08-15-19 CDA: Blockchain in Agriculture Research Request

CDA: Blockchain in Agriculture Research Request

Broomfield, Colo. – In 2019, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 19-1247, which directs the Commissioner of Agriculture to convene an advisory group to study the potential applications for blockchain technology in agricultural operations and to report to the general assembly by January 15, 2020.

As a result, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is gathering existing ag-related blockchain research so that we can report the data required by House Bill 19-1247 and begin to assemble a blockchain advisory group. Continue reading

08-15-19 USDA Using Flexibility to Assist Farmers, Ranchers in Flooded Areas

USDA Using Flexibility to Assist Farmers, Ranchers in Flooded Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 15, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019. Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or for two months, until November 30, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. For any premium that is not paid by one of those new deadlines, interest will accrue consistent with the terms of the policy.
“USDA recognizes that farmers and ranchers have been severely affected by the extreme weather challenges this year,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “I often brag about the resiliency of farmers but after a lifetime in the business, I have to say that this year is one for the record books. To help ease the burden on these folks, we are continuing to extend flexibility for producers with today’s announcement.” Continue reading

08-15-19 KDA: Republican River Compact Administration to Meet August 22nd

KDA: Republican River Compact Administration to Meet August 22nd

MANHATTAN, KS — The Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will hold its annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at the Pioneer Memorial Library, 375 W. 4th Street in Colby, Kansas.

The RRCA meeting will focus on water-related issues and activities, including compact compliance, within the Republican River basin in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

In addition, RRCA will hold a work session to prepare for the annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. on August 21, 2019, also at the Pioneer Memorial Library. Both the work session and the annual meeting are open to the public. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 15th

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Weekly Export Sales for August15th

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Chinese International Relations Experts: Trade War Could lead to Cold War

Chinese experts on international relations claim the current U.S.-China trade war could lead to a cold war. The South China Morning Post reports one expert claims: “If ideological rivalry were to become a core component of U.S.-China competition, proxy wars would break out between the two nations, similar to the U.S.-USSR clashes during the cold war era.” However, given the propaganda nature of China, it’s hard to verify the legitimacy of those claims. The U.S. recently did comment on reports of Chinese military near the Hong Kong border, as a protest in Hong Kong continues. The U.S. State Department says it is “deeply concerned” by the action. The trade war, which prompted China to halt purchases of U.S. farm commodities, threatens a once $24 billion market for U.S. agriculture. However, the recent move by Trump, delaying a round of tariffs until December, may be an inclination of negotiation progress. Trade leaders from China and the U.S. spoke over the phone this week and will meet in Washington next month.

Trump Asking Japan to Purchase U.S. Ag Products

President Trump is asking Japan to purchase U.S. farm products as the two nations seek a small trade deal including agriculture. Trump asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to buy a “huge amount” of U.S. wheat and soybeans as the negotiations continue, according to Reuters. Japan and the United States are targeting an agreement by September on trade issues, including tariffs on U.S. beef and the automobile sector. Trump has made a similar request of China as part of the talks around the tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China. A Japan deal would be welcomed by U.S. agriculture, disadvantaged in the market as competitors enjoy smaller tariffs. The off-balance tariffs stem from Trump removing the U.S. from the then-called Trans-Pacific Partnership. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says sales have remained strong, considering the higher tariffs. Sales figures remain flat, but not losing market share is positive. Japan represents a significant opportunity for U.S. beef exports, if the tariffs are reduced.

Record Number of Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

During the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Florida, a record 230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of employee safety and health programs. A committee spokesperson says the committee received a record amount of applications to the program, as well. The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers. Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts. One hundred and twenty-two facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.” Find the list of winners at nationalchickencouncil.org/.

New Trucking Hours of Service Rules Proposed

The Trump administration Wednesday proposed changes to hours of service rules for commercial vehicle drives. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the proposal seeking to give drivers “more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time.” The proposal is separate from the ongoing comment period for livestock haulers. The agency is accepting comments until the end of September to determine what should be considered livestock or an agricultural commodity. Currently, states can determine when drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, are exempt from the HOS requirements, within a 150-mile radius of the source. Among the changes to the overall rule proposed this week, the rules would increase flexibility regarding mandated breaks. The proposal also modifies the adverse driving conditions exception through extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.

NPB Announces Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists

The National Pork Board recently announced the four finalists vying to be named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs following the We Care ethical principles and who is committed to sharing their farming story with the American public. National Pork Board President David Newman says the finalists “do what’s best on their farms every day,” and showcase the diversity of family farming in the United States. The finalists are Doug Dawson of Delaware, Ohio, Chris Hoffman of McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, Josh Linde of Manilla, Iowa and Thomas Titus of Elkhart, Illinois. To help select the winner, the four finalists will meet with an expert panel of third-party judges in Chicago later this month. The judges will view videos produced at the finalists’ farms and will interview each of them. Through August 27, the public can vote once a day per email address for their favorite finalist at americaspigfarmer.com. The winner will be announced in October.

Bunge to Move H.Q. to St Louis

Bunge Limited announced this week the company will relocate its global headquarters from White Plains, New York, to St. Louis, Missouri. Bunge is a well-known agribusiness and food company focused on grain processing and exporting, and is the world’s largest soybean processor. Bunge CEO Gregory Heckman says the move is “a big step forward in shifting the Company’s operating model to align around a more efficient, streamlined global business structure.” Heckman was appointed CEO a few months ago and has ties to the Midwest. He spent years in executive positions at ConAgra Foods and Gavilon, both based in Omaha, Nebraska. Bunge calls St. Louis an important hub for it’ North American operation, noting the city home to several food and agriculture organizations and customers. Bunge is in the early planning stages of the transition to the new global headquarters, which is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020. The company will move to an office in Chesterfield, Missouri, in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


08-14-19 Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

German AgTech event seeks to incite a global dialogue on how to keep pace in a growing world

The Food and Agriculture Industry contributes over $41 billion to Colorado’s economy every year, with over 60% of Colorado’s land being used for agriculture. With at least 4.4 thousand companies working in Food and Agriculture in Colorado, the industry employs 115.6 thousand people a year on average. Similarly, almost half of Germany’s national territory is devoted to agricultural use, employing over a million people in over 270 thousand agricultural enterprises. Consequently, Germany is the third largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide. An upcoming event will take a deep dive into the importance of agriculture to both Coloradan and German economies, focusing on how technology can keep pace with the challenges and opportunities facing this industry in the future.

On September 19, 2019 the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO) will be hosting the German American Agricultural Technology Symposium at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO. This day-long event aims to bring together innovators and investors from across the Atlantic to address the most pertinent questions in AgTech – inciting dialogue, exchange, and action. The Agri-Tech Symposium will be the third event in the GACC-CO’s annual German American Business Series (GABS).

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08-14-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 14, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today met with a host of Ministers from Guatemala to discuss implementation of the recently signed agreement between the United States and Guatemala to improve H-2A visa program operations. Following the meeting, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“America’s farmers and ranchers need a legal and reliable agricultural work force, and we are eager to help our producers take advantage of this great opportunity to add a qualified pool of workers to the H-2A visa program. This critical partnership with Guatemala will benefit both our nations and will improve the H-2A visa program in the future.”

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08-14-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Beef Exports to South Korea Continue to Soar

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Beef Exports to South Korea Continue to Soar 

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DENVER, CO – August 14, 2019 – U.S. beef exports to South Korea set a new monthly value record in June of $178.3 million, pushing first-half exports 15% ahead of last year’s record pace. With a strong second half, exports to Korea could approach $2 billion in 2019.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Korea Director Jihae Yang (pronounced Jee-hay Yang) says the U.S. beef industry is supplying a wider range of cuts to the Korean market, expanding U.S. beef’s presence in emerging venues such as convenience stores and e-commerce platforms. She notes that since the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) began lowering tariff rates on U.S. beef in 2012, per capita beef consumption in Korea has increased from 22 pounds per year to 27.5 pounds. Yang adds that home meal replacement items are very popular with Korean consumers seeking convenience, and U.S. beef is capitalizing on this rapidly growing opportunity.

A detailed summary of U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports through the first half of the year is available from the USMEF website.

Jihae Yang Beef to Korea 8-12-19

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08-14-19 Former Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb to keynote rescheduled CSU Water in the West Symposium this November

Former Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb to keynote rescheduled CSU Water in the West Symposium this November

Denver, Colo. – Walter Robb, food entrepreneur and former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, will keynote the Water in the West Symposium in the Denver area. Colorado State University System will host the annual Symposium at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center on November 6 and 7. The Symposium was rescheduled from its original dates in March due to weather and speaker flight cancellations.

Robb joined Whole Foods in 1991 and was named co-CEO in 2010. After the sale of Whole Foods to Amazon in 2017, Robb created Stonewall Robb Advisors to provide mentorship and support for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“Walter Robb, with a lifetime of experience, understands the ever-evolving importance to producers, processors, retailers, and especially consumers of supporting sustainable practices in food,” said former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Continue reading

08-14-19 CSU Ext: Time to monitor your sunflower fields for head infesting insects

CSU Ext: Time to monitor your sunflower fields for head infesting insects

by Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University Extension

The three major sunflower head-infesting insects, namely sunflower head moth, banded moth and seed weevils are expected to be seen in sunflower fields early this month. According to pheromone based monitoring both sunflower and banded moths populations peak around the early part of 2nd week of August in most of the Front Range Area and northeastern Colorado http://northernipm.colostate.edu/monitored/insectpests.htm.

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08-14-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

CSU – Golden Plains Extension:

Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

Written by: John Spring, Area Extension Agent, Julesburg CO

Due to the wet springs we’ve had, common mullein and Canada thistle have been especially prolific the last several years. With seed-heads and flowers on the plants now, both weeds are at their most noticeable growth stage in infested areas. While relatively easy to find at this time of year, it is not the best time to try to control them. Once they enter their reproductive stage (begin growing flowering stalks) both plants become much less vulnerable to herbicides. In mullein, all available resources are devoted towards the developing seed, and at this point it is simply too late to get an effective kill with chemical. In thistle, the flow of resources is directed towards seed development as well. When herbicides are applied, they follow this flow and will not reach the roots. Top growth may be burned off to some extent, but the plant quickly regrows from below. It is a good idea to mark or map out patches of these weeds at this time of year while they are easy to see, but spraying or other control measures are usually not effective enough to be worth the cost. For both weeds, waiting until fall (for thistle) or even next spring (for mullein) is usually the best course of action. Continue reading

08-14-19 Tyson Foods Appoints New Prepared Foods Leader

Tyson Foods Appoints New Prepared Foods Leader

Noelle O’Mara named Group President, Prepared Foods

Springdale, Ark. – August 12, 2019 – Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has named Chief Marketing Officer Noelle O’Mara to lead its growing prepared foods business.

O’Mara’s new role involves managing all aspects of Tyson Foods’ $9 billion prepared foods business, which includes billion-dollar brands Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, and Hillshire Farm®. The job also includes oversight of one-third of Tyson Foods’ manufacturing facilities and more than 25,000 team members.

O’Mara has more than 17 years of general management experience that includes profit and loss responsibility, food marketing and innovation. She joined Tyson Foods in April 2016 as vice president, new business models. She served as general manager and senior vice president of the Tyson® and Jimmy Dean® business units before being named chief marketing officer earlier this year.

“Noelle is the right choice to lead the continued growth of our prepared foods business,” said Noel White, President and CEO of Tyson Foods. “She has the leadership, knowledge and experience we need to help us deliver the next generation of innovation and service to our customers and consumers.” Continue reading

08-14-19 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Final Four Announced

America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Final Four Announced

DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 14, 2019 – The National Pork Board recently announced the four finalists vying to be named America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs following the We CareSM ethical principles and who is committed to sharing their farming story with the American public.

“The finalists do what’s best on their farms every day for people, pigs and the planet,” said National Pork Board President David Newman, a pig farmer representing Arkansas. “The finalists also showcase how diverse family farming is today throughout the United States.”

The National Pork Board congratulates the finalists:

  • Doug Dawson – Delaware, Ohio
  • Chris Hoffman – McAlisterville, Pennsylvania
  • Josh Linde – Manilla, Iowa
  • Thomas Titus – Elkhart, Illinois

To help select the winner, the four finalists will meet with an expert panel of third-party judges in Chicago later this month. The judges will view videos produced at the finalists’ farms and will interview each of them.

Through Aug. 27, the public can vote once a day per email address for their favorite finalist at www.americaspigfarmer.com. The winner will be announced the week of Oct. 1 based on the judges’ scores and the online voting results.

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08-14-19 USDA REMINDER: Market Facilitation Program Applications Are Open Now thru December 6th, 2019

USDA REMINDER: Market Facilitation Program Applications Are Open Now thru December 6th, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced earlier this month that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide more assistance to farmers in response to negative trade impacts resulting from tariff retaliation and trade disruption. The Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers who apply for them.

You can download an application by clicking here or you can visit the USDA website Farmers.gov for more information in determining what commodities are covered and what your payments may be.

Please note, the deadline to apply is December 6, 2019.


08-14-19 Pioneer Launches Corn Yield Estimator as Part of New Mobile App and Website

Pioneer Launches Corn Yield Estimator as Part of New Mobile App and Website

Proprietary Model Creates One Connected Digital Experience

JOHNSTON, IA., Aug. 14, 2019 — Estimating corn yield is now easier than ever thanks to the new Pioneer Corn Yield Estimator. Now available to farmers as part of the Pioneer mobile app, the Corn Yield Estimator takes yield estimation to the next level. This tool uses a machine learning model, which allows farmers to quickly and accurately count the kernels on an ear while in the field. The yield estimate is based on kernel count, stand count and kernels per bushel.

The yield estimator walks the user through the process of lining up the ear of corn to be sampled, taking the necessary number of images and entering the remaining information before providing a yield estimate. The tool requires that husks and silks be removed before taking the picture, but the ear does not need to be pulled from the stalk.

“The creation of this tool is part of Pioneer’s larger efforts to advance customers’ ability to improve management,” said Jeremy Groeteke, U.S. Digital Agriculture Lead, Corteva Agriscience. “The goal of this app is to standardize the process for estimating yield from a single ear of corn and is part of our predictive agriculture effort.” Continue reading

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Trump Delays Tariff Hike Until December

The Trump administration will delay part of a planned tariff increase on China until December. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office made the announcement Tuesday the administration would not implement the planned tariffs. Instead, the tariffs will be implemented December 15, 2019. USTR Robert Lighthizer says certain products are even being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face the additional tariffs of 10 percent. The move likely gives Lighthizer more time to negotiate with China, which the two sides are set to meet next month in Washington. However, the tariffs threaten to again stall the negotiations as China responded by announcing a halt of purchases of U.S. agricultural products. President Trump claims the delay is part of an effort to avoid the impact of the tariffs on holiday shopping. However, the two sides did talk over the phone this week, and Trump called the talks positive, adding a deal could be coming soon.

Private Firm Predicts 12 Billion Bushel Corn Crop, 3.7 Billion Soybeans

A private firm forecast of the nation’s crops greatly differs from Department of Agriculture data released this week. That’s true for many expectations, but the data from USDA still sparked a negative market reaction for corn futures. Generated by Indigo Ag’s living map, Atlas, forecasts for both corn and soybeans are down from the company’s July report. Corn production is forecasted at 12 billion bushels and soy production is forecasted at 3.7 billion bushels, down 3.2 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively. USDA predicts corn production at 13.9 billion bushels, and soybeans at 3.68 billion. Over the past month, favorable weather conditions – including hot weather and adequate rainfall – have aided crop health across the United States. Given the late start to the season, however, crop development is still significantly delayed. That development will be monitored over the next month. Indigo Atlas combines remote sensing equipment, weather and historical data to deliver models that assess crop health and production at the field, county, state and national level.

Kind: Purdue Ignoring Wisconsin Farmers, Gives Trade Aid to Largest Producers

A Wisconsin lawmaker is demanding changes to Department of Agriculture trade aid distributions. Democrat Ron Kind, a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, says the current Market Facilitation Program favors large farmers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Kind says a study shows the top one percent of large farms received an average of $183,000 in trade aid, while the bottom eighty percent received under $5,000, on average. Additionally, 82 large farms received more than $500,000 and 95 percent of all payments went to the top 50 percent of farms. The report also found that over $38 million in payments were sent to those living in large U.S. cities. In the letter, Representative Kind asked Secretary Perdue to outline what changes USDA would be making to ensure the second trade aid package is “effectively spending taxpayer dollars” and ensure the payments will be provided “solely to farmers facing the current difficult trade environment to export their products abroad.” USDA expects to send the next of payments soon.

WSSA Issues Statement Regarding Glyphosate Registration Process

An organization of weed science professionals is voicing concerns regarding the glyphosate reregistration and recent court decisions. The Weed Science Society of America released a statement Tuesday supporting a science-based approach to evaluating glyphosate by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is currently conducting a review of glyphosate as part of its standard, periodic reassessment of herbicides to ensure they can still be used safely. In April 2019, the organization issued an interim registration decision reiterating that glyphosate is not likely a carcinogen and that risks to public health are low when its used by following its current label. The EPA’s position has been echoed by the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and other major regulatory organizations around the globe. WSSA President Larry Steckel says, “We appreciate the rigorous review process undertaken by the EPA and other regulatory bodies,” adding the reviews have consistently concluded glyphosate herbicides are “unlikely to pose significant health risks when used as directed.”

AEM Releases July Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

July 2019 saw decreases in U.S. sales of combines and four-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. two-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to July of last year. Monthly data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows U.S. four-wheel-drive tractor sales decreased 4.7 percent in July, compared to last year. U.S. July combine sales decreased 25.9 percent. And, total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors in July decreased .1 percent compared to July last year. For Canada, January four-wheel drive tractor sales were negative, down 32 percent, and combine sales decreased 43.8 percent. July two-wheel-drive tractor Canadian sales were down in all size categories. A weak farm economy and trade tensions are part of the reason farmers are holding off on purchasing equipment. AEM’s Curt Blades says the association is “encouraging a swift passage of USMCA and continued focus on renewable fuels to help provide some stability for farmers in the months ahead.” Blades adds AEM is “committed to advocating for pro-growth trade policies and the end to retaliatory tariffs.”

Growth Energy and GasBuddy Partner to Launch Unleaded 88 on GasBuddy App

Growth Energy and GasBuddy Tuesday announced the inclusion of Unleaded 88 in the GasBuddy mobile app and database. Unleaded 88 is a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel approved for cars 2001 and newer, and, is now available for sale at the pump all year. The Trump administration this year amended rules to allow E15, or Unleaded 88, to be sold through the summer months. GasBuddy is a smartphone app and website used by millions of drivers every month to avoid paying full price for fuel. It is the world’s largest database of real-time, crowdsourced gas price data covering more than 150,000 North American gas stations. The new partnership allows GasBuddy’s app users access to a comprehensive database of Unleaded 88 fuel at retail locations around the country. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says by including the availability of Unleaded 88, is part of “continuing our commitment” to users. More than 16 fuel retail chains are participating and offering Unleaded 88 at more than 1,800 locations across 31 states.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


Make plans to attend the 2019 Bottom Line Conference in Lakin, KS August 14-15 – REGISTER NOW!

Make plans to attend the 2019 Bottom Line Conference in Lakin, KS August 14-15 – REGISTER NOW!

Are You Seeking Profitability in a Dry Climate? Know Your Bottom Line.

Do you want to improve profitability, organic matter, and soil health? Do you want to decrease costs, mitigate risks, and reduce debt? Come network with other producers and experts at the 2019 Bottom Line Conference.

Farmers and ranchers know that they need to cut costs and add value, especially in today’s farm economy with high inputs and low commodity prices.  They need the tools for a profitable business that supports their family while building equity and increasing the health and value of their land. That is what inspired a group of producers in western Kansas to bring The Bottom Line Conference to life for the first time in August 2018.

The 2019 Bottom Line Conference will be held at the Kearny County Fairgrounds, just a mile west of Lakin, KS on August 14-15, 2019.  The two day event will have dozens of presentations, ranging from topics on money management, soil health, grazing strategies, farm programs, and more.  As always, the focus of the Bottom Line Conference is profitability through soil and water conservation in a dry climate.  If you farm or ranch in a dry climate, you will want to be there. Continue reading

08-13-19 Blood Orange Pictures to Debut ‘SILO’ at the 2019 Farm Progress Show

Blood Orange Pictures to Debut ‘SILO’ at the 2019 Farm Progress Show

Decatur, IL August 13, 2019 – Blood Orange Pictures, a New York-based film and television production company, today announced the upcoming release of the narrative feature film SILO. Set to launch at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL on August 27th, the film is the first to address the very real threat of grain entrapment faced by the agricultural community every day.

SILO tells the story of Cody Rose, a teenager who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town. As the grain flows like quicksand inside of the grain bin, SILO offers its viewers a window into the lives and relationships of the town locals as they come together in a race against the clock to save Cody’s life.

SILO has been a project five years in the making that we hope will bridge coastal and middle American audiences through the power of storytelling,” said Sam Goldberg of Blood Orange Pictures. “We are excited to launch our film at the Farm Progress Show to an audience who understand better than anyone the life-threatening implications of grain entrapment.”

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08-13-19 CSU Agricultural Sciences dean Menon transitions into lead role at CSURF

As dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Ajay Menon has overseen expansions of both buildings and programs dedicated to student success.

CSU Agricultural Sciences dean Menon transitions into lead role at CSURF


Ajay Menon, who has served Colorado State University as a dean since 2002, will be stepping down as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the end of August, the Office of the Provost has announced. Menon will remain part of the CSU community, moving into a new role as president and CEO of the Colorado State University Research Foundation.

“We’re delighted that Ajay will continue to contribute his talents and energies in service to the CSU community as CEO of CSURF,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda. “He will bring his unrivaled University experience in faculty and administrative roles, and his extensive network of external relationships, to this new role.”

Since July 2015, Menon has served as dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Colorado Agriculture Experiment Stations. Prior to this most recent leadership role, he served for 13 years as the dean of the College of Business. Continue reading


CSU researchers Todd Gaines and Eric Westra on the story behind the CoAxium Wheat Production System. 


By Anne Manning
Video by Savannah Waggoner

A powerful new tool for farm profitability

Just under a decade ago, Colorado State University scientists identified a genetic trait in wheat that would make the plants tolerant to a particular herbicide. They found that spraying the herbicide would kill crop-destroying weeds while leaving wheat untouched.

Today, that trait, coupled with the herbicide, make up a patented, non-genetically modified wheat production system that gives wheat farmers a powerful new tool for profitability. It’s all the result of a longstanding partnership between Colorado wheat growers and CSU agricultural scientists, who over several decades have had a hand in developing varieties grown on nearly 80 percent of Colorado wheat acreage.

Last fall, the CoAXium® Wheat Production System became commercially available to farmers in Colorado, where more than 2 million acres of wheat grows across the eastern plains. Continue reading