01-02-20 Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – January 2, 2020 –  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is CDA Markets Division Director Tom Lipetzky discussing several topics including:

  • 2019 Recap
  • 2020 Preview
  • CDA SCBG Program
  • & More


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01-02-20 Joe Leathers New named to the CattleTrace, Inc. Board of Directors


Joe Leathers New named to the CattleTrace, Inc. Board of Directors

Joe Leathers with the Texas-based 6666 Ranch joins the CattleTrace, Inc. Board of Directors as a cow-calf sector representative.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — CattleTrace, Inc. is excited to introduce Joe Leathers with 6666 Ranch as the seventh member of the organizations Board of Directors. Joe is the General Manager of the 6666 Ranch located near Guthrie, TX, and will be representing the cow-calf sector on the CattleTrace Board. Established in August 2018, the CattleTrace Board has increased to seven members, and they are tasked with establishing the strategic direction and policies for CattleTrace, including setting the protocol of who, how and when the data is accessed for animal disease traceability. Other members include Brandon Depenbusch with Innovative Livestock Services, Tom Jones with Hy-Plains Feedyard, Wes Killion with Beef Northwest Feeders, Mark Gardiner with Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ken Stielow with Bar S Ranch and Neil Bouray with Mankato Livestock Inc.

Welcome to the CattleTrace team, Joe!

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01-02-20 CattleTrace travels to San Antonio for #CattleCon20


CattleTrace travels to San Antonio for #CattleCon20


MANHATTAN, Kan. — If you are traveling to San Antonio the first week of February for the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, stop by booth 2331 to meet the team and learn what’s new with CattleTrace. We are looking forward to connecting with current and future participants and partners from across the country.

On Thursday, February 6th, from 1:30 to 4:30pm, the NCBA Cattle Health & Well-Being Committee meeting will be in room 302 B/C at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. A panel discussion on traceability will take place during this meeting, with Brandon Depenbusch, the CattleTrace, Inc. Board Chair, serving as one of the panel members. Hope to see you there! Continue reading

01-02-20 U.S. Department of Interior Extends Platte River Recovery Implementation Program to Protect Endangered Species

U.S. Department of Interior Extends Platte River Recovery Implementation Program to Protect Endangered Species

Secretary of the Interior, along with Governors of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, commit an additional $156 million for recovering threatened and endangered species in the Platte River Basin

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed an amendment to the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Cooperative Agreement, along with the governors of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, committing resources to extend the program through Dec. 31, 2032. The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program utilizes federal- and state-provided financial resources, water and scientific monitoring and research to support and protect four threatened and endangered species that inhabit areas of the Central and Lower Platte rivers in Nebraska while allowing for continued water and hydropower project operations in the Platte River basin.

“This program is truly an important partnership that has been successful because of the broad collaboration between federal and state representatives, water and power users and conservation groups,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “All of these stakeholders working together to help recover imperiled species is critical as new water and power projects are continued and developed in the Platte River Basin.” Continue reading

12-20-19 USDA FSA Colorado CRP Informational Meetings in January 2020

USDA FSA Colorado CRP Informational Meetings in January 2020


USDA Opened CRP Signup Going on NOW thru February 28th…

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Continue reading


The purpose of the Water Plan Grant Program is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan and its measurable objectives.


All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular measurable objective category. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Members and staff will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that best meet the Water Plan goals. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the Water Plan objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings.

Note: Application deadlines occur twice annually, in August and February.

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01-02-20 Weld County Livestock Association to Award $4,000 in College Scholarships

WCLA to Award $4,000 in College Scholarships

January 2, 2020 – The Weld County Livestock Association (WCLA) will award three $1,000 college scholarships and the $1,000 Sharon and Gene Inloes Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • applicant must be a resident of Weld County,
  • have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher,
  • have an agricultural background or be pursuing an agricultural career,
  • be planning to attend an accredited college, junior college or trade school in the fall of 2020 as a freshman or sophomore, and
  • the Gene and Sharon Inloes Scholarship requires a livestock-related major.

Applications can be found at https://www.weldcountylivestock.org/scholarships

Completed application packets must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2020 and mailed to: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 2nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 2nd

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Trump Will Sign Phase One Deal January 15

President Donald Trump put a date on signing the Phase One trade deal with China, thanks to Twitter. He’ll sign the deal with China on January 15, making the agreement between the two largest economies official. The highlight of the deal that’s most interesting to agriculture is China will increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural products in exchange for the U.S. lowering tariffs on some of its imports. “The ceremony will take place at the White House,” Trump says on Twitter. “High-level representatives of China will be present.” In addition to the ag purchases, China agreed to new commitments on intellectual property protections, forced technology transfers from U.S. companies, as well as new currency practices. Bloomberg says the deal will calm some of the fears that the trade war between the nations would continue long term. The president also says he’ll be traveling to Beijing at a later date to begin Phase Two negotiations. The precise details of the agreement haven’t been released to the public yet. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the details will come out when it’s officially signed by both countries.


China Bans Pork Imports from Indonesia Due to ASF

China is doing everything it can to rebound from the African Swine Fever epidemic that decimated its hog herds. Chinese customs officials say they’ve banned imports of pigs, wild boars, and related products from Indonesia due to the ASF virus outbreak in the northern part of the country. A Reuters article says the deadly disease roared across China itself after first being detected in August of 2018. Some estimates say the disease reduced the world’s biggest pig herd by up to 40 percent. Beijing has recently issued a series of new measures to boost pig production, while also maintaining strict prevention and control measures designed to prevent new outbreaks of the disease. China’s General Administration of Customs says on its website that as of December 17, Indonesia had reported almost 400 cases of African Swine Fever outbreaks. As of mid-December, official reports say the virus has killed almost 30,000 pigs across a province in north Indonesia. Authorities are still trying to quarantine the area, which has suffered millions of dollars in economic losses.


China Loosens Restrictions on Importing GMO Crops

A government body in China has given its approved safety certificates to 203 new genetically modified crops for planting and import purposes. Official documents that came out Monday should pave the way for wider GMO adoption in the country. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs shared three lists of newly approved GMO crops, including soybeans, corn, cotton, papaya, and many others. One market source told Agri Census Dot Com that, “It might be possible that China will open up domestic planting of GMO soybeans sometime soon.” China has maintained tight restrictions on using GMO crops in domestic planting in the past. However, it’s been more willing to import GMO crops in recent years, including soybeans, corn, and rapeseed. Soybeans, corn, and rapeseed that were domestically produced within China are said to be non-GMO. Two of the newly approved crops were developed in the U.S. and were licensed for import; One for soybeans and the other is papaya. The newly approved certificates will be valid between three and five years, depending on the crop.


2019 Squeezing Grain Elevators in Rural America

CoBank says it isn’t just farmers that saw lower cash returns in 2019. Grain elevators will also see their profit margins drop compared to the previous year. The lower returns are blamed on a higher basis for corn, soybeans, and wheat. A release from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division says, “In addition to having to buy a  more expensive basis, grain elevators are offering farmers incentives to sell bushels, such as lower rates on storage, free delayed pricing, and free grain drying.” Lower quality and high-moisture grain coming in from wet fields around rural America also boost elevator costs. Propane shortages in 2019 also continued to put a damper on elevator revenue. As if that’s not enough, drying wet grain can lead to commodity shrinkage, which adds to lost bushels and higher costs for elevators. CoBank says those challenges from 2019 will likely carry into the new year. “Grain elevators’ margins will get squeezed in 2020 by the tightness in basis, diminishing carries in the futures markets, and many other challenges from low test-weight and high-moisture grain,” CoBank says.


Organic Sales Doubled Over Five Years; Percentage Still Small

U.S. organic sales doubled between 2012 and 2017, even though the total value of U.S. agricultural sales remained flat. The USDA says growth in the organic sector has taken off since the early 2010s as food manufacturers, retailers, and livestock producers have increased their demand for organic foods and inputs. Organic operations’ average sales were just over $400,600 in 2017, more than doubling the average sales for all farms, which came in at just over $190,000. The organic share of all agricultural sales in the U.S doubled to two percent between 2012 and 2017, but the share was over six percent in some states. California took the top spot in the nation in terms of organic and overall ag sales. Most of the other top organic producing states were in the Pacific Northwest, which is a major grower of organic produce. Other states were in the Upper Midwest, a major producer of organic milk, and the Northeast U.S., which has many smaller-scale organic farms. Pennsylvania and North Carolina had the fastest organic growth between 2012 and 2017.


Study Shows Farmers are Paying Higher Wages Than Ever Before

Farm Journal recently conducted a study that encompassed all sectors of agriculture. What they found was farmers are paying more in wages than at any point in history. They’re more efficient in using their available labor. However, they’re still frustrated. The survey of more than 2,100 farmers included almost 200 dairy farmers. Of the total producers, 87 percent say they pay more in wages than they did five years ago. While 58 percent of the employers have offered higher wages to attract labor, few can and do offer benefits. Just 20 percent of the farmers offer health insurance. Almost 45 percent offer their employees paid time off. A handful of the dairy farmers in the survey says they milk their cows with robotics. But, the majority of the dairy farmers say milking help is the hardest position to both fill and retain employees. Employers’ biggest frustrations are those who show up late, don’t show up at all, or don’t follow protocols in place. They say the best employees have a sense of ownership, which is easier to say than to find.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service