01-08-20 CWCB: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extended 13 Years

CWCB: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extended 13 Years

Collaborative program for wildlife and Colorado water

January 7, 2020 (Denver, CO) – A victory for wildlife and Colorado water, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, and the Governors of Nebraska and Wyoming signed a Cooperative Agreement to extend the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (Program) with $156 million.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has played a major role in this Program’s creation and ongoing efforts, including policy and financial support.

“This collaborative program supports the recovery of four threatened and endangered species by improving and maintaining habitat in the Platte River in Nebraska while allowing for continued water use in Colorado,” said Colorado Water Conservation Board Director Rebecca Mitchell. “We look forward to continuing our role in the upcoming years of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program.”

“The commitment by the states and the U.S. Department of the Interior to continue the program’s innovative approach to species recovery and Endangered Species Act compliance is a win-win for the future of Colorado’s citizens and the environment,” said Governor Polis. Continue reading

01-08-20 Jim Thomas Inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

Vernon and Eileen Davidson, Ponteix, Saskatchewan, Canada, presented Jim Thomas, Guthrie, Oklahoma, with the 2019 American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame award. Left to right: Virginia Potter, Hiedi LaBrue, Jim Thomas, Eileen Davidson, and Vernon Davidson.

Jim Thomas Inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

LINCOLN, NE – Jim Thomas of O Lazy Y Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame for 2020. The induction took place during the awards banquet at the 49th Annual AGA National Convention in Billings, Montana. Continue reading

01-08-20 USDA Weekly Export Sales Report Delayed Until Jan 10th

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USDA Weekly Export Sales Report Delayed

01-08-20 Weld County Council Commissioner Replacement Procedures

Weld County Council Commissioner Replacement Procedures

Greeley, CO – The Weld County Council (WCC) received a letter from Commissioner Sean Conway on Saturday, January 4, 2020, dated January 6, 2020.  The letter announced his intention to resign his elected position as the Weld County At-Large Commissioner.  The effective date of his resignation will be January 31, 2020. Continue reading

01-08-20 CFA: CHS Scholarships Available to Attend 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

CFA: CHS Scholarships Available to Attend 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah
CHS Foundation is once again offering scholarships to help prekindergarten through 12th grade teachers attend the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference ‘Agriculture Elevated’ scheduled for June 24-26 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
CHS Foundation has increased its support and is offering 50 scholarships this year, up from 40 in the past. The scholarship covers early registration to the conference of $435. Teachers are responsible for covering their other travel costs to attend the conference. To apply for a scholarship, teachers must fill out an application explaining how attending the conference will help them advance agricultural literacy in their classrooms. Eligible applicants are PreK-12 teachers who are employed by a school district or private school.
To apply, please click here to visit the online application. The deadline for applications is March 1.
For more information, please email Lisa Gaskalla or call 352-745-0246.

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01-08-20 CFA: Colorado Featured Resource

Read the Cattle in Colorado History book in our digital library – CLICK HERE

CFA: Colorado Featured Resource

The Cattle in Colorado History book works well in fourth grade Colorado history classes. Using this resource, students learn how cattle came to Colorado, about cattle drives, and the technology that changed cattle ranching. In addition to the history of Colorado’s cattle industry, students will explore caring for livestock, nutrition, sustainability, by-products, and much more.
The Cattle in Colorado History book is sponsored by the Colorado CattleWomen, Inc., in partnership with the Colorado Beef Council.
Available in print and electronic versions.
To check out all of our available resources and to place your order, visit our Online Store.
The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture is a 501(c)3 non-profit education corporation. The vision is to advance agricultural literacy in the next generation of consumers, citizens, and professionals. The mission is connecting Colorado educators and students to their food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources. During the 2018-2019 school year, the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture was able to reach more than 317,500 students and educators through Colorado’s various Agriculture in the Classroom® programs and resources. To learn more or to make a tax deductible gift, visit GrowingYourFuture.com.
Written and submitted to The BARN by:
Jennifer Scharpe
Executive Director
Colorado Foundation for Agriculture
Colorado Ag in the Classroom
Office:  970-818-3308
Direct (cell):  720-788-3224

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January 8, 2020 – DENVER, CO — Duckworth might be among the premier fine-wool, American-made clothing companies, but it didn’t get that way overnight. Joe and Aggie Helle proved to be company cornerstones thanks to their efforts at constantly improving the family ranch’s wool clip, which provided Duckworth with the raw, natural fiber needed to produce its performance products.

For their efforts, Joe and Aggie have been chosen as the 2020 Wool Excellence Award winners by members of the Wool Roundtable. While Joe passed away in October 2019, Aggie will accept the award this month at the ASI Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“We just always enjoyed working with and promoting wool,” said Aggie, whose father bought his first Rambouillet sheep in the 1940s. “My dad was always keen on white-faced, fine-wool sheep. When Joe and I started in sheep in 1967, we bought a band of sheep from my family. I’d always been involved in helping dad on the ranch. I can even remember trailing a band 15 miles to town when I was 14 years old.”

01-08-20 CFA: Colorado Reader: January 2020 – Fueling your life (Electricity)

CFA: Colorado Reader: January 2020 – Fueling your life (Electricity)

Renewable energy is power generated from sunlight, blowing wind and flowing water. You get a growing amount of your electricity from renewable resources. The rest of your energy is fueled by resources including oil, coal and natural gas. These sources of electricity are all connected by power lines to homes, schools, and communities. Learn more here.

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01-08-20 CO Ag in the Classroom: Colorado Literacy Project – Classroom and Volunteer Sign Up Form

Sign up for the Colorado Literacy Project!

Farmers and ranchers visit classrooms and read a book about agriculture! This is a FREE program.

The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture is gearing up for our Colorado Literacy Project!
Schools may sign up to have a farmer or rancher visit their classrooms this spring (February through May). They will read the book The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, complete an activity with the students, and talk about their connection to agriculture. The book is then donated to the school. The Colorado Literacy Project is a way to bring agriculture into the classroom while reinforcing reading comprehension and science standards.
To sign up to participate in the 2020 Colorado Literacy Project, use our online sign up form below:

01-09-20 Visit CSU Ag Adventure at the National Western Stock Show

Visit CSU Ag Adventure at the 2020 NWSS

The National Western Stock Show is coined “The Best 16 Days in January.” And for those attending, there are many great educational opportunities. One spot to be sure to check out is CSU Ag Adventure.
CSU Ag Adventure is the perfect place for children and adults to learn about the world of agriculture! Located on the 3rd floor of the Expo Hall and FREE of charge, you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience learning about animal and crop production, and how we use them every day in our lives. You don’t want to miss this interactive exhibit, which the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture will be a part of this year!

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01-08-20 Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019

Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019

Largest Fuel Reduction in 10 Years

Today, the Department of the Interior announced it had doubled and nearly tripled targets set by President Donald Trump for vegetative treatments to reduce wildfire risk in Fiscal Year 2019, marking the largest fuel load reduction in a decade. The announcement comes as the land management agencies with wildland fire programs—the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—report their end-of-year accomplishments and begin preparations for the next fire year.

“These accomplishments reflect the Department’s commitment to the President’s goals for reducing wildfire risk and protecting our communities and resources,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We took action by maximizing wildfire management efforts across the Department and deploying needed resources to reduce the intensity and impacts of wildfires. This is an issue that impacts the whole country, and we’re looking broadly at what we can do to reduce wildfire risk.”

In December 2018, the President issued Executive Order 13855, directing the DOI and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote active management of America’s forests and rangelands to reduce wildfire risk with specific targets for actions.

The DOI was required to: Continue reading

01-08-20 USDA RADIO: The Next Step Towards USMCA Ratification

USDA RADIO: The Next Step Towards USMCA Ratification

WASHINGTON D.C. – January 9, 2020  – Now that a Senate committee has agreed to send the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the full Senate, speculation begins on how soon the matter be voted upon. (Rod Bain. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R – IA). Jon Doggett of the National Corn Growers Association.)



01-09-20 Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition: Colorado Parks & Wildlife Confirms More Wolves Already Roaming into Colorado

Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition: Colorado Parks & Wildlife Confirms More Wolves Already Roaming into Colorado

“The forced introduction of non-native gray wolves will be like 
throwing gas on a campfire”

Craig, Colorado – Today, the Craig Daily Press reported that Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) has confirmed the presence of a wolf pack in Northwest Colorado.

This news is in direct contradiction to pro-wolf groups’ claims that wolves are non-existent in Colorado.

CPW confirmed the presence of a wolf pack yesterday, the same day that the Colorado Secretary of State announced that an initiative to artificially introduce more wolves into Colorado will be on the 2020 ballot. The presence of the wolf pack was confirmed at the site of a bull elk kill in Game Unit 201. CPW now believes there is a pack of six wolves working within the game unit. This confirmation is in addition to another wolf sighting near Rocky Mountain National Park last year.

“The out of state radical environmental groups pushing forced wolf introduction into Colorado have falsely claimed that there are no wolves present in Colorado. It’s just another false narrative to deceive the citizens of Colorado. The news from CPW today implodes their propaganda. This is another one of their baseless and untruthful claims that pro-wolf radicals are known for,” said Denny Behrens, co-Chairman of the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition. Continue reading

01-08-20 REGISTER NOW for the 2020 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference in Reno, NV Feb 20-21

REGISTER NOW for the 2020 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference in Reno, NV Feb 20-21


The 2020 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference will be held February 20 – 21, 2020 at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada.

Our general session agenda is taking shape, and will feature keynote speakers Brenda Burman (Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation) and Russell George (recipient of the 2018 Citizenship Medal, one of the highest honors given to citizens and organizations throughout Colorado). Continue reading

01-08-20 ACE: New Report Shows How a Clean Fuels Policy For the Midwest Should Be Designed

ACE: New Report Shows How a Clean Fuels Policy For the Midwest Should Be Designed

Diverse stakeholder group details critical policy elements needed to ensure broad economic and environmental benefits

Minneapolis, MN — A new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. Created by Midwesterners for the Midwest, the report recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace and benefits producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, jobs, and public health. Continue reading

01-08-20 CDPHE News: State Health Department Provides Resources to Local Communities to Test Water

CDPHE: State Health Department Provides Resources to Local Communities to Test Water

DENVER: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment now has additional resources available for public drinking water system operators to test for persistent chemicals that originate from toxic firefighting foam and other sources. The department secured $500,000 in supplemental funding from the state legislature. Public water system operators can apply for funding through Jan. 29, 2020. Continue reading

01-08-20 Inside The BARN with Northern Water’s Eric Brown regarding the 7th Annual Poudre River Forum…

Inside The BARN with Northern Water’s Eric Brown regarding the 7th Annual Poudre River Forum…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – January 8, 2020 – The Poudre River Forum is set for February 28th at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Loveland, CO on Feb 28th, and is sponsored in part by CSU’s Colorado Water Center. And joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time to discuss the upcoming Poudre River Forum is Northern Water’s Communications Specialist Eric Brown


For complete details and to get registered please visit https://watercenter.colostate.edu/Poudre-River-Forum/


The 2020 Poudre River Forum Draft Agenda Now Available

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 8th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 8th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Senate Finance Committee Advances USMCA

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on a 25-3 vote, setting the agreement up for a potential quick passage. Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says the full Senate could consider the agreement within a week. However, if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends articles of impeachment to the Senate, that must immediately take priority and would stall USMCA until after the impeachment hearings in the Senate. Grassley told the Finance Committee the USMCA implementing legislation “has something in it for everyone, and it’s not often that we can say that about an implementing bill.” Mexico’s Senate has already approved the agreement, and Canada plans to approve USMCA following U.S. action. Ranking member of the committee, Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, says USMCA provides “long-overdue upgrades to labor standards, the environment and digital trade” compared with the North American Free Trade Agreement, adding the agreement also provides certainty to farmers and manufacturers.

Farm Groups Applaud USMCA Action

Agriculture groups welcome action in the Senate to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Passed by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the agreement is “one step away” from completion. Duvall says passage of the agreement “will protect our valuable trade relationships with our nearest neighbors and return certainty to our markets.” The agreement is expected to increase U.S. ag exports by $2 billion and result in a $65 billion increase in gross domestic product. National Pork Producers Council President David Herring in a statement said, “We now urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on the floor as soon as possible.” For the U.S. pork industry, USMCA will maintain long-term, zero-duty market access to Mexico and Canada. In 2018, Canada and Mexico took over 40 percent of the pork that was exported from the United States, and a similar percentage is expected in 2019. U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico support 16,000 U.S. jobs

Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer December

The December Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer suggests farmers are optimistic about the future, despite a weakened perception of current conditions. The survey dropped three points in December to a reading of 150, down from 153 in November. The Index of Current Conditions dropped 12 points to 141, down from 153 in November. Meanwhile, the Index of Future Expectations remained strong, up two points to a reading of 155. In the December survey, producers were asked whether their farm’s 2019 financial performance was better, as expected, or worse than their initial budget projections. Just over-half, 52 percent, stated that their initial projections matched their farm’s financial performance. Meanwhile, 30 percent stated it was worse, and 19 percent stated it was better than expected. The barometer is based on a mid-month survey of 400 U.S. crop and livestock producers. A reading over 100 suggests optimism, while a reading under 100 indicates pessimism amongst farmers regarding the ag economy.

Loeffler Joins Senate Ag Committee

Newly appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler (Leff-ler), a Republican from Georgia, is replacing Georgia Republican David Perdue on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Loeffler was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson (eye-zeck-son). The Illinois native grew up on a family farm and says she “will stand with our farmers.” Loeffler is co-owner of the Atlanta Dream professional women’s basketball team, and has spent her career as a finance executive. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says of Loeffler, “Her farming roots make her a welcome addition to the Committee.” The 49-year-old Loeffler is recognized as the 26th woman currently serving in the Senate. The Senate seat formally occupied by Isakson will face a special election for the seat this year, which could be highly competitive. The winner of the special election will serve out the last of Isakson’s term and face reelection in two years.

NPPC: Impossible Pork is Impossible

The National Pork Producers Council Tuesday called Impossible Foods’ naming convention for its plant-based products designed to mimic real pork a brazen violation of labeling law. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as consumers have known it for centuries, Dr. Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council, says, “What’s impossible is to make pork from plants.” NPPC supports consumer choice and competitive markets on a level playing field. Accordingly, plant-based and cell-cultured products designed to mimic real meat must face the same stringent regulatory requirements as livestock agriculture, including truthful labeling standards, according to NPPC. Kovich calls the efforts by Impossible Foods, “a brazen attempt to circumvent decades of food labeling law and centuries of precedence.” NPPC maintains “plant-based alternative protein products cannot be called pork, and cultured products cannot be called pork without qualification making it clear how they were made.”

36th ASA Young Leader Class Kicks Off in Indianapolis

The 36th class of American Soybean Association Corteva Agriscience Young Leaders recently began its journey at the Corteva Agriscience Global Business Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The training session was the first phase of the program designed to identify future leaders within the agriculture community and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other farmers. A Corteva spokesperson says the program “provides participants developmental training to hone their leadership skills and strengthen the voice of agriculture.” Representatives from 19 states and the Grain Farmers of Ontario participated in the program. The attendees learned about the soy checkoff and leadership in the future. The Young Leaders also participated in leadership styles and communications training, discussed consumer trends and acceptance. Additional discussion provided updates on other soybean industry advancements. The second phase of the Young Leader program will take place February 25 – 29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, with training held in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service