The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Grain Elevator

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Greeley, CO    Fri Feb 23, 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      3.99-4.14    2 lower
    Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.66    1 lower
US 2 Barley                          – –    not available
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
        Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
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02-23-18 Governors Hickenlooper, Kasich and Walker share bipartisan health care blueprint

Governors Hickenlooper, Kasich and Walker

Governors Hickenlooper, Kasich and Walker share bipartisan health care blueprint

WASHINGTON D.C. — Friday, Feb. 23, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, unveiled a bipartisan plan for providing quality health care and controlling costs for consumers.

“The health care debate is far from over and governors have become leading voices,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We must balance our most urgent priorities, while taking a bipartisan, transparent approach to finding long-term solutions.”

The plan, titled A Bipartisan Blueprint for Improving Our Nation’s Health System Performance, lays out six strategies for reforming our health care system: Continue reading

02-23-18 CLA Legislative Committee Joined by Representative Hugh McKean

CLA Legislative Committee Joined by Representative Hugh McKean

CO Representative Hugh McKean, House District 51

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 – The CLA Legislative Affairs Committee met via conference call to discuss proposed legislation of interest to livestock producers and rural communities on Friday morning February 23rd.

The Committee was joined by Representative Hugh McKean, House District 51, representing Loveland, Colo.

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02-23-18 CLA REMINDER: Colorado Agricultural Community Drought Survey Closes March 30th…

CLICK HERE to take the CU Colorado Agricultural Community Drought Survey

CLA REMINDER: Colorado Agricultural Community Drought Survey Closes March 30th

Colorado agricultural producer are  invited  to take a short survey about drought and its effects on their operations. Participation is part of a research study, protocol #15-0543, that will help researchers at University of Colorado, the State of Colorado, and the broader agricultural community better understand the water and drought challenges farmers and ranchers face. Continue reading

02-23-18 CFA: Readers Needed for Colorado Ag Literacy Project

CFA: Readers Needed for Colorado Ag Literacy Project

WE NEED YOU TO READ TO A CLASSROOM!

Colorado Literacy Project brings Colorado Farmers and Ranchers into the classroom to read a book about agriculture to students. Teachers register their classes with CFA to let us know they want a volunteer to visit and read to their students.

During March, April and May students and their teachers can learn about food from the Colorado farmers and ranchers who produce it. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 23rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 23rd

Mexico Buying More Brazilian Corn as NAFTA Negotiations Continue

Mexico purchased ten times more corn from Brazil last year than it had previously. Reuters says that’s due to the uncertainty regarding the potential outcome of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Mexican government data and top grain merchants all say they fear supply distruption from the U.S. if the White House ever followed through on its threat to withdraw from the pact. Mexico is already on track to buy more corn from Brazil in 2018. That’s a move that hurts an already struggling U.S. ag sector faced with low commodity prices and rising South American competition. U.S. farmers, food processors, and grain traders have spent months trying to make sure relationships don’t fall part if the NAFTA negotiations suddenly fall apart. They’re trying to protect over $19 billion in sales to Mexican buyers of corn, soybeans, poultry, and dairy. Despite that, Mexican corn imports from Brazil are climbing, totaling over one-half million metric tons in 2017. That’s a more than 900 percent jump over the previous year. The purchases all came in the last four months of 2017.

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NCGA Responds to Cruz Speech on RFS

Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke this week before workers at the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery. He says the bankruptcy was caused by the law requiring refiners to purchase Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard. A Delaware Dot Com Article calls the RINs a “receipt that shows gasoline sold at a filling station contains an ethanol mix.” However, Kevin Skunes (Skoo’-nehs), National Corn Growers Association President, says Cruz is way off base. He says most of the nation’s oil refiners are showing double-digit profit increases, but the problems of Philadelphia Energy Solutions are self-inflicted. “That company’s investors put their interests ahead of their workers’ interests,” he says, “and it’s disingenuous for Cruz to say he’s looking out for refinery workers when he’s really looking out for the Wall Street investors who made bad business decisions yet still ensured they got their payouts first, putting refinery jobs at risk.” He adds that the Environmental Protection Agency, university experts, and financial analysts all confirm that refinery owners aren’t facing a RIN price impact because they recover any costs through the price they get for their refined products. “Cruz is trying to upend the RFS to bail out refiners who opted not to invest in blending infrastructure,” Skunes says, “so they could blend renewable fuels and get free biofuels credits.”

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Section 199A Fix Is Coming

A DTN report says Congress may be close to replacing the Section 199A language in the new tax law that curbs the advantages of farmers who sell their products to cooperatives rather than private companies. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says a possible fix would give farmer cooperatives the same tax benefits they had under the old Section 199A, known as the Domestic Production Activities Deduction. That tax break amounted to about nine percent of a cooperative’s income and up to half the amount of wages paid to cooperative workers. Cooperatives then passed on the benefits of the deduction to their farmer-members. Grassley says, “I think there is enough agreement in Congress to do what we originally intended to do, which is maintaining the status-quo for co-ops. With enough agreement, we’re going to go ahead and get it done, even if co-ops aren’t completely satisfied with what we’re doing.” The fix coming out of Congress will essentially reinstate the law that was in effect prior to the 2017 tax bill and reestablish the Domestic Activities Deduction to the way it was over the last dozen years. Grassley says the Section 199A change will likely be included in the omnibus spending appropriations bill that has a March 23 deadline. Now that lawmakers and President Trump have agreed on a budget, Grassley feels the appropriations bill won’t be as big of a political battle to get passed.

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Perdue Promotes “Harvest Box”

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue wants people who don’t like the idea of “America’s Harvest Box” to know that they are very serious about the idea. He says House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway is open to considering a small-scale pilot program in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Secretary has faced a lot of criticism since the proposal came out last week as part of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget. However, Perdue and his team are defending the idea. A Pro Ag report says they might be finding some open minds on Capitol Hill as well. “We think it’s our responsibility to create new, innovative ideas of delivering food to the people who need it,” Perdue says, “and this is one area.” During a recent tour through California, he did say there are some logistical concerns to the idea but called it “a real idea, not a sham.” Conaway has a great deal of the House Farm Bill already written, but he’s not ruling out the idea of a pilot project in the program. A committee aide says, while Conaway is open to the idea, no decisions have been made yet. Perdue says that’s encouraging because new ideas often need to be introduced on a small scale to see if they’ll work as intended.

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Changes Made to H-2C Immigration Bill

A bill proposed by Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte would scrap the current H-2A program which is party controlled by the U.S. Labor Department. It would institute an H-2C program that would be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Goodlatte has made several amendments to the legislation after listening to concerns from ag groups. A Milk Business Dot Com article says the changes would let farmers have more time to comply with E-Verify. The bill would alleviate concerns over the maximum visa length, extending the term from 18 to 24 months. That change would allow more people to be visa recipients in the program after the first year. It’s not known for sure if the bill will get to the House floor for a vote. Many Republicans, as well as Secretary Perdue, support the bill. Last month, Perdue expressed concern that if Goodlatte’s bill wasn’t part of a broader package on immigration reform, he didn’t see another opportunity in the near future to address the serious problem of labor shortages in all sectors of agriculture. While the American Farm Bureau supports the bill, the California Farm Bureau says it wouldn’t work for California farms and ranches as it’s currently written, and plans to offer recommendations on a more practical program.

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USDA Releases 2018 Planting Estimates

While some planters are already working in Texas, the Corn Belt seems a long way away from planting because of snow and ice. However, the USDA is already thinking about planting. During the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its acreage estimates for 2018. The USDA says corn and soybean acres will be split, with 90 million acres going to corn and another 90 million to soybeans. The agency says wheat acres should rise to about 46.5 million. Cotton is also expected to jump one million acres over the 2017 estimate of 12.6 million acres. This year’s cotton acreage estimate is officially 13.3 million acres. Some analysts believe that soybeans could actually move past corn in the overall number of planted acres, with the potential for 91.5 million acres of soybeans in the ground. Soybean prices have rallied recently over South American weather concerns, but the export numbers haven’t been as favorable to soybeans in recent weeks.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-22-18 CYFEA Announces College Scholarships

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Apply by March 15, 2018

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the availability of four one year academic scholarships for college bound students in the Fall of 2018.  The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize outstanding students who will be a freshman or sophomore majoring in agriculture, or a junior and senior majoring in Agricultural Education who are working toward teacher certification during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado’s Agricultural Workforce Development bill—spearheaded by NYFC—passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee this month and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.

The bill would support training opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers in Colorado by providing incentives to agricultural businesses to hire interns. Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law by Lt Gov Lynne….

Colorado Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne* signed SB 18-088 into law today. The measure clarifies that: retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the Regional Transportation District, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Health Services Districts and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.

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Title

Sponsors

Summary

SB 18-088

Taxation of Retail Marijuana Sales

Sen. Bob Gardner / Rep. KC Becker

Concerning clarification that retail marijuana sales are subject to sales taxes levied by certain limited purpose governmental entities.

*Today’s bill was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Lynne as Gov. Hickenlooper is out of the state attending the National Governors Association meeting.

For a list of the governor’s legislative actions, please visit here.

 

02-22-18 USDA/NASS-CO: 2017 ROW CROP COUNTY ESTIMATES

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2017 ROW CROP COUNTY ESTIMATES

County-level estimates for 2017 row crops are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/

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02-22-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

02-22-18 Excellence in Range Management Poster Presented SRM Honor Award to Jordan Cattle Company

Jordan Cattle Company poster presented at the 2018 SRM annual conference held in Sparks, Nevada. The Colorado Section SRM congratulates the Jordan family for their dedication to the stewardship of the rangeland resources under their care.

Excellence in Range Management Poster Presented Society for Range Management (SRM) Honor Award  to Jordan Cattle Company

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

Five ranchers’ posters were presented for the 2018 Excellence in Range Management (ERM) posters.  The posters were presented during the 2018 annual conference of the Society for Range Management (SRM) held in Sparks, Nevada on January 28 to February 2, 2018.  The theme of the conference was Empowerment through Applied Science.  The Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale, CO was one of the posters presented at the conference.

(l-r) Colorado Section SRM president Josh Saunders, Emmett Jordan, and Colorado Section member Ben Berlinger present the Excellence in Rangeland Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the CO Section SRM in Pueblo on October 31st.

Each of the 21 SRM Sections can enter a poster representing a ranch that was honored by that SRM Section for notable accomplishments in range management.  The Colorado Section SRM was pleased to enter the Jordan Cattle Company c/o Emmett Jordan, Briggsdale, Colorado as its 2017 Excellence in Rangeland Conservation awardee.  The abstract for the poster highlighted the holistic rangeland and grazing management philosophy being implemented by the Jordan family.  The poster was titled “Range Stewardship as an Expression of Gratitude”.  It was developed by Emmett Jordan, of the Jordan Cattle Company.  The abstract for the poster read as follows: Continue reading

02-22-18 High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Reno, Nevada

High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Reno, Nevada

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

The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2018 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Reno, NV on January 28 through February 1, 2018.  The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting.  This year there were 24 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections.  During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.  Continue reading

02-22-18 USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a new webpage featuring resources to help rural communities respond to the opioid crisis.

“While no corner of the country has gone untouched by the opioid crisis, small towns and rural places have been particularly hard hit,” Hazlett said. “The challenge of opioid misuse is an issue of rural prosperity and will take all hands on deck to address. The webpage we are launching today will help rural leaders build a response that is tailored to meet the needs of their community.”  Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado State Land Board Announces Lessee Award Winners…

Colorado State Land Board Announces Lessee Award Winners

Lessee Awards

Our agency partners with thousands of lessees on a variety of lease activities.  We present three annual awards to exemplary lessees.  Winners were presented with their awards at the December 2017 board meeting. 2018 winners will be contacted in fall 2018.

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02-22-18 NACD RELEASES PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

During the 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, NACD debuted a series of three promotional videos to highlight what conservation districts and the national association do on a daily basis to protect our nation’s natural resources.

On NACD’s YouTube channel, you can find an RFD-TV profile of the McGavock High School FFA program and NACD service project. RFD-TV visited McGavock High School in the heart of Nashville on January 26 for a day of service, where FFA students and NACD leadership installed raised beds for vegetable production and horticulture study.

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02-22-18 Soil Health Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health

Soil Health Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health

ARDMORE, Okla. — Today, a national coalition convened by the Noble Research Institute announced its intent to create a voluntary environmental services market that benefits agricultural producers and improves the environment for society at large.

This program aims to incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health on working agriculture lands through the development of a market-based platform. Implementing sustainable agricultural production practices and technologies can create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes. Healthy soils can sequester carbon, improve water quality, control run-off and reduce water demand, all of which create a cleaner environment. Healthy soils also improve crop yield and resilience while decreasing farmers’ and ranchers’ need for agricultural inputs.

“Farmers and ranchers are the unsung heroes of our world. Their hard work feeds and clothes us. Their dedication is the foundation for our society,” said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute CEO and president. “This market-based approach seeks to reward farmers and ranchers for the land stewardship they practice for the benefit of all of us. The focus will be on monetizing soil health to reward those farmers and ranchers who are actively adopting and improving practices that protect our environment. We see our work as a model from which the program can expand to capture additional environmental and ecosystem benefits for all participating agricultural producers.” Continue reading