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…


11-19-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview




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11-19-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 19, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • 2018 Farm Bill – Will it pass in the Lame Duck?
  • Trade Situation – USMCA & China Trade War
  • Recapping the 2018 Elections – Nation vs CO & the “Blue Wave”
  • CO SoS: Record number of votes cast in Colorado midterm
  • CO Legislature Leadership Positions Announced (Republican & Democrat Caucus Elections for CO Senate)
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg!
  • & More

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



11-19-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Jilane Hixson

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Jilane Hixson

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 19, 2018 – Welcome to CALP Corner here inside the BARN, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet each one of the participants of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program within Class 13. This week my guest is Jilane Hixson…


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Keep checking inside the BARN for the next edition of CALP Corner!

11-19-18 Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Burlington Ag Water Workshop on Dec 12th and more…

Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Burlington Ag Water Workshop on Dec 12th and more…

(BARN MediaFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO – November 19, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is Greg Peterson from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance , discussing the upcoming CAWA Ag Water Workshop in Burlington, CO on December 12th and more…


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11-19-18 Beef Sustainability Framework Incorporates Public Feedback, Solicits Final Comments

Beef Sustainability Framework Incorporates Public Feedback, Solicits Final Comments

DENVER (November 19, 2018) –  After receiving more than 450 comments from its first public comment period, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) released an updated Sustainability Framework for a second round of feedback. The public can submit comments to the revised Sustainability Framework through December 20.

The USRSB Sustainability Framework was developed over the course of three years by more than 200 industry stakeholders representing all segments of the beef value chain. The Framework is comprised of resources that explore key environmental, social and economic factors, and capitalizes on individual voluntary efforts the industry can implement to assess and improve its overall sustainability. The full set of resources was initially released June 1 for a nation-wide 60-day public comment period.

“The public comment period was an opportunity to listen, identify areas for improvement, and ultimately create a stronger, more flexible resource for the beef value chain,” said Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, JBS USA sustainability director and 2018 – 2019 USRSB chair.

“The feedback brought us one step closer to finalizing the USRSB Framework as we addressed stakeholder feedback. For example, we were able to further clarify judicious use of antibiotics, expand upon practices that could mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or improve carbon sequestration, and further define our role in the implementation of market programs for sustainable beef based on feedback from the public.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 19th

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Farm Bill Conference Committee Talks Suddenly Close

The farm bill conference committee could have an agreement in place as this week starts. “We’re darn close,” House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway told Politico a couple days after a bout of finger-pointing between conference committee members, who have since downplayed previous comments. Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts was hopeful a deal would come together by (today) Monday. Roberts had reportedly received a House proposal Friday afternoon. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, discussed the farm bill with President Trump and said that he and the President are determined to finish the bill this year. McConnell previously told reporters the farm bill is one of two items that “absolutely have to be accomplished” before the end of 2018. Conference committee talks remain fluid, and as of Friday afternoon, unresolved issues included the conservation title and regulatory language, along with negotiations ongoing regarding the nutrition title.

Eastern Corn Belt: Economic Conditions Deteriorate More Than Expected

Eastern Corn Belt farmers are facing similar conditions reported by the Western Corn Belt. The St Louis Federal Reserve Bank, following a Kansas City Fed report, says bankers reported that farm income had declined, and that farm household spending and capital expenditures remained below levels compared with a year ago. The survey includes seven Midwest and Midsouth states, including Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Overall, bankers were slightly less optimistic when asked about the prospects for farm income in the fourth quarter of 2018. As one Missouri lender stated, farmers are hurting, expecting “no change in the marketing plans because they have bills to pay and will need to sell the crop to make those payments.” The report says small farmers are hurting because of the low prices and are usually the ones who do not have on-farm storage to allow them to hold their harvested crops.

Trade Aid Payments near $840 Million

Nearly $840 million in trade aid has been handed out to farmers from the Department of Agriculture so far this year. The payments stem from the trade mitigation package announced by USDA to help offset trade war loses for farmers. The package, worth $12 billion, has paid out $837.8 million to farmers. Top aid recipients are soybean, wheat, corn dairy and hog producers, according to Reuters. The five states that received the highest amount of aid were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and Minnesota. The second set of payments is expected in December, and USDA says producers who signed up for the first round will be automatically included in the second round of payments. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said that there are no plans to extend the aid into 2019, for now.

U.S. Wants Soybeans in Any China Trade Deal

The Trump administration will push China to resume U.S. soybean imports in any potential trade deal. The tit-for-tat trade war has moved China’s purchases lower as the nation slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. The Trump administration says, ahead of broad-based talks at the G20 Summit, the U.S. will push to secure future sales to China, to curb lingering effect following the trade war. Steve Censky, Deputy Agriculture Secretary, told Reuters Trump would be looking for a “robust level of commitments from China for purchases, because we want to make sure that we resume our sales.” Censky is the former American Soybean Association executive director and said previously China was “strategic” in inflicting “pain” on Trump’s rural political base. However, even if the trade war comes to an end, the talks at the end of this month are just the first stepping stone, meaning tariffs are expected to remain well into next year.

Canada Strengthening Ties with China

The Canadian government says it is strengthening ties with China following the third Canada-China Annual Leaders’ Dialogue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) discussed bilateral trade and investment by expanding cooperation in sectors including agriculture. They also pledged to continue to promote multilateralism, free trade, and the rules-based international order, such as the World Trade Organization. Canada is working to enter a trade agreement with China, as the U.S. remains embattled in a trade war. The move comes even as the updated North American Free Trade Agreement, now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, tries to block member nations from engaging with China. Canada maintains the upgraded agreement that is not yet in force or approved, does not bar Canada from talking with China on improving trade relations.

USGC: USMCA A Gold Standard in Removing Non-tariff Barriers

In testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission last week, the U.S. Grains Council called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement a “gold standard” in removing non-tariff barriers for trade and increasing trade volume. The Grains Council says USMCA, the negotiated update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, would remove remaining barriers to grains trade in the region and bolster continued growth in North American markets for commodity grains and value-added grain products like meat and ethanol. The agreement represents top trade markets for U.S. grains. Exports of grains in all forms, including U.S. corn, barley, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles, ethanol and certain meat products, have increased 279 percent to Mexico and 431 percent to Canada since NAFTA went into effect. USGC says Mexico and Canda offer significant additional potential growth, adding that USMCA, like NAFTA, “will be the foundation of that success.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



11-19-18 NWF Announces State Winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

NWF Announces State Winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Washington D.C. (November 19) – Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Today, NWF is announcing state winners for the 2018 Contest which includes 82 growers from 23 states.

“It’s great to see winners from such states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia who aren’t commonly known for producing wheat,” stated NWF Board President and Idaho wheat grower Wayne Hurst. “It demonstrates the versatility of the crop which can grow in these states and states, like Kansas and Idaho, which are known for being large producers of wheat.” Continue reading

11-16-18 Watch the 100th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting’s AM Session on Livestream, courtesy of BARN Media

Watch the 100th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting’s AM Session on Livestream, courtesy of BARN Media

Opening Ceremonies
Mark Truax, Director of CRED
Don Shawcroft, President’s Address
Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President
& Keynote Speaker: Craig Maginness, ExIn Global Strategies


11-16-18 USDA Launches New Biosecurity Campaign Asking All Poultry Owners, Workers and Hobbyists to Protect the Health of Live Poultry

USDA Launches New Biosecurity Campaign Asking All Poultry Owners, Workers and Hobbyists to Protect the Health of Live Poultry

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.  Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, as well as this year’s outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease, the timing is right for everyone in the poultry community to work together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.

The “Defend the Flock” campaign to promote biosecurity combines and updates two previous campaigns that were each targeted at a specific segment of the poultry population.

“While each of the previous campaigns were successful, by combining them and emphasizing shared responsibility, USDA will improve its ability to promote biosecurity and protect avian health across the country,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer and a poultry veterinarian himself.   Continue reading

11-16-18 Colorado Featured in National USDA #Friday’s on the Farm Campaign: Partnerships Boost Production and Profits

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Partnerships Boost Production and Profits
Posted by Petra Popiel, Natural Resources Conservation Service in Farming Conservation
Nov 15, 2018 – From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources, and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs, and innovation.

Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers, and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.

Donny Schneider sells sweet corn in his community, and uses USDA’s resources to gain more expertise and increase profits on his operation.

This Friday, we’re headed to the Schneider family farm in Ovid, Colorado, where Donny Schneider sells sweet corn in his community, and uses USDA’s resources to gain more expertise and increase profits on his operation.

Click here to read the interactive, multimedia #FridaysOnTheFarm story.

Access a text-only version of this multimedia story. (PDF, 333 KB)

11-16-18 CLA: Safety on the Farm Pays Dividends – $1.9 Million Since 2001

Safety on the Farm Pays Dividends

Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.9 million in performance dividends over 17 years

Greeley, CO – Greeley, CO – Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) members lead the industry in their commitment to creating a safe workplace for their employees. The CLA Safety Group Program has been in place since 2001, and was designed to reduce Workers Compensation costs by promoting safety and claims management on farms and ranches.

The 2017 performance results locked at the end of September 2018 and the CLA Safety Group performed to a 29.6% loss ratio, outperforming the required 55% loss ratio to receive a Group Dividend. Due to these excellent results, CLA Safety Group members will be returned $234,172.00 for the 2017 year. Since the CLA Safety Group Program began in 2001, the program has paid out $1,907,070.00 in Safety Group Dividends to its members. These premium dollars are returned to safety group members in the form of a dividend based on their operation’s safety performance. Group members have now received a dividend for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading

11-16-18 Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry

Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for November 16th

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Weekly Export Sales for November 16th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 16th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 16th

Roberts, Conaway, Engaged in Finger-pointing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel calls passing a farm bill a top priority for the lame duck session, but the conference committee must first come to an agreement. Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts was hopeful for an agreement Thursday, but said House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway refused to come to an agreement, blaming the delay on the Texas Republican. However, Conaway called Roberts comments “finger-pointing” that would not help to bring about a deal, according to Politico. Roberts noted that Conaway was holding out on signing the conference report because he has concerns with at least six titles of the bill, including commodity, nutrition and conservation. Roberts said of the conference committee leadership he is “very troubled by the fact that we have agreement among three, but we can’t get the fourth one.” Conaway says he has “some things” he hasn’t agreed to, but adds that so does Roberts, and Ranking Senate Ag Member Debbie Stabenow and Ranking House Ag Member Collin Peterson. Conway concludes “pick your poison as to who you think is standing in the way.”

Lower Income Continues to Pressure Farm Finances

Farm income and credit conditions continued to deteriorate in the third quarter of 2018, according to a Federal Reserve Bank survey. The Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions shows more than half of bankers reported lower farm income compared to a year ago, and the decline in farm income was sharpest in states with higher concentrations in corn and soybeans. The district includes seven Midwest and Plains states in the Western Corn Belt. The survey found prices for most major commodities remained lower than a year ago amid elevated supply expectations and ongoing trade disruptions. The prolonged period of depressed farm income has placed more pressure on borrower balance sheets. According to bankers across the region, many crop producers in 2018 had a modest deterioration in working capital. For the fifth straight year, a majority of bankers reported having borrowers with some depletion of short-term operating funds. Stress on farm finances also contributed to an increase in the expected sale of mid- to long-term assets in 2018.

U.S., Brazil Soybean Price Gap Narrowing

The price gap between U.S. and Brazilian soybeans is narrowing, a signal some suggest that trade progress could be made between the U.S. and China. CNBC reports narrowing U.S.-Brazil soybean price differentials imply greater market optimism regarding a meeting between President Trump and China’s President at the upcoming G20 Summit. Even with the 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, the average differentials have shifted from a 24 percent U.S. discount to Brazil in mid-October, to a 17 percent discount last week and a 13-15 percent discount this week. Market experts say the differential could partly account for any movement of U.S. beans to South America for local crushing or even re-export. The G20 Summit, where President Trump and his counterpart from China are expected to discuss trade on the sidelines, begins November 30th.

Animal Welfare Institute Sues USDA over Label Claims

The Animal Welfare Institute is suing the Department of Agriculture for what it calls “unreasonable delay in responding” to a 2014 petition. AWI asked the agency in 2014 to require independent certification of certain animal raising label claims. The Administrative Procedure Act requires federal agencies to respond to petitions for rulemaking within a reasonable time. After four and a half years, the organization says it has not received a reply from USDA. The petition specifically asked USDA to require third-party audits to substantiate holistic claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” so that consumers know these claims are verified prior to appearing on food labels. According to an October online survey of more than 2,000 consumers commissioned by AWI, 86 percent of meat/poultry/egg/dairy consumers agreed that the government should not allow the use of claims like “humanely raised” on food product labels unless verified by an independent inspection.

USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans

The Department of Agriculture is investing $501 million to improve rural health care infrastructure. USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the funding Thursday that will help 60 projects across 34 states in areas that serve rural communities. Hazlett says strong healthcare programs help towards “increasing prosperity in rural America.” The announcement came on National Rural Health Day, which is held annually on the third Thursday of November to focus on the specific health care issues facing rural communities. USDA says the funding announcement complements the finalization of a partnership between USDA and the National Rural Health Association to identify issues causing financial strain on rural hospitals.

CHS Foundation Donates$1.5 Million to South Dakota State University Precision Ag Program

The CHS Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program. The funding will support the construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. A university spokesperson called the gift from the CHS Foundation “pivotal” in allowing the campus to make a “globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality.” SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Final construction plans are in-progress of the new facility. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-15-18 CPW News: Colorado’s most comprehensive stream restoration project nearly complete in the Big Thompson Canyon

CPW: Colorado’s most comprehensive stream restoration project nearly complete in the Big Thompson Canyon

DENVER – Since the disastrous flood of 2013, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado Department of Transportation, several city agencies and multiple federal entities collaborated on what turned out to be the largest stream restoration project in the history of the state up the Big Thompson Canyon.

The highway repair and stream restoration project, largely funded with federal dollars, had a total cost exceeding $500 million.

Jeff Spohn, senior aquatic biologist for CPW, believes this project not only met, but exceeded expectations.

“The Big Thompson River restoration project was a monumental task which included cooperation between CDOT, the City of Loveland, the City of Estes Park, the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, the United States Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife,” Spohn said. “The collaborative process that occurred should become the template for future river restoration projects.” Continue reading

11-15-18 US Bennet Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer and Elk

US Senator Bennet Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer and Elk

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined bipartisan colleagues John Barrasso (R-WY) and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing legislation to increase wildlife managers’ ability to keep wildlife healthy.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) affects both wild and domestic herds of deer and elk in 25 states, including Colorado. However, state recommendations for preventing the spread of the disease vary. This bipartisan bill would authorize a special resource study to help prevent the disease from spreading. It would give state wildlife agencies and wildlife experts information to conduct targeted research on how the disease is transmitted, determine which areas are most at risk, and develop consistent advice for hunters to prevent further spread.

“The deer and elk herds affected by Chronic Wasting Disease are a critical part of Colorado’s wildlife heritage and economy,” said Bennet. “We need to learn more about containing CWD, and this bipartisan legislation will provide the information state wildlife professionals need to align their work and prevent further spread.” Continue reading

11-15-18 NMPF Thanks FDA for Extending Milk Labeling Comment Period

NMPF Thanks FDA for Extending Milk Labeling Comment Period

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its announcement today that it will extend by 60 days, until Jan. 25, the public comment period during which the agency is seeking information on the proper names for plant-based beverages. The original deadline was Nov. 27.

“It is crucial that all interested parties have adequate time to more fully address FDA’s extensive list of questions about the labeling issue, and why it matters from a nutrition and public health standpoint,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, which has long urged FDA to enforce existing rules on what should and shouldn’t properly be called “milk.” “This extension will allow the dairy community, as well as health professionals, to fully explain why consumers deserve accurate and honest information about their food options.”

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11-15-18 NCGA, USFRA Put Farming Sustainability in the Spotlight in Denver This Week

NCGA, USFRA Put Farming Sustainability in the Spotlight in Denver

DENVER, CO – November 15, 2018 – The National Corn Growers Association joined other agricultural groups in telling farmers’ sustainability story during the “Cultivating Collaboration for Sustainable Food Systems” at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver this week. Lauren Biegler, a farmer from Minnesota who participates in both CommonGround and the Soil Health Partnership, represented the association during this dynamic panel, which was hosted and organized by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Continue reading

11-15-18 Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for Third Straight Year

Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for Third Straight Year

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12.

“Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.

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11-15-18 AFBF: Farmers Press Lawmakers on Farm Bill

AFBF: Farmers Press Lawmakers on Farm Bill

With less than 20 days left on the legislative calendar, farmers and ranchers are anxious for lawmakers to finalize the farm bill before the start of the new year—and a new Congress. If the bill doesn’t get done, Congress, including a House with new leadership, will have to start from scratch.

“The leadership of both the House and Senate Agriculture committees have worked overtime this year to deliver a new farm bill, and now it’s time to get it across the finish line before the clock runs out. Farmers and ranchers cannot afford that kind of delay, especially with so many struggling to hang on and unable to make plans for the next season with a massive cloud of uncertainty hovering overhead,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in his recent Zipline column.

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