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

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“Argentine Farmers Set to Quickly Flood Market with Exports”

Farmers in Argentina are expected to swiftly boost exports that will increase global supplies of wheat, corn and soybeans. Following the weekend election of Mauricio Macri (Mar-ree-see-oh Mah-cree) as President of Argentina, the exports are expected from a promise of Macri to help farmers made during the campaign. Bloomberg reports the country’s farmers are ready to ship an estimated $8 billion in stored crops as soon as export taxes are lifted or reduced as Macri promised. He will take office December 10th and also vowed to lift currency controls. Export taxes and currency controls were protested by farmers leading to storage of about one-third of the nation’s recent record soybean harvest, about 22 million metric tons worth. Macri is considering a 90-day window of no export taxes on soybeans in a bid to spur sales from stockpiled crops. The country has shipped $17.6 billion of grains and oilseeds abroad so far this year, the lowest for the period since 2009, according to exporters’ consortium data.


“House Democrat Says Congress Must Pass TPP”

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is as good as the White House claims, a House Democrat says then Congress must pass the 12 nation trade deal. Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia is one of 28 Democrats to support Obama’s bid earlier this summer for Trade Promotion Authority. TPA, or Fast Track, gives the House and Senate up-or-down votes on the massive agreement with no chance of amending or filibustering the pact. Connolly said the 28 Democrats who supported the fast-track authority “are pretty solid” in their support. He said the House is likely to pick up a few other Democrats in favor of the trade deal. Those votes may be needed as he said I’m concerned about the erosion of support on the Republican side of the aisle,” according to The Hill. He noted some Republicans may back away from the deal because of provisions on dairy, tobacco and pharmaceutical products.


“Deere to Measure Ag Industry Slump”

Deere & Company will soon provide an outlook as to what may be in store for the agriculture industry in 2016. The world’s largest seller of combines and tractors will report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. With the report will come a sales outlook that will set the tone for the farm machinery industry in 2016. The report is expected to show a big step down in Deere’s projection that would signal a prolonged slump for the sector, according to the Wall Street Journal. Demand for farm equipment has paralleled that for machinery used in mining and oil-and-gas production, which likewise are reeling in a global commodity slump. For fiscal 2016, analysts expect Deere’s total equipment revenue to fall 7% to $24.4 billion from the $26.3 billion estimated for the past year. As in 2008, equipment manufacturers are hoping for Congress to restore tax deductions for farmers up to $500,000 and to make the deductions permanent to help spur equipment purchasing.


“GMO Salmon Amps up Debate over Labeling”

Following last week’s approval of genetically engineered salmon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the battle is expected to heat up over biotech labeling. On Thursday, the FDA approved biotech salmon for human consumption, making salmon the first genetically engineered animal approved for consumption. Reuters reports the move will heat up the debate over GMO labeling laws. The first supplies of the biotech salmon, which will be engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, will grow faster than conventional salmon. The salmon will likely hit the U.S. store shelves in two years or more, after being raised in facilities in Canada and Panama. Chief Executive Ronald Stotish said the company will follow the FDA’s rules that do not require special labeling because the agency says the salmon is nutritionally equivalent to conventional, farm-raised Atlantic salmon.


“USTR Disappointed in WTO Tuna Ruling”

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed disappointment with a World Trade Organization ruling on the U.S. Tuna Labeling program. The program was designed to protect dolphins in tuna fishing operations, but the WTO said it unfairly restricts trade in tuna and tuna products from Mexico. However, USTR General Counsel Timothy Rief told the Hagstrom Report that “the United States has forcefully advocated for measures that protect dolphin populations from irresponsible fishing practices, and it is welcome that none of the findings in the report calls on the United States to reduce the protection of dolphins.” Mexico News Daily reported that the WTO decision said the labels are unfair to Mexican tuna products because the rules set different requirements based on where a fish is caught.


“USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Research”

 USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Monday awarded $2 million in grants to support nutrition education and research efforts. The funding will help research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Utah State University. The funding will help create two additional Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence established through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Each University will receive $1 million for their efforts in education and research. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy noted Childhood obesity rates in America had tripled over the past three decades, saying “while we are beginning to see promising signs of progress with the epidemic leveling off in children, these grants will help evaluate and strengthen existing nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts to help ensure this progress continues.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-23-15 FSA-CO and CSU invite you to an upcoming “Economic Outlook Forum” in Akron on Dec 2nd…


CSU Extension Logo(Denver, CO), November 23, 2015 – Colorado Farm Service Agency, State Executive Director Leland Swenson invites producers, bankers and agricultural related business owners to attend a public “Agriculture Economic Outlook Forum” being held December 2, Washington County Event Center in Akron, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The Forum is co-sponsored by Colorado Farm Service Agency and Colorado State University Extension Service.

“As Colorado farmers and ranchers are dealing with decreases in commodity prices, we want to provide them the opportunity to consider marketing and production strategies to sustain their operations profitability,” Swenson stated.  Continue reading

11-23-15 Inside the BARN with Colorado Egg, LLC’s Jerry Wilkins…

Jerry Wilkins Sales and Marketing Director at Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. & PResident of the CO Egg Producers Association

Jerry Wilkins, Colorado Egg Producers Association President and
Sales and Marketing Director at Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. 


CEP-CO Egg Producers Logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 23, 2015 – With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, people are putting more of a focus on giving back to those in need. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss that focus and much more about the egg industry is Jerry Wilkins, President of the Colorado Egg Producers Association

  • With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, people putting more focus on giving back to those in need. What are the Colorado Egg Producers doing to help their communities this season?
  • Though this time of year is a great time to give back, hunger is a year-round issue. How does CEP help Coloradans in need throughout the year?
  • How can our listeners get involved in the fight against hunger?
  • What are Colorado’s egg producers thankful for this year?
  • There are several classic Thanksgiving recipes that use eggs, including stuffing and desserts. What dish are you most looking forward to on Thanksgiving?
  • Where can our listeners buy Colorado produced eggs for their Thanksgiving preparations?
  • & MORE




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11-23-15 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Update…

Bent-Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Assn LogoBent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association board recently received an update on “Sustainable Beef” and finalized plans for upcoming events.

Steve Wooten, a Kim rancher and U.S. Roundtable of Sustainable Beef board member, gave an update on the framework being built in a unique program. His Nov. 5 comments at the La Junta golf club’s Rattlesnake Grill, focused on the roundtable being pro-active in helping define the term “sustainable” – a buzz word that currently lacks classification and parameters. “We’re trying to specifically define the term to benefit the whole beef industry from pasture to plate. We’re striving for something that unifies across the beef community,” he said. “It is uncharted ground.” Continue reading

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

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“Sugar Companies, Corn Refiners, Reach Lawsuit Settlement”

Major sugar companies and corn refiners have settled a lawsuit that probed the health claims of each industry amid falling demand for sweeteners. Terms of the settlement reached in the middle of trial were not disclosed in a joint statement on Friday, according to Reuters. Several sugar refiners alleged in a 2011 lawsuit that a Corn Refiners Association advertising campaign describing high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar” and “natural” was false. The corn refiners countersued, saying the Sugar Association falsely said in its newsletter that corn syrup caused obesity and cancer. The trail was expected to be decided by a jury next month. The settlement means consumers will not receive an impartial verdict about which industry’s health claims are more accurate. In the joint statement, both industries said they would “continue their commitments to practices that encourage safe and healthful use of their products, including moderation in the consumption of table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 ruled that corn syrup, used to sweeten foods including soda, could not be called sugar.


“Former USDA Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPP”

A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries Friday issued an open letter urging Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The former secretaries note that opening new markets for exports is critical for farmers and rural communities. By opening new markets in Japan, Vietnam, and other countries, the group says we are giving our producers access to new customers and expanding their sales. The sales will generate more farm production, and related activities, that will grow the U.S. economy. In the letter, the group told Congress “we know from experience how important such agreements are to the economic well-being of our farmers and ranchers.”  Further, the letter says “no trade agreement ever negotiated—TPP included—is perfect. But we should never let perfection be the enemy of the good, and this is a very good trade agreement.” The letter was signed by former Agriculture secretaries Ed Schafer, Mike Johanns, Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter and John Block.


“New House Ways and Means Chair In Favor of Tax Reform”

The new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Texas Republican Kevin Brady, gives new House Speaker Paul Ryan a partner for tax reform efforts. Investment News says Chairman Brady has made tax-reform a legislative signature, the same priority of Speaker Ryan. In a statement last week, Chairman Brady said “Over the coming months, we are going to take real steps toward fixing our broken tax code.” He wrote “America needs a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code that’s built for growth.” Brady has written a bill in the last three Congresses to eliminate the estate tax. There are also more than 50 tax-extenders Congress must renew once again before the end of this year that fall under the Ways and Means jurisdiction. Brady ran against Ryan to replace outgoing House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp in 2014, however, bowed out of the running as Ryan prevailed, a move that has built good will between the two.


“Australia Blocks Sale of Farmland to Chinese Investors”

Last week the Australian government blocked the sale of a portfolio of farmland to Chinese investors. The farmland, totaling about the size of Kentucky, was expected to fetch the equivalent of $250 million. Fortune reports Australia blocked the move because a large part of the leased land is within prohibited area that serves as a weapons testing site in South Australia. The proposed sale had become a test case for how the country balances concerns over foreign ownership with the need for foreign investment in an economy that has slowed sharply due to the collapse in commodity prices this year. Four separate groups linked to Chinese-based investors had been dominating the bidding for properties amounting to 2.5% of Australia’s farmland. Australia denied suggestions of anti-Chinese discrimination, saying that there was interest from more than one country.  In recent years, Chinese groups have bought aggressively in South America, Africa and Australasia to satisfy rising demand for grain, milk and meat.


“Pew Research Suggested More Mexicans Leaving the U.S. Than Coming In”

A new report released Thursday suggests More Mexicans immigrants are leaving the U.S. than coming in. That’s according to a Pew Research Center study that points to a sluggish economy as the reason more legal and illegal Mexican immigrants are heading back to Mexico. Pew found that more than one million Mexican immigrants and their families, including American-born children, left the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014. Over that same span, 870,000 entered the U.S. However, the study, which relies on government census data from both countries, acknowledges that it is difficult to measure the inflow of immigration into the U.S. from Mexico, according to The Hill. The study also pointed to stricter immigration policies as part of the change. It comes at a time when some agriculture groups have lobbied for immigration reform, like the American Farm Bureau, which says Congress needs to pass responsible immigration reform that addresses agriculture’s current experienced workforce and creates a new flexible guest worker program.


“USDA Awards Funding to Help Socially Disadvantaged Rural Businesses”

USDA will provide $3 million worth of grants to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged business groups in rural areas. USDA announced 19 grants on Friday for recipients in 14 states. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding “will support rural communities by giving business owners access to the support and training they need.” Funding for the grants come from the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program designed to support technical assistance such as feasibility studies, leadership and training, and the development of business and strategic plans. Funding of each award announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of their grant agreement.

For a list of recipients, click here.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



Future Dates

  • Dec. 3-5 – Oregon Sheep Growers Association Annual Convention and Pacific Northwest Lamb and Wool Symposium – Sunriver Resort –
  • Dec. 4-5 – Montana Woolgrowers Association Convention – Billings Hotel and Convention Center –
  • Dec. 4-5 – Missouri Livestock Symposium – William Mathew Middle School, Kirksville –
  • Dec. 5-6 – Wisconsin Beginning Shearing School –
  • Dec. 9-11 – South Dakota Shearing Training – SDSU Sheep Unit, Brookings, SD – or 605-690-7033
  • Dec. 11-12 – Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium and OSIA Annual Meeting – Shisler Center, Wooster – or
  • Jan. 9-11 – San Angelo Shearing School and Certified Wool Classing School –
  • Jan. 27-30, 2016SAVE THE DATE – ASI Annual Convention – Scottsdale, Ariz. – More information will be available soon.
  • March 14-16, 2016SAVE THE DATE – ASI Spring Trip – Washington, D.C.

2016 Convention – Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scottsdale’s official nickname is the “West’s Most Western Town” adopted as the official motto in 1951. With a population of 226,918, Scottsdale falls into the category of one of the 100 largest cities in the nation and the sixth largest city in Arizona. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach.”

Registration information for the 2016 ASI Convention is available at
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11-20-15 CSU Extension’s 2015 Forum Awards…

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CSU Extension’s 2015 Forum Awards…

(Fort Collins, Colo.) Several awards were presented to statewide professionals during a banquet as part of Forum, an on-campus, weeklong professional development opportunity. Forum is an opportunity for Extension agents and on-campus specialists to meet and discuss upcoming issues and develop strategies for tackling them. CSU Extension, part of the Office of Engagement, serves all Colorado counties and provides reliable, research-based information, research capabilities and resources to all Coloradoans. Continue reading

11-20-15 Colorado Corn’s FFA Grant Program Update…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn’s FFA grant helps new chapter get off the ground, incorporate livestock curriculum in urban classrooms
Colorado State University is no longer the only ag school in Fort Collins. And while Poudre High School and its new FFA chapter might not quite have the tradition and prestige of CSU’s nationally renowned crop and livestock departments, Poudre FFA Chapter Adviser Ryan Dreitz said he believes his group’s enthusiasm could rival that of about any institution. “Everything is just so new to these kids … it’s all very exciting,” Dreitz said.  Continue reading

11-20-15 Make plans to attend the 2015 Ag Water Summit in Loveland on Dec 15th…

2015 CAWA Summit flyer

We have the Colorado Water Plan… Now what is the future of Colorado agriculture?

The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds
First National Bank Building
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO

CLICK HERE to register, view the draft agenda, and learn how to become a sponsor for this year’s summit.

This year’s program promises to be exciting and informative and will offer a diverse set of topics, keynote speakers, and panel discussions including: Continue reading

11-20-15 Colorado Ag Water Alliance leader expresses support for recently released Colorado Water Plan…

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Colorado Ag Water Alliance leader expresses support for recently released Colorado Water Plan

Colorado officials on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented statewide water plan, after a decade of negotiations, that prioritizes water-saving in a $20 billion push to allow population growth in the face of huge projected shortfalls. Continue reading

11-20-15 US Senator Gardner Urges Funding for PILT Program…

US Senator Cory Gardner LogoGardner Urges Funding for PILT Program

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with a bipartisan group of over thirty Senators, sent a letter today to Senate leadership urging them to ensure that full funding to the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, along with responsible budget offsets, is included in legislation passing the House and Senate before the end of the year. Continue reading

11-20-15 USDA NASS Colorado Cattle On Feed…



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 880,000 head as of November 1, 2015. The latest inventory was 6 percent above last month but no change from the November 1, 2014 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 140,000 head of fed cattle during October 2015. This was 10 percent below last month’s marketings and 3 percent below the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, 7 percent below the previous month’s placements and also 7 percent below October 2014 placements. Of the number placed in October, 28 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 33 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year..

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11-20-15 CDA: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update – Positive Diagnosis in Eleven Colorado Counties…

CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update – Positive Diagnosis in Eleven Colorado Counties

Tips for Livestock Owners and Veterinarians

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As of 11/18/2015, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 45 locations in 11 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).
“Now that most areas of the state have had a frost, the insect populations should be subsiding. We hope this translates into rapidly decreasing case numbers as well. But, until we see those case numbers reduced, I encourage all livestock owners to be aware of their county status and take the proper precautions to prevent insect populations on their property,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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11-20-15 Frankes are RMFU Farm Family of the Year…

RMFU New logo 111315Frankes are RMFU Farm Family of the Year

FFOYFrankesUFDENVER, C­olo. ­­– Three generations of the Franke family were chosen to receive the 2015 Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Farm Family of the Year Award. The recipients are selected for their commitment to agriculture, community, and Farmers Union.

The award was presented by RMFU President Kent Peppler to the Franke family during the general farm organization’s annual convention held Nov. 13-14. “When I look at the families who have received this award in the past I think this organization has been blessed with great people,” said Peppler. Continue reading

11-20-15 Jeanne Burney is RMFU Agent of the Year…

RMFU New logo 111315Jeanne Burney award croppedJeanne Burney is RMFU Agent of the Year

DENVER, C­olo. ­­– Jeanne Burney of Burlington, Colo., is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s FUSA Agent of the Year. Burney took over the agency in 2004. Since then, she has grown the business by nearly 50 percent. Prior to 2004, Burney was a customer service representative in the same office for 18 years.

The award is based on an agent’s outstanding service to FUSA Insurance Agency customers, commitment to hometown community, and support of agriculture. Burney became a crop insurance technician for the Eastern Plains. She is a leader in FUSA Insurance, among her professional colleagues, and the risk management industry. Continue reading

11-20-15 Colorado Farm Bureau to host 97th Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 19-22…

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CLICK HERE to watch the  Opening General Session LIVE or the archive following

CLICK HERE to watch the Opening General Session LIVE or the archive following

Colorado Farm Bureau is hosting its 97th annual meeting Nov. 19-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo.

This year’s meeting is about joining and engaging in the cause of protecting and promoting agriculture and rural values. CFB’s annual meeting reflects Farm Bureau’s grassroots tradition, as Farm Bureau leaders gather to consider policies developed by farmers and ranchers to set a state and national course. This tradition has continued since our founding in 1919, and it is the source of our authenticity, strength and vision. Continue reading