02-19-19 Todd Inglee Named Executive Director of Colorado Beef Council

Todd Inglee Named Executive Director of Colorado Beef Council

CBC Board Selects Colorado Native to Oversee Organization’s Demand-Building Efforts

Todd & Kim Inglee and family

Englewood, CO (February 19, 2019) – Colorado native Todd Inglee has been named executive director of the Colorado Beef Council, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today.

Inglee served as CBC interim executive director for the past eight months and comes to the organization with a diverse background in the beef industry. He has worked for trade associations, allied partners, and as a small cattle producer with a stocker operation, retaining ownership in those cattle to sell product to retail and foodservice. Inglee also previously served as a director for the Colorado Beef Council and as president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

“As interim director, Todd demonstrated his knowledge of the beef industry, the importance of the checkoff and the distinct separation between checkoff and non-checkoff related programs,” according to CBC chair Sallie Miller of Briggsdale, CO. “We look forward to having Todd serve as our executive director and help manage the Colorado Beef Council’s demand-building programs.” Continue reading

02-19-19 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

The contest ends April 8th, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST / 4pm CST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2019 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way once again in 2019! Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers. Kreke discusses the 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmer’s Project, Culver’s Restaurants and much more within the interview…



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02-19-19 NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education

NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 71 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure and operations of various types of cooperative groups.

“Cooperatives play a vital role in strengthening both rural and urban economies and communities across the country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU’s CCOC draws on our more than 115 years of leadership in cooperative development and education, and demonstrates our organization’s commitment to cooperative principles. We engage tomorrow’s agricultural leaders in hands-on application of cooperative business principles and structures. This teaches them about the opportunities available to them through the cooperative model.”


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02-19-19 Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

DES MOINES, IOWA – Feb. 19, 2019 – The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.

“Human capital and identification of future leaders is critical for the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee recognizes this need and continues its commitment to encouraging these students through these scholarships.”

The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April. Continue reading

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…


02-19-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC Extended Preview


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U.S., China to Continue Trade Talks This Week

The U.S. and China will continue talks this week that will hopefully lead to an end to the trade war between the two economic superpowers. A Reuters article says sources from both sides feel the recent negotiations kept things moving forward. The Trump Administration still seems committed to the March 1 deadline to reach a deal or raise tariffs on more Chinese imports. President Donald Trump had said recently that he’s “reluctantly willing to let the target date slide.” The recent talks focused on agriculture, property rights, technology, non-tariff barriers, and currency. Chinese President Xi (Zhee) Jinping met Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) after a full week of talks that included lower-level officials. If the two sides don’t’ reach a deal and the deadline isn’t extended, tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will rise from 10 percent to 25 percent. After the conclusion of talks on Thursday, which included a banquet for officials, Mnuchin said on Twitter that he and Lighthizer held “productive meetings with President Xi’s top economic adviser.” Lighthizer says they’ve made good progress on important and difficult issues. While there’s additional work to do, Lighthizer describes U.S. officials as hopeful.


Farm Income Down 20-Straight Quarters

The Midwest and the Mid-South parts of the country saw farm income decline in the fourth quarter of 2018. In spite of the pressure on farm incomes, the value of quality farmland, ranchland, and pastureland rose. Those observations come from the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor, which is published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The 22 agricultural banks that responded to the Fed Survey are located in seven Midwest and Mid-South states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Lenders continued to report declining farm incomes compared to a year earlier. The last quarter of 2018 was the 20th-straight quarter of lower farm incomes. Farm income expectations improved slightly in the first quarter of 2019. One Missouri lender says, “We’ve heard rumors of large farmers filing for bankruptcy. Farmers in our area still have crops in the field.” The past surveys done by the Fed showed expectations of dropping farmland value. In spite of that, quality farmland value rose 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year when compared to 2017. Cash rents for quality farmland rose 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter.


USDA Releases Ten-Year Farm Income and Trade Projections

The USDA is preparing to issue its Agricultural Projections to 2028 report next month. Some of the tables they’ll use to come up with the projections were issued last week. Looking at 2019, USDA projects crop receipts to reach $200 billion, up slightly from last year. Direct government payments, including those from the Market Facilitation Program, are projected to drop by $13 billion from a year ago, coming in at $10.2 billion this year. Total expenses are projected to drop by 1.5 percent from 2018. The University of Illinois’ Farm Policy News says based on the overall projections for receipts and expenses, USDA projects 2019 farm income at $77.6 billion, up from 69.2 billion a year ago. Crop receipts and total expenses are projected to rise even into 2020. Net farm income is projected to hold stable, somewhere between $75.6 billion and $79.5 billion through 2028. In other USDA projections, the agency doesn’t expect soybean exports to return to pre-trade war peak levels until the 2026-2027 growing season. The reason is due to South American soybean competitors who gain global market share. However, the projections in the USDA outlook assume that China’s retaliatory tariffs stay in place.


Senate Reauthorizes Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

The Senate Ag Committee and its leadership, including Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, announced that the Senate passed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. In the announcement, the Senators said, “The unanimous Senate passage of the bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farmers, consumers, and many other stakeholders. We’re urging our colleagues in the House to pass the legislation as soon as possible.” The legislation moves into the House of Representatives and is the same bill that was passed by unanimous voice vote back in the Senate during June of 2018. As recently as December of last year, a number of agriculture groups urged Congress to pass the legislation. PRIA establishes a framework for registering pesticides with the Environmental Protection Agency. The original intent was to create a more predictable and effective evaluation process for affected pesticide decisions. The legislation includes technical changes and extends authority for the EPA to collect updated pesticide registrations and registration fees through 2023.


USDA: Keep Plan B Ready on Summertime E15 Sales

It’s been well-documented that the Environmental Protection Agency is working to complete a rule by the summer driving season that would allow year-round E15 sales. The USDA is worried about the work being completed on time. According to a DTN report, the USDA says the EPA would have to use some discretion in restricting E15 use if the rule isn’t ready to roll out by June 1. USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky says the EPA is working hard and is very committed to getting a new rule in place and announced in time for the summer driving season. “I know that the EPA has some enforcement discretion,” Censky says. “They could announce that they won’t force folks to stop selling E15 in several states and that retailers won’t have to worry about having enforcement actions taken against them.” For years, the ethanol industry has urged EPA to equalize the Reid Vapor Pressure regulations between E10 and E15. Because of those regulations, E15 has been largely unavailable to retailers for sale during the summer months. The industry contends that adding five percent more ethanol to the nation’s fuel supply during the summer driving season would be helpful in reducing tailpipe emissions even further.


Winter Weather Cattle Loss May Be Covered by LIP

It’s been a tough winter for farmers, especially for beef and dairy producers. Extreme weather across a good chunk of the nation have resulted in some excessive livestock deaths. Ranchers who have experienced those losses may be eligible to recover some of those losses, thanks to the Livestock Indemnity Program.  A Drovers article says the program provides needed benefits to eligible livestock producers who suffer the deaths of livestock outside the normal range of mortality, due to conditions like adverse weather, disease, and predator attacks. Eligible losses don’t automatically trigger payments. Livestock owners must provide evidence of such losses to the Farm Service Agency. To qualify for program benefits, livestock must have died in excess of normal mortality rates as a direct result of eligible loss conditions, such as weather or predators. Livestock farmers also qualify for the benefit if livestock were injured due to an eligible loss condition and were sold at a reduced price because of that injury. If death losses occur, producers are reminded to record the date, take pictures, and report it directly to the Farm Service Agency.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


02-18-19 Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest


Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at Culvers.com/essaycontest until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading

02-15-19 Bartolo Tapped for CFVGA Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, Rocky Ford, Colo., Named 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Robert Sakata Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo.

February 15, 2019 – Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo., has been selected the 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Robert Sakata Member of the Year. He will be honored Feb. 26 at an awards luncheon that is part of the association’s fifth annual conference at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton.

Bartolo was instrumental in the founding of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. According to CFVGA President Robert Sakata, “Mike is especially deserving of the selection, because he was the principle person with the idea of organizing CFVGA. He had the vision and took the time to write and get approved a Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on starting the association.”
Bartolo has dedicated his career to help farmers across Colorado by conducting research to improve plant varieties and develop new ones. He spent 25 years of his career developing chile peppers and working with growers to develop a variety with superior production and taste properties. The Mosco chile is one of the most popular chiles grown in the Arkansas Valley and consumed throughout Colorado and beyond. He encouraged growers to brand this family of chiles as Pueblo Chile, which has contributed greatly to the growing popularity of this distinctively Colorado chile. In addition, he has conducted research on irrigation techniques as well as disease and pest control technologies. He has participated in multi-state research projects and also has delved into studying environmental conditions that may provide Colorado produce with superior taste.

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02-15-19 CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

On Thursday, the Senate has passed an approps package to fund the rest of the government until September 30th, 2019.  The House is set to vote soon, and “President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday. “He is prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”

This package includes a continued ELD delay for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019.  Continue reading

02-15-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Join us at the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition Workshop – March 7th at the Logan County CSU Extension Office (508 S 10th Ave.) in Sterling, Colorado. RSVP by March 5th. No Registration fees. Lunch and refreshment provided.

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02-15-19 CLA News: Legislative Affairs Committee Joined by Senator Ginal

CLA News: Legislative Affairs Committee Joined by Senator Ginal

The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this Friday morning via conference call to discuss pending legislation and its potential effect on rural Colorado and livestock producers.

The Committee was joined by Senator Joann Ginal (D), who represents Larimer County and is a member of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.

Senator Ginal discussed two bills of interest to members of the Committee:

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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GL_GR110 *Next Release Date*
Greeley, CO Fri Feb 15, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
*This report will be unavailable the week of Feb 18-22, 2019 due to mandatory employee training, regular scheduled releases will resume the following week Mon Feb 25, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience*
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 4.67-4.82 5 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.95 steady
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
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02-15-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s signing of legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and declaration of a national emergency at the southern border: Continue reading

02-15-19 U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors Elect Officers for 2019/20

Left to right: Darren Padget, Secretary-Treasurer; Doug Goyings, Vice Chairman; Chris Kolstad, Chairman; and Rhonda Larson, Secretary-Treasurer Elect.

U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors Elect Officers for 2019/20

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected new officers for the 2019/20 (July to June) fiscal year at their meeting Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn., as Secretary-Treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore., as Vice Chairman; and Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, as Chairman. These farmers will begin their new leadership roles at the USW board meeting in June 2019 in Montana when current Chairman Chris Kolstad of Ledger, Mont., will become Past Chairman. USW is the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry. Continue reading

02-15-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Wheat Field Days this June

Make plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Wheat Field Days this June

FT COLLINS, CO – FEBRUARY 15, 2019 – There is nothing like seeing new wheat varieties in the field. Colorado Wheat Field Days let farmers see new and traditional varieties side-by-side in trial plots. Our nationally renowned CSU wheat breeder, Dr. Scott Haley, will talk about issues facing variety development and discuss the pros and cons of many of the varieties in each trial. Dr. Jerry Johnson, a seasoned veteran of all aspects of crop variety testing, will provide variety selection information. Brad Erker, Executive Director of three Colorado wheat organizations, will highlight the support provided by the Colorado wheat organizations to the CSU breeding and testing programs. Rick Novak, another seasoned veteran and director of CSU seed programs, will bring us up to date on wheat seed issues.

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02-15-19 Colorado House Approves Valdez’s Bipartisan Bill to Implement Safe Produce Safety Standards

Colorado House Approves Valdez’s Bipartisan Bill to Implement Safe Produce Safety Standards

February 15, 2019 – DENVER, CO — A bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, that would provide the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) the authority to monitor the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption passed on the House floor today.

“This bill is so important for our farmers, our ranchers, and our next generation of producers,” said Rep. Valdez. “It is vital that we continue knowing where our food comes from.”

02-15-19 Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees – GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

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Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

The Colorado FFA Foundation will induct three more members into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27, 2019.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading

02-15-19 Agriculture Council of America Announces March 14, 2019 as National Ag Day

Agriculture Council of America Announces March 14, 2019 as National Ag Day

Overland Park, KS – The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 14, 2019. This will mark the 46th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2019 is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

On March 13-14, 2019, the ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including an event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill. Continue reading