08-15-18 US Senator Bennet and Senator Gardner Historic Parks Bills Receive Committee Hearing 

Bennet, Gardner Historic Parks Bills Receive Committee Hearing 

Washington, D.C. – Two Colorado-focused bills, introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), received ahearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The senators applauded the advancement of the Pike National Historic Trail Study Act and the Amache Study Act and encouraged their passage out of committee.

The Pike National Historic Trail Study Act, led by Bennet, could result in the designation of explorer Zebulon Pike’s route through the American Southwest—including significant stretches in Colorado—as a National Historic Trail. Bennet introduced this legislation in previous Congresses and testified in support of the bill in 2013. A video of Bennet’s testimony is available HERE.

“Two centuries after Zebulon Pike made his journey across the West, it’s time we designate the Pike National Historic Trail,” Bennet said. “This legislation—widely supported by local governments across several states—not only recognizes an American trailblazer and the rich history of the West, but also would boost tourism and provide opportunities for economic development. Today’s hearing is a step in the right direction toward passing this bill and designating the Pike National Historic Trail.”

“Zebulon Pike, the namesake of Pikes Peak, is known throughout Colorado and the West as a trailblazer who explored the country’s new territory following the Louisiana Purchase, and I support cementing his legacy by naming the route he took as the Pike National Historic Trail,” Gardner said.“I know there are many in Colorado who are glad to see this bipartisan bill taking the first step toward becoming law.” Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Grain Elevator

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Greeley, CO Wed Aug 15, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.90-5.05 11 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.67 steady
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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BARN Media’s Decision 2018 – The Race for CO Attorney General – Republican Candidate George Brauchler

The BARN /  FarmCast Radio – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 15, 2018 – Once again, Election Day will be upon us very soon and CO will be voting for a NEW Attorney General, and as I mentioned last week, The BARN, the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is taking time to visit with both candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties.

This week’s guest is Republican Candidate, George Brauchler,  a Colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard and serves as a legal advisor for NORAD/NORTHCOM; member of the U.S. Army Reserve; and currently serves as the District Attorney representing the 18th Judicial District, which includes 1 million Coloradans in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

The interview includes the following topics:

  • Brauchler’s Background  & Family
  • Why the switch to run for CO Attorney General vs CO Governor?
  • Brauchler’s take on Duties & Responsibilities for CO Attorney General
  • Brauchler’s Tour of Colorado Continues
  • Brauchler’s regard for U.S. Constitution & Colorado Constitution
  • Is Colorado Agriculture a Priority for Brauchler?
  • Brauchler’s thoughts on: TABOR;  Water / WOTUS; COAL Industry; Oil and Gas Industry; Net Neutrality; Opioid Epidemic; Immigration (Illegal & Legal); Border Security; Sanctuary Policies for Cities/Colorado; Justice System Integrity; Private Property Rights; Affordable Care Act & Election Integrity/Voter ID
  • Will Brauchler be able to work with a NEW Governor, whether it be Republican Walker Stapleton or Democrat Jared Polis?
  • Response to challenger’s claim of “Dark Money” funding Brauchler’s Campaign
  • Final Thoughts – Learn more about George Brauchler – Ballots out on Oct 15th!

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*This is the second part of the series regarding the Race for Colorado’s next Attorney General – Stay tuned for which political race will be featured next here inside the BARN.

08-15-18 There’s a Stampede at the 146th Colorado State Fair!

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There’s a Stampede at the 146th Colorado State Fair!

Registration Now Open for 5k Run & 2-Mile Fun Walk

PUEBLO, Colo. – Runners and walkers can start their day with a fun, healthy event and wrap up their day with funnel cake!  The Colorado State Fair Stampede, a 5k Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk, will be held on September 1, 2018.  Runners can look forward to a flat course that starts at the State Fairgrounds and moves through the historic surrounding Pueblo neighborhood, while walkers will enjoy the ease of traveling the perimeter of the grounds.

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08-15-18 The 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

The 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

DES MOINES, IA – Aug. 15, 2018 – The National Pork Board recently announced the four finalists who are vying to be named the 2018 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 four finalists demonstrate how pig farmers embrace the We Care ethical principles as their daily standard of care,” said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “They represent these principles by being the best in pig farming.” 

The 2018 finalists are:

  • Patrick Bane –  Arrowsmith, Illinois
  • Bill Luckey –  Columbus, Nebraska
  • Brad Lundell – Kiron, Iowa
  • Kevin Rasmussen – Goldfield, Iowa

The four finalists will meet with an expert panel of third-party judges in Chicago. The judges will view videos produced at the finalists’ farms and will interview each of them.

Through Aug. 29, the public can vote once a day per person 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.

About the Finalists
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08-15-18 CCA and CSU Prepare to Host Second Ranch Gathering

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CCA and CSU Prepare to Host Second Ranch Gathering

Join Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) for the second Ranch Gathering, to be held at the Marshall Cattle Company on September 6th, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Burlington, Colo.  CCA members and the surrounding ranching community are invited and welcome to attend for an evening of great food, education, and networking opportunities!  Continue reading

08-15-18 Pork Checkoff Launches New Digital Asset Library

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Pork Checkoff Launches New Digital Asset Library

The Pork Checkoff recently launched its new Digital Asset Library for media and others interested in pig farming. Found at library.pork.org, the library features thousands of photos from pig farms, as well as images of delicious pork dishes and other graphics.

Also available are easy-to-download cooking videos, industry studies, audience handouts and more. You can search through library.pork.org by topic or asset type (photos, fact sheets, infographics, etc.) and download for use. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 15th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 15th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China: U.S. Farmers May Never Bounce Bank

China threatens that U.S. agriculture won’t recover from the tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries. In the South China Morning Post, a government official warned that U.S. agriculture may never regain lost market share stemming from the trade war. China alleges that “many countries have the willingness” and capacity to take over market share occupied by U.S. goods. Since the trade war began, China has imposed duties on 90 percent of agricultural goods from the United States. China charges that addition tariffs will cause “a great decrease” in exports from the U.S. with “limited impact” on China due to diversified import sources. China’s vice agriculture minister also claimed that Chinese companies had “basically stopped” importing soybeans from U.S. farmers and would deal with the impact by finding alternative ingredients for animal feeds. China is the world’s biggest importer of soybeans, which it uses to make cooking oil, biodiesel and livestock feed.

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China Accepts U.S. Soybean Shipment with 25 Percent Tariff

China Monday accepted the 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, as a vessel waiting to dock for five weeks reached port and began unloading. The move marks the first shipment of U.S. soybeans to be accepted with a 25 percent tariff stemming from the U.S.-China trade war. China’s state grain stockpiling company accepted the shipment, even as government officials warned over the weekend China would source products, such as soybeans, elsewhere. The company will pay the tariff on the 70,000 metric ton shipment, with the tax estimated at $6 million, according to Reuters. The Chinese company claims the ship was delayed by port congestion, though the port has not seen any major backlogs for more than a month. U.S. soybean exports to China in 2017 were worth $12.7 billion, but the trade war between the two nations has sparked concerns over how much U.S. soy China will purchase. Two other ships carrying U.S. soybean have been anchored along China’s coast for a few weeks now, and many expect China to start sourcing more soybeans from Brazil.

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NCBA Calls R-CALF Effort an Attack on Beef Checkoff

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association alleges that R-CALF is attacking the beef checkoff. Last week, R-CALF asked for an injunction against collection of checkoff funds be expanded to 13 more states. The injunction currently only applies to Montana. In a statement, R-CALF says it’s members in other states “object to being required to turn over their hard-earned money to fund private speech with which they disagree and cannot influence,” that private speech being the focus of an R-CALF lawsuit in Montana. NCBA says the attack is “nothing more than an attempt to broaden the damage they have caused in Montana.” NCBA says the Beef Checkoff program carries out necessary demand-building programs on behalf of the industry, adding that R-CALF has “already weakened” the producer-directed programs that support beef demand and “divided neighbors in a manner that undermines the best interests of the entire beef community.” NCBA is not a part in the litigation but vows “unwavering” support to the Beef Checkoff. NCBA vowed to “ stand with the state beef councils” against R-CALF, which NCBA says its activists allies are “aligned with the Humane Society of the United States and other anti-agriculture organizations.”

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Bayer Takes Market Hit from Glyphosate Ruling

The first day of trading following a jury ruling against Monsanto pushed shares of Bayer down 12 percent. Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer, was ordered to pay $289 million as part of a lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer. While Bayer says the verdict is “at odds with the weight of scientific evidence,” the ruling by a California Jury claimed glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, presented a “substantial danger” to consumers, and that the company knew, or should have known, the potential risks they posed. A market analyst told the Wall Street Journal the ruling will likely “create a litigious headache for Bayer,” as the lawsuit is one of roughly 4,000 filed and sets a precedent. Monsanto will appeal the ruling, and in a statement, noted that more than 800 scientific studies, along with health and regulatory authorities around the world “support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”

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Sorghum Growers Disappointed in Chlorpyrifos Ruling

National Sorghum Producers expressed disappointment in last week’s court decision to impose a ban on chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss), a useful pesticide for sorghum growers. Last week, a U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke tolerances and cancel all registration for chlorpyrifos within 60 days. In response, NSP chairman Don Bloss of Nebraska expressed disappointment in the decision, calling the pesticide a “vital tool used in rotation to control damaging pests such as sorghum midge, various aphid species, and sorghum webworm and headworm.” NSP points out that chlorpyrifos has been evaluated and approved in 79 countries around the world and extensive studies “strongly point to a reduced risk product that should remain in the toolbox of American farmers.” NSP offered up similar comments to CropLife America, hoping EPA would explore all avenues of appeal following review of the order.

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Tractor, Combine Sales, Posting Strong Numbers

Overall U.S. sales of tractors and combines continued to post strong numbers, led by combines and four-wheel-drive tractors, according to the July 2018 report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. July U.S. sales of combines gained 37 percent compared to last year, with year-to-date growth of nearly 24 percent compared to last year’s January-July numbers. U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors jumped 77.5 percent for July compared to July 2017, and grew nearly 13 percent year-to-date over January-July 2017. For July, total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors grew 12 percent over last year. Sales in the 100-plus horsepower category led the way with 31-percent growth. An AEM spokesperson says the numbers are favorable, but surveys show AEM members are voicing concerns about the second half of the year, as “Tariffs and trade continue to dominate the conversation.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-14-18 Inside the BARN with Scott Stump, NEW Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education…

Inside the BARN with Scott Stump, NEW Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education…

Briggsdale, CO – August 14, 2018 – In May of 2018, United States President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Scott Stump of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the Department of Education. Stump joined the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio by telephone from Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 to discuss his new position and other topics including:

  • Stump’s Background
  • What his position entails
  • Current Programs
  • History of CTA Education & the Future of CTA Education in the U.S.
  • Upcoming Dept of Education Events – Back to School Tour – lower 48
  • Final Thoughts & more

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MORE ABOUT SCOTT STUMP

Mr. Stump is the Chief Operating Officer for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously, he served as the Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education with the Colorado Community College System. In 2014, Mr. Stump served as President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium, now called Advance CTE. Mr. Stump holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

United States Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. To learn more about the United States Department of Education visit https://www.ed.gov/

08-14-18 Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Briggsdale, CO – August 14, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio at this time is a very special guest who has been referred to by the Western Horseman Magazine as, “Buckaroo’s Taylor Swift” and her song “The Will James Days” from her 1st CD “Highway 80”, was chosen by them as one of the 13 Best Western Songs of All-Time; not too mention the title cut from her second CD, “Boots and Pearls” has also spawned a nationwide tide of themes at weddings for several years too. She also appeared as the Jan/Feb covergirl of “Cowgirl” Magazine too.

My guest is the talented singer, songwriter & survivor, Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

  • Brannan’s Worldwide Background
  • Talks about being a survivor of domestic abuse & HELP for those that may be in similar situations/circumstances (Colorado Crisis Services)
  • Brannan’s Love for Horses
  • Brannan’s Career as a Songwriter & Singer
  • 4th NEW CD is expected for release this Oct/Nov
  • Find out who her Inspirations are in music & in life
  • Her favorite single and album so far in her career
  • Upcoming Concerts and her 2019 Tour
  • Learn more about Brannan’s presence on the World Wide Web (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blog and more) Adrian…and how she does all of that from her remote ranch in Nevada while “living off the grid”
  • Learn more about her Weekly “Dear Cowgirl” Writings
  • Upcoming LIVE Concert on September 14th @ 7pm in Brush, CO at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC
  • Final thoughts & more

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REMINDER: Get YOUR tickets to see Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan LIVE in Concert at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC in Brush, CO… tickets are $15/each…better hurry…tickets are going FAST by calling 970-842-5115!

To learn more about Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan, please take time and visit her website online @ https://www.buckaroogirl.com/

08-14-18 CDA: Colorado State Fair Adding Red Angus To Cattle Breeds Contests

CDA: Colorado State Fair Adding Red Angus To Cattle Breeds Contests

Fair Is Working To Add More Cattle Breed Shows, Showcasing One Of The State’s Leading Agricultural Commodities

PUEBLO, Colo. – Red Angus cattle now will be one of several cattle-breed competitions showcased during the Colorado State Fair this year. The Fair has been working to add more cattle breeds to its round-up of cattle competitions, adding to existing contests for the familiar Angus (black), Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental, dairy cattle, Texas Longhorn, Miniature Zebu, Ankole-Watusi and more.
“This makes our eighth breed show,” said Robyn Toft, the Fair’s livestock coordinator. “Adding another breed show will get more cattle on the grounds, and give Fairgoers a chance to see more of what makes this part of Colorado’s agriculture special. Red Angus have gotten pretty big in Colorado.”
Red Angus will be part of three groups of breeding-cattle shows at the Fair:
  • Junior Breeding Heifers on August 27, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Open Breeding Bulls on August 28, beginning at 9 a.m.,
  • Open Females on August 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

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08-14-18 USDA-RD Op-Ed: Colorado’s Pipeline of Opportunity: USDA Offers More Than $4 Billion in Loans Available for Rural Water Infrastructure Projects 

Colorado Rural Development (RD) State Executive Director Sallie Clark

Colorado’s Pipeline of Opportunity: USDA Offers More Than $4 Billion in Loans Available for Rural Water Infrastructure Projects 

Op-Ed submitted by USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark

Colorado is known for our mountains, our plains, our urban cities and our rural communities. Our state’s varied landscapes also translate into a unique perspective on issues. As the Colorado State Director for Rural Development with the United States Department of Agriculture, I’m traveling constantly across our beautiful state. The one commonality I’ve heard among residents, is the need for improved infrastructure. And, within that infrastructure discussion, the issue of clean and reliable water systems comes up every single time.

Not long ago, the United States was a world leader in infrastructure investments. Federal and private funding helped even the most remote communities obtain electricity, running water and access to the rest of the world through telecommunications.

However, recent years have not followed the same trend, and too many rural communities have been left behind. The need for improvement is great, especially for rural water and wastewater systems.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 14th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 14th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China: U.S. Farmers May Never Bounce Bank

China threatens that U.S. agriculture won’t recover from the tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries. In the South China Morning Post, a government official warned that U.S. agriculture may never regain lost market share stemming from the trade war. China alleges that “many countries have the willingness” and capacity to take over market share occupied by U.S. goods. Since the trade war began, China has imposed duties on 90 percent of agricultural goods from the United States. China charges that addition tariffs will cause “a great decrease” in exports from the U.S. with “limited impact” on China due to diversified import sources. China’s vice agriculture minister also claimed that Chinese companies had “basically stopped” importing soybeans from U.S. farmers and would deal with the impact by finding alternative ingredients for animal feeds. China is the world’s biggest importer of soybeans, which it uses to make cooking oil, biodiesel and livestock feed.

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China Accepts U.S. Soybean Shipment with 25 Percent Tariff

China Monday accepted the 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, as a vessel waiting to dock for five weeks reached port and began unloading. The move marks the first shipment of U.S. soybeans to be accepted with a 25 percent tariff stemming from the U.S.-China trade war. China’s state grain stockpiling company accepted the shipment, even as government officials warned over the weekend China would source products, such as soybeans, elsewhere. The company will pay the tariff on the 70,000 metric ton shipment, with the tax estimated at $6 million, according to Reuters. The Chinese company claims the ship was delayed by port congestion, though the port has not seen any major backlogs for more than a month. U.S. soybean exports to China in 2017 were worth $12.7 billion, but the trade war between the two nations has sparked concerns over how much U.S. soy China will purchase. Two other ships carrying U.S. soybean have been anchored along China’s coast for a few weeks now, and many expect China to start sourcing more soybeans from Brazil.

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NCBA Calls R-CALF Effort an Attack on Beef Checkoff

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association alleges that R-CALF is attacking the beef checkoff. Last week, R-CALF asked for an injunction against collection of checkoff funds be expanded to 13 more states. The injunction currently only applies to Montana. In a statement, R-CALF says it’s members in other states “object to being required to turn over their hard-earned money to fund private speech with which they disagree and cannot influence,” that private speech being the focus of an R-CALF lawsuit in Montana. NCBA says the attack is “nothing more than an attempt to broaden the damage they have caused in Montana.” NCBA says the Beef Checkoff program carries out necessary demand-building programs on behalf of the industry, adding that R-CALF has “already weakened” the producer-directed programs that support beef demand and “divided neighbors in a manner that undermines the best interests of the entire beef community.” NCBA is not a part in the litigation but vows “unwavering” support to the Beef Checkoff. NCBA vowed to “ stand with the state beef councils” against R-CALF, which NCBA says its activists allies are “aligned with the Humane Society of the United States and other anti-agriculture organizations.”

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Bayer Takes Market Hit from Glyphosate Ruling

The first day of trading following a jury ruling against Monsanto pushed shares of Bayer down 12 percent. Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer, was ordered to pay $289 million as part of a lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer. While Bayer says the verdict is “at odds with the weight of scientific evidence,” the ruling by a California Jury claimed glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, presented a “substantial danger” to consumers, and that the company knew, or should have known, the potential risks they posed. A market analyst told the Wall Street Journal the ruling will likely “create a litigious headache for Bayer,” as the lawsuit is one of roughly 4,000 filed and sets a precedent. Monsanto will appeal the ruling, and in a statement, noted that more than 800 scientific studies, along with health and regulatory authorities around the world “support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”

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Sorghum Growers Disappointed in Chlorpyrifos Ruling

National Sorghum Producers expressed disappointment in last week’s court decision to impose a ban on chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss), a useful pesticide for sorghum growers. Last week, a U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke tolerances and cancel all registration for chlorpyrifos within 60 days. In response, NSP chairman Don Bloss of Nebraska expressed disappointment in the decision, calling the pesticide a “vital tool used in rotation to control damaging pests such as sorghum midge, various aphid species, and sorghum webworm and headworm.” NSP points out that chlorpyrifos has been evaluated and approved in 79 countries around the world and extensive studies “strongly point to a reduced risk product that should remain in the toolbox of American farmers.” NSP offered up similar comments to CropLife America, hoping EPA would explore all avenues of appeal following review of the order.

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Tractor, Combine Sales, Posting Strong Numbers

Overall U.S. sales of tractors and combines continued to post strong numbers, led by combines and four-wheel-drive tractors, according to the July 2018 report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. July U.S. sales of combines gained 37 percent compared to last year, with year-to-date growth of nearly 24 percent compared to last year’s January-July numbers. U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors jumped 77.5 percent for July compared to July 2017, and grew nearly 13 percent year-to-date over January-July 2017. For July, total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors grew 12 percent over last year. Sales in the 100-plus horsepower category led the way with 31-percent growth. An AEM spokesperson says the numbers are favorable, but surveys show AEM members are voicing concerns about the second half of the year, as “Tariffs and trade continue to dominate the conversation.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-17-18 Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

 

Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 16th Feeders & Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit coming up August 18th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2017 Keith Spayd Benefit (Watch the 2017 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Carlos Valdez
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • Top Teams to receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers Critical to the event’s success each year
  • & more

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08-13-18 USDA Designates Three Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA Designates Three Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2018 — Agricultural producers in Moffat, Boulder and San Juan counties in Colorado who suffered losses and damages due to severe hail and high winds and drought on two separate occasions may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. Continue reading

08-13-18 NFU & AFBF Call for Swift Farm Bill Passage

Farm Bureau and Farmers Union Call for Swift Farm Bill Passage

WASHINGTON – The two largest farming groups in the United States today called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee.
Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are asking Senate and House conferees to move quickly. Everything from commodity price supports to nutrition, soil and water conservation, trade promotion and more depend on swift passage.
“America’s farmers and ranchers persevere even in the toughest times, but the farm economy has gone from bad to worse,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “Tariffs and stagnant global demand for commodities have left the agriculture economy in the worst shape we have seen since the farm crisis of the 1980s. Lender surveys and our own experience tell us spring could bring a wave of farm closures unless there’s major improvement in the marketplace.
“Farmers and ranchers need the certainty that the farm bill provides to maintain the food security that all Americans want and need. It is more important than ever that Congress get the job done.”
“Family farmers and ranchers are in need of certainty right now,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Low farm prices due to international trade disruptions, commodity market oversupply, and domestic policy uncertainty is putting significant financial strain on farmers. If Congress is to provide real relief and certainty to those who feed, clothe and fuel our nation, as well as continue the important environmental sustainability work and diverse market promotion of past farm bills, they need to pass a strong farm bill before September 30.”

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

08-13-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 13th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 13th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Farm Futures Survey: Farmer Support for Trump Slipping

A poll by Farm Futures shows support to Donald Trump from farmers is slipping. The survey found that 60 percent of farmers would vote for the president if the election were held today. That’s down from the 75 percent support level Trump received from growers in the 2016 election. Meanwhile, 24 percent said they would not vote for reelection and 17 percent were unsure. 78 percent of those who voted for the president in 2016 said they would still vote for him today. Trade policy appears to be the biggest sticking point as farmers and ranchers have applauded much of Trump’s policy moves. 86 percent of those surveyed said Trump’s move to reduce regulation is good for their farm. Even 42 percent of Clinton voters backed the president on that effort. However, just eight percent of farmers support Trump’s claim that “trade wars are good and easy to win.” Farm Futures surveyed 924 growers from July 20 to August 2. Farmers were invited by email to fill out an online questionnaire.

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USDA WASDE Report Increases Corn, Soybean Production

The Department of Agriculture is forecasting a record high corn yield and soybean production for 2018. This month’s 2018/19 U.S. corn outlook is for larger supplies, greater feed and residual use, increased exports, and larger ending stocks. Corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, up 356 million from the July projection. The season’s first survey-based corn yield forecast, at a record 178.4 bushels per acre, is 4.4 bushels higher than last month’s trend-based projection. The season-average corn price was projected at a range of $3.10 to $4.10 per bushel. Soybean production is forecast at 4.5 billion bushels, up 276 million on higher yields. The first survey-based soybean yield forecast of 51.6 bushels per acre is 3.1 bushels above last month and 2.5 bushels above last year. The U.S. season-average soybean price for 2018/19 is forecast at $8.90 per bushel at the midpoint, down 35 cents from last month. Finally, the outlook for wheat this month is lower supplies, greater use, and reduced stocks. Wheat production was lowered four million bushels to 1.8 billion. The projected season-average farm price range is $4.60 to $5.60 per bushel.

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Acting EPA Administrator to Visit Iowa State Fair

Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to visit the Iowa State Fair. Few details regarding scheduling are available, but Wheeler’s visit is in response to a request by Iowa’s congressional delegation. The letter, sent in July, asked Wheeler to travel to Iowa to learn more about ethanol and biodiesel, as Iowa leads the nation in production of the two. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and others are likely to push Wheeler to restore renewable fuel demand lost through hardship waivers. The waivers were granted by former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to a substantially increased number of refiners, a move the ethanol industry contends is costing demand and undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.

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Global Food Prices Decline

Global food prices declined in July, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The Monthly Food Price Index averaged 168.8 points in July 2018, down 6.5 points , or 3.7 percent from June and 10.3 points from the corresponding period last year. The July decline marked the first significant month-to-month decrease in the value since December 2017, reflecting notable drops in the values of all sub-indices. The price of cereal grains dropped 3.6 percent from June, driven by weaker export quotations for wheat, corn and rice. Vegetable oil prices dipped 4.2 percent, reflecting weaker palm and soy oil values. Meat prices were down 3.3 percent globally, due to a gradual normalization of meat exports from Brazil which was impacted by a truck drivers’ strike. Dairy prices fell 6.6 percent in July as international price quotations across all dairy commodities fell, with the sharpest declines registered for butter and cheese. Finally, sugar prices fell six percent, largely driven by improved production prospects in the main sugar producing countries.

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Court Tells EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos

A U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss) within 60 days. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reverses a Trump administration reversal of an Obama administration plan to impose a ban. Chlorpyrifos is used on cotton, corn, almonds and fruit trees including oranges, bananas and apples, to kill worms and insects. The pesticide has been linked to learning disabilities in children, according to the Hagstrom Report. EPA previously, in 2000, banned household use of chlorpyrifos over concerns the pesticide can harm the brain and nervous system. The Environmental Working Group calls the decision a “huge victory for public health. Meanwhile, CropLife America expressed disappointment with the decision, and is hopeful “EPA will consider all avenues of appeal” after review of the decision.

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Brazilian Judge Suspends Glyphosate Use

A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing glyphosate. The federal judge halted new registrations of products containing glyphosate and will suspend existing registrations while the Brazilian government reevaluates the toxicity of glyphosate products, according to Reuters. The decision, however, could face several appeals. Brazil’s public health agency, as well as the Agriculture Ministry, have announced plans to file appeals. Herbicide manufacturers contend that Brazil’s farmers have been safely using glyphosate for more than 40 years. A Brazil-based agribusiness industry association representative says he “thinks the judge is wrong,” adding that the industry believes “the decision will be revoked somehow.” Without glyphosate products, the industry contends “it’s impossible to do agriculture.” Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, driven largely by growing demand from China.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream Aug 23 – 28, 2018

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Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream Aug 23 – 28, 2018

Can’t wait for the 146th CO State Fair here @ The BARN…looking forward to announcing ALL the livestock shows in the Livestock Pavilion Arena again this year…and providing LIVE and archives of all the junior livestock shows, showmanships, championship drives and of course the 2018 CO State Fair Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale…ARE YOU READY?

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