04-22-19 USDA Announces Enhancements to Livestock and Dairy Insurance Programs

USDA Announces Enhancements to Livestock and Dairy Insurance Programs

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019 —

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today several enhancements to insurance programs that will provide a more efficient level of coverage for livestock and dairy producers. These program improvements to the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP), Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) and Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) programs take effect July 1, 2019.

“These changes to livestock and dairy programs strengthen risk management options and provide peace of mind in times of unpredictable market fluctuations,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre.

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04-22-19 NFU: Agriculture is an Essential Part of the Climate Solution

NFU: Agriculture is an Essential Part of the Climate Solution

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator

WASHINGTON – On the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the existential threat that climate change poses to American agriculture as well as the critical role of farmers and ranchers in mitigation and adaptation efforts.
“Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing family farmers, rural communities, and global food security,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We should all be striving, every day, to be better conservationists, but Earth Day is an important reminder that this is the only planet we have, and we must work together to preserve it.” 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…


04-22-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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04-22-19 CFB & CCA Joint News Release: Statewide Organizations Lead Opposition to Gray Wolf Ballot Initiative

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Statewide Organizations Lead Opposition to Gray Wolf Ballot Initiative

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) are working together on an effort to push back against a 2020 ballot measure that would require the introduction of wolves into Colorado’s landscapes.

The initiative would skirt long-standing scientific processes and force an introduction of the wolf into Colorado without any analysis of the potential negative impacts on Colorado’s environment and ecosystems, or its citizens. The initiative is also unnecessary, as CCA and CFB have worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to develop a “free-ranging” wolf plan, along with the necessary management strategies to ensure a “live and let live” policy for gray wolves that enter Colorado from other states. Continue reading

04-22-19 CDA: African Swine Fever and Secure Pork Supply Workshop in Brush on April 24th

CDA: African Swine Fever and Secure Pork Supply Workshop in Brush on April 24th

Wednesday April 24, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm (lunch will be served)
Morgan County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building
750 Ellsworth Street
Brush, CO  80723

Please click the link below to RSVP ASAP!


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EU Targets U.S. Ag in Proposed Tariff List

The European Union revealed a list of $12 billion in potential tariffs on American imports. The Wednesday announcement came out in response to the U.S. not removing subsidies on Boeing aircraft. That move comes a week after the U.S. threatened to impose tariffs on EU imports worth $11 billion because of European Union subsidies given to French aviation manufacturing company Airbus. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office says those subsidies adversely affect the United States. The European Union’s tariff threat appears to be targeted at American agriculture, one of President Trump’s biggest support bases. A good number of the proposed tariffs are aimed at ketchup, nuts, tobacco-seed oil, and many other food items. Back in 2011, the World Trade Organization found that Boeing received billions of dollars in subsidies from the U.S. Earlier this month, the WTO said the United States had not removed some of those subsidies. Other products like chocolate, frozen orange juice, vodka, video game consoles, and even bicycle pedals are also on the EU’s proposed tariff list.


China Guilty of Violating World Trade Organization Responsibilities

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice, inconsistently with its WTO commitments. The way China runs its TRQ administration isn’t transparent, not predictable, not fair, and it ultimately prevents TRQs from filling. In turn, that denies U.S. farmers’ access to China’s grain markets, a clear violation of its WTO commitments. A USDA release says the panel report is the second significant victory for American agriculture this year. Together with the victory against China’s excessive domestic support for grains, this will help American farmers compete on a more level playing field. China’s grain TRQs have annually underfilled. USDA estimates that if Chinese TRQs had been fully used, the country would have imported up to $3.5 billion worth of corn, wheat, and rice in 2015 alone. Secretary Sonny Perdue says, “Making sure our trading partners play by the rules is vital to providing our farmers the opportunity to export high-quality, American-grown products to the world. The announcement is another victory for American farmers and fairness in the global trade system.”


Fed Report Shows Tough Conditions in Ag Country

The latest outlook from the Federal Reserve regional surveys shows low prices, severe weather, and trade tensions continue to weigh heavily on large segments of the agricultural economy. Politico says the Fed gathers information eight times a year on economic conditions in its 12 districts to make up its Beige Book Report. For example, southeastern states faced “abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.” Cash prices were lower for cotton, rice, soybeans, broilers, and eggs compared to last year. Farm conditions remained “weak” in the Ninth District, which includes much of the Upper Midwest. Severe flooding in South Dakota and southern Minnesota is expected to heavily impact planting. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago oversees much of the Corn Belt, saying low corn and soybean prices remain a big problem for growers in that region. The Fed’s farm contacts also expect soybean prices to remain low. That means the corn-soybean acreage totals could be closer to a more typical 50-50 split after soybean acres jumped higher in 2018.


Army Corps of Engineers Catches Heat at Hearing

The Army Corps of Engineers caught some heat from lawmakers and several witnesses at a field hearing held in Glenwood, Iowa. The hearing was called because of concerns over how the Corps manages floodwaters along the Missouri River. Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, convened the hearing a month after floodwaters hit states like Iowa, Nebraska, and several surrounding states hard. Repeated complaints at the hearing centered on concerns that other priorities dominated the Corps’ management plans for the Missouri River. A DTN report says Major General Scott Spellman of the Army Corps of Engineers said, “The number one priority of the Corps in its operations is life and public safety.” Iowa farmer Leo Ettleman says changes in 2004 to how the Corps manages the Missouri River have actually caused more flooding. Part of the 2004 changes included the Missouri River Recovery Plan, which is meant to help recover habitat for endangered fish and birds. During the hearing, Ernst said she believes the Corps puts too much emphasis on environmental protections over protecting the lives and property of people.


CA Irrigation District Sues to Block Colorado River Plan

Seven states appeared to have come to an agreement on how to deal with a drought and falling water levels along the Colorado River. However, the LA Times says the river’s biggest user brought the agreement to a halt. Southern California’s Imperial Irrigation District filed suit, asking a state court to block the plan until more analysis is done on the environmental impact of the agreement. The district is attempting to halt the agreement until the federal government ponies up $200 million to restore the shrinking Salton Sea. Imperial holds the senior rights to the single-biggest allocation of river water along the entire length of the Colorado River. The Imperial district threatened legal action and followed through on the same day that President Trump signed federal legislation that authorized the agreement. Henry Martinez, General Manager of the Imperial district, says, “This legal challenge will put the focus of the agreement back where it should have been all along, right on the Salton Sea.” Imperial contends the agreement violated the California Environmental Quality Act by not analyzing the environmental impact of cutting river water usage without considering how the agency would make up for the shortfall.


New Curriculum Promotes Biofuels in Classrooms

Growth Energy announced a new partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators to help promote biofuels in high school classrooms across America. It’s the first industry-supported biofuels curriculum and designed to provide students with a guided in-classroom experience. It also provides tools to ag educators that help them provide students with an array of technical skills and historical knowledge about biofuels. “Our one-of-a-kind curriculum offers students a glimpse into the innovative world of biofuels,” says Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We’re excited to show high school students the role that STEM education plays in our nation’s agriculture and energy sectors.” Students will also learn how the next generation of biofuels is moving rural America into the future. Dr. William Jackman, NAAE Executive Director, says “Our Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education team was pleased to partner with Growth Energy to develop these instructional resources. We’re looking forward to teaching students, as well as non-ag teachers, the important role of biofuels in meeting energy demands for the twenty-first century.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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GL_GR110 *Next release date*
Greeley, CO Mon Apr 22, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
*Next release date will be Mon Apr 22, 2019*
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids available by 3:00 PM MST.
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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04-18-19 Colorado Governor Polis signs long bill


Friday, April 18, 2019

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Colorado Governor Polis signs long bill

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis today signed SB 19-207, FY 2019-20 Long Bill, into law. He was joined by sponsors and Joint Budget Committee members Senator Dominick Moreno and Representative Daneya Esgar. The budget funds top priority items including free full-day kindergarten, saving people money on health care, and investments for water and transportation.

SB19-207 establishes an operating budget of $31.9 billion total funds of which $11.8 billion is General Fund.

“This budget lays a strong foundation for a bold vision for our state, creating opportunity for all,” Governor Polis said. “A product of collaboration and teamwork with Colorado’s leaders in the General Assembly, this budget ensures that our state’s economic success can be realized by every child, adult, and business in our communities. My top priority in this first year as Colorado’s 43rd Governor was to provide access to free, full-day kindergarten to every Colorado family. I am proud to say that this budget makes that vision a rapid reality, with funding now available for the school year that starts this fall.”

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04-18-19 SECWD News: Pueblo Dam Hydro plant named for Broderick

SECWD News: Pueblo Dam Hydro plant named for Broderick

A hydroelectric generation plant at Pueblo Dam was named for longtime executive director Jim Broderick of the district which is building the facility.

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board Thursday unanimously passed a resolution naming the plant the James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Dam when it is completed.

“Jim always takes a proactive approach through strategic planning and forward thinking in addressing the many and complex challenges that confront the Southeastern District, seeking solutions that are fair and equitable, and that protect and conserve the water resources of Colorado and the Southeastern District,” Board President Bill Long in proposing the resolution. Continue reading

04-18-19 USDA/NASS Rocky Mountain Region: Farms and Land in Farms Final Estimates…


USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published final estimates for Farms and Land in Farms, including revisions made by the Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB), for the years 2013 through 2017. Data included in these final publications provide a historic record and a benchmark for current estimates. Continue reading

04-18-19 USDA/NASS Rocky Mountain Region: Farms and Land in Farms Report


The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2018 totaled 19,200, up 100 operations from the 2017 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 26.2 million acres, was up less than one-half percent from the 2017 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,365 acres, compared to 1,366 acres the previous year.

The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2018 totaled 38,900, unchanged from the 2017 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.8 million acres, was unchanged from the 2017 estimate. The average size of farm was 817 acres, unchanged from the previous year.

The number of farms and ranches in Montana in 2018 totaled 26,900, down 100 operations from the 2017 estimate. Total land in farms in Montana, at 58.0 million acres, was down less than one-half percent from the 2017 estimate. The average size of farm was 2,156 acres, compared to 2,152 acres the previous year. Continue reading

04-18-19 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 1,060,000 head as of April 1, 2019. The latest inventory was 12 percent above April 1, 2018 inventory and 1 percent above the previous month’s inventory. The inventory included 580,000 steer and steer calves, 8 percent above the previous year. The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 480,000 head, are up 16 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 185,000 head of fed cattle during March 2019. This was 9 percent above the previous month’s marketings and 16 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 200,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during March, 8 percent above the previous month’s placements and up 21 percent from March 2018 placements. Of the number placed in March, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 28 percent weighed 800-899 pounds, and 13 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for March, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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04-18-19 NFU Urges Implementation of E15 Waiver, Common-Sense Provisions for Higher Level Blends

NFU Urges Implementation of E15 Waiver, Common-Sense Provisions for Higher Level Blends

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, National Farmers Union (NFU) is concerned EPA’s proposed rule will make it harder for retailers to sell higher level blends of ethanol.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, NFU President Roger Johnson urged EPA to rewrite a provision contained within the rule that could amount to a cap on ethanol. It is viewed within the farm community as yet another barrier to family farmers and ranchers being able to sell farm products for biofuel production.


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04-18-19 ASI: Shearing Schools Announce 2019 Dates, including OR, TN, PA & CO

ASI: Shearing Schools Announce 2019 Dates, including OR, TN, PA & CO

A handful of shearing schools have announced their dates for 2019.

In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is supplied, but students are often encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.

These schools offer training for a wide variety of students – from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally: Continue reading

04-18-19 ASI: Apply Now For Sheep Heritage Scholarship 

ASI: Apply Now For Sheep Heritage Scholarship

Through the American Sheep Industry Association, the Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is being made available for sheep-related graduate studies.

The scholarship is for the advancement of the American sheep industry through financial support of a graduate-level (M.S. or Ph.D.) student who is attending a school in the United States.

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04-18-19 USDA: United States Wins Dispute Finding China’s Administration of Grain Tariff-Rate Quotas Breaches WTO Commitments

USDA: United States Wins Dispute Finding China’s Administration of Grain Tariff-Rate Quotas Breaches WTO Commitments

Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019 – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments.  Contrary to those commitments, China’s TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable, or fair, and it ultimately inhibits TRQs from filling, denying U.S. farmers access to China’s market for grain. Continue reading



LAKEWOOD, Colo. – April 11, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2017 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2017, as well as where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.

“The 2017 Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, and crop and livestock production information as well as first-time or expanded data,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “Many of these data about the states in our Region and our counties are only collected and reported as part of the every-five-year census.”

“The Census shows new data that can be compared to previous censuses for insights into agricultural trends and changes down to the county level,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “We are pleased to share first-time data on topics such as military status and on-farm decision making. To make it easier to delve into the data, we are pleased to make the results available in many online formats including a new data query interface, as well as traditional data tables.”

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