10-28-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “No on both CC and DD”

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STERLING, CO – October 28, 2019 @ 5am MT – In an era of money-hungry government, this election cycle seeks to move us further down a path asking taxpayers to give more, fund more, pay more.

Water has long been at the forefront of my agenda over the duration of my career in the state legislature. I have served as the Water Committee Chairman several times and have become one of those “water guys” from whom others seek information.

I have remained publicly neutral on Proposition DD as several questions were not answered. Instead, I proposed policy changes to require transparency. Those questions remain unclear and any transparency policy has so far been rejected.

This proposition asks permission to add sports betting to Colorado’s current list of approved games, in response to the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that individual states can authorize betting on sports. I know people who already bet using their smart phones.

Voters are asked to approve that list and then allow a tax on sports betting with the revenue going to the “Water Plan.”

On the surface this seems great: we need to make sure we have funding available to build storage and keep Colorado’s water in Colorado. Except, just like Prop CC, the legislature can raid funds set aside for water and use them for something else. And they have in the past – since 2002, $322 million dollars specified for water projects has been spent elsewhere.

If Prop CC fails and Prop DD passes, will the legislature take the money they had hoped would be generated by Proposition CC to fund the ongoing government overspending? The law says they can!

Let’s assume that we can trust the legislature to spend this money on the “Water Plan.” Will that money be used to build storage? Or will it fund other projects such as removing water from agriculture for recreation or instream flows or urban growth? A past director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board has been quoted saying that some rivers need to be 100% owned by the state to meet the agency’s conservation goals. That scares me and it should scare agriculture!

Most recently, as I try to decide if this is a good policy for Colorado, I can’t help but focus on the questions that are not being answered. It would appear that there are some hidden agendas involved.

To me, it boils down to this: should gamblers be made to fund our water needs? Should we raise taxes on something like gambling to replace a noticeable reduction in water funds used because of the curtailed oil and gas production? Can we trust the legislature to spend this money on what it is promised for?

I can’t answer yes to any of those questions.

Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate District 1
     4465 CR 63
     Sterling, CO 80751
     970.581.8648

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10-21-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 21, 2019 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

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

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10-01-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

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Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

Do you look forward to an annual tax refund check? Or do you want to donate your tax refund to the government? That is just what Referendum CC is asking you to do – forever.

It says “without raising taxes” and technically, there is no tax rate increase but the government will keep more of your money which means you will pay more in taxes and have less in your bank account to spend on things that you or your family might need.

The politicians hope that you don’t remember that when Referendum C passed in 2005, it was to go to education and highways. Funny how, now, Referendum CC is to go for basically the same things. Continue reading

09-27-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 27, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

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

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08-26-19 CDA News: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

CDA: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The 2019 Colorado Hay Directory is now available, connecting hay producers and buyers, and serving as a valuable resource for livestock owners seeking alfalfa, grass, mix or other hay types.
“The Colorado Hay Directory continues to be a valuable resource for both producers and buyers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We receive calls from across the state and nation requesting copies of the directory.” Continue reading

08-19-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

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

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08-14-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

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Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

Written by: John Spring, Area Extension Agent, Julesburg CO

Due to the wet springs we’ve had, common mullein and Canada thistle have been especially prolific the last several years. With seed-heads and flowers on the plants now, both weeds are at their most noticeable growth stage in infested areas. While relatively easy to find at this time of year, it is not the best time to try to control them. Once they enter their reproductive stage (begin growing flowering stalks) both plants become much less vulnerable to herbicides. In mullein, all available resources are devoted towards the developing seed, and at this point it is simply too late to get an effective kill with chemical. In thistle, the flow of resources is directed towards seed development as well. When herbicides are applied, they follow this flow and will not reach the roots. Top growth may be burned off to some extent, but the plant quickly regrows from below. It is a good idea to mark or map out patches of these weeds at this time of year while they are easy to see, but spraying or other control measures are usually not effective enough to be worth the cost. For both weeds, waiting until fall (for thistle) or even next spring (for mullein) is usually the best course of action. Continue reading

07-17-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Recap Canada’s Rural Legislative Conference
  • Thoughts on Importance of Getting Trade Deals Done
  • USDA’s DMC & MFP 2.0 Payments
  • Thoughts on BLM’s Move to Grand Junction
  • Interim Senate Committee Work
  • Reaction to CDA Commissioner’s recent comments about word changes for Commercial Applicators Rules
  • CDA vs Three Commercial Pesticide Applicators Update
  • Thoughts on Gov Polis threats for a Special Session
  • Potential Ballot Initatives (Gray Wolf & Electoral College)
  • Thoughts on Recal Efforts
  • Thoughts on TSGTA’s New Responsible Energy Plan
  • County Fairs & Harvest Time – Driving Safety this time of Year
  • & More

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

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06-19-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 19, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Interim Senate Committee Work & Tours in Colorado
  • Colorado BEST Grants
  • CDA makes changes to Out of State Commercial Applicators Rules
  • CDA vs Three Commercial Pesticide Applicators
  • CDOT vs Private Landowners’ Signage along Highways in Colorado
  • Weld County Parkway should be a model for CDOT
  • Summer Driving & Safety on the Roadways for Everyone, including CSP
  • & More

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

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06-19-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Saving Wheat Seed

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SAVING WHEAT SEED

Throughout the ages, farmers have planted wheat seed saved from their previous crop.  When making seed wheat decisions, they selected the best quality seed from the highest yielding varieties.

With the advent of hybrid crops like corn, farmers discovered that they did not get the advantage of hybrid vigor when they saved their corn seed, the ensuing crop was not uniform, and yields were poor.  It was quickly learned they needed to buy new seed each year of these hybrid crops to maximize yields.  This annual purchase of hybrid seed commercialized the corn seed business and resulted in enormous investment into research and development for improved corn hybrids.  Consequently, technology in corn has benefitted farmers with increased yield potentials.  But what about a non-hybrid crop like wheat? Continue reading

06-05-19 CDA: 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory released listing farmers’ markets, roadside stands, wineries and more

2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory released listing farmers’ markets, roadside stands, wineries and more

Broomfield, CO; June 5, 2019 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, a free publication that connects consumers with farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities throughout the state.
“For 35 years we have connected producers and consumers through Farm Fresh,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “I love to see how excited everyone gets when local products are readily available.”
The 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 200 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks and Community Supported Agriculture programs, and 100 farmers’ markets across the state. With 50 new listings this year, Farm Fresh includes farms offering tours, restaurants using local ingredients, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and farm and ranch vacations. A guide to county fairs, a crop calendar, food and agricultural festivals and tips for picking Colorado produce are also included.
The directory is available at participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, Colorado State University Extension offices, businesses, online at www.coloradoagriculture.com/farmfresh and as a mobile app for smartphones. Continue reading

05-20-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 20, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • National Trade Issues effecting Colorado’s Agriculture (USMCA-ChinaTrade War)
  • Recap and thoughts on 2019 Colorado Legislative Session
  • Thoughts on various Recall Efforts
  • Thoughts on the new PAW Committee
  • & More

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

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05-16-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: WHEAT PRODUCTION AND PROTEIN

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: WHEAT PRODUCTION AND PROTEIN

BURLINGTON, CO – Can we influence protein contents with wheat production management strategies?  Many of our wheat fields test low for protein and consequently, price discounts are assessed to wheat loads delivered to elevators.  In the last few years, these discounts have been somewhat large, resulting in significant economic losses.  Some seasons, fields that have acceptable protein levels are paid a premium and as a result, growers are interested in managing wheat fields for better protein levels. Continue reading

05-13-19 CDA accepting listings for 2019 Hay Directory

Colorado Department of Agriculture accepting listings for 2019 Hay Directory
Broomfield, CO; May 13, 2019 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2019 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
“This publication continues to be a great way for Colorado producers to promote their hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “The directory reaches hay buyers across the state and the nation.”
The listing fee is $25, and the submission deadline is June 14, 2019. Application forms are available at Colorado State University Extension offices across the state or through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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05-07-19 CSU Golden Plains Area Extension Agricultural Newsletter and Web Page Available

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension Agricultural Newsletter and Web Page Available

The Golden Plains Area Agricultural Extension team along with Colorado State University Extension is highlighting the availability of its Agricultural Newsletter.  The newsletter is published multiple times per year and contains local agricultural information such as wheat and other agronomic test plot results, Weed Science information, animal science information, Ag and Business management information, and horticultural articles.  This publication also lists area agricultural meeting schedules and locations.  The newsletter is available without charge to anyone requesting it.  To get on the mailing list, contact the Washington County Extension office at 970 345 2287 or send an email to: dennis.kaan@colostate.edu.

The Area web page also offers a wide variety of locally adapted information and can be found at:  https://goldenplains.extension.colostate.edu/

05-07-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Corn Planting

CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Corn Planting

Since soil temperature, stand establishment and uniform emergence are all key considerations when attempting to determine an optimum corn planting window, early plantings generally coincide with cold soil temperatures and delayed emergence is the result. Agronomy professionals agree that the optimum corn planting window will be related directly to a consistent soil temperature of around 50 to 55° F at the two-inch soil depth. Traditionally, these consistent soil temperatures occur between late-April through early-May. Cool soils often result in a lengthy germination period, corn emergence can often times take over three weeks from the time of planting to full stand establishment when soils are not able to warm in the spring. Table 1 outlines the approximate days to seedling emergence based on various consistent, soil temperature ranges:

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04-15-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 15, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • National Trade Issues effecting Colorado’s Agriculture (USMCA-ChinaTrade War)
  • Full Day Kindergarten – Was For Now Against
  • 2020 Budget & Self-Induced Recession
  • New Taxes or “Fees” from the CO Dept of Revenue (Fertilizer Tax – Ex-Military Vehicle Title Issue – Conservation Easement Problem)
  • Thoughts about curent Recalls of Laws, Legislators & the Governor
  • Thoughts about Steve Silvermans selection as next CO Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture & the direction of the CDA in general
  • Road Safety this Spring as it pertains to Agriculture Equipment
  • & More

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

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03-26-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Government at its Worse”

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Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Government at its Worse”

You can file this column under Government at its Worse.

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a court hearing where the Department of Agriculture and the Attorney General’s office used its government powers to puff its chest and flex its muscles. It was an embarrassing display in which I witnessed a number of professional agricultural workers get badgered, disrespected, and abusively treated in a way that is unacceptable in every other aspect of life. Continue reading

03-21-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Recap 2019 CO Ag Day at the Capitol (Livestream Archives)
  • Thoughts on Current Trade Issues (USMCA, New Brazilian Wheat Rade Announcement & China Trade War)
  • Thoughts on CO Legislation including: SB19-042, HB19-1032, SB19-181, SB19-1177, SB19-1257 & SB19-1258)
  • Support of Full Day Kindergarten Legislation
  • Sen Sonnenberg’s Committee Work, Resolutions & Bills
  • His thoughts on Recall Efforts for legislation, elected officials and regarding th Governor
  • Watch out for Ag on the Roadways & thoughts for fellow ag producers in neighboring states like NE, the Dakotas and others downriver…
  • & More

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

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03-07-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

BURLINGTON, CO – March 7, 2019 – Groundwater use and availability remain key issues for the vitality of our region. In an effort to gather information about how groundwater is used over the course of the growing season and as a result of last year’s successful project, researchers at Colorado State University are once again recruiting paid participants for the Agricultural Data Reporting and Incentives Program (AgDRIP). Continue reading