01-31-20 THE BEEF CHECKOFF: Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

THE BEEF CHECKOFF: Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

by Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Beef exports and imports are certainly a challenging topic to tackle for American cattle farmers and ranchers, but they are an integral part of our beef industry here in the United States.

At first glance, the idea of importing foreign beef into the U.S. may strike cattlemen and women here as a curious practice. If we grow arguably the best beef in the world in this country, why bring in more? The reason lies in the types of beef we Americans love to eat – mainly steaks and ground beef. In fact, CattleFax estimates that over 51% of the beef consumed in the United States is ground beef.   Continue reading

01-31-20 Dave Carter Inducted into National Buffalo Hall of Fame

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Dave Carter, National Bison Association executive director, holds his granddaughter, Cecilia Grace Carter, during his induction into the National Buffalo Hall of Fame last week. Carter has served U.S. bison ranchers, marketers and supporters for nearly two decades.

Dave Carter Inducted into National Buffalo Hall of Fame

NBA Director Joins Turner, Goodnight and 28 Other Bison Leaders

DENVER, CO (January 31, 2020) – The National Buffalo Foundation has inducted Dave Carter, executive director of the Westminster, CO-based National Bison Association (NBA), as the 31st member of the National Buffalo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed in the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND.

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JANUARY 31, 2020 – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce that  $14,200 was raised for the CYFEA Academic Scholarship fund at the 2020 CO Farm Show in Greeley!  The CYFEA’s annual “Tractor Hours” live auction fund raising event was held at noon on January 30th, at the 4Rivers Equipment booth inside the Events Center.

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01-31-20 Northern Water: State grants 401 Water Quality Certification to NISP

Northern Water: State grants 401 Water Quality Certification to Northern Integrated Supply Project

BERTHOUD – The Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a state water quality certification for the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

The Colorado 401 Water Quality Certification is required as part of the federal permitting process through Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and its issuance serves as an important milestone for the project. State officials notified Northern Water leaders about the decision via a letter received this week.

“After a three-year process to evaluate water quality effects of the project on the Poudre River and the development of extensive mitigation measures, the Water Quality Control Division has concluded that no significant degradation is expected because of the project,” said Northern Water Environmental Services Division Director Esther Vincent. Continue reading

01-31-20 CSU, Zoetis leaders herald launch of new research lab

Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Zoetis leaders celebrate the opening of Zoetis’ Incubator Research Lab at CSU’s Research Innovation Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, January 28, 2020. Credit: William A. Cotton/CSU Photography

CSU, Zoetis leaders herald launch of new research lab

Officials from Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, and Colorado State University gathered on the Foothills Campus on Jan. 28 to celebrate the opening of a new lab.

The 3,000-square-foot Zoetis Incubator Research Lab is located at the Research Innovation Center. Scientists in this lab will explore the livestock immune system and target new immunotherapies, paving the way for new alternatives to antibiotics for treating illnesses in food-producing animals.

CSU President Joyce McConnell described the new partnership as “extraordinary.” Having Zoetis researchers on campus and in the same facilities as university scientists offers the opportunity for people to “collaborate, collide and catalyze,” she said.

Kristin Peck, CEO of Zoetis, said her team was struck by the spirit of collaboration at CSU, from the start. “This partnership has been growing over a number of years,” she said. “We are excited about the new research incubator, and other ways we can collaborate.” Continue reading



DENVER — Reverence for the Past, Innovation for the Future was more than just a theme for the 2020 American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention. Sheep industry leaders from across the United States came together Jan. 22-25 at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Plaza Resort to put those words into action.

Front and center was the ASI Board of Directors’ financial support of a commercial wool testing lab at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, Texas. The American wool industry has been researching the need to continue wool testing in a facility in the United States for the last couple of years. In 2019, wool industry leaders met first in San Angelo to discuss options, and later traveled to New Zealand to tour that country’s testing facility.

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DENVER — North Carolina sheep producer Bill Sparrow Jr. attended what was billed as the “First American Sheep Industry Convention” in San Antonio, Texas, in 1988. It was nearly his last sheep convention.
“I got home on Jan. 24 and on the 25th our middle child was born. Had the timing of that been a little different, you might have never seen me again,” he joked in accepting the American Sheep Industry Association’s Distinguished Producer Award last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the ASI Annual Convention.
While the National Wool Growers Association – the predecessor to ASI – has held conventions dating back to 1865, the 1988 convention marked the first that brought together NWGA and its auxiliary along with the American Sheep Producers Council and the National Lamb Feeders Association. NWGA and ASPC would later merge to form ASI.
“When Benny (Cox, ASI President) called a couple of days before Christmas to tell us about the award, we were truly shocked,” Sparrow said. “Over the years of my association with this organization, I have met people from nearly every state in the nation. It’s been a pleasure to be involved with the sheep industry, and I look forward to being a part of this organization for many years to come.”
Sparrow was joined on the winner’s stage by: Frank Moore of Wyoming, McClure Silver Ram Award winner; Reed Anderson of Oregon, Industry Innovation Award winner; Mike Caskey of Minnesota, Camptender Award winner; Lane Nordlund of Montana, Shepherd’s Voice Broadcasting Award winner; and Susan Crowell of Ohio, Shepherd’s Voice Print Award winner.

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01-30-20 RMFU Says WOTUS Revision Clears Up Confusion

RMFU Says WOTUS Revision Clears Up Confusion

Denver, CO – Action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revise its definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act clears up confusion over what is – and isn’t – subject to federal authority, says Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for January 30th

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Weekly Export Sales for January 30th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 30th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 30th

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President Trump Signs USMCA During White House Ceremony

President Donald Trump Wednesday signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. During a White House ceremony, Trump stated USCMA is, “the largest, most significant, modern and balanced trade agreement in history.” USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade deal Trump considered “outdated” and “terrible.” Mexico approved and signed the agreement last year. Legislation to approve the agreement in Canada was announced this week. Canada seems likely to approve the agreement within the next month, following its legislative process. Canada and Mexico are top trading partners for United States agriculture. President Trump says USMCA is “a monumental win for American farmers and ranchers, improving access to Canadian and Mexican markets.” The agreement protects current market conditions between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, and includes an estimated $2.2 billion increase in U.S. agricultural exports. The agreement is expected to grow annual dairy exports by nearly $315 million. Trump promised dairy farmers improved trade with Canada when announcing his intention to upgrade NAFTA.

Secretary Perdue: USMCA Critical for U.S. Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday proclaimed, “Today is a good day for American agriculture,” referring to President Donald Trump’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Perdue says USMCA”shows the rest of the world the United States is open for business,” adding the agreement is critical for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Canada and Mexico are the first and second-largest export markets for United States food and agricultural products, totaling more than $39.7 billion in farm exports in 2018. Those exports, according to the Department of Agriculture, support more than 325,000 American jobs. All food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement will remain at zero tariffs. Key provisions, Perdue says, include increasing dairy market access, along with updates to biotechnology rules, geographical indications, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and increased market access for poultry, eggs and wheat, along with agreements to avoid technical trade barriers for wine and spirits.

Agriculture Groups Respond to USMCA Signing

Agriculture groups applaud President Donald Trump for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “There is definitely increased optimism on farms and ranches across America and we’re grateful for the advances, but we’re also realists eager to see results.” American Soybean Association President Bill Gordon attended the signing ceremony Wednesday. Gordon states, “We reiterate our hearty thanks to both houses of Congress, the President, and their staff who worked together to make this important deal happen.” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston also attended, and points out USMCA follows the new WOTUS rule, a Phase One trade agreement with China, and changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Houston says, “it’s easy to see that 2020 is off to a truly historic start for U.S. beef producers.” Finally, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson stated that while USMCA is a big step forward, “it should be a floor for future trade deals, not a ceiling.”

Trump Administration Trade Agenda Turning to EU, India

The Trump administration’s focus on trade continues, as officials work towards more trade agreements. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue traveled to the European Union to discuss a potential trade deal this week, and talks are ongoing to reach a tentative agreement with India. Perdue maintains that “Agriculture needs to be included in a trade deal” with the European Union. Specifically, Perdue told reporters Wednesday from Rome he wants the EU to recognize the U.S. method of sanitizing chicken products, along with addressing geographic indicators and EU objections to biotechnology. Meanwhile, Politico reports U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to travel to New Delhi, India, early next month, for potential trade talks with India’s Commerce Minister. President Donald Trump revoked trade benefits for India last year that cuts duties on products from developing nations. India is seeking to regain those benefits, while the U.S. wants equivalent access for U.S. agricultural products in any tentative trade deal.

NASDA Submits Hemp Program Comments to USDA

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture submitted final comments on federal hemp production guidelines. The comments submitted to the Department of Agriculture highlight potential changes to the Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule. NASDA CEO  Barb Glenn says, “We know at least 30 states will have to revise their own laws in order to comply with the requirements of the rule,” adding that without some flexibility, the rule could create competitive differences between states. NASDA recommends USDA extends the number of days in the testing window to within 15 to 30 days of harvest, along with dropping the requirement for states to use a Drug Enforcement Administration registered laboratory. Additionally, the organization suggests USDA create a tier-based approach for sampling and testing that would allow for greater flexibility for state regulators, set the negligence threshold for THC at one percent, and allow for states to develop mitigation plans, among other recommendations. The comment period closed Wednesday.

NMPF: Congress Needs to Pass DAIRY PRIDE Act for Consumers

The National Milk Producers Federation says Congress needs to pass the DAIRY PRIDE Act soon to ensure the Food and Drug Administration does its job. The DAIRY PRIDE Act would designate foods that make an inaccurate claim about milk contents as “misbranded” and subject to enforcement of labeling rules. It would require FDA to issue guidance for federal enforcement of mislabeled imitation dairy products within 90 days of its passage, and require FDA to report to Congress two years after enactment. NMPF Executive Vice President Tom Balmer told the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee Wednesday, “By calling these products “milk,” they are clearly seeking to trade on the health halo of real milk.” Balmer says the imitators aren’t nutritionally the same as milk, or the same simply by definition. The legislation would force FDA to act against plant-based imitators of milk, cheese, butter and other products that defy current FDA rules. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-27-20 Check out the 2020 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

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The 56th Annual Colorado Farm Show is This Week!

The Colorado Farm Show is one of the largest — and oldest — farm shows in the nation and will be held at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO January 28-29-30.

The 56th annual, three-day event, will feature close to 350 ag-related exhibits, opportunities to learn more about ag products, services, and machinery.

Additionally, we offer a multitude of educational breakout sessions covering topics such as:

Ag Spotlight, Beef, Colorado Produce, Equine, Dairy, Colorado Weather Report, Ag Outlook, Colorado Agriculture Education, Partners in Ag, Partners in Ag, Ag Energy Day, Sheep Day, Water Issues in Colorado, Colorado AgrAbility, Annie’s Project, Weed Issues & many more… Continue reading

01-29-20 Colorado Delegation Shows Support for Polis Administration’s Comments on Proposed Hemp Rule

Colorado Delegation Shows Support for Polis Administration’s Comments on Proposed Hemp Rule

DENVER – January 29, 2020 – Earlier today, Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Attorney General Phil Weiser, submitted the State’s official response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. Members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation voiced their support for the submitted comments on the USDA’s interim final hemp rule. Continue reading

01-29-20 Governor Polis Announces Green, Innovative Pilot Programs to Increase Efficiency in Cannabis and Beer Industries

Governor Polis Announces Green, Innovative Pilot Programs to Increase Efficiency in Cannabis and Beer Industries

DENVER – January 29, 2020 – Gov. Jared Polis today joined the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Energy Office to announce two pilot programs focused on energy usage and environmental responsibility in the cannabis and beer industries.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to improve our air quality and reduce harmful emissions,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These pilot programs combine a few of the things that Colorado is known for: environmental responsibility, craft beer, and cannabis. I applaud our state agencies and private partners for working together on these innovative programs to help protect the Colorado way of life.” Continue reading

01-29-20 Governor Polis, CDA & AG Submit Comments on USDA’s Proposed Hemp Rules

Governor Polis, CDA & AG Submit Comments on USDA’s Proposed Hemp Rules

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Attorney General Phil Weiser, today submitted the State’s official response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program.

The comments are reflective of the feedback received from numerous Statewide stakeholders, including farmers, state and local government agencies, law enforcement, and academic institutions. The feedback from the State points to significant concerns with the interim final rule, which include concerns about the negligence threshold for crops that go over the THC limit, overly restrictive disposal requirements, burdensome sampling protocol, and the unnecessary requirement of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered labs to test an agricultural crop.

“Colorado is the top state for hemp production, and we are proud of our work to increase good jobs and honored to help the Department of Agriculture figure out what we already know about hemp in Colorado,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We want to unleash this industry to grow and innovate. The proposed interim final rule, as currently written, does not support best practices in hemp production at a critical time in the development of this important industry. The recommended changes we’ve put forward will support the hemp industry while establishing appropriate guidelines.”

“These regulations are not scalable or easily implemented in a state with a robust hemp industry as large as ours is in Colorado,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “Small farming operations will have the hardest time complying with these rules and we are working to help ensure all hemp producers in the state can be successful.”

“The USDA’s interim final rule for hemp production claims to respect principles of federalism and to allow the ‘laboratories of the states’ to continue their efforts at innovation. The rule, however, unnecessarily upsets the delicate federal-state balance, trampling on states’ ability to develop their hemp industries effectively. Colorado is a leader in hemp cultivation and we need to protect Colorado’s regulatory system that enables our local industry to develop and protects consumers in a sound manner,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.

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01-29-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on USMCA Signing

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on USMCA Signing

(Washington, D.C., January 29, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today is a good day for American agriculture. Throughout this process, there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. This agreement shows the rest of the world the United States is open for business. USMCA is critical for America’s farmers and ranchers, who will now have even more market access to our neighbors to the north and the south. I am excited to see the economic benefits of this agreement increase the prosperity of all Americans, especially those living in rural America,” said Secretary Perdue.


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01-29-20 U.S Senator Gardner Applauds Signing of Historic Free Trade Agreement Benefiting Colorado

U.S Senator Gardner Applauds Signing of Historic Free Trade Agreement Benefiting Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act.

“This is a historic day for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “USMCA will boost Colorado’s already vibrant trade relationship with our two largest global trading partners, Mexico and Canada. Nearly a quarter million jobs and billions of dollars of our economy in Colorado are dependent on trade with our North American neighbors, and I’m proud to have supported USMCA to give all of Colorado’s exporters the best chance to access these markets and opportunities.” Continue reading

01-30-20 NPPC Heralds Signing of USMCA Agreement

NPPC Heralds Signing of USMCA Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2020 – President Trump today signed into law the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which, once implemented, will provide much-needed certainty for U.S. pork producers. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring attended today’s signing ceremony, as well as seven other NPPC board members: Scott Hays (Missouri), Dale Reicks (Iowa), Duane Stateler (Ohio), Lori Stevermer (Minnesota), Kraig Westerbeek (North Carolina), Terry Wolters (Minnesota) and Russell Vering (Nebraska).

“USMCA provides U.S. pork producers with certainty in two of our largest export markets and we thank President Trump and his administration for making USMCA a top priority,” said Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. “We look forward to implementation of a trade deal that preserves zero-tariff pork trade in North America.”

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12-05-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosting a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 56th CO Farm Show!

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DECEMBER 5, 2019 – Finished harvesting for 2019?  The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 2020 CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, to be held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 30, 2020.  A total of 150 tractor hours will be sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.   Continue reading

01-29-20 CFB Policy Watch: Wolf Reintroduction Bill Introduced in Legislature

CFB Policy Watch: Wolf Reintroduction Bill Introduced in Legislature 

A measure has been introduced in the General Assembly that sets to “Manage Gray Wolves in Colorado.” This effort is outside of the current ballot initiative that will be on your ballot in November. As introduced, the bill will require the introduction of wolves by 2025, but unlike the ballot initiative, includes provisions to either cancel or postpone introduction if certain criteria are not met: Continue reading