis of scientific and commercial information,” and clarifies standards for delisting and reclassification. Further, when designating critical habitat, the new regulations reinstate the requirement that areas where threatened or endangered species are present at the time of listing be evaluated first before unoccupied areas are considered. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council welcomed the final rule. Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner says, “commonsense will once again be inserted into the ESA process.” The Natural Resources Defense Council calls the changes a “drastic rollback” of the ESA, which make it “harder to protect plants and animals.” Barring court action, the rules package will officially take effect following a 30-day objection period.

Fake Meat Deserves the Same Regulations, Oversight as Beef

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Director Missy Bonds says imitation meats should be regulated with the same oversight as beef. In an editorial released Monday, Bonds says it’s essential “consumers, cattle producers, and government regulators come together now,” to craft the regulations. With lab grown meats readying for market, she says the industry must “ensure that fake meats are properly vetted and regulated to protect the health and well-being of consumers and prevent false or deceptive marketing.” Bonds alleges deceptive marketing is already a problem, with lab-grown meat producers calling their products “clean meat,” which is not a legal marketing term. The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have agreed to a regulatory framework for lab-grown meat. However, Bonds says there are still many details to be determined. Both agencies will likely be creating guidance documents and rules to define the food safety evaluation process. She urged cattle ranchers to stay engaged, and “Demand that regulators clearly and carefully label imitation products.”

Tyson to Pay Employees, Rebuild, Following Fire at Kansas Facility

Tyson Foods is pledging to pay employees and rebuild a Holcomb, Kansas, plant after a fire partially destroyed the facility. In a news release, Tyson officials say they are still assessing the damage and say the plant will be shut down indefinitely but will be rebuilt at the same location. Employees were asked to report to work Monday for informational meetings and have told local reporters the plant is expected to be closed for six to eight weeks. Roughly 1,200 employees at the facility Friday night were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. More than 3,500 employees work at the facility. Tyson says full-time, active team members at the facility will be paid weekly until production resumes. Tyson Fresh Meats group president Steve Stouffer says Tyson has “built in some redundancy to handle situations like these,” and will be using other plants to keep the supply chain full. Tyson Foods operates six plants in Kansas, employing more than 5,600 people, paying $268 million in wages in 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service