Beef Day at the 2017 Colorado Farm Show Beef Day is sponsored by the Colorado Beef Council and Emceed by Brian Allmer of The BARN…


brian-allmer-of-the-barn.jpgGreeley, CO – January 23, 2017 – Once again this year, Brian Allmer of The BARN will be the emcee for BEEF DAY @ the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 24th from 9 am – 3:15 pm in Events Center Room A at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.


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01-05-17 Help the CO FFA Foundation by participating in the TITAN FFA Tire Auction on January 26th!

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up Tire Auction

ffa-titan-tire-auctionGREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International, and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show.  The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 26th in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional.  The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners.  Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA.  All proceeds from the auction benefit Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s mission.  Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at  More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.orgContinue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 24th

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 24th

Trump Signs Executive Order to Remove U.S. From TPP

President Donald Trump Monday followed through on a campaign promise by signing an executive order to remove the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trump also said he plans to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Agriculture groups demonstrated disappoint with the decision. American Soybean Association President Ron Moore said in a statement: “TPP held great promise for us.” Moore says ASA expects “to see a plan in place as soon as possible” to engage the 11 other TPP member nations on trade to “capture the value” lost from the withdrawal. American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says it is critical the new administration “begins work immediately” to develop new markets for agriculture. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said: “Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets.” Brunner called foreign trade one of the greatest success stories for U.S. beef. The American Feed Industry Association condemned the action, saying trade deals like TPP are key to setting the terms and rules for future trade relationships.


Trump EPA Plan Calls for Eliminating WOTUS

New President Donald Trump’s plan for the Environmental Protection Agency includes eliminating the Waters of the U.S. rule. The Trump administration calls WOTUS a burdensome regulation that is “harmful and unnecessary.” A leaked agency action plan for the administration lists WOTUS, along with Clean Air Act greenhouse gas regulations, the Clean Power Plan and the Total Maximum Daily Load Requirements in the Chesapeake Bay area as targeted initiatives to stop. Trump also wants to change how the agency uses science, saying unless major reforms are achieved, “the EPA will be able to return to its bad old ways” once a different administration takes office. Meanwhile, WOTUS will head to the Supreme Court this year to determine whether jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the lawfulness of the rule lies in the courts of appeal or federal district courts. The Trump administration could choose not to defend WOTUS in court, effectively killing enforcement of the rule.


Three Named as USDA Deputy Secretary Candidates

The list of candidates to serve as Deputy Agriculture Secretary boast familiar names to the Donald Trump administration. The Hagstrom Report says the list includes Charles Herbster, A.G. Kawamura (Cow-uh-more-uh) and Ted McKinney. Herbster of Nebraska was a big supporter during the Trump campaign and served on Trump’s agriculture advisory committee, Kawamura is a former California Agriculture Secretary and McKinney was Indiana agriculture director when Vice President Mike Pence was governor of Indiana. Meanwhile, Indiana farmer Kip Tom is considered a candidate for White House agricultural liaison. Taking over the Department of Agriculture for now is Michael Young, USDA’s Office of Budget and Program Analysis director. He will serve as acting secretary until the Senate confirms former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the post. President Trump has sent policy adviser Sam Clovis to lead the transition at the department while USDA waits for the Senate to act. A team assisting Clovis will hire staff and begin crafting policy until Perdue is allowed to take office.


Fourth Quarter 2016 Farm Lending Slows

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says farm lending during the fourth quarter of 2016 slowed significantly as lenders and borrowers assessed economic prospects for 2017. In a report, the Kansas City Fed says some of the reduced loan volume likely stemmed from lower costs of farm inputs. However, as the outlook for farm income has remained weak and farmland values have continued to decline, both lenders and borrowers may be more apprehensive about adding new debt heading into 2017. A survey of bankers found non-real estate loans in the farm sector dropped 40 percent from a year ago. The 40 percent drop was the largest year-over-year decline in nearly 20 years. Despite the sharp reduction in new loans, outstanding farm sector debt at commercial banks continued to rise, but at a slower pace. Survey data indicated outstanding debt increased five percent from a year ago. The Fed attributed the increase to a slower rate of loan repayments, but the increase in farm debt was the smallest increase in more than three years.


ChemChina Files for U.S. Antitrust Approval of Syngenta Takeover

ChemChina has filed for U.S. antitrust approval with the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta. Bloomberg reports ChemChina has submitted documentation required by U.S. law and expects the U.S. antitrust process to be “on track.” The Justice Department and the FTC typically have 30 days to clear a proposal or issue a second request asking for more information and a longer review period. The proposed transaction already has been cleared by a U.S. national security panel and won antitrust approval in Australia. The European Union is currently reviewing the deal and has until April 12th to discuss remedy proposals that have been submitted. A Syngenta spokesperson says both companies remain fully committed to the transaction and are confident of its closing.


EU Dairy Farmers Spray Milk Powder in Price Protest

Dairy farmers from the European Union sprayed milk powder onto a European Council building in Brussels during a protest over dairy prices. The EU recently purchased large quantities of skimmed milk powder in an effort to stabilize the market, but the EU says it will begin moving the stockpile as prices have improved. Protesting farmers told the Associated Press that the move would depress prices throughout Europe. A spokesperson with the European Milk Board says “only a real price increase and long-term stability on the market can save milk production across the EU from extinction.” The farmers say EU policies are driving them to the brink of bankruptcy and releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-23-17 Wheat Grower Organizations Disappointed in TPP Withdrawal; Call for New Agreements in Crucial Asian, Latin American Markets


Wheat Grower Organizations Disappointed in TPP Withdrawal; Call for New Agreements in Crucial Asian, Latin American Markets

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) recognize that President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was inevitable. It is disappointing, however, that until an alternative trade policy is established, export opportunities in the promising Pacific Rim markets that could help U.S. wheat farmers at a time when they need it most are very much at risk.

“U.S. wheat farmers depend heavily on export demand to determine their per-bushel income,” said Jason Scott, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Easton, Md. “We can compete very effectively in Asian and Latin American markets where the demand for high quality wheat is rapidly increasing and our organizations took a long-view of the benefits TPP held out — a trade agreement that promoted economic growth abroad as a way to grow export sales and prosperity for farmers at home.”

Without TPP or alternative agreements, U.S. farmers will be forced to the sidelines of trade while losing market share in the region to our competitors including Australia, Canada, Russia and the European Union, which have current agreements or are negotiating new ones with countries outside the network of existing U.S. trade agreements,” said Gordon Stoner, NAWG President and a wheat farmer from Outlook, Mont. Continue reading

01-23-17 Make plans to attend the Mountain West Seed Summit in Sante Fe, NM March 3-4

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Join Seed Stewards from the Mountain West and beyond for three days of seed knowledge and networking in beautiful Santa Fe.

The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the McCune Foundation, presents a two-day summit and one-day field trip focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mountain region. The Mountain West Seed Summit will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively discussions, seed exchanges, art, music, and more!

Additional local partners include SeedBroadcast which will be capturing and sharing seed stories and hosting a seed poetry slam, and Squash Blossom which will be providing incredible local food and cuisine. Continue reading

01-23-17 RMFU: In New Mexico, Oil Revenue Trends Down As Red Ink Adds Up

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Clark de Schweinitz – Farm to Table Board member & Special Commentary for the RMFU LegisLetter

New Mexico’s public coffers are much depleted, and it is not clear at this stage how they will be replenished.  Solvency, and its dreaded counterpart, insolvency, is the lead-off issue facing the New Mexico Legislature—maintaining solvency is obviously fundamental, especially in a state whose constitution prohibits public debt.  The generally assumed reason for this situation is the fall-off in oil and gas prices, which usually make up one-third of the state’s revenue.  Some believe the solvency problem is the result of not enough diversification in New Mexico’s economy.
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01-23-17 NFU Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

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NFU Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2017) – A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the deeply flawed TPP trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response: Continue reading

01-23-17 RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

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RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

DENVER, CO –  Action by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is welcome news, says Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dale McCall.

“Our members have had deep concerns about this trade agreement ever since we first heard of it. Voters across the country, and especially in rural communities, made it clear that trade agreements have failed to have any real value to many hard-working Americans.” Continue reading

01-23-17 Colorado Corn Administrative Committee commits $130,100 to research focused on production efficiency

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn Administrative Committee commits $130,100 to research focused on production efficiency

One of the top priorities of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) has long been assisting local farmers in their quest to produce more food, feed, fuel and fiber with less resources and through more economically and agronomically sustainable production methods.

And that tradition continued this month, as the CCAC’s Research Action Team committed another $130,100 to various projects focusing on drought tolerance, crop-disease mitigation, hybrid development, crop-residue management, and other aspects of sustainability in agriculture.

These investments come in addition to the $650,000-plus that the CCAC invested in research endeavors from 2011-2016. Continue reading

01-19-17 Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24

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Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24
January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is urging produce growers and others involved in any way in the produce industry to attend the Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24 at the Weld County Fairgrounds in Greeley. Produce Day is hosted by CFVGA in conjunction with the Colorado Farm Show.

“Produce day will feature valuable information for anyone involved in any way in the production of fruits and vegetables,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., who will open the day with an overview of CFVGA and its activities since the Colorado produce organization was founded in 2014. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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01-23-17 CDA: Colorado Hosts Mexican Cattle Buyers at National Western Stock Show

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CDA: Colorado Hosts Mexican Cattle Buyers at NWSS

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture hosted 23 Mexican cattle buyers at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in January. The goal was to build relationships between Colorado and Mexican cattlemen with an aim to generate robust sales in livestock and genetics.

“Mexico is an excellent trade partner and export market for Colorado’s livestock industry,” said John Addison with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “To many, both sellers and buyers, the NWSS represents the super bowl of the livestock industry and presents a tremendous platform to get our cattlemen together with our neighbors from the south.” 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…


01-24-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Extended Preview


01-23-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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01-23-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

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NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

“Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets,” NCBA Say

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2017) — Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Continue reading

01-23-17 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation LogoDENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

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01-23-17 CDA: Phylloxera Update: Four Colorado Vineyards Test Positive for Insect

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –In November 2016, the Colorado Department announced that an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County; since then, an additional three vineyards have tested positive for the insect. US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service entomologists identified grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) on Vitis vinifera grapevines in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a federally designated grape production area in western Colorado. Continue reading

01-23-17 National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 1-3

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National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 1-3

Pork Act Delegates to gather in Atlanta for the annual meeting

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 23, 2017 – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Atlanta, March 1-3, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from Pork Act Delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry.

The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, Power of Pork: Moving Mountains, references the current record-breaking U.S. pork production and pork producers’ continued work together to meet the challenges and opportunities of a growing industry. Delegates will learn about the aggressive promotions to grow consumer demand and plans to build consumer trust and drive sustainable production.

“While our industry is growing, so is demand for our product – both domestically and internationally,” said Jan Archer, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “With faith and focus, resolve and connectedness to each other, we can achieve our goals and move mountains.”

At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates will rank eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, for approval. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Continue reading