01-16-19 Colorado Governor Polis submits budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-20

Colorado Governor Polis submits budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-20

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis today submitted his first budget proposal to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) of the General Assembly. New K12 budget forecasts that reflect higher local district property tax revenue and lower enrollment growth and inflation have lowered the State funding need for school finance. This reduction creates room in the budget for the Governor’s proposals without increasing General Fund spending and also allows for additional savings.

“Securing equal opportunity for Colorado families is a key priority of this administration,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Whether it’s education, health care, or protecting public health and safety, this budget lays a strong foundation for a bold new vision for our state.”

The Governor’s letter to the JBC highlights priorities including full-day kindergarten, reducing health care costs, resources for oil and gas inspectors to ensure public safety, and more.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 16th

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Trump Talks Trade, Immigrant Labor at Farm Bureau Convention

For the second-straight year, President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention. While the president used his speech to try and build support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, he did bring up subjects near-and-dear to the hearts of U.S. farmers. While he’s looking to build the wall, the president did offer one exception to his hard-line stance. He promised to make it easier for seasonal farm workers to enter the country in spite of his hoped-for wall. Farmers have been struggling to find enough labor to operate their farms. “A lot of people don’t understand that,” Trump told Farm Bureau members. “You need people to help you with your farms and I’m not going to rule that out.” The Washington Post says the farm organization has stood behind the president, even as the delegates were set to debate whether or not to toughen its policy stance on tariffs that were a direct result of Trump’s trade war. Trump only talked for s short time about China, saying that talks were “going well.” He said the USDA was doing everything it could to help farmers deal with the impacts of the government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history.


State Departments of Agriculture Call for an End to Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is having a profound and cascading impact on American farmers and ranchers. Because of this, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is calling on Congress and the Administration to rapidly get to a settlement and end the shutdown as soon as possible. The organization says in a news release that, “We know that some USDA employees are working on a limited number of programs, but we also know that all hands on deck are required to successfully direct every program American farmers, ranchers, and communities depend on.” The organization says that includes successful implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Jeff Witte is the Secretary of Agriculture in New Mexico and the President of NASDA. He says, “The impacts of this shutdown are real. Not only are farmers and ranchers unable to use a host of existing USDA programs they depend on, they also can’t use the programs now available in the recently enacted farm bill.” Witte says if farmers can’t access those programs, the financial stress and challenges farmers are facing will only get worse. Many farmers depend on the Farm Service Agency for loans and need the shutdown solved as soon as possible.


USDA Working on FSA Fix

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency is working with the Office of Management and Budget to find ways to reduce the impact of the government shutdown on farmers and ranchers. Farm Service Agency offices across the country are closed and it’s causing several challenges for producers. “We’re working with OMB to see if we can find some relief in that area,” Perdue says on Fox Business. “We’re hoping to work up some strategies very soon to get these offices back open soon.” In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration is planning to expand its daily food safety work amid the continuing lapse in funding. High-risk food safety inspections could start up again as soon as today (Tuesday). Also, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service remains on the job. Perdue also tells Fox Business that the agency’s food safety work hasn’t been disrupted at all. “We’re not shortcutting any type of food safety issues there at USDA in our meat processing,” he says. States are also hustling to get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program February benefits out to recipients starting this week, which Politico says is a big logistical and communications undertaking.  


Plenty of Ag Trade Opportunities for Europe and the U.S.

European agriculture officials gave a presentation at the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention and trade with the U.S. was the number one topic. The officials say there are abundant opportunities for farm trade between the United States and European Union. They say those opportunities are there despite European insistence on keeping agriculture out of free trade discussions. European officials excluded farm goods to streamline the negotiations and concentrate on vehicles and industrial products. There are issues that the EU and U.S. have to work on, including geographic indicators for dairy products and the approval of genetically modified crops. However, European leaders say there will continue to be opportunities for U.S. products in Europe, including soybeans, biofuels, and other products, even without agriculture in the free trade negotiations. Officials speaking at the Farm Bureau convention say the perception that the European market is closed is “misleading,” and it’s a big market of 500 million people that imports a lot of food. The U.S. and Europe have recently worked through several key food safety issues on products like almonds and Florida oranges.  


Restaurant Chains Fire Back at Animal Welfare Report

World Animal Protection is an animal-rights group based in the United Kingdom. Subway, as well as international casual-dining chain Nando’s, fired back at criticism leveled against them in a report from the organization titled “The Pecking Order.” Industry website Meating Place Dot Com says six other national chains were also included in the criticism, which has to do with how well the chains are making efforts to “improve the lives of the chickens their businesses depend on.” The report is a part of the organization’s “Change for Chickens” campaign. World Animal Protection says in its report that, “Some of the biggest and most iconic food companies in the world are doing little to improve the lives of the chickens their businesses depend on. They’re ignoring some of the opportunities that higher animal welfare standards create.” Subway issued a statement saying, “We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that our animals are treated well in accordance with Subway’s Global Animal Welfare Policy. We are committed to improving chicken welfare standards across our supply chain and are working closely with Compassion in World Farming across Europe and the U.S.” Other chains cited in the report include Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks.


Farmland Sales Starting to Rise

The Farmers National Company says there are some questions abounding in the current farmland market. There is legitimate worry that the negative financial situation will finally drive land prices lower. Farm and ranch lands make up 82 percent of the total assets owned by American agriculture. “At Farmers National Company, we’re seeing an uptick in land sales as more families and inheritors want to sell now,” says Randy Dickhut, senior vice president of real estate operations. “Within our 28-state service area, we’re also seeing more landowners coming to us to talk about marketing and selling their land, as evidenced by the total volume of land for sale which is up 21 percent.” The company says overall farmland values have held up well over the years in spite of lower commodity prices and farm income compared to just five years ago. However, there are questions looming ahead for the market. “Even though the rate of bankruptcies and forced farmland sales is low, there are expectations that those numbers will rise over the next year as farmers’ cash flows continue to be stressed.” He says there has also been an increase in the number of “quiet sales,” in which neighbors quietly sell their land to other neighbors without advertising it as being for sale.”  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-15-19 CDA: Popular Publication Looking for Listings

CDA: Popular Publication Looking for Listings

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– The Colorado Department of Agriculture annually publishes the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, which promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities, wineries and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. The 2019 edition is being organized, and producers are encouraged to submit their information for inclusion.
“We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of this popular publication this year,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We hope to make it the biggest and best edition ever.”

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01-15-19 CPPC Annual Meeting

CPPC Annual Meeting

Registration now open!

Colorado Pork Producers Annual meeting February 16, 2019 Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush, Colorado 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Join us and others as we discuss a plan for a secure pork supply in Colorado in case of a
disruptive event such as a foreign animal disease out break. This is important to everyone involved in the industry from producers, youth, Extension Educators, veterinarians, research support personnel…you name it. You want to be sure to be part of this event!

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01-15-19 NALF Elects New Board of Directors

NALF Elects New Board of Directors

The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) elected new members and officers for its board of directors during the annual meeting held in Denver, Colo. on Monday, January 14. Those newly elected to serve the Foundation for three-year terms are Ronn Cunningham of Rose, Okla., Troy Gulotta of Independence, La., Kevin Ochsner of Kersey, Colo., and Jerry Wulf of Morris, Minn. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 15th

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Farm Bureau Experts Talk Trade for 2019

American Farm Bureau policy experts talked trade during a workshop at the organization’s 100th annual convention. Farm Bureau will be keeping an eye on a lot of things this year when it comes to trade. Dave Salmonsen is the organization’s senior director of congressional relations. He says the diverse impact of tariffs, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations, and the future relationship between the U.S. and China are all factors critical to growing exports in the future. Salmonsen talked about the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and said the ratification process “could be quick or it could be slow, but there’s a timeline that has to be followed.” Salmonsen said the U.S. has also begun trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are still ongoing. Farm Bureau economist and director of congressional relations Veronica Nigh was also on stage and talked about the economic impact of trade and tariffs. “95 percent of the world’s population is outside the U.S., so export markets are always our best opportunity for growth,” Nigh says. Overall, 20 percent of U.S. agricultural products are exported.


Duvall Highlights Key Policies and Issues for 2019

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall didn’t pull any punches during his keynote address to the organization at its 100th annual convention. An Agri-Pulse report says Duvall called 2018 a “terrible year” for American agriculture. Roughly 7,000 people were in the audience as Duvall said farmers experienced a “perfect storm this past year.” The only exception came on some of the organization’s key policy issues. There were a lot of victories on the agricultural policy front, including tax reform that lowered taxes for just about every farmer and rancher. That included a doubling of the estate tax for farm families, a long-sought goal for Farm Bureau. One of the biggest victories was passing the 2018 Farm Bill. One of the brightest spots on the regulatory front is the new Clean Water rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Duvall notes that, of the 28 deregulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration, half of them involve agriculture. Looking ahead to 2019, Duvall encouraged members to gear up for Farm Bureau tackling challenges like farm labor, trade issues, as well as infrastructure needs like broadband expansion.


Potential Fireworks Ahead During U.S. and EU Trade Negotiations

The Trump Administration included a range of agricultural demands in its list of formal objectives for trade talks with the European Union. That list came out late last week when EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom was in Washington to visit with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Malmstrom reiterated last week that the EU will not be negotiating on agriculture. However, Reuters notes that if a wide-ranging trade deal is to be accomplished, something will have to give. The administration wants to bring down tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural goods that are a result of European skepticism about American agricultural practices, especially biotechnology. Agriculture has been a big sticking point in recent attempts to establish a trade deal between the U.S. and EU. Malmstrom told reports after the meeting with Lighthizer that the parameters of the discussions haven’t been decided yet. The USTR push to crank up full-fledged negotiations comes after a meeting in December with ag groups that pushed hard for their products to be included in the discussion. Now that the U.S. objectives have been made public, the USTR could be ready to start negotiations as soon as 30 days from now.


Shutdown Hitting U.S. Trade Rep’s Office This Week

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, has so far refused to say how the ongoing partial government shutdown will affect operations. Politico sources in the administration and industry sources all say the office likely starts furloughing employees as early as today (Monday). Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the shutdown likely won’t affect a visit by the Chinese Vice Premiere which is set for the end of the month. A Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit Washington, D.C., on January 30th to continue trade talks. It’s possible the shutdown will affect the USTR’s preparations for other major trade talks, including negotiations with Japan that could begin as soon as January 20th. A Japanese official tells Politico that there’s been no agreement to this point on a start date for negotiations and that the shutdown could temporarily stall the start of those important trade talks.


Doubts About Overall Size of Brazil Soybean Harvest

Dry weather appears to be having an impact on the potential Brazilian soybean harvest, at least according to some market watchers. A weak El Nino pattern brought dry weather to central and southern Brazil in December. The below-normal rainfall combined with seasonally hot temperatures has led to some net-drying conditions in the key soybean producing states of Mato Grosso (MAH-toe GRAHS-so) and Goias (GOY-ahs). A Farm Journal report says those two states produce roughly 40 percent of the country’s soybean output. The net-drying conditions are seen by market experts as trimming the region’s potential soybean harvest. Last year, the Brazil soybean harvest hit a record number, coming in at 120.3 million metric tons. The December World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates raised its latest projection to 122 million metric tons for this year’s harvest. The recent weather pattern may prevent that number from going up between now and harvest. Mostly dry forecasts through the first half of January coincide with the key production stages of flowering and early pod-filling. A potential downward revision to Brazil soybean output would likely cause soybean prices to respond in spite of more-than-ample supplies around the globe.  


Pig Farmer of the Year Nominations Open

The National Pork Board is accepting nominations for the 2019 Pig Farmer of the Year award. Nominations are open until Sunday, March 10. Interested folks can submit nominations at www.americaspigfarmer.com. The award goes to an American pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs while using the WeCare ethical principles, all while sharing his or her story with the public. “Like most pig farmers, I’m most comfortable in the barn,” says Patrick Bane of Illinois, the 2018 Pig Farmer of the Year. “However, my passion for pig farming is why I decided to be involved in this program. It allows me to help more people understand the story of modern agriculture.” Bane has participated in several events since being named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. A panel of third-party judges will help determine who will win the 2019 award. The winner will be announced during October, which is National Pork Month. Anyone can nominate a producer or themselves. The public can also play a role in selecting this year’s winner by viewing short clips of the finalists on their farms at americaspigfarmer.com and voting for their favorite through the Pork Checkoff’s social media outlets.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



01-14-19 Colorado Conservation Tillage Association receives National No-Till Innovator Award

Colorado Conservation Tillage Association receives National No-Till Innovator Award

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Jan. 11, 2019. The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association was recognized at the 27th Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. as the recipient of the No-Till Innovator Award in the Organizations category for 2019.
With members in Colo., Wyo., Neb., Kan., Okla., and Texas, CCTA strives to serve the conservation and no-till producers of the High Plains. The nonprofit provides education on systems that reduce soil erosion, conserve soil moisture, build organic matter, and result in greater profit for farm operations.
The No-Till Innovator program honors farmers, researchers, organizations, and other individuals who have identified ways to no-till more effectively, more economically, and with better impact on the environment. Categories for the honor include Crop Production, Research and Education, Organizations, and Business and Service.
“I was proud to accept this award,” said CCTA President Michael Thompson, who attended the National No-Tillage Conference and presented a breakout session for the event. “It goes to show how committed the farmer and rancher members are to conservation and soil stewardship.”

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01-14-19 CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s statement on the Supreme Court decision regarding Martinez v COGCC

CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s statement on the Supreme Court decision:

“Today, Colorado has greatly benefited from the Supreme Court’s decision by reaffirming that the specific requirements and duties carried out by COGCC are consistent with the intent of current law. The oil and gas industry has done an excellent job of providing the people of Colorado energy while protecting our environment, and the safeguards put in place by the COGCC enable this state to continue to be one of the top places to live and raise a family.”

Thank you,

Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate District 1
     4465 CR 63
     Sterling, CO 80751

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01-14-19 CLA: In Remembrance of Thomas Harry Bradbury

Thomas Harry Bradbury

June 30, 1936 – January 10, 2019 

CLA: In Remembrance of Thomas Harry Bradbury

The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) and livestock agriculture in Colorado has lost a leader, an advocate and a great friend. Tom Bradbury was an avid supporter of the National Western Stock Show, a Colorado State University Distinguished Alum and a member of the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was committed to his family, the continual improvement of his ranching operations and his community. He will be missed. Services will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cherry Hills Community Church Chapel located at 3900 Grace Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126.
Bill Hammerich, CEO
Colorado Livestock Association
The Bradbury family has lost its North Star. After complications from a knee replacement surgery that included two follow-up surgeries and then an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, Thomas Bradbury died early morning on January 10, 2019. Tom was a well-known Colorado rancher, horseman and businessman who impacted nearly every person he met. He loved the Denver Broncos, was the most-loyal of friend, and wanted to have the best ranches and fastest quarter horses possible. Continue reading

01-07-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company Present a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 55th CO Farm Show!

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 @ 12:00PM

*UPDATED – 01/14/19*

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 2019 CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, to be held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All proceeds will benefit the CYFEA’s Academic Scholarship Program, which annually awards one scholarship each for a Colorado college bound freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student who is majoring in the field of agriculture.

A total of 150 tractor hours are being sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  The CYFEA will sell six, 25 hour blocks, and you can bid on just one block or a combination of several of the total hours. Auctioneers Miller Associates will be calling this exciting event.  In addition to live bidding, There will be phone bidding available, but you must register with the CYFEA before January 31st. Continue reading

01-14-19 CO Governor Polis responds to the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision

CO Governor Polis responds to the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis today responded to the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on the Martinez oil and gas case:

“While I’m disappointed by today’s ruling, it only highlights the need to work with the Legislature and the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission to more safely develop our state’s natural resources and protect our citizens from harm. I’ve made transitioning to renewable energy a top priority because it is the best way to protect Coloradans’ health and safety, reverse the harmful effects of climate change that threaten our economy and our way of life, and boost our state’s economy by creating green jobs that can never be outsourced.”


01-14-19 National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

DENVER, CO – *CORRECTED* The National Western Stock Show opened its doors Saturday, January 12th, with record attendance.  The super Saturday recorded 837 more guests than the year before, setting a new opening Saturday record of 53,806 guests.  The previous opening day record was 52,969 guests. The Stock Show grounds were also bustling Sunday, marking a successful opening weekend.

“These are the best sixteen days in January, and we are delighted so many people came out to celebrate Colorado’s Western tradition with us this weekend,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Between the exciting pro rodeos, barbecues and fiddle competitions, it was a tremendous way to kick-off the one hundred and thirteen-year-old event.”
The 2019 Stock Show will continue through January 27th, and there is much more to look forward to. From PBR Bull Riding, pro rodeos, MLK Jr. Rodeo to Xtreme Dogs shows, Wild West shows and world-class horse shows, there is so much more to see and do.
Tuesday, January 15th, is Free Grounds Admission Day, compliments of Arrow Electronics. It includes a host of activities with the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows, the National Western Nursery of baby animals, Coors Western Art gallery, Colorado’s largest western trade show, and more. Parking is free in National Western parking lots along with complimentary shuttle services.
Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale now at nationalwestern.com, all King Soopers locations and the National Western box office.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 14th

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Trump to Address Farm Bureau Convention

President Donald Trump will address the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention on Monday, January 14th, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s the second-straight year that the president will make an appearance at the Farm Bureau event. The convention runs from January 11 through January 16. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization is honored to host the president once again. “President Trump has made agriculture a clear priority, giving farmers and ranchers a seat at the table on the top issues affecting our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities,” Duvall says. “What better way to celebrate 100 years of Farm Bureau than to welcome the president of the United States to our centennial celebration?” The president spoke last year at the 99th event in Nashville. In remarks to the members, he said he was disappointed that it was “only” the 99th event. “You have to understand,” he told members, “100 is so much cooler, I have to be honest. So, I will be back next year.” Farm Bureau Vice President Scott VanderWal of South Dakota says a presidential speech will “really cap off the centennial.”


House Passes Ag Appropriations Bill Trying to End Shutdown

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to pass a fiscal year 2019 agriculture appropriations bill. A DTN report says the bill is not supported by Senate and House Republican leadership, or by President Trump. It’s part of an effort by Democrats in the House to end the partial government shutdown. The vote was 243 to 183. The bill itself was the same appropriations bill that the Senate passed last year. As the House voting was in process, President Trump and certain cabinet members were making a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to make his case for funding a border wall as well as other security measures. Debate over the ag appropriations bill lasted an hour. During the discussion, Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop led fellow Democrats in urging colleagues to pass the bill as part of an effort to get the shutdown ended and government reopened. House Democrats stressed during the debate that the government shutdown is putting stress on Americans, offering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as an example. They said while the Trump Administration has a plan to get SNAP benefits out in February, there’s no plan after that.


Business Pushing for USMCA Approval

Major U.S. businesses are putting together a large coalition to help lobby lawmakers and ask them to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. An industry source tells Politico that up to three dozen associations across different sectors of the economy are involved. However, the official start date for the coalition’s efforts has not been released yet. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue expressed confidence that lawmakers will ultimately ratify the USMCA because of just how important America’s trading relationship is with its two biggest export markets, Mexico and Canada. In his annual “State of American Business” speech, Donohue asks the Trump Administration to drop the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada and Mexico. “This would be an encouraging sign for all our trading partners,” he says, “including those we’re pursuing new market-opening agreements with, like Japan, the U.K., and the European Union.” Speaking of Japan, Politico also notes that the former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. says the Trump Administration needs to “be realistic” about what it can achieve on the agricultural front.


Yearly Sales of U.S. Tractors and Combines Rise

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released its “Flash Report” that says the total number of tractors sold in the U.S. was up seven percent when compared to 2017. The number of tractors sold in 2018 totaled 235,856, seven percent higher than the 220,605 tractors sold in 2017. During December of last year, the sales of two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 horsepower) were also up seven percent compared to December of 2017, while sales of tractors with engines between 40 and 100 horsepower were four percent higher than the previous December. Sales of two-wheel drive tractors with 100+ horsepower were up six percent in December of 2018, while the sales of four-wheel drive tractors dipped by nine percent from the previous December. For the year, two-wheel drive smaller tractors under 40 horsepower were up nine percent from 2017, while sales of 40 and under 100 HP engines were two percent higher. Sales of two-wheel drive tractors 100+ horsepower were up six percent, while the four-wheel drive tractor sales were up 13 percent. Combine sales were up 30 percent for the month of December. Combine sales for the year came in at 4,849, compared to 4,104 in 2017, an 18 percent increase.


NCGA Says No To Possible Early Withdrawal of NAFTA

The National Corn Growers Association is committed to creating new market opportunities abroad for U.S. corn producers, which means more market access around the world. It also means securing the important trade markets of Canada and Mexico, getting some stability back into those relationships with the U.S.A.’s North American trading partners. NCGA says that the first NAFTA has been an unprecedented success in helping America’s corn producers. Going back to 1994, American corn exports to these regional partners have increased 300 percent. Mexico is now the top destination for U.S. corn exports. Recent corn exports to Mexico were up 13 percent for 2017-2018 when compared to the previous year. The total reached a record high of 15.7 million tons, or 618 million bushels. As Congress begins to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, it is impreative that the Administration not withdraw from NAFTA before the new agreement is officially ratified. Earlier reports have President Trump considering early withdrawal of NAFTA as a way to pressure Congress into approving the deal. However, NCGA says those markets are vital to U.S. corn farmers and far too important to potentially put at risk.


Soybean Yield Beats Trendline, Corn More Variable

U.S. corn and soybean yields between 2013 and 2018 are both well above trendlines. Corn yields were 8.2 bushels per acre above trendline, while soybean yields were 3.7 bushels per acre above trendline. Those numbers come from a University of Illinois study. Soybeans were above trendline in every state the crop is grown in. Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois says the six-year run of above trendline yields has been remarkable. “A combination of good growing conditions, continuing increases in the genetic potential of soybean varieties, as well as changes in farming practices are all likely contributors to higher yields.” While all of the states show above trendline yields, they aren’t all equally high. For example, South Dakota soybean yields were much higher than the surrounding states. Corn yields varied by as much as 40 bushels to the acre geographically. Seven corn-growing states finished with yields at least 20 bushels an acre above trendline. Five states showed yields up to as many as 18 bushels an acre below trendline.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-13-19 CLA: ‘Agriculture’ to Remain in the Title of the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee

‘Agriculture’ to Remain in the Title of the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee

CO Speaker of the House, KC Becker

On behalf of the livestock industry, the Colorado Livestock Association would like to thank Speaker of the House, KC Becker, for her decision to include agriculture in the title of the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee for the 2019 legislative session.

“We sincerely appreciate Speaker Becker’s acknowledgement of agriculture as an important and significant part of Colorado’s economy in the naming of the Committee,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of Colorado Livestock Association. Colorado agriculture contributes $41 billion to the state economy and employs nearly 173,000 people.

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01-13-19 Cowboy Things to do this week – Colorado Cowboy Gathering – 30 years in the Making!


January 13, 2019 – A Legendary Cowboy Event – 30 year’s in the making!
The Colorado Cowboy Gathering celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary and with it carries on over a quarter century of cowboy heritage, traditions and entertainment.

GOLDEN, CO – Proudly celebrating 30 years of cowboy heritage at this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 20, 2019.   This year’s expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme sessions, and a Sunday matinee. Audiences will enjoy this year’s all-star cast of award-winning cowboy poets and musicians from the American West, Canada and Australia. A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse. The tradition continues this year in, Where The West Lives — Golden Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center — plenty of free parking with easy access.

For More Information & Tickets – www.ColoradoCowboyGathering. com

The origins of this event grew out of the traditions of workers on cattle drives and ranches. After a long day in the saddle, cowboys would gather around a campfire and entertain one another with tall tales and folk songs… and so goes the story called Cowboy Poetry.

PHOTO CREDIT : William Patterson

This Year’s All Star Line-up Includes:

  • Jerry Brooks
  • Jon Chandler
  • Connie Dover
  • Mark Gardner & Rex Rideout
  • Kristyn Harris
  • Carol Huechan
  • Yvonne Hollenbeck
  • Chuck Larsen
  • Gary McMahan
  • John Nelson
  • New West
  • Jean Prescott
  • Dave Stamey
  • Pop Wagner
  • Barry Ward
  • Dick Warwick


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01-11-19 RMFU statement on CO Governor Polis’ State Of State address

RMFU statement on CO Governor Polis’ State Of State address

“Rocky Mountain Farmers Union commends Governor Jared Polis for recognizing production agriculture is facing serious challenges due to low commodity prices and a damaging tariff war in his State of the State address. We are pleased the Governor supports the funding and implementation of the Colorado Water Plan, as we all know how important water is to a productive and profitable agriculture industry and to so many of our communities. Continue reading

01-11-19 Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition

New Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition Kicks-Off Efforts with Program Screening

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., – January 11, 2019 – A group of concerned sportsmen, farmers and ranchers, businesses and individuals from southwest Colorado have formed a new coalition to prevent relocation efforts of wolves to Colorado. The newly formed Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition will kick off efforts Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. with a program hosted on RFD-TV. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


01-14-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


01-15-19 Livestock Exhange Extended Preview


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The 2019 Weld County Fair Royalty Court was officially announced and coronated by Weld County Commissioner Scott James and Weld County Fair Board President Tracy Axton on January 7th.

Camy Seelhoff, a senior at Valley High School and the daughter of Kelly and Fred Seelhoff of Greeley was named 2019 Weld County Fair Queen. Shelby Tveten, a junior at Roosevelt High School, and daughter of Bruce and Linda Tveten of Johnstown was named 2019 Weld County Fair Attendant. The Royalty court was rounded out with Mayzie Helzer an 8th grader at Platte Valley Middle School and daughter of Jeremy and Kim Helzer of LaSalle, named as the 2019 Weld County Fair Princess.  Continue reading

01-11-19 CSU: Temple Grandin Equine Center at the National Western Center

CSU: Temple Grandin Equine Center at the National Western Center

The Temple Grandin Equine Center is currently being built on the CSU Fort Collins campus, and will establish a second location at the future National Western Center in Denver. CSU faculty members and graduate students at both Temple Grandin Equine Centers will conduct research in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), which provide physical and cognitive benefits to individuals with a broad range of disabilities. Programming is underway at a temporary location at the existing National Western Complex, delivering EAAT to local youth and Denver area residents.

For more information, contact templegrandinequinecenter@colostate.edu.