10-01-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

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Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

Do you look forward to an annual tax refund check? Or do you want to donate your tax refund to the government? That is just what Referendum CC is asking you to do – forever.

It says “without raising taxes” and technically, there is no tax rate increase but the government will keep more of your money which means you will pay more in taxes and have less in your bank account to spend on things that you or your family might need.

The politicians hope that you don’t remember that when Referendum C passed in 2005, it was to go to education and highways. Funny how, now, Referendum CC is to go for basically the same things. Continue reading



LAKEWOOD, Colo. – October 1, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will gather information about farm economics and production practices from barley, cotton, sorghum, and wheat producers across the Mountain Regional states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming. The data being collected are part of the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

“ARMS is a vital survey that tracks how farmers use technology to manage production of their major field crops,” said William Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “The survey helps policymakers and farm groups understand the factors driving costs of production and returns from crop production.”

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10-01-19 McCook Farm, Ranch & Hemp Expo set for Nov 20-21

McCook Farm, Ranch & Hemp Expo set for Nov 20-21

McCOOK, Neb. – The McCook Farm, Ranch & Hemp Expo will return to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20-21, 2019.

“We are excited to fill the fairgrounds. The McCook Farm, Ranch, & Hemp Expo is a great place to come see the newest and latest in farming and ranching technology practices,” said Darren Dale, show owner. “We are expecting over 400 vendors from 20 States, Canada and Australia. The McCook Farm & Ranch Expo is the place to find all your livestock and farming needs. We have shopping for everyone in the family! And, if you’re in the market for new Fenoglio Boots or an American Cowboy hat, the expo is the place to be!”

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10-01-19 U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Receives Friend of the Farm Bureau Award

U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Receives Friend of the Farm Bureau Award

Colorado Springs, CO – The Colorado Farm Bureau presented Congressman Doug Lamborn with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award, recognizing him for his contributions to Colorado agriculture, on Tuesday, October 1st, at his district office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This prestigious award is given at the end of each Congress to members actively working to support agriculture and rural Colorado.

Congressman Lamborn made the following statement upon receiving the award:

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the farmers and ranchers in our district. Our farmers and ranchers make up the backbone of our economy and provide much needed resources. I will always work to ensure our agricultural industry remains strong and robust and free of Washington bureaucratic control.” Continue reading

10-01-19 DOE Announces $73 million for 35 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

DOE Announces $73 million for 35 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development, including CO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 35 projects totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development (R&D). Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources.

“The main goal of DOE’s bioenergy R&D is to produce affordable biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure and vehicles across a range of transportation modes, including renewable-gasoline, -diesel, and -jet fuels,” said Secretary Rick Perry. “These projects will reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources, while creating American jobs and strengthening our economy and energy security.” Continue reading

10-01-19 CDPHE News: Environmental Leadership Program Honors Leprino Foods Company with 2019 24-Karat Gold Award

CDPHE News: Environmental Leadership Program Honors Leprino Foods Company with 2019 24-Karat Gold Award

DENVER – Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program has awarded Leprino Foods Company the 2019 24-Karat Gold Award for its extraordinary commitment to protecting the environment at its Greeley, Colorado manufacturing facility. The facility has invested millions of dollars in combined heat and power onsite and has developed an innovative water reuse program that ultimately generates more water than the company uses.

Administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Environmental Leadership Program recognizes Gold Leader members who have gone above and beyond to create and implement a program or initiative that has made a measurable contribution to the environment, the economy, and the community. The 24-Karat Gold Award winner is selected by Gold Leader peers. Continue reading

10-01-19 Yuma, Colorado’s Noble Ranch earns Certified Angus Beef’s Commercial Award

Fourth-generation rancher Ryan Noble and his family based in Yuma, Colorado, operate many cattle ventures focused on increasing quality. Noble received the CAB Commercial Commitment to Excellence Award at the brand’s annual conference in September in Asheville, N.C. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit http://www.CABcattle.com or http://www.angus.org for more information. Continue reading

10-01-19 Agriculture Groups Urge USDA to Quickly Establish Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank

Agriculture Groups Urge USDA to Quickly Establish Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank


WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1, 2019 – Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move as quickly as possible to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Continue reading

10-01-19 Pork Checkoff: Pennsylvania Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year


Pork Checkoff: Pennsylvania Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Chris Hoffman received annual recognition from Pork Checkoff

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 1, 2019 – Chris Hoffman, a pig farmer from McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, is America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM for 2019-2020 after netting the highest combined score in third-party judging and online voting. The award recognizes the pig farmers in the U.S. that exemplify industry leadership, a demonstrated focus in raising pigs following the We CareSM ethical principles and a commitment to connecting consumers with the farmers who raise the pork they consume.

“Chris is both a strong advocate for our industry as well as the embodiment of a responsible, progressive producer,” said National Pork Board President David Newman. “He will do a great job in leading pig farmers as we all work to demonstrate to our consumers that we aspire to ethically raise the safest, most wholesome protein supply in the world.”

Though he originally aspired to work in law enforcement, Hoffman found himself in the business of raising pigs and discovered it to be his ideal career. He’s faced challenges unique to being a first-generation pig farmer, but with a progressive yet realistic philosophy, he’s been able to gradually grow and evolve his Lazy Hog Farm to integrate the next generation and secure a bright future.

“For me, it’s been slow and steady, and we’ve evolved over a period of time,” Hoffman said. “When my son comes in a few years from now, he will hopefully have a lot of opportunities to think outside the box and try new things.”

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10-01-19 Top-Performing Cattle Earn Prestigious RAAA Grid Master Award

Winners of the Grid Master Award were recognized at the 66th National Red Angus Convention in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sept. 13, 2019.

Top-Performing Cattle Earn Prestigious RAAA Grid Master Award

DENVER – The Grid Master Award, an honor bestowed by the Red Angus Association of America, is earned by operations that have successfully combined high-performing Red Angus genetics, skillful feeding and precise marketing to achieve success with the slaughter of superior beef carcasses. Nolan Woodruff, Red Angus Association of America commercial marketing specialist, announced the recipients of the 2019 Grid Master Awards at the 66th annual National Red Angus Convention held Sept. 11-13, 2019, in Dubuque, Iowa.

“The Grid Master Award program has a rich history of recognizing the top producers of high quality carcass cattle. These producers have bred cattle that excel in the industry, both in quality and yield. This year’s winners raised the bar with more prime carcasses than ever before in the history of Grid Master,” said Harold Bertz, RAAA director of commercial marketing.

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10-01-19 USDA Appoints Members to New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee

USDA Appoints Members to New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Advisory Committee for New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2021.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 1st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 1st

USDA Releases September Grain Stocks Report

The Grain Stocks Report Monday sent grain futures higher as estimates from the Department of Agriculture were lower than markets expected. Old crop corn stocks totaled  2.11 billion bushels, down one percent from September 1, 2018. USDA reports 753 million bushels are stored on farms, up 22 percent from a year earlier, but 331 million bushes below the last estimate by USDA. Meanwhile, old crop soybeans stored totaled 913 million bushels, up 108 percent from last year. Soybean stocks stored on farms totaled 265 million bushels, up 162 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored totaled 2.38 billion bushels, down slightly from a year ago. Barley stocks totaled 192 million bushels, up ten percent from September 2018. Oats stored totaled 61.2 million bushels, 18 percent below last year. Finally, old crop grain sorghum stored totaled 63.7 million bushels, up 83 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, USDA announced it would resurvey producers for the Small Grains Summary, as many crops were not harvested at the time of survey earlier this year.

United Fresh Responds to Gillibrand Produce Price Inquiry

A Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee is calling on the federal government to investigate fruit and vegetable prices received by farmers. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Department Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers across the country are receiving fair prices for their produce, While the prices of fruits and vegetables have increased for both consumers at the grocery store and for wholesale buyers. Gillibrand says the prices that farmers receive for these same products has not kept up with the increases, and even gone down in some cases. United Fresh Monday responded to the inquiry, saying, “Transparency in any supply chain is a good thing, and we always welcome USDA’s analysis of our markets.” However, the group representing the U.S. produce industry cautions that “It’s important for each sector in our supply chain not to lose sight of our goal to grow fresh produce consumption, while fighting with one another over whose share of a dwindling pie is bigger.”

Stabenow Seeks USDA Relocation Details

Senator Debbie Stabenow wants the Trump Administration to explain its plans to fill jobs for Department of Agriculture agencies moving to the Kansas City metro area. Last week, Stabenow sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking more information on how the move will delay operations at the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, points out that more than 75 percent of reassigned employees opted not to relocate, on top of already high vacancy rates, adding the relocation “has left these agencies with little ability to do their important work.” Stabenow says, “It is clear that the lack of capacity is affecting Farm Bill implementation.” Stabenow raised several questions about the impact of staffing shortages and requested a thorough explanation of how the department plans to fill its job capacity for both NIFA and ERS. Stabenow requested the information be delivered to her by October 11, 2019.

Iowa State Releases Entry Level Ag Salaries Report

Iowa State University recently released its annual entry-level salary summary for jobs in agriculture. The report includes data from 19 universities collected by career services offices at participating universities from December 2018 and May 2019 undergraduates. The report found entry-level jobs in agricultural economics and business have average salaries of $49,300. Entry-level jobs in agriculture education and communication averaged $43,300. Agronomy and crop sciences salaries averaged $46,400, while animal and dairy science salaries averaged $38,200. The average salary for jobs in biological sciences was reported at $35,100. Environmental sciences, fisheries and forestry and wildlife biology jobs offer an average salary of $35,700. Meanwhile, food science and human nutrition jobs averaged $47,300. The average salary for horticulture is $37,800, and technical engineering and industrial technology salaries average $59,100. Additionally, data compiled by USA Today shows agriculture sector jobs consistently rank among sectors with the lowest unemployment rates. The unemployment rate for agricultural economics ranked at .75 percent, 1.4 percent in soil sciences, and 1.5 percent in animal sciences.

Boehringer-Ingelheim Developing World’s Largest Vaccine Production Facility

Boehringer Ingelheim is developing a biotechnology production site for veterinary vaccines in Europe. A groundbreaking ceremony last month marked the start of construction on the site that may become the largest vaccine production facility in the world. The 200-million-euro investment will significantly increase production capacities for antigens and vaccines against highly contagious diseases, providing the means to fight animal epidemics that often have dramatic health and financial consequences, such as foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue disease, according to the company. The high-security facility will begin operating in France during the third quarter of 2022. Its five floors will be home to 35 cell and virus culture tanks, a purification area, a decontamination station and a strategic active ingredient reserve. The antigen bank will enable the company to “quickly and efficiently respond” to government orders in case of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or bluetongue disease. Boehringer Ingelheim is the second largest animal health business in the world.

McDonald’s Testing Plant-Based Burger in Canada

McDonald’s announced last week the fast-food restaurant chain is testing a new plant-based burger in Canada. The P.L.T., a plant, lettuce, tomato burger, launched Monday as part of a 12-week test in Canada. The P.L.T. is made with a Beyond Meat plant-based patty. A McDonald’s spokesperson says, “We’ve been working on our recipe and now we’re ready to hear feedback from our customers.” The plant-based burger is available in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario. McDonald’s says the test allows the company “to learn more about real-world implications of serving the P.L.T.,” including customer demand and impact on restaurant operations. Through the effort, McDonald’s joins other restaurant chains in testing or rolling out a plant-based alternative. In August, KFC announced a beyond fried chicken product test in Atlanta, Georgia. HelloFresh, a U.S.-based meal delivery service, added beyond meat products to its offerings in September. And, Burger King and Carl’s Jr. both have permanent beyond meat menu items available, launched earlier this year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service