08-03-20 CDA Monitoring Salmonella Outbreak in California Onions

Colorado Ag Department Monitoring Salmonella Outbreak in California Onions

BROOMFIELD, CO – August 3, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are monitoring a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an outbreak of Salmonella Newport in red onions that have been traced to a single provider in Bakersfield, California as the likely source. The outbreak has resulted in a number of consumers falling ill nationwide, including in Colorado.

The source of the outbreak is limited to the facility in California and is not related to onions grown in Colorado. Consumers and retailers should feel safe selecting and eating onions grown in Colorado.  Information regarding the Salmonella Newport outbreak and the recall, as well as instructions for consumers, can be found in this FDA Announcement and the CDC alert.

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08-03-20 CFVGA Urges Colorado Consumers to Check the Source of Their Onions

CFVGA Urges Colorado Consumers to Check the Source of Their Onions

August 3, 2020 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) urges Coloradans to protect their health by carefully monitoring the source of the onions they consume. This comes with the news this past weekend that at least 11 cases of Salmonella Newport have been reported in Colorado. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement late July 31 indicated the source of the nationwide outbreak as a California-based provider who has issued a recall of all varieties of its onions. See the FDA news: https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-newport-red-onions-july-2020

“Colorado produce growers hold food safety as their number one priority,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton. “CFVGA has been and will continue to be proactive training produce growers in science-based produce safety risk reduction protocols for them to incorporate on their farms. Produce consumption is exceedingly important for human health, and we will do everything we can to ensure our produce is safe and wholesome.”
CFVGA urges Colorado consumers to follow FDA and Centers for Disease control guidelines in selecting and consuming onions until notification that all affected product has been taken off the market: Continue reading



2020 Weld County Fair Junior Livestock Sale Order

2020 Weld County Fair Add-On Form


WELD COUNTY, CO — To cap off another successful, albeit different county fair due to COVID-19, the Junior Livestock Sale will be held on August 3 at 3:00 p.m. and will be open only to the youth selling their livestock, their families, and buyers who choose to attend in person. New this year is a virtual component that will allow buyers who prefer to participate online, along with the general public, to do so as the sale will be live streamed via Live Auctions TV.

Approximately 245 kids will present their prized livestock at the sale.

“This sale is a fantastic event for our youth,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “I’m proud of these kids and want to thank fair staff for putting on a livestock sale that is mindful of the health and safety of everyone in attendance, including the online viewers.” Continue reading

08-03-20 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Halstrom Updates Cattle Producers on Beef Exports and Market Access Gains in Japan, China

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Halstrom Updates Cattle Producers on Beef Exports and Market Access Gains in Japan, China

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DENVER, CO – Aug 3, 2020 – At last week’s Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom updated cattle producers on the state of U.S. beef exports. He noted that despite a recent dip in export volumes due to interruptions in production, the outlook for the second half of 2020 remains very strong. This is due in part to the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, implemented on Jan. 1, which lowered Japan’s import duties on U.S. beef to match those imposed on major competitors.

Halstrom added that the U.S. beef industry is just beginning to reap the benefits of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, as the red meat trade provisions of this agreement were implemented in late March. Through May, U.S. beef exports to China were up 66% from a year ago to just under 5,000 metric tons, with value up 71% to $39 million.

Halstrom Update at Cattle Industry Summer Mtg 8-3-20

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DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2020)– On July 27-30, cattlemen and women from across the U.S. gathered at the Gaylord Rockies resort in Denver – and virtually, from their own farms and ranches – for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. Here, the cattle industry discussed current issues as a group, heard the new 2021-2025 Beef Industry Long Range Plan and reviewed how the Beef Checkoff has adjusted messaging and programs over the past several months.

While at the meeting, Beef Checkoff committee members from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and Federation of State Beef Councils in each of the five different program committees – Safety, Nutrition and Health, Innovation, Consumer Trust and Export Growth – heard presentations from Checkoff contractors. These presentations explained how programs, research and education have creatively changed to drive beef demand over the past six months. A video of those Checkoff contractor presentations is now available for viewing, with contractors and subcontractors presenting in the following order: Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


08-03-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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08-03-20 CDA: Nominations Sought for State Hemp Advisory Committee

CDA: Nominations Sought for State Hemp Advisory Committee

Broomfield, CO – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking member nominations for its Hemp Advisory Committee (HAC). The HAC advises the Department and confers on all matters regarding the regulation of hemp.

Committee members assist the Commissioner of Agriculture and program staff in promulgating rules to carry out the Hemp Act, Title 35, Article 61, and provide advice and consultation to the Commissioner and program staff by reviewing rules, recommending new rules or changes to existing rules. Members also offer advice and consultation on the establishment of an inspection program to determine THC concentration in compliance with the USDA Interim Final Rule and approved Colorado State Hemp Plan.

HAC members meet quarterly and serve two to three year terms. Members may be nominated to serve two successive terms. The committee is comprised of 10 members and there are a number of current openings. Specifically, nominations are sought for the following positions:

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08-03-20 Inside The BARN with Syngenta’s Jeffrey Hopp: A Closer Look at Sugar Beet Disease Control

Inside The BARN with Syngenta’s Jeffrey Hopp: A Closer Look at Sugar Beet Disease Control

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – August 3, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is  Jeffrey Hopp, Agronomic Service Representative at Syngenta, discussing sugar beet disease control…


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The 2020 Colorado State Fair – Watch the Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream from Pueblo Aug 27th thru 31st!

The 2020 Colorado State Fair – Watch the Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream from Pueblo Aug 27th thru 31st!

  • Mkt Goats Aug 27 @ 1 pm;
  • Mkt Hogs on Aug 28 @ 11 am;
  • Mkt Beef on Aug 29 @ 1 pm
  • Mkt Lambs on Aug 30 @ 1 pm
  • FFA Heifer Wrangle Show on Aug 31 @ 1 pm
  • NWSS Catch-A-Calf Show on Aug 31 @ 3 pm



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08-03-20 CAB Webinar Alert: Registration opens for Feeding Quality Forum webinar

CAB Webinar Alert: Registration opens for Feeding Quality Forum webinar

By Maeley Herring

On-target information powers the economy, especially the cattle sector in the challenging world of 2020.

Every year since 2006, cattle feeders, ranchers, educators and allied industry leaders have gathered at the Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) for thought-provoking conversation and networking.

This year offers the same range of topics and interaction – but in a virtual setting.

“You won’t get to shake hands with old friends and new, but we’re still bringing together some of the great minds in the beef industry to present the kind of information folks have come to expect from the Forum,” says Kara Lee, production brand manager for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 3rd

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Chinese Corn Purchases Sets Records as Tensions Grow

Chinese buyers made a record purchase of U.S. corn last week. Reuters says that extended a recent flurry of U.S. purchases as tensions continue to grow between the two largest economies in the world. The USDA says China bought 1.937 million tons of corn from private exporters that will be delivered in the 2020-2021 marketing year. That purchase is worth around $325 million and passed up the previous record of 1.76 million tons reported only two weeks ago. In another report, the USDA says soybean sales to China rose to 1.925 million tons for the week ending July 23, which was the biggest weekly total since November of 2016. China’s purchases of American farm goods totals $6 billion through May, while the Phase One Trade Agreement calls for a total of $36.5 billion in purchases this year. While the $6 billion total is 9.1 percent higher than the same period last year, it’s also 31 percent lower than the same time in 2017. Rising tensions had already slowed soybean purchases last week. U.S. Soybean Export Council CEO Jim Sutter says, “Chinese buyers are worried about a possible disruption in the implementation of the Phase One agreement, which is certainly not good for future purchases.”


Perdue Says EU “Green Deal” Could Undermine Trade Talks with the U.S.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says the European Union’s recently-published EU “Green Deal” strategies could “undermine trade and affect the viability of EU farmers.” Perdue’s claim was immediately refuted by his EU counterpart. Euractive (Yuhr-ACTIVE) Dot Com says Perdue spoke during a webinar on the transatlantic perspective on food security in a post-COVID world last week. Perdue commended the EU for focusing on sustainability and expressed a strong desire to work with the European Union. However, he criticized the new food policy, which he says, “seems to have forgotten the ‘farm’ in ‘Farm to Fork.’” The EU says the new Farm to Fork policy is intended to improve the sustainability of agriculture within the bloc and shorten the distance between the farm and the end-user. Together with the new biodiversity plan, those two policies make up the heart of the EU Green Deal. Perdue also says EU farmers were being left without the tools they need to do their jobs, warning that it could make farmers there uncompetitive. If that happens, it could then lead to EU protectionism, something that could “do some real damage to the global trade environment.” However, the EU Ag Commissioner says the emphasis on reinforcing shorter supply chains doesn’t imply any new trade barriers, adding that the bloc “isn’t against and needs international trade.”


Cattle Producers Set Policy Priorities for the Future of the NCBA

A large number of cattle producers worked to identify a policy that would help to resolve concerns about live cattle marketing issues and help lead the industry to more robust price discovery. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee considered many proposals aimed at encouraging greater volumes of cash cattle trade. After sometimes intense debate, the committee and the NCBA Board of Directors unanimously passed a policy that supports voluntary efforts to improve the fed cattle trade over the next three months. However, it leaves the market open to the potential for future mandates if robust regional cash trade numbers are not reached by the industry. NCBA President Marty Smith says the work of the Live Cattle Marketing Committee caps off months of efforts to find industry and market-driven solutions to increase price discovery without government mandates. “The policy we passed today is the result of every state cattlemen’s association coming together to work through their differences and find solutions that meet the needs of their members,” Smith says, “all of whom agree that the industry needs more price discovery. The policy provides all players in the industry with the opportunity to achieve that goal without seeking government mandates.”


Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Introduced in Congress

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act was introduced in Congress late last week to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country. The legislation from Democrat Jimmy Panetta of California and Republican Billy Long of Missouri is also designed to help fairs recover from large financial losses they’ve suffered because of COVID-19. A large number of fairs across the country didn’t take place this summer because of safety concerns. The bill would provide $500 million in grant funding for agricultural fairs through their state departments of agriculture to help keep them functioning well into the future. “County and local fairs are very important to agriculture and our communities all across our country,” Panetta says. “Fairs provide our producers with the opportunity to market their crops and livestock and foster the next generation of farmers.” He points out that fairs are also an “economic engine” and a gathering place to highlight and celebrate our communities. A Drover’s report says agricultural and community fairs have been an important part of rural communities for over 250 years. State and local fairs also provide farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to educate the public about local agriculture. “Like many institutions, fairs have been hit by COVID-19,” Panetta says, “and we must assist if we are going to preserve these fairs for the future.”


NCGA Talks Trade and Supply Chains During Virtual Town Hall

National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross joined other national agricultural leaders for an AgTalks virtual town hall last week. Participants talked about the future of agriculture, with a focus on trade, supply chains, and competition on a global scale. The town hall allowed panelists to provide updates from their industries and answer questions. Ross talked about the many challenges facing corn producers in 2020 and shared the NCGA’s recovery plans to help growers navigate the immediate challenges in the short term and to expand market access in the long term. “We’re thankful to have USMCA in force and Phase One trade deals with both China and Japan,” Ross says. “But we have lost ground to our competitors, and it’s time to pivot to more aggressive expansion in our trade. NCGA will continue to push for trade agreements in Southeast Asia and many other regions that have strong demand potential.” The AgTalks town hall series will help farmers learn and share their views with commodity associations at a time when most of the major in-person state agricultural events have been canceled or postponed because of COVID-19. Last week’s event focused on Iowa, with future events scheduled to focus on Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.


Ethanol Ready to Capture More Carbon

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says ethanol plants are ready to capture more carbon. She submitted comments on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations under section 45Q. It’s a performance-based tax credit for carbon capture projects. In her comments, Skor asks the agency to offer credit for carbon dioxide captured for food and beverage purposes, which would promote investment in new carbon capture capabilities and ensure that the food and beverage industry is not forced to tap alternative sources of carbon dioxide. “The ethanol industry has more than 50 projects that on average capture 99,000 to 153,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually,” Skor says. “These facilities both capture qualified carbon oxides or are in the process of financing projects to capture and sequester carbon oxides.” She adds that more projects are on the way and 45Q can help accelerate that process. Without the tax credit, food and beverage producers may have to rely on non-renewable sources of carbon dioxide.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



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WELD COUNTY, CO — Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the Weld County Board of Commissioners is proud to announce that the 102nd Weld County Fair will be held this summer – albeit a bit differently than ever before.

“The board felt it was imperative, as the number one agricultural county in the state, that we find a way to hold the fair for the youth who have worked hard preparing the projects for this event,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman.

This year, the fair will be open to exhibitors and their families so as to allow for the completion of 4-H and FFA projects. General public and vendors will not be able to attend this year nor will there be open class exhibits.

“We are disappointed that circumstances don’t allow for our usual celebration of the fair this year,” said Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, coordinator for the Extension Department. “However, we are committed to the young people, who are the future leaders in agriculture in this county and want to make sure they have a chance to compete.”

Dates of the Weld County Fair remain the same – July 24 through August 3. Several livestock shows will be livestreamed online via Barn Media. Visit https://livestream.com/barnmedia/2020wcf to participate.

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