04-14-16 Inside the RMFU with Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr: Summer Camps, Scholarships and More…

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Jennifer Luitjens Bahr - RMFU Director of Education

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 14, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Jennifer Luitjens Bahr…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

03-31-16 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Website

PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS – MARCH 1, 2016

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.25 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2016, up 150,000 acres, or 14 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Sorghum intentions total 360,000 acres, down 80,000 acres from plantings last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 30,000 acres, is down 15,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 78,000 acres of barley in 2016, up 13,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.

All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.21 million acres for 2016. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2016 is estimated at 2.20 million acres, down 200,000 acres from the 2015 crop. Growers intend to seed 6,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year.

Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.40 million acres this year. This is down 50,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2015.

Growers intend to plant 49,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 24,000 acres from what they planted in 2015. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 9,000 acres this year.

The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 5,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 32,800 acres.

Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 55,000 acres, up 10 percent from the 50,000 acres planted in 2015. As of March 29, mountain snowpack was 96 percent of average, statewide.

Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-09-16 Inside the RMFU with Vice-President Chad Franke: NFU Convention Recap, District Meetings, Condolances and more…

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RMFU VP Chad Franke 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 9, 2016 – Family farmers and ranchers are the best advocates for agriculture, and over the last four days, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has provided more than 500 members and delegates of the 114th Anniversary Convention with the advocacy tools they need to be better informed about topics important to farm policy and the industry.

Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Franke Vice-President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union discussing that event and other topics too, including:

Listen to the interview with RMFU VP Chad Franke…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

RMFU New logo 111315Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 1, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

12-10-15 NASS-CO: USDA NASS CO Small Grain County Estimates…

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado Field Office Website

2015 SMALL GRAIN COUNTY ESTIMATES

County-level estimates for 2015 small grains are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers this fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/ The commodity estimates include spring wheat, Durum wheat, winter wheat, barley, and oats. County-level estimates for late-season crops and hay will be published in February and April 2016, respectively.

For state specific questions please contact:

  • Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
  • Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
  • Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
  • New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
  • Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
  • Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660

Submitted to BARN Media by:  Bill Meyer

11-24-15 Inside the RMFU with President-elect Dr. Dale McCall…


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Dr Dale McCall(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) November 24, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s President-elect Dr. Dale McCall discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

10-21-15 Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland…


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Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) October 21, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • USDA Awards $200k to RMFU for Food Hubs
  • 2015 RMFU Annual Convention & Trade Show Nov 12-14 in Westminster @ the Westin
  • RMFU’s FREE CRP educational program on November 4th @ NJC in Sterling, CO
  • & Much More
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CLICK HERE to view the 2015 RMFU Convention Brochure

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

11-05-15 Inside the BARN with CO FFA Foundation Executive Director Don Thorn…

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Don Thorn sporting CSU Ram Helmet

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 5, 2015 –  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn including:

Listen to the entire interview with Don Thorn…

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To learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado FFA Association – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the 2014 Colorado FFA State Convention – CLICK HERE

09-30-15 USDA/NASS News: SMALL GRAINS REPORT – SEPT 2015…

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado Field Office Website

SMALL GRAINS – SEPTEMBER 2015

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

All wheat production in Colorado, estimated at 79.64 million bushels, is down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All wheat yield was 37.1 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushes per acre from a year ago.

Winter wheat producers seeded 2.40 million acres in the fall of 2014 for harvest in 2015, down from 2.75 million acres seeded for the previous year’s crop. Acreage harvested for grain decreased 210,000 acres from last year to 2.14 million acres in 2015. Winter wheat production is estimated at 79.18 million bushels, down 11 percent from last year. Winter wheat yield, at 37.0 bushels per acre, is down 1.0 bushel per acre from last year.

Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres from last year. Acreage harvested totaled 7,000 acres, down from 8,000 acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 455,000 bushels, down 11 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 65.0 bushels per acre, is up 1.0 bushel per acre from last year.

Oat seedings in Colorado totaled 45,000 acres, unchanged from last year. Producers harvested 10,000 acres for grain or seed, up 1,000 acres from 2014. Oat production totaled 800,000 bushels in 2015, up 48 percent from last year. Oat yield is 80.0 bushels per acre in 2015, up 20.0 bushels per acre from the previous year.

Colorado’s barley seeded area, at 65,000 acres, is up 8,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 63,000 acres, is up 9,000 acres from 2014. Barley yield, at 130.0 bushels per acre, is up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production in 2015 is estimated at 8.19 million bushels, up 22 percent from the previous year.

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09-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: NFU Fly-In; Sequestration; Sage Grouse; MPP and more…


Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • NFU Fly-in RECAP
  • Congress/Sequestration Impact on Agriculture
  • Sage Grouse Decision
  • BLM/USFS Land Use Restrictions
  • USDA Extends Dairy MPP to Nov 20th
  • Upcoming RMFU Convention
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

09-17-15 RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty discusses NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in…

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 17, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report, Barbara Marty, RMFU Board of Director is my guest discussing several topics from Washington D.C., including:

  • NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in Sep 15-18
  • RMFU’s Participation in that event
  • RMFU’s Fellows Program
  • NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute
  • NFU’s GOlden Triangle Awards
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty…

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RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

Keep up with all things Fly-In on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NFUFlyIn15. For more information about future fly-in activities, please contact your state/regional Farmers Union office.

Click here to view the 2015 NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In Talking Points.

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

07-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan, Trade, Renewable Energy, SAFE, COOL and more…


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Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

06-24-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Farmers Markets, Cooperatives and More…

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) June 24, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics including…

  • Farm-to-Market & Farmers Markets across the state
  • The importance of cooperatives
  • & More…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

05-13-15 Inside the RMFU with Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr: Summer Camps, CO FFA Convention and More…


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RMFU Summer Camps 2015

CLICK HERE to view the brochure and to get registered

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 13, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:

  • RMFU’s Cooperative Leadership Camps – VIEW THE BROCHURE
  • 2015 CO FFA State Convention
  • RMFU Ag Education Programs
  • RMFU’s Ag Literacy Programs
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

04-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: COOL, 2015 Policy Handbook, HB-1234 & More…


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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • COOL – Country of Origin Labeling
  • 2015 NFU & RMFU Polisy Handbooks Available NOW
  • HB-1235: Tax incentive for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Springtime: Think Safety on the Roadways
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

03-31-15 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Website

MARCH 1, 2015 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.09 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, down 60,000 acres and five percent below last year’s plantings, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
  • Sorghum intentions total 375,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from plantings last year.
  • The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 45,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay.
  • Growers intend to plant 65,000 acres of barley in 2015, up 8,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.
  • All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.52 million acres for 2015. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2015 are estimated at 2.50 million acres, down 250,000 acres from the 2014 crop. Growers intend to seed 15,000 acres of spring wheat this year, up 6,000 acres from last year.
  • Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.45 million acres this year. This is up 110,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2014.
  • Growers intend to plant 54,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 9,500 acres from what they planted in 2014. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 4,500 acres to 14,000 acres this year.
  • The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 2,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 31,700 acres.
  • Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 69,000 acres, up 50 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2014.
  • Mountain snowpack is currently 74 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-25-15 Inside the RMFU with Jan Kochis: NFU Convention Recap and more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Board Chair Jan Kochis click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo.  And Dist. VI.

Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo. And Dist. VI.

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 25, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Board Chair Jan Kochis, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 113th National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention in Wichita, KS March 13-15
  • RMFU’s presence on Capitol Hill this week
  • Upcoming Events/Issues
  • Final thoughts

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization that provides educational programs, cooperative business development services, and a legislative voice for family farms, ranches, and local communities. RMFU was formed in 1907 and serves members in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union & find out how YOU can become a member by visiting www.rmfu.org.

03-05-15 Inside the RMFU w/Ben Rainbolt: NFU Convention Preview, CO/NM/WY Legislative Progress, Industrial Hemp and More…

To listen to the interview with RMFU Ex Director Ben Rainbolt click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

01-05-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Youth Development and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs and More…

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics pertaining to youth development & beginning farmer / rancher programs @ RMFU. Harrison, first off, tell our listeners about yourself, your background, and what eventually led you to become a part of the RMFU…

  • Topp’s background
  • RMFU’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs
  • Upcoming RMFU Events
  • 2015 NWSS – RMFU’s booth in the Hall of Education
  • Upcoming RMFU Youth events
  • & More…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

12-04-14 Inside the RMFU with Ben Rainbolt: Convention Recap, Beef Checkoff, Farm Bill Meetings and more…

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 4th, 2014  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 2014 RMFU ‘AgriCULTURE’ Convention
  • Possible Second Beef Checkoff
  • Upcoming Farm Bill Informational Meetings in December across Colroado
  • & more…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE