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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…


10-23-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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10-23-17 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 23, 2017 – Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing the upcoming 99th CFB’s Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center November 17-18 – 19 and more…




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10-23-17 Make plans to attend the 99th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 17-18

Make Plans to Attend the 99th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 17-18

We hope you will join us!

The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to set policies for the Colorado Farm Bureau for 2018, make recommendations for American Farm Bureau Federation policy, set membership dues for 2019, consider bylaw amendments, and elect members to the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors from districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and Young Farmer and Rancher Chair.

This year the 99th CFB Annual Meeting will take place from November 17th – 18th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.


Gen. Ron Keys, retired as Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command

This year we are proud to host Gen. Ron Keys (Ret.) was the Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases, and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. General Keys is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in fighter aircraft, including more than 300 hours of combat time.

We will also host Mr. Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation to give attendees an update from the front lines of AFBF’s work in Washington, D.C.

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10-23-17 U.S. Pork Industry Seeks 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

U.S. Pork Industry Seeks 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

Award aims to recognize and inspire the next generation of pig farmers

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 23, 2017 – The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open for the industry award through Nov. 21 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow. The award, in its second year, is designed to recognize, inspire and connect with the next generation of American pig farmers. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 23rd

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Report: Farm Lending Stabilizing

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reports farm lending has stabilized, but risks remain. The Federal Reserve’s Agricultural Finance Databook shows risks in the sector have remained alongside a persistently weak agricultural economy. The volume of non-real estate farm loans originated in the third quarter this year increased about two percent from the previous year. The slight increase followed a similar year-over-year increase in the second quarter after sharp declines in lending activity the previous two quarters. Operating loans have continued to account for a rising share of commercial banks’ farm loan portfolio, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the total volume of non-real estate farm loans over the past year. The report says that risk ratings on new farm loans have increased somewhat, interest rates have edged higher, and the loan-to-deposit ratio, a key measure of bank liquidity, also has increased.

Ag Exports Key to Trump NAFTA Deficit Strategy

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says agricultural exports are key to achieving President Donald Trump’s plan for reducing the trade deficit with NAFTA members. The White House says more ag exports into Canada and Mexico through the North American Free Trade Agreement will help reduce the trade deficit, and Senator Roberts agrees. Roberts spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week, saying he indicated “the best way for our trading partners to buy down the deficit is to buy U.S. agricultural products,” according to Politico. Roberts says that Lighthizer “made that very clear” that the administration seeks to increase ag exports. Roberts says the administration needs to have its chief agricultural negotiator at the table. Gregg Doud’s (Dowd) nomination is awaiting Senate confirmation.

Trade Negotiators at Odds Over NAFTA Proposals

Trade negotiators are accusing each other of sabotaging attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement following the latest round of talks. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland accused the U.S. of pursuing a “winner take all” approach. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said of the talks that the NAFTA trade partners do not seem “willing to make any changes” regarding the trade deficit, a key Trump administration priority. After a failed round of talks, the renegotiation effort was extended into next year. The next set of negotiations will be held next month in Mexico. AgCanada reports officials in Mexico and Canada say of some U.S. demands, that the U.S. “knew it would not be able to push them through,” adding that there is a possibility the negotiation effort could collapse. U.S. negotiators opened a new front with a proposal that Canada dismantle its system of protections for the dairy and poultry sectors, a move that Canada is rejecting.

EPA Abandons RFS Proposals

In a letter to Midwest Senators, the Environmental Protection Agency says it has backed off a series of proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in the letter said the agency would keep renewable fuel volume mandates for next year at or above proposed levels, reversing a previous move to open the door to cuts, according to Reuters. The letter follows backlash by Senators from pro-ethanol states, including Iowa and Nebraska. Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst vocally opposed the changes, calling them a “betrayal” of the administration’s promise to support the RFS. The Senators say the move would have undercut domestic demand for ethanol. Administrator Pruitt also offered a path forward for E15 sales year-round, saying the EPA was prepared to work with Congress to examine the possibility.

Legislation Against Farm Bill Cuts a Non-Starter

Senator Pat Roberts says there will not be a vote on a proposal to protect the farm bill from budget cuts. The Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman says the Senate will not consider the bill offered up by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow. She filed the bill last week that aimed to keep all farm bill programs away from any spending reductions from 2019 to 2028. However, the bill was already perceived as being “symbolic” in nature. Roberts noted that the budget resolution does not contain any directives to the Senate Agriculture Committee to cut spending. Roberts acknowledged that there were “assumptions” there would be cuts to farm bill spending, but he attributed those to budget officials and said the Senate would determine its own spending, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Brazil’s JBS Suspending Work at Seven Facilities

Brazil’s JBS SA announced last week it would suspend its cattle purchases and slaughter activities at seven facilities for an indefinite period. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the move follows a local court decision that decided to freeze the U.S. equivalent of $230 million in assets belonging to the controlling company of JBS. The assets were blocked following the request of a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Tax Irregularities. The Commission was installed after former CEO Wesley Batista revealed in his plea bargain testimony to prosecutors earlier this year that false invoices were used to justify the outflow of money to pay bribes to politicians in exchange for tax incentives. JBS decided to halt operations in its seven units in the state due to “legal uncertainty,” but said that employees would continue to receive their salaries normally “until the company has a definition on the subject.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service




Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event.  The Farming Evolution will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018, at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, CO.  The focus this year will be incorporating cover crops and livestock grazing into a no-till system.  Those who have doubts or objections to cover crops and grazing livestock on cropland are particularly encouraged to attend. Continue reading

10-20-17 Bennet, Colleagues Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Future Disaster Aid Legislation

Bennet, Colleagues Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Future Disaster Aid Legislation

Washington, D.C. – With deadly fires still raging across the West, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and a bipartisan group of senators pressed Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a letter to include a wildfire funding fix in future disaster aid legislation in the Senate. Continue reading

10-20-17 Weld County Extension to host small scale poultry workshop

Weld County Extension to host small scale poultry workshop

Weld County Extension will host a workshop for small-scale or backyard poultry owners on Saturday, November 4th, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The workshop will be held in Room C of the Island Grove Park Events Center, 425 N. 15th Avenue in Greeley. Continue reading

10-20-17 CDA: NAFTA Negotiations High Stakes for Ag Say North American Ag Officials

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NAFTA Negotiations High Stakes for Ag Say North American Ag Officials

Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada today stressed the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and called on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials are gathered this week in Denver, Colorado for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

CO Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown

“I would like to commend the delegates from Canada and Mexico for joining us at the table for these discussions.  International trade with our neighbors to the north and south are of vital importance to our economy and quality of life. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord is a tremendous opportunity to discuss the importance of NAFTA and the value of cooperative partnerships. We are proud to host this year’s conference in Colorado and consider it a true success.  Our farmers and ranchers deserve to have a voice in these discussions and we at the Colorado Department of Agriculture will work tirelessly for them every day.” 

–Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown

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10-20-17 CSU Extension Weld County – Applications Taken for CO Master Gardner Program

CSU Extension Weld County – Applications Taken for CO Master Gardner Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Weld County Colorado Master Gardener spring training program.  Classes will occur from January 26th through April 12th on Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be located at the Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch) in Loveland.  Applications are due by Friday, November 3rd, 2017 for the spring training classes.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 20th

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Senate Ag Committee Sends Ibach, Northey to Full Senate

The U.S. Senate Ag Committee announced today that it voted to send the USDA nominations of Greg Ibach (Eye’-baw) from Nebraska and Bill Northey of Iowa on to the full Senate. Ibach is nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, while Northey is nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Committee Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan issued a statement saying, “The Senate Ag Committee continues to advance USDA nominees as swiftly as possible, and we expect a quick confirmation from the U.S. Senate. Greg Ibach and Bill Northey are qualified and respected public servants who know agriculture firsthand and they will serve rural America well at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing on the nominees back on October 5. Both nominees have the full support of more than 60 farm organizations.


Stabenow to Shield Farm Bill from Cuts

Debbie Stabenow, the ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee, wants to defend the farm bill from possible budget cuts that could come during the budget reconciliation process that got started this week. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says she filed an amendment on Wednesday that’s intended to keep all farm bill programs away from any spending reductions from 2019 to 2028. The move is seen as mostly symbolic, coming as the Senate gets ready to consider the GOP budget resolution, which would pave the way for tax reform. The Senate’s budget resolution spares the Ag Committee from having to come up with cuts, while the House resolution calls for $10 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. Those two measures will have to be reconciled. “As we write the Farm Bill,” Stabenow says, “we need to send a message to our farmers, families, and rural communities that they are not on the chopping block for cuts. This amendment protects farm programs from harmful budgets cuts.” She says the amendment also helps to protect America’s land and water, as well as invests in the country’s farmers and small towns.


Farm State Senators Keep Pressure on EPA

Farm-state Senators have been keeping pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency over its actions on biofuels. Politico’s Morning Energy says the small group of Senators has been blocking votes on EPA nominees. South Dakota Senator John Thune is a member of the group, who says, “We have enough of a bloc of Midwestern Senators that they’re going to have to pay attention to us.” Iowa Senator Joni Ernst held up a scheduled Environment and Public Works Committee vote on Wednesday, saying her frustration level is “pretty high” over the Trump administration’s stance on biofuels. Ernst says, “We want to know that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going to follow the spirit of the law. I have no doubt that they’ll try to follow the letter of the law. However, the spirit of the law is all about energy independence for the United States.” The group of Senators wants a written guarantee or a public announcement from the administration that they will do everything they can to support the renewable fuels industry in America.


Ethanol Summit of the Americas Talks Global Usage

More than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere have sent officials to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to talk over current and future ethanol opportunities in the region. The event runs through Friday (today) and is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Tom Sleight, U.S. Grains Council president and CEO says increasing cooperation between ethanol industries supports economic growth for all countries involved. “Collaborative efforts like this pave the way for expanded ethanol use across the region,” says Sleight. RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen says the dialogue is desperately needed across the industry due to a growing protectionism among many countries in the world. “Protectionism will only thwart our efforts to expand this important industry and won’t help to address pressing regional energy and environmental needs,” Dinneen says. In part, because of efforts like the Energy Summit of the Americas, the U.S. set a record for ethanol exports in the 2016-2017 marketing year at 1.37 billion gallons. That’s a corn equivalent of 488 million bushels in corn.


Rural Mainstreet Index Fears Farm Foreclosure Threat to Banks

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index is still below growth-neutral, which it has been for some time. The index jumped six points from September to October, but low crop prices are still inhibiting growth. Ernie Goss, author of the index, says, “As a result of low commodity prices and weak farm income, 9.5 percent of bank CEOs expect farm foreclosures to become the biggest threat to banking operations over the next five years,” says Goss. He doesn’t think the bottom is in yet in terms of foreclosures, delinquincies, and bankruptcies. Goss says the bottom is still out there. Lenders who participated in the RMI survey say they’re also keeping an eye on the Federal Reserve for another potential rate hike. Goss says rural bankers are mostly supportive of a possible rate hike, saying, “about 64 percent of bankers expect one more rate hike in 2017.” As combines are rolling across rural America, bankers are reporting mixed results. The survey shows only two percent of bankers expect corn prices from $3.50 to $3.75 were above break-even levels.


Temps Above Normal in Winter Forecast

The National Weather Service issued a forecast for much-above normal temps across the contiguous 48 states from November through January. The above-normal temps include the Central and Southern Plains, as well as the Corn Belt. One exception is a band that stretches all the way from Washington state through western Minnesota, where the chances are basically equal for either above-normal and below-normal temps. The forecast is also calling for below-normal precipitation in an area from Arizona all the way through the Carolinas. The dry area includes Oklahoma and Texas. In spite of that, the newest Drought Monitor doesn’t mention widespread drought, so the outlook for the Hard Red Winter wheat crop isn’t considered concerning. Above normal precipitation is forecast from Montana through Colorado. The precipitation forecast for the Dakotas, Central Plains, and the Corn Belt is a little more variable, with equal chances for different levels of moisture. The National Weather Service also mentioned that conditions in the ocean continue to move very close to the La Nina state. 

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Hall and Hall Auctions: Bowen Arrow Ranch Auction SOLD $10.14M

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Bowen Arrow Ranch


The Bowen Arrow Ranch is comprised of 8,735+/- acres of prime Adams, Weld, & Washington County farm and ranch land. The farmland will add well to an existing operation or investment portfolio and buyers will find the ranchland to be maintained and cattle ready.  The property also boasts good road frontage with excellent development potential.
The Property will be offered in 26 Tracts & Combinations from 40+/- to 1,460+/- acres
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Auction Date and Location:
Thursday, October 19th
Held at May Farms
64001 US Highway 36
Byers, CO 80103

10-19-17 NFU: Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

NFU: Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

WASHINGTON – As embattled farm, biofuel, and rural communities and economies look to the Trump Administration to maintain promises to support American biofuel production, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the administration to increase Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations when they finalize them this fall. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed lowering these obligations, which would undermine growth of the American-grown and produced biofuel industry.

NFU President Roger Johnson today submitted public comments to that effect, contending the EPA should be working to support the RFS law, and therefore American family farmers, rural communities and the environment.

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10-19-17 NCGA Opposes Further Reductions to the RFS

NCGA Opposes Further Reductions to the RFS

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on the further reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contemplates in the October 4, 2017 Notice of Data Availability (NODA).

In the NODA, EPA requested additional comments on potential reductions in volume requirements under the RFS. While EPA proposed no direct changes to the implied 15 billion gallon volume for conventional ethanol, NCGA believes the volume reductions EPA is exploring are inconsistent with the law and with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s July 28, 2017 decision in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA.

“As one of the petitioners comprising Americans for Clean Energy, NCGA is concerned with EPA’s attempt to incorrectly apply the Agency’s waiver authority in order to justify further reductions in volumes,” NCGA President Kevin Skunes wrote in comments submitted today to the Agency.  “The further volume reductions summarized in the NODA would harm Congress’ energy and economic security objectives that motivated enactment of the RFS.” Continue reading

10-19-17 EPA awards Colorado $1.3 M to improve and protect Arkansas River water quality

EPA awards Colorado $1.3 M to improve and protect Arkansas River water quality


EPA partners with CDPHE to address selenium pollution in the Arkansas River watershed
DENVER (October 19, 2017) —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,293,010 to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface water and groundwater in order to improve and protect water quality.
“EPA is partnering with states to protect and restore watersheds, streams and groundwater,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Investments like this grant allow states to support local watershed projects, improving water quality and supporting communities that depend on clean and healthy water resources.” 

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10-19-17 EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economy, Spur Revitalization

EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economy, Spur Revitalization

New Toolkit Equips More Communities to Pursue Local Food Enterprises

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization.  The Local Foods, Local Places toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for community-led workshops that allow local officials, community groups, businesses and citizens to explore the benefits of using farmers markets, community kitchens and other food-related enterprises to revitalize communities and develop action plans for pursuing those goals.

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10-19-17 EPA and the State of Colorado release plans to protect water quality, enable land reuse at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site

EPA and the State of Colorado release plans to protect water quality, enable land reuse at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site

Actions build upon prior cleanup efforts 
DENVER (October 19, 2017) —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have released two final Records of Decision for environmental remediation at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site in Eagle County, Colorado, following the consideration of input received through a public comment process. Both documents, specifying measures to protect water quality and facilitate site reuse, focus on further reducing exposure to heavy metal contamination created by nearly one-hundred years of mining activity at the site.
“These actions reflect both EPA’s and CDPHE’s commitment to efficiently evaluate conditions and protect human health and the environment at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site,” said EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Betsy Smidinger. “Together, we are strengthening the water quality improvements we have achieved in the Eagle River and providing opportunities to bring lands back into safe, productive reuse. EPA remains committed to improving environmental conditions and human health for Americans that live and work near Superfund sites.” Continue reading

10-19-17 More than 64,000 Expected in Indianapolis Oct. 25-28 for 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo

More than 64,000 Expected in Indianapolis October 25-28 for 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Innovators and leaders of tomorrow, FFA members make a difference by sharing their stories of agricultural education and FFA. This year, members will continue the tradition as they attend the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, held in the Circle City Oct. 25-28, 2017. More than 64,000 FFA members from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the event.

Today, the 2016-17 National FFA Officers will dye the downtown Indy canal blue, as a precursor to the thousands of blue jackets that will be seen throughout the city of Indianapolis next week. In addition to celebrating the upcoming national convention, FFA also announced its record membership numbers for the year: 653,359 FFA members, 8,568 FFA chapters and more than 344,000 FFA Alumni members and 2,051 FFA Alumni chapters. Continue reading