The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Tue Sep 18, 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 4.46-4.71 3 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.58 5 lower
 
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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09-18-18 Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

WELD COUNTY, CO — The commissioner hearing room was filled beyond capacity as oil and gas industry employees overflowed into the lobby to support the Weld County Commissioners resolution opposing Proposition 112.

Proposition 112, which will appear on the November ballot for Colorado voters, looks to increase oil and gas setbacks to an arbitrary and devastating 2,500’. “There is no scientific basis for the 2,500’ number,” said Commissioner Julie Cozad. “It is a random number meant to ban oil and gas.” Continue reading

09-18-18 NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson todaywrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU Board of Directors recently adopted a position against the proposal.

“NFU has long been concerned by reduced investment in public agricultural research,” said Johnson. “Our member-driven policy argues that the reduction in funding for public research and ‘increase in private research has reduced the sharing of information and increased costs of production inputs.’ ERS and NIFA play a key role in helping farmers and ranchers improve productivity, natural resource stewardship, and access to global markets and trade. As the economic and environmental challenges facing family farmers and ranchers mount, it is critical that USDA prioritize the work of the agencies.”

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09-18-18 NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU Emphasizes Need for Long-Term Solutions for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. The Chinese government has already responded in kind with tariffs on $60 billion worth of American imports.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a 116-year-old organization that advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, has consistently expressed concern about President Trump’s imprudent and antagonistic approach to trade negotiations. NFU Vice President Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew reiterated those concerns following today’s announcement:

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09-12-18 Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

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Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 12, 2018 – Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, CO. The event is part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, and will from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Joining the CoAgNews Network and FarmCast Radio is Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman to discuss the event that her organization is hosting…

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Even though this is a FREE event…RSVP’s are requested by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and can be reserved by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

Learn more about the event – CLICK HERE

For those unable to attend the listening sessions in person, a live webcast will be available.

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09-10-18 Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Learn more about the September 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session, check out the interview with Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman
DENVER, COLO Sept. 10, 2018: Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, Colo. This listening session-part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, will be at 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.
The project is organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Through these listening sessions, we want to focus on options to address the specific challenges rural residents encounter in accessing consistent, quality broadband services,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “We will hear from regional experts, but an important element of the session will be hearing from the people who live and work with limited broadband access today.”
The Sept. 20 event is part of a series of listening session to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. This specific session will focus on the needs and options for building quality broadband service to enhance educational opportunities, as well as quality of life in rural America.
There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 18. Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

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09-18-18 Want to know more about Pasture and Range Management for Your Operation? Order a copy of Ben Berlinger’s Book…

Range And Pasture Management

By Ben Berlinger

Want to know more about Pasture and Range Management for Your Operation? Order a copy of Ben Berlinger’s Book…compiled and put together by Emmet Jordan, Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

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U.S. Continues Demand for Dairy Fix in NAFTA

The United States still demands a dairy fix in the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Canada still wants to protect its dairy industry. While Canada may be ready to give some concessions on dairy market access, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) and his allies have strong political motivations to stand firm. A trade lawyer told Politico this week that much of the focus is on Canada’s Class 7 milk, a class created last year that has disrupted trade between the U.S. and Canada. The trade expert says those talks are “highly technical” and will take days to complete, but suggested an agreement is still possible, “even likely this week.” Talks between the U.S. and Canada are expected to continue with an overall goal to complete the agreement by the end of this month. Mexico officials are also back in Washington, DC to propel the handshake agreement between the U.S. and Mexico forward.

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U.S. Ag Coalition Sponsors U.S.-Cuba Business Meetings

A coalition of agriculture groups plan a U.S.-Cuba ag business conference in November. The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Business Conference, according to organizers, comes at a time when U.S. agriculture needs to expand into new markets. Cuba continues to depend on imports for 80 percent of its food supply, and the coalition says Congress is poised in the Farm Bill to allow USDA export promotion programs to be used in Cuba. Coalition chair Paul Johnson says the event “will help inform and connect the people who can work to make those things happen.” The conference offers participants a chance to meet ministers, leaders of agriculture industry, farmers, cooperatives and decision makers in Cuba’s newly formed government. The conference is planned for November 8-10 in Havana. Registration information is available at visit www.usagcoalition.com.

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Interior’s Sue and Settle Order Exposes Secret Settlements with Activists

Activists have grown rich by suing the government and reaping billions of taxpayers’ dollars – and all in secret, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The U.S. Department of Interior, however, has issued an order to curb this “abuse of basic, democratic processes and to open backroom deals to public scrutiny,” according to an AFBF news release. The organization notes that  Interior alone paid out more than $4.4 billion in monetary awards under terms of 460 settlement agreements and consent decrees between 2012, and 2017. In other words, Interior paid out an average of more than $800 million a year while keeping key aspects of litigation secret. AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen says the action to change policy “is a solid first step to fixing the problem. ”Among other things, the department has committed to establishing a publicly accessible webpage that details ongoing litigation, and post a searchable list and text of final judicial and administrative consent decrees

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NCGA Names Doggett as CEO

The National Corn Growers Association announced Jon Doggett as the organization next CEO, taking the place of Chris Novak. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately. He has served as interim CEO since August first when Novak left for CropLife America. Doggett has also served as executive vice president of the organization since 2014, and before that, served as vice president of public policy, leading public policy efforts in Washington, DC since 2002. NCGA President Kevin Skunes says Doggett’s skills in agriculture and policy are “invaluable to our organization.” NCGA says Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness, as well as more than 30 years of agricultural policy and leadership experience. Before joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was AFBF’s lead lobbyist on several public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species.

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Growth Energy Launches Bus Tour Promoting E15

The summer ban on E15 sales in select areas ended over the weekend as Growth Energy launched a campaign to promote E15 and higher blended fuels. As part of their campaign, Growth Energy is launching a bus tour to rally support for quick action on the president’s promise to unleash E15 ethanol blends. Over the next few months, the bus will appear at Midwest gatherings, including last weekend’s Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa. E15 is already sold in 30 states at least eight months out of the year. However, due to federal regulations, E15 cannot be sold in the summer months. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says allowing sales year-round of E15 and higher blends helps farmers by increasing domestic markets and gives farmers “more certainty because of increased demand for their grain.” President Trump has repeatedly made clear he would like to end restriction on access to E15 year-round. However, action has yet to be taken to remove the barrier.

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USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 42 States

Nearly $400 million from the Department of Agriculture are helping rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. USDA announced Monday $392 million in partnerships with rural communities because “modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” according to Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Hazlett announced the awards Monday during the Water Pro Conference hosted by the National Rural Water Association. USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. For a complete list of projects, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-18-18 SE Area Extension Says: Colorado Master Gardener Program

SE Area Extension Says: Colorado Master Gardener Program

It has been quite a while since we have offered the Master Gardener program
in the Southeast Area, but interest is again being shown! Applications are
being accepted in your local CSU/Southeast Area Extension office. The
actual location will be determined by where the majority of the applications
are centered. Southeast Area offices include: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne,
Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers Counties. The application process
includes suppling references, submitting to a background check, and signing a
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09-18-18 CDA: Enter Agriculture Photos in Annual Contest

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Enter Agriculture Photos in Annual Contest

BROOMFIELD, Colo. —Colorado’s agricultural landscapes provide the perfect subject for photographers. It’s once again time to capture the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture through pictures. The 21st annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage.
“It is always exciting to see how people capture the beauty of agriculture in photos,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. “The diversity of Colorado agriculture truly shines in this contest.”
Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by December 31, 2018. All photographs must be taken in the 2018 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in six subject areas: crops, livestock, people, open professional, urban agriculture and ag from above. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the “open professional” category.

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09-17-18 USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States, including CO…

USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States

Town of Wiggins, Colorado Awarded $8 million in Funding

 FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $392 million to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states.

“Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to rural people and the places they call home.”

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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…

09-17-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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09-17-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 17, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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08-24-18 FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events for Fall of 2018: Planning is Underway!

FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement.

FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events for Fall of 2018: Planning is Underway!

Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

FFA Range Judging is getting into full swing.  Preparations are underway for the upcoming regional events as well as the Eastern Colorado State FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercises (CDE’s).  The first of these activities, Northeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging (Check out the Video Interviews & Awards Ceremony from Sep 17th), will be held on September 17 at the Prairie School in New Raymer.  This event is being hosted by the Prairie FFA Chapter.  The Southeast Colorado Regional contest will be held on September 26 at the Rocky Ford fairgrounds.  This event is being hosted by the Fowler and Rocky Ford FFA Chapters.  The state event is scheduled for October 3.  It will be held on the campus of Northeast Junior College in Sterling, with the hosting chapters being Lone Star and Merino FFA. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 17th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 17th

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Senators Grill Administration Officials at Trade Hearing

Ag state senators peppered Trump Administration officials at USDA and the Office of the Trade Representative with questions regarding trade policy. The Thursday hearing focused on the Trump Administration’s policies and the resulting harm to American farmers from retaliatory tariffs. Politico says both Republicans and Democrats gave an earful to USDA chief economist Robert Johansson, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, and USTR chief agricultural negotiator Gregg Doud. The questions boiled down to “when does the pain end for farmers?” Joe Donnelly of Indiana says, “It seems like the light at the end of the tunnel is a train coming at my farmers. They need to know there’s an off-ramp or an end to this.” John Thune of South Dakota says the concern and anxiety level is continuing to rise in farm country. “My impression is that fact seems to fall on deaf ears around here,” Thune says. Republicans asked about the possibility of rejoining the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership. Doud responded by saying the president is correct to prefer a bilateral approach. Thune responded with, “We’ve heard that we’re working on bilateral agreements since pulling out of TPP. I don’t see any evidence of that.”

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Trump: the U.S. Under “No Pressure” to Make Deal with China

President Donald Trump pushed back at the Wall Street Journal, which ran an article saying the U.S. was under pressure to make a deal with China. The Hill Dot Com says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) recently invited Chinese officials to come to Washington for negotiations, which Beijing accepted. The Wall Street Journal reported that the invite came about because of political pressure on Trump to at least ease up on trade fights ahead of the November midterms. Trump announced on Twitter that, “The Wall Street Journal has it wrong. We are under no pressure to make a deal with China. They are under pressure to make a deal with us. Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing. We’ll soon be taking in billions in tariffs and making products at home. If we meet, we meet.” While the U.S. economy is seeing faster economic growth and joblessness at near record-low levels, China’s economy is facing long-term questions, including a sharp drop in its currency value. A new group called Americans for Free Trade launched an advertising campaign to fight back against Trump’s tariffs, saying they’re hurting the U.S. economy.

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Soybean Prices Improve 15 Percent if Tariffs Resolved

If the U.S. can get its trade disputes resolved, one economist says soybean prices could jump as much as 15 percent higher. Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com quotes Jackson Takach (TACK-atch) of Farmer Mac as saying there’s no underestimating the importance of trade to agriculture. “One of every $4 or $5 in farm income is from foreign sources,” he says. “Six of our major trading partners who’ve issued retaliatory tariffs represent about 53 percent of our total agricultural exports.” He says recent movement on the NAFTA negotiations and the U.S. signaling a willingness to negotiate with China give him some reasons for optimism. “If we start to lift some of the veil of uncertainty, net cash income reductions could be pretty low,” Takach predicted. “if we can get some of these trade issues resolved, the upside could be pretty high for U.S. agriculture. However, if everything stays the same, I think the USDA predictions for lower net cash income are accurate.” Takach says if the U.S. and China resolve their differences and China drops its tariff, soybean market prices could improve as much as 15 percent.

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Mexico Heading to Washington to Move NAFTA Forward

Mexican officials are on their way to Washington to work on the wording of the trade agreement between Mexico and the U.S. A Bloomberg article says they’re prepared to enter a bilateral agreement with the U.S. that would leave current NAFTA partner Canada out of the trading block. Kenneth Smith Ramos, Director of Trade and the NAFTA Office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, will work on the wording of the agreement that President Donald Trump intends to sign by the end of November. Ramos will be the first high-level Mexican official to make the trip to Washington, D.C. since they announced the framework of an agreement in August. In the meantime, Canadian officials are huddling with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau only two weeks after the nation rejoined the talks. Mexico has been vocal in wanting Canada to stay in the pact but is preparing for life without the third trading partner. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is leading the efforts to hammer out a deal. Trudeau says on television that Canada won’t sign any agreement that isn’t too Canada’s advantage.

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Roberts Asks Conaway, Peterson, to Remain in Washington

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts is also chair of the House-Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee. The Hagstrom Report says Roberts feels Congress is running out of time to finish the farm bill conference report before the current bill expires on September 30th. He’s asking House Ag Chair Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson to remain in Washington, in spite of the fact that the House is out of session this week. Roberts told reports that “we’re running out of time.” As the deadline rapidly approaches, Roberts says negotiations could continue if Conaway and Peterson can return to Washington. “If you don’t get it done by that time, you aren’t going to do it,” Roberts says. Key leaders have still not come to an agreement on a budget for each title in the new farm bill. As a result, Roberts says lawmakers might not be able to finish the bill until after the November election. “it might have to be after the election,” he said to reporters. “I don’t know for sure.” The Senate reconvenes on Monday at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

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ASF Found in Belgium and Spreading in China

Belgian authorities confirmed that the African Swine Fever Virus has been found in their country. That’s adding to increasing worries about the virus moving into western Europe. The trade association website Meating Place Dot Com says the country’s food safety agency has found the virus in two wild boars in the southern part of the country. Belgian authorities are currently working with several of its government agencies to help prevent the spread from wild animals into its domestic herds. Belgium is currently stressing that there is no disease in the domestic animals. The nation’s food safety agency says wildlife control and prevention in pig farms are currently in effect. In the meantime, live hog and pig products are now banned from an additional ten regions in China. These regions are located alongside the six regions where the virus has already been found. The main goal is to prevent the spread of the disease, especially into central China, where most of the nation’s pork farms are located. The moves have also pressured hog prices in northern China as hog supplies accumulate.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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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/

09-14-18 CBB News: Operating Committee Approves FY19 Plan of Work

CBB News: Operating Committee Approves FY19 Plan of Work

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board will invest about $40.5 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2019, subject to USDA approval.

In action at the end of its September 11-12 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee approved checkoff funding for a total of 14 “Authorization Requests” – or proposals – brought by seven contractors for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018. The committee, which includes 10 producers from the Beef Board and 10 producers from the Federation of State Beef Councils, also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

The seven contractors had brought a total of $45 million worth of funding requests to the Operating Committee this week, almost $5 million more than what was available from the CBB budget.

“The members of the Operating Committee listened with open minds as contractors presented their requests for funding. The committee engaged in respectful debate as they went through the funding for each request, mindful of program committee comments from summer convention,” said Beef Board Chariman Joan Ruskamp, a feedlot owner from Nebraska.

“Trimming nearly 4.8 million dollars to meet the budget of $40,521,900 was not an easy task, yet the committee remained focused on program funding that would best strengthen demand for beef..

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 14th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 14th

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Farm Bill Passage On-time Uncertain

Time to finish the farm bill before the September 30th deadline is running out. House and Senate ag leaders are working to quickly iron out differences between the two versions of the bill, but many believed the conference committee needed to wrap up this week to get a bill on-time. The Senate adjourned Wednesday night until Monday, and the House is scheduled to be out for recess all of next week. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts told Politico talks could continue next week if Mike Conaway and Collin Peterson of the House Agriculture Committee return to Washington. Roberts says: “next week might be the final time that we have to reach some kind of agreement,” but added “the world doesn’t end” if no agreement is made next week. The biggest difference is the House version’s inclusion of work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The work requirements are facing steep opposition from the other three committee leaders, Roberts, and top Senate ag Democrat Debbie Stabenow, along with Peterson of the House. President Trump attacked Stabenow via Twitter, saying her and other Democrats are “Against approving the farm bill.” However, Stabenow and Roberts have said work requirements will not pass the Senate.

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USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

The Department of Agriculture Thursday released details of the trade aid package calculations for payments, a method previously unknown and questioned by some ag sectors. As the Trump Administration talked with lawmakers on the trade package, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a “detailed accounting” of how USDA calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions.  Perdue says the Chief Economist office of USDA developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA earlier this month. Perdue says USDA used the same approach often used in World Trade Organization trade dispute cases. The full description of the Trade Damage Estimation for the Market Facilitation Program and Food Purchase and Distribution Program is available on the website of USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist.

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Trump Administration Seeking China Trade Talks

The Trump administration proposes a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China to stop an additional round of tariffs on Chinese exports. The Wall Street Journal reports the invitation comes as the Trump administration senses new vulnerability—and possibly more flexibility—among Chinese officials pressured by U.S. tariffs imposed earlier this year and threats for more. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the invite,  but officials in China are growing concerned with the unpredictable decision-making process by the Trump administration and some speculate that China may be hesitant to accept any meeting invite. The move could be seen as a breakthrough, however, as Trump is talking up a sharp drop in the Chinese stock market and its fragile economy, compared to U.S. economic indicators. Any movement towards reducing or removing the retaliatory tariffs China has placed on U.S. agriculture is considered positive, as China is looking elsewhere to fulfill import needs.

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China Cuts Soybean Import Forecast

China this week lowered its forecast for the 2018-2019 import season for soybeans due to the trade conflict between the U.S. and China. Farmers are reducing their use of soybeans in animal feed in China as China has placed massive tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Imports of soybeans in the crop year that starts on October first will be 83.65 million metric tons, down 10.2 million from last month’s estimate of 93.85 million, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Overall, the forecast is lower than the 93.9 million metric tons imported during the 2017-2018 crop year. China also claims the lower forecast is due to the promotion of lower-protein feed for livestock and poultry, and falling profits at pig farms reducing demand for soybean meal. China also raised its corn demand outlook on rising feed consumption and an expected increased ethanol production. Reuters reports that the outlook illustrates how China’s vast pig farming sector is rapidly adjusting to a possible prolonged trade dispute with Washington. In July, China imposed an additional 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.

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USDA Prepares for Hurricane Response

As a slightly downgraded, but highly dangerous Hurricane Florence targets the Carolinas, the Department of Agriculture stands ready to help once the storm passes. USDA Thursday said staff in the regional, state and county offices in the impacted areas are ready and eager to help the rural and agricultural community. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says it’s “our job,” adding USDA is “ready to assist when natural disasters strike.” USDA has important roles in both response to hurricanes and recovery efforts. USDA is also staffing the Regional Response Coordination Center in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region four, which covers eight states including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. USDA is providing 24-hour staffing to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center, and has personnel supporting the North Carolina and South Carolina State Emergency Operations Centers. A complete overview of USDA assistance is available on the new website, Farmers.gov.

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Global Hunger Continues to Increase

New evidence continues to signal that hunger is rising globally. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 report released this week says limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk. Data shows that global hunger has been on the rise over the past three years, returning to levels from a decade ago. The reversal in progress, according to the report, “sends a clear warning that more must be done and urgently if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030.” The annual UN report found that climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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