11-30-16 Weld County 4-H Showcase in Greeley on December 3rd

Weld County 4-H Showcase in Greeley on Dec 3rd

Weld County 4H Foundation logoWeld County 4-H is proud to present its 4-H Showcase on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the   Exhibition Building, 525 N. 15th Avenue, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Admission and parking are free.  The 4-H Showcase offers the citizens of Weld County the opportunity to attend and participate in demonstrations and activities by the Weld County 4-H Youth on anything from leathercraft to decorating a cookie.  Many fun demonstrations are planned and the event is great for both the young and the young at heart.  Continue reading

11-30-16 CMU Water Center News: Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

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Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

Written by: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

It’s been very dry in Colorado’s mountains this fall.  It’s still early, and the snowpack could catch up to “normal,” but when I flew over those mountains on November 15, they were brown. Just the barest dusting of white covered the highest ridges and north-facing slopes.

This delayed onset of winter has provided a sobering backdrop to ongoing discussions about what to do if the Colorado River Basin slips back into severe drought with Lakes Powell and Mead, the two largest reservoirs in the basin, already half-empty.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 30th…

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Trump EPA Administrator Pick on the Horizon

President-elect Donald Trump could soon pick his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Politico reports the shortlist includes Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Both candidates oppose the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, also opposed by most agriculture groups. Pruitt was one of the first state attorneys general to file suit against EPA over WOTUS, and he opposes other agency regulations that he says amount to regulatory overreach. Hartnett White calls WOTUS a power grab. She has previously headed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

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Mexico Prepared to Modernize NAFTA, Wants Guest-Worker System

An ambassador of Mexico says the nation is prepared to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement and seeks to restart a guest-worker system. Mexico says restarting the guest-worker system could address concerns about illegal immigration. Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Sada (Sah-duh) said: “There is no need to fight each other,” according to the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. His comments come in response to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA. Those efforts, according to Mexico, could include renaming NAFTA and educating citizens of both countries on the benefits of the agreement. Sada also said the movement of workers across the border must be reinstated. He says many of the workers that have crossed the border have expressed a desire to return to Mexico and maintain their homes and families there. He says: “The circular migration of the past was broken, and that’s when the problems began,” adding “We need to re-establish the movement.”

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Japan Still Determined on Completing TPP

Officials from Japan are urging Canada to join the fight against U.S. trade protectionism. Japan is still determined to save the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to take the United States out of the agreement. Japan hopes Trump can still be persuaded to back off from his opposition to TPP before his January inauguration, according to the Canadian Press news agency. TPP would deepen economic ties between Canada and Japan. The two nations have sought increased trade with each other for years, setting aside a bilateral trade agreement in 2014 as TPP talks progressed. Japan is not ready to restart the bilateral talks in fear of sending the wrong signal to President-elect Trump. TPP’s rules dictate that the deal cannot go ahead unless it has the backing of countries making up 85 percent of the pact’s GDP –that effectively gives the U.S. and Japan the power to kill the trade deal.

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More Cattle Culling Planned in Canada Amid Bovine TB

Thousands of more cattle are booked for culling amid a bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or CFIA, announced this week a herd of animals known to co-mingle with the six confirmed TB-infected cattle has expanded to cover adult cattle and calves on 18 premises, up from just six. Online publication Ag Canada reports the total size of the herd now runs roughly around 10,000 head of cattle, which either have been or will be destroyed. Nearly all the adult animals in the herd have been tested. However, calves will be destroyed without testing, according to the CFIA. Meat from destroyed animals that are later ruled TB-negative will be eligible for food use. The investigation follows a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that bovine TB was detected in a cow from Alberta at a U.S. packing plant. The strain of the bovine TB organism found so far in the probe is different from strains previously discovered in Canada. It is, however, “closely related” to a strain originating from cattle in central Mexico in 1997.

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Commodity Classic Announces Registration & Housing Opening Date

Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online next week. The online reservation system will open at 10 a.m. Central Time Wednesday, December 7th. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open. The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2nd, through March 4th, 2017. All registration and housing reservations should be made online at Commodity Classic dot com (www.commodityclassic.com). Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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Cargill, BASF Developing Omega-3 Rich Canola

A new type of canola could give aquaculture farmers a more sustainable way to raise fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Cargill and BASF are developing the canola as an alternative to fish oil in aquaculture feed that could ease harvest pressure on wild fish populations that currently supply much of that oil. In feeding trials conducted with salmon, Cargill was able to completely replace fish oil in feed rations with oil from the special canola variety. A Cargill spokesperson says the new canola could “create tremendous opportunities across the global food and feed markets.” Currently, raising fish rich in omega-3s means supplementing their feed with fish oil. This new canola, which is genetically engineered to make long chain omega-3 fatty acids, will offer a more sustainable alternative as it eases pressure on finite marine resources. Testing and regulatory approval for both the canola and the enhanced canola oil is underway, and it is expected to reach market sometime after 2020.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-29-16 Pork Checkoff: Pig Farmers Encouraged to Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

Pork Checkoff: Pig Farmers Encouraged to Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 29, 2016 – This Giving Tuesday, the Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham –  in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products.

“For pig farmers, volunteering at community events and participating in local fundraisers, has always been a part of what makes us who we are,” said Brad Greenway, 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, from Mitchell, South Dakota. “Hams Across America allows farmers to not only live the We CareSMethical principles, but also share their love of the product that they produce.”

Pig farmers are encouraged to extend Giving Tuesday through Dec. 23 with Hams Across America by simply purchasing a gift of ham and paying-it-forward. Participants are also encouraged to share their pay-it-forward stories on social media using #RealPigFarming and #HamsAcrossAmerica.

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11-29-16 Ag Water Summit: Watch the Webcast Archives on Livestream

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Just in case you can't make it in person, watch online, courtesy of IBCC, CAWA & The BARN. The webcast will begin @ 9am MT - CLICK HERE

Just in case you can’t make it in person, watch online, courtesy of IBCC, CAWA & The BARN. The webcast will begin @ 9am MT – CLICK HERE

Ag Water Summit Set For November 29th

A prominent message of the Colorado Water Plan is that we need to find water to meet the gap without harming agriculture—because we need the food and fiber, because we need the cultural richness, and because we need our rural communities. On the other hand, the Plan says that agriculture will likely take a hit, because so much of the water we divert in this state is for agriculture. Agricultural producers, their water managers and their communities feel the target on their backs.

The Colorado Water Plan puts a lot of stock in ways to move water temporarily from agriculture instead of through transfer of water permanently from agriculture. For the past 10 years, CWCB has granted funds to explore the potential of these temporary means—labeled alternative transfer methods(ATMs). Now that the Colorado Water Plan has been out for a full year, the IBCC and Colorado Ag Water Alliance are calling for a summit to discuss ATMs. Here are questions to be addressed: Continue reading

11-29-16 Renew Your CCA Membership Today & Join in Important Priorities for the Future

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Renew Your CCA Membership Today & Join in Important Priorities for the Future

CCA mailed its 2017 membership renewal information to over 2,000 CCA members last week. Those who become new members and renew their memberships can be assured that their voice is heard when CCA works diligently to commit the time and resources to build effective relationships and access for our priorities in the current transition planning of the new administration. “These efforts take time, trust, follow-through, and the support of the association’s members – but it pays BIG dividends,” CCA’s Executive Vice President, Terry Fankhauser said.

CCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017, one hundred and fifty years as the principal voice and advocate for beef production in the state. CCA will remain focused on advancing the legacy and viability of beef production for its members, while promoting growth and opportunity for future generations. The association operates through its diverse and broad membership throughout Colorado; representing the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and those who advocate for the industry. It is also affiliated with 46 local cattlemen’s, breed, and issue organizations across the state.

“One of CCA’s focuses for this year will be market volatility. CCA’s opinion is that the erratic markets are not reacting to fundamental influences, like supply and demand. We want to compel the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to release trading data for a confidential third party review ,” CCA’S President, Tim Lehmann said. “Ag land and water conversion is also a priority.  CCA must strengthen our Right-to-Farm laws at all levels. We also plan on broadening our scope of influence, yielding greater and more efficient returns for members.  Finally, our goal is to build alignment and engagement by showing passion for our industry and contributing the resources necessary for the success of the next generations,” Lehmann continued. Continue reading

11-29-16 Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections

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Colorado Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots

(Denver, Colorado) Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said Swenson. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.” Continue reading

11-29-16 Jeffery S. Hall Named Chairman of Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation Board of Directors

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McLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2016 — Jeffery S. Hall of Kentucky was elected today as chairman of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation board of directors. He succeeds Dallas Tonsager, who served as chairman of the FCSIC board of directors from March 2015 until he was designated board chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA).

“I would like to thank the FCSIC board for electing me chair,” Mr. Hall said. “I am honored to serve as chair because I recognize and value the role this position plays in maintaining investor confidence in the Farm Credit System (FCS or System). This confidence is crucial for the System to have a dependable source of funds to lend to agriculture and rural America. I also want to thank Board Member Spearman who so ably led both the Insurance Corporation and more recently FCA. His outstanding leadership serves as a model for those who come behind him,” Mr. Hall said. Continue reading

11-29-16 American Agri-Women Launches AgDay365, Elects National Officers and Presents Awards at 2016 Convention

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American Agri-Women Launches AgDay365, Elects National Officers and Presents Awards at 2016 Convention 

Raleigh, N.C, (AgPR) Nov. 29, 2016 — American Agri-Women (AAW) launched AgDay365 at its annual convention held this month in Raleigh, N.C. AgDay365 is a year-long education and advocacy campaign to show that everyone is part of agriculture, every day, and to raise awareness about who produces our nation’s abundant food, fiber and energy supply. The organization also elected its national officers and recognized outstanding advocates for agriculture. Continue reading

11-29-16 Commodity Classic Announces Registration & Housing Opening Date

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Commodity Classic Announces Registration & Housing Opening Date

commodity-classic-logo-112916ST. LOUIS (November 29, 2016) – Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open.

The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions. Continue reading

09-01-16 Former U.S. deputy ag secretary among keynote speakers for 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

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Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will provide one of the many highlights for the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, when she steps up to the podium to deliver a presentation on an agricultural “future built by collaboration.” Harden, who currently serves as vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer for DuPont, will share her perspective on the need for alliances with food, nutrition and conservation groups, as well as other non-traditional partners.

The Forum – taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver – will also feature addresses from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado State University President Tony Frank and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, among many others. Continue reading

11-29-16 NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Landsgram, including CO…

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11 New Working Lands for Wildlife Projects Provide Opportunities for Producers to Restore, Protect Habitat

NEW FLORENCE, Missouri, Nov. 29, 2016 – From the northern bobwhite to trout and salmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make wildlife-friendly improvements on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.

“Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller, who toured a Missouri farm that has created young forest habitat to aid bobwhite and many other species. “Working Lands for Wildlife has delivered many unprecedented successes over the years, and we’re proud of our collective past achievements and look forward to continuing our work with America’s producers.” Continue reading

11-29-16 CDA Announces Colorado’s Inaugural Hemp “Certified Seed”

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that three industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.”
“Earlier this year, we launched the first certified hemp seed program in the country to grow hemp across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions to discover which seeds would grow crops that fall within industrial hemp requirements.  This is a big step forward for this emerging industry,” said Duane Sinning, CDA’s Division of Plant Industry Assistant Director. “CDA Approved Certified Seed provides growers with the confidence they expect in seed quality.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 29th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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China: Potential Trade War Not a ‘One-Way Street’

Officials in China are warning a potential trade war between the U.S. in China would not serve as a ‘one-way street.’ The comments stem from the possibility President-Elect Donald Trump could impose tariffs on Chinese goods, sparking a feared trade war between the two nations. Beijing has signaled some optimism regarding the issue as Trump has backed off of some other campaign pledges. Still, as Bloomberg reports, the message from China is that any move to tax Chinese imports would bring retaliation, the U.S. economy would take a hit and America would damage its longstanding ties with Asia. China’s Foreign Affairs Committee chair said a trade war is not something China wants, but while referring to Trumps campaign pledges regarding trade with China, warned: “It won’t be one-way traffic.” For now, Bloomberg speculates China has a two-pronged response to Trump: Warn him of the consequences of unilateral action and accelerate efforts to secure an Asia-wide trade pact that does not include the United States.

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Obama Administration Finishing Many Regulations

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, the Obama Administration is working to issue as many as 98 final regulations. Politico reports 17 of those actions under review are considered “economically significant,” with an estimated economic impact of at least $100 million a year. Agencies under the Obama Administration are rushing the final rules before a new Congress takes over next year, despite vows by Republicans in Congress to block many of the regulations. One of the more significant rules sets preliminary steps for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas infrastructure. Also, the Bureau of Land Management’s major rule on leases for wind and solar projects on federal land is expected before Obama leaves office.

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Vilsack Disappointed in China Biotech Approval Delays

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed disappointment following meetings between the U.S. and China last week that failed to make progress on biotechnology approval delays. The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade did not focus on approval delays for biotechnology, or genetically modified crop traits. Vilsack says China has made progress in the approval process, but “has not fully implemented commitments” on biotechnology approvals. In 2015, China agreed to streamline the nation’s biotech approval process. Last week, the U.S. requested that China clarify how its approval system for biotech traits will operate in a “predictable, transparent, and scientific manner.” Vilsack says the U.S. will be watching China’s National Biosafety Committee meeting next month and expects the remaining eight biotech traits will be reviewed based on science and risk, and approved.

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Bird Flu Expanding Across Europe

More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza are prompting concerns within Europe’s poultry industry. The World Organization for Animal Health reports bird flu has been confirmed in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia despite continuing biosecurity efforts. Additional outbreaks were also reported in India and Israel, and several nations –including Hong Kong and the Ukraine – have launched bans on poultry and poultry products from some of the affected nations. The spread comes less than one month after the first reports of H5N8, according to meat industry online publication Meatingplace. Animal health officials in Sweden report culling 200,000 laying hens to reduce further infection. An estimated 27,000 birds died in the first weeks’ European states confirmed the infections.

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Indonesia Planning to Stop Corn Imports by 2018 or Sooner

Indonesia plans to halt imports of corn by 2018 “at the latest,” according to the country’s agriculture minister. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports Indonesia’s government is working to boost domestic production of corn as part of its broad goal of food self-sufficiency. The ag minister says up to seven million hectares—or 17.3 million acres—of land would be needed for the country to be self-sufficient in corn production, versus the 4.4 million hectares it currently plants to the grain. Indonesia’s government has restricted imports of corn in recent years, which has boosted its imports of wheat as an alternative for feed. Indonesia imported 3.5 million metric tons of corn in 2013-14 before the restrictions took effect, and the country has purchased around only 800,000 metric tons of corn this year.

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GAO Says RFS Likely to Fall Short of Greenhouse Gas Goal

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Monday claimed advanced biofuels are not likely to get the fuel market penetration the Renewable Fuel Standard predicted. Online newspaper The Hill reports that means greenhouse gas emissions are unlikely to fall as much as predicted under the 2007 law. A pair of GAO reports reached the conclusion after explaining there is limited production of advanced biofuels for blending and a limited potential for expansion by 2022. A report on greenhouse gasses stated: “In the absence of advanced biofuels, most of the biofuel blended under the RFS to date has been conventional corn-starch ethanol, which achieves smaller greenhouse gas emission reductions compared with advanced biofuels.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-28-16 Inside Colorado Corn w/CEO Mark Sponsler: RFS Final Rule, Annual Banquet and more…

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 23, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, the action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018. How will that impact the ethanol and corn industries across the United States & here in Colorado?

You’ll also learn more about the CO Corn Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet in Yuma on December 7th.

And Sponsler’s thoughts about former CO Corn Board President Charlie Bartlett’s posthumous induction into the 2017 Farm Credit Colorado Agrculture Hall of Fame on February 22nd.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss this and other topics in more detail is Mark Sponsler, Chief Executive Officer with Colorado Corn…

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Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general. See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

11-28-16 NYFC Video: Conservation Generation


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/192511901″>Conservation Generation</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/youngfarmers”>National Young Farmers Coalition</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Conservation Generation

The Colorado River irrigates 15 percent of the nation’s crops, making Western agriculture an issue that is crucial to the lives and dinner plates of all Americans. Conservation Generation is a new short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition that offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West. Despite contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water, the film’s farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages. To read more about the four farmers featured and to help NYFC and local partners protect water, visit youngfarmers.org/conservationgeneration 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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

11-28-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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11-28-16 Dallas P. Tonsager Is Designated Chairman and CEO of Farm Credit Administration

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Dallas P. Tonsager Is Designated Chairman and CEO of Farm Credit Administration

FCA - Farm Credit Administration logoMcLEAN, Va., Nov. 28, 2016 — Dallas P. Tonsager has been designated by President Barack Obama as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration. The designation was effective Nov. 22.

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11-28-16 Pork Checkoff Addresses Growing Pork Supply

Pork Checkoff Addresses Growing Pork Supply

Large supplies create market opportunity to meet growing consumer demand

DES MOINES, IOWA — Nov. 28, 2016 — America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017.

“The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” said Len Steiner, a pork industry economist. “Some key indicators of growth include the stock market recently hitting all-time record highs, increasing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate now at 4.9 percent, demonstrating the U.S. economy is at or near full employment.” Continue reading