Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Greeley, Colo. – There
is a lot of talk in Washington, D.C. these days about the dismal state of the
rural economy. Low commodity prices, extreme weather, and uncertainty in key foreign
markets continue to plague agricultural producers across the country, including
producers here in Colorado.
Congress has the power to help. Ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
(USMCA) would provide a much-needed boost to cattle producers and it would benefit
our rural communities that depend on exports to Canada and Mexico for economic
The USMCA was
signed in November 2018, but all three countries must ratify the agreement in
their legislative bodies before it can take effect. Lawmakers to our north and
south have started to move in that direction. Mexico passed a series of much-needed
labor law reforms that were a condition of USMCA, and they have indicated their
intent to ratify USMCA. Canada has also taken steps to introduce the USMCA in
Parliament. Yet here at home, we are still waiting on Congress to signal that
it is ready to take action.
For cattle and beef
producers, the benefits of moving forward with the agreement are clear. USMCA maintains
duty-free, unrestricted access to Canada and Mexico – worth nearly $2 billion
in sales annually. But these top-line figures do not tell the whole story.
Trade with Canada and Mexico allows U.S. cattle and
beef producers to maximize the value of each animal by selling specific products
to the highest bidder. For example, Mexican consumers are willing to pay more
for beef cuts that are less popular the U.S. By exporting to Mexico, U.S.
producers fetch a higher price for products like tripe, tongue, and heart than
they would get on the domestic market. No wonder we sold $240 million worth of
these products to Mexico last year.
Open markets and
science-based trade make all this possible. In fact, U.S. beef exports have
flourished with zero tariff and non-tariff barriers on cattle and beef under
the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Exports to Canada have
increased 106%, while exports to Mexico have increased 545%.
The USMCA keeps the
highly-successful framework for cattle and beef trade in place while rejecting
failed trade policies, like mandatory country-of-origin labeling, that brought
nothing but economic harm to U.S. cattlemen. That is why it is critical that
Congress moves quickly to pass the agreement.
If the delays
continue, the chance to pass the USMCA this year will be lost. The Canadian
Parliament is set to adjourn by the end of the month, and a federal election is
scheduled for the fall. In the U.S., the 2020 election season is already
heating up – and will make major legislative action unlikely in the months ahead.
Without USMCA in place, cattlemen and other
agricultural producers will continue to face massive uncertainty in two of our
largest export markets. Producers in Colorado will feel the consequences. Last
year, our state directly exported over $338 million worth of beef to Canada and Mexico. And that does not count all the
economic gains cattle producers in Colorado receive by selling their animals to
other cattle feeders and processors who sell across North American borders.
Cattlemen need the
USMCA to be approved fast. President Trump has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA
completely if USMCA does not move forward. The consequences of such a move
would be severe. High tariffs and unscientific trade restrictions would return
to North America, causing further damage to the rural economy for years to
scenario can be avoided, but only if Colorado’s elected officials stand up for
the USMCA. Our U.S. Representatives and Senators should be doing everything
they can to get the USMCA across the finish line.
Detailed Overview of Beef Trade with
Canada and Mexico (from U.S. Meat Export Federation):
Mexico and Canada
are consistently among the top five export markets for U.S. beef. In 2017,
exports to our NAFTA partners were valued at $1.77 billion, more than a three‐fold
increase from 1995, and accounted for 24 percent of total U.S. beef export
value. On a volume basis, exports of 354,500 mt accounted for 28 percent of
total U.S. beef export volume, with Mexico as the second largest export destination,
and Canada as number five.
In Jan‐Sept 2018,
exports to our NAFTA partners were valued at $1.36 billion, up 2% year/year
(volume of 264,130 mt was up 1%) and accounted for 22% of export value and 26%
of export volume. Exports to Mexico were up 8% in value to $783 mil with volume
up 1% to 177,900 mt. Mexico is the top market for U.S. beef variety meat
exports on a volume basis (follows Japan in value) and exports totaled 72,000
mt valued at $166 million, down 2%, even though volume was down 8% from last
year‐ so Mexico is paying higher prices/ buying a higher value mix of variety
meats. U.S. beef muscle cut exports to Mexico were up 11% to $616.8 million
(106,000 mt, up 9%). Mexican consumers have a preference for high‐quality U.S.
beef, and USMEF continues to educate on and promote value cuts as price remains
a critical factor
for many Mexican
households. In this sense, maintaining duty‐free access to the Mexican market
is absolutely essential.
The U.S. is the
dominant supplier of beef to each Mexico and Canada, benefiting from the
preferential access under NAFTA. The U.S. is also the top market for exports of
beef and cattle from Canada and Mexico.
The trade is
complementary, and demand driven, with U.S. exports of end cuts, like rounds
and shoulder clods, and variety meats to Mexico; while the U.S. imports middle
cuts, mainly for use at casual foodservice. It is important to remember that
the vast majority of Mexican consumers just want affordable protein. U.S. end
cuts are not only generally affordable, but they also fit Mexico’s preference for
products such as milanesa, based on a relatively lean, thin cut (like from the
Mexico has also
been increasing their production of fed cattle using U.S. grain and had been
shipping record volumes of beef to the U.S., although volume has slowed
somewhat this year. The product is relatively high valued, including middle
meats for use at U.S. foodservice, and Mexican producers get a higher price by
selling these items in the U.S. market. Similarly, U.S. exports of rounds, shoulder
clods and variety meats (like tripe) to Mexico add value to the carcass by
increasing the prices for these items which are typically less demanded in the
U.S. imports of
beef from Mexico in Jan‐Sept of this year were down 12% to 152,267 mt, but
value was up 10% to $866 million and on a value basis, Mexico was the #3
supplier of beef to the U.S., after Canada and Australia (and #4 in volume,
following New Zealand). For 2017 U.S. imports of Mexican beef reached $1.06
billion / 226,300 mt.
The U.S. is still a
net exporter of beef to Mexico due to the large volume of variety meats. For
example, tripe exports to Mexico in Jan‐Sept averaged $3.15 for every head of
fed slaughter. Total beef/bvm exports to Mexico averaged $40.55 per head of fed
slaughter in Jan‐Sept, up $2.30 from the same period last year.
Trade with Canada
includes a wide range of cuts and is often driven by regional demand, where it
can be more efficient to source product out of the U.S. rather than shipping it
across Canada, and vice versa. The total value of beef trade between the three
countries has grown from less than $1 billion in 1995 to average more than $4
billion over the past 4 years (2014‐2017).
The U.S. also
imports cattle from both countries, with import value peaking in 2014 at $2.5
billion, although import volume peaked in 1995, at 2.8 million head. U.S.
imports of Mexican and Canadian cattle are critical components of the U.S.
cattle feeding industry, especially in the Southwest and Northwest. Mexican and
Canadian cattle accounted for an average of 6 percent of U.S. slaughter from 1994
to 2017, and 6 percent of U.S. slaughter in 2016, when imports totaled 1.7
million head, the lowest since 2004. U.S. imports rose to 1.83 mil head in 2017
on growth from Mexico with 1.16 mil head, up 23%. Cattle imports vary depending
on a number of market factors, including exchange rates, cattle prices in each
country, comparative advantages in feed and slaughter costs, and pasture
conditions. For example, as the U.S. herd rebounded in 2016, imports of cattle
from Canada and Mexico slowed. U.S. imports of feeder cattle from Mexico in Jan‐Sept
of this year totaled 851,200 head, up 9% from last year. U.S. imports of
Canadian cattle were 492,200 head, down 4% from last year. Mexican cattle accounted
for about 3.5% of U.S. slaughter through September 2018; and Canadian cattle
accounted for about 2%.
A new dynamic has
also developed over the past couple of years, where the U.S. is exporting more
cattle to Canada. Canada’s cattle herd has not expanded like we have seen in
the U.S., and Canadian cattle feeders and packing plants are increasingly
sourcing U.S. cattle to fill their lots and their plants. The U.S. has exported
116,346 head of cattle to Canada in Jan‐Sept, up 81% from last year and
reflecting tight supplies in Canada as feeders compete to fill yards. U.S.
cattle have accounted for about 7% of Canada’s slaughter while Canadian cattle
have accounted for just 2% of U.S. slaughter, in Jan‐Sept 2018. U.S. cattle
exports to Mexico are still fairly limited at 16,852 head this year, down 26%
with a decrease in breeding and other cattle (including feeders).
integration in the beef and cattle industries across Mexico, Canada, and the
United States has helped make the North American industry more competitive in
the global market and has helped increase beef availability and thus benefited
consumers within North America. The United States, Mexico, and Canada are
unique as each country is both a major importer and a major exporter of beef, largely
due to the trade flows within North America. For perspective, in 2017, U.S.
beef accounted for 15 percent of Canadian beef consumption and 9 percent of
Mexican consumption while U.S. consumers still primarily consume beef produced
in the U.S., with imports from Canada and Mexico accounting for 3 percent and 2
percent, respectively, of U.S. consumption.
Millions of swine mortalities in Asia. How will it impact protein markets?
African Swine Fever has decimated pork production in Southeast Asia. ASF’s impact has far reaching effects on Colorado’s protein industry. At the August 7th meeting hosted by the Colorado Livestock Association, experts will share a global outlook on the market impact, Colorado’s emergency response plan, secure pork plans/biosecurity protocols, vaccine development, & steps the U.S. has taken to keep ASF out.
“African Swine Fever: Impact on Colorado Protein Producers”
August 7th, 2019 from 1:15pm-4:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel, Big Thompson A
919 7th Street, Greeley, CO 80634
1:15 – Introduction – Dwain Weinrich, President-Elect, Colorado Livestock Association
Horses in Weld County, Colorado test positive for vesicular stomatitis
– Colorado has become the third state in the U.S. to have confirmed cases of
vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in
2019 have been diagnosed in Kinney and Tom Green counties in Texas and in
Sandoval County, New Mexico.
On July 3rd, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive test
results on samples submitted from two horses in Weld County. The two horses
reside on separate locations in Weld County and have been placed under
quarantine. The initial Colorado disease investigation was completed by a field
veterinarian from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of
“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,”
said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes
oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and
The Weld County epidemiological investigation indicates an incursion of
VSV-infected insect vectors is the likely source of infection. Biosecurity
measures and vector mitigation have been instituted on both locations to reduce
the potential spread of the virus. The animals are being monitored daily and
the index premises will remain under state quarantine until at least 14 days
from the onset of lesions in the last affected animal on the premises. There
are no USDA approved vaccines for VSV.
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and
cattle, and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. The
transmission process of VSV is not completely understood, but includes insect
vectors such as black flies, sand flies, and biting midges.
The incubation period ranges from 2-8 days. Clinical signs include vesicles,
erosions, and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats, and coronary
bands. Often excessive salivation is the first sign of disease, along with a
reluctance to eat or drink. Lameness and weight loss may follow.
Humans may become infected when handling affected animals, but this is a rare
event. To avoid human exposure, individuals should use personal
protective measures when handling affected animals.
Tips for Livestock
Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. Contact information for all state veterinarian offices is listed here.
Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of veterinary inspection (CVIs or health certificates) issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can be beneficial in reducing risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements. See the Vesicular Stomatitis Guidelines for Shows and Fairs.
Important Points for
Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s
Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after hours, the voice
message will indicate which staff veterinarian on call.
Veterinarians and Livestock Owners Contact: Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, 303-869-9130
Introduction: Food Waste Series
Greetings CLA readers. I’m Virginia Till and I am a current member of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) Class 14 and also work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 office in Denver, CO. I work on the voluntary prevention and reduction of materials going to landfills for Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.
I became interested in learning more about the connection
of consumers to agricultural education when I learned the USDA Farm to School
Census polled schools and found that when kids know more about where their food
comes from, they waste less food. This could mean meeting a farmer or rancher, operating
a school garden, reading about agricultural production, etc. I care about
wasted food because 30-50% of food produced in the US is thrown away –
accounting for the largest portion of material in landfills at 22%. This
happens while less than 2% of the US population is engaged in direct on-farm employment.
Clearly, I don’t need to tell you that there’s a need to communicate
effectively with consumers about how food gets to their plates.
Before one can teach, one must learn. I have attended events hosts by CSU and the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture to educate teachers and students, toured farms in ND and CO, and actively sought out anyone who would help me learn about food production and distribution in the United States. I then shared these lessons with hunger relief associations, school districts, food system advocates, and environmental organizations through my food waste reduction education/outreach. These experiences have inspired me to share positive stories about what Colorado agriculturalists do every day to be stewards of the land. I want to develop articles for both my CALP Class Project and for work-related outreach. My goal is to help the public reduce food waste by helping them better appreciate, and understand, the effort, expertise, love, and resources Colorado farm families put into the food we eat every day.
Over the next few months you will see a series of articles in the CLA newsletter talking about reducing food in our landfills referencing the Food Recovery Hierarchy. This is a common graphic used by food management advocates listing options for keeping food out of landfills. Food recovery and reducing food waste are issues gaining national momentum, including elements in the 2018 Farm Bill.
I invite you to share stories you think need to be told to better connect consumers to the journey of their food. Please feel free to reach out to me directly and share my information with anyone interested in providing story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you CLA for this opportunity.
2017 RMNP Milestone Report
Nitrogen deposition has plateaued. Contingency Plan not triggered.
In 2005 the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment (CDPHE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
National Park Service (NPS) formed the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)
Initiative to address air pollution issues within the park. The three agencies,
through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), work collaboratively with
interested stakeholder groups to understand the status of nitrogen deposition
and ecosystem impacts at the park, identify sources of emissions, and devise
workable approaches to resolve the nitrogen deposition issue in RMNP. In 2007
the MOU agencies issued the Nitrogen Deposition Reduction Plan (NDRP), with
milestones for achieving nitrogen deposition reductions that will protect park
resources over time. Subsequently, a Contingency Plan was issued in 2010 that
outlines corrective measures to be taken in the event a deposition reduction
milestone described in the NDRP is not realized.
On May 10, 2019 the Rocky Mountain National Park Initiative
held a stakeholder meeting to discuss the final draft of the 2017 Rocky
Mountain National Park Milestone Report. The discussion focused on highlighting
milestones, policy and management developments, advances in industry best
management practices and new research since the release of the 2012 milestone
report. The report addressed two key items: (1) whether the 2017 interim
nitrogen deposition reduction milestone had been achieved, and (2) whether the
RMNP Nitrogen Deposition Contingency Plan would be triggered. The agencies used
a “weight of evidence” approach to conclude that the 2017 interim milestone had
not been achieved and that the RMNP Nitrogen Deposition Contingency Plan would
not be triggered at this time.
There is evidence that although deposition remains above the
glidepath milestone for 2017, nitrogen deposition has stabilized and has not
been increasing in recent years. And that the RMNP Ag Subcommittee has made
progress by implementing and updating its five-year plan and has the potential
for additional ammonia emission reductions by ag producers during the next
Amongst a number of next steps was the continued
collaboration with the Ag Subcommittee on further development of the Early
Warning System and assessment of BMP use from the agricultural community and
continued education and outreach to interested stakeholders.
Last year the Ag Subcommittee formed a subgroup called the Ag BMP Workgroup to conduct a review of various BMP’s that are effective and cost efficient. Subsequently the group, with assistance from Colorado State University, developed a survey in an attempt to determine what BMP’s are currently being used and if not what are some of the obstacles to implementation. In the next few weeks, Bill Hammerich will be contacting livestock operations in Weld and Larimer counties asking for their assistance in completing the survey.
Agriculture’s Nutrient Exemptions At Risk
Producers asked for input ahead of 2020 hearings
Seven years ago, in June of 2012 to be exact, the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) adopted Regulation 85. Prior to the rulemaking hearing a number of ag groups in Colorado came together to form the Colorado Ag Producers Alliance (CAPA) for the purpose of being part of the stakeholder process and to be “at the table” as the regulation was being drafted. The regulation was adopted in order to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loading to the state surface waters.
Regulation 85 became effective in September of 2012 and since then CLA has been very active not just with CAPA members but with other organizations who have a vested interest in how Regulation 85 is ultimately enforced. One such group is the Colorado Monitoring Framework (CMF) which is a nonprofit organization formed with the objective of creating a collaborative process to comply with water quality regulations adopted by the WQCC. Initially CMF was primarily made up of municipal dischargers and water treatment entities. CAPA members recognized an opportunity collaborate with the CMF because the one thing we have in common is that we all are part of the nutrient criteria issue.
Representing agriculture’s voice within the CMF framework is the Agricultural Task Force. The Task Force has been working to educate and inform the agricultural community about the potential for upcoming nutrient regulations. Although agricultural nonpoint sources of nutrients are currently exempt from regulation, this exemption is up for review.
There are two upcoming WQCC reviews of Regulation 85 where nonpoint
sources will be reviewed and decisions will be made:
Fall 2020 – Examination of the
progress made by nonpoint sources.
Fall 2022 – Decision on the need
to regulate nonpoint sources.
The following is from 85.5(5)(c)
(c) Additional Nonpoint Source
(i) During the triennial review
of this control regulation, the division shall report to the commission on the
progress implementing the activities addressed under this section.
(ii) If voluntary nonpoint source BMPs are not effective in managing
nutrients by May 31, 2022, the commission may consider the adoption of
prohibitions or precautionary measures to further limit nutrient
Pursuant to section 25-8-205(5), C.R.S., after May 31, 2022 the commission may
consider adopting, in consultation with the commissioner of agriculture,
control regulations specific to agricultural and silvicultural practices if the
commission determines that sufficient progress has not been demonstrated in
agricultural nonpoint source nutrient management.
As we prepare for the 2020 informational hearing, input from
the agricultural community is necessary and will be highly valuable to the
WQCC’s decision making process. Information such as BMP’s applied, percent of
operations in a region that employ nutrient management plans, water quality
data regarding BMP impacts and monitoring and sampling data.
If you are interested in participating or would like to hear more information on this issue please contact Bill Hammerich at the CLA office (970) 378-0500.
2019 Legislative Session Has Come to an End
The 2019 Legislative Session has come to a close and CLA would like to thank the members of the Legislative Affairs Committee for their input and engagement throughout the session. Additionally, CLA thanks the legislators who joined the Friday morning conference calls to discuss bills of interest to the membership.
There were 598 bills introduced this session, 160 bills have been signed by the Governor, and 112 bills have been postponed indefinitely. CLA monitored 36 bills throughout the session. Below is a summary of the bills that CLA supported or opposed throughout the session:
HB 1102 – Nonanimal and Lab-grown Meat Misbranding: CLA appreciates Representative Pelton’s forward thinking and effort on this bill. He postponed the bill indefinitely due to the fact that it may have been a bit ahead of it’s time as it will need to be acted on by the FDA and USDA first. (Postponed Indefinitely)
SB 038 – Agricultural Trailers Port of Entry Clearance: This bill was supported by CLA, but Senator Sonnenberg postponed the bill once he became aware of the Colorado State Patrol efforts to develop a plan to take care of the issue. (Postponed Indefinitely)
SB 139 – More Colorado Road and Community Safety Act Offices: CLA strongly supported this bill that passed and has been signed by the Governor allowing up to 10 additional sites across the state to be opened. (Passed and Signed by the Governor)
SB 181 – Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations: CLA opposed this bill and unfortunately it passed. It was signed by the Governor on April 16, 2019. (Passed and Signed by the Governor )
Preventing AgroTerrorism with ‘CIAC’
Producers are encouraged to use the Colorado Information Analysis Center to report suspicious activity.
If a foreign animal disease (FAD) would occur in the U.S., it would have devastating negative impacts to our livestock sectors and agricultural communities. Diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF) or Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) could occur from direct transmission (animal to animal), indirect transmission (from contaminated equipment, feed, or boots), or from intentional introduction by people who may want to hurt agriculture and livestock operations. To help reduce the risk and be better prepared to respond to a significant livestock disease outbreak, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and USDA Veterinary Services along with livestock industry partners have been actively building livestock emergency disease response plans and conducting preparedness exercises. To reduce the threat of an intentional introduction of a foreign animal disease, you can help to counteract that threat by reporting any suspicious activity in your area. If you see something odd or unusual report it to local law enforcement or report it to the CIAC!
What is the CIAC? The CIAC is the Colorado Information Analysis Center and is an agency within the Department of Colorado Public Safety working closely with the Colorado State Patrol and other county and city law enforcement to help prevent terrorism incidents in Colorado. The CIAC serves as the focal point within the state for receiving, analyzing and sharing threat-related information among private sector, local, tribal, and federal partners. The CIAC includes over 50 members from all levels of government and acts as a clearinghouse for threat information with a focus on protection and prevention of incidents that affect all of us including our critical infrastructure systems like food and agriculture. This counterterrorism effort is centralized in order to enhance interagency cooperation and expedite information flow. For more information on the CIAC or on how to report, please go to their website, https://www.colorado.gov/dhsem/ciac
Call 1-877-509-2422 to reach the CIAC or
call 911 to report incidents or activity than may require an immediate police
You are the boots on the ground, the eyes and ears for agriculture and for the early detection of an foreign animal disease or terrorism incident. If you see something, say something. We are all depending on you to help protect you, your neighbors, and our Ag community!
Source: Nick Striegel, DVM, MPH,Colorado Assistant State Veterinarian
Gov. Polis Visits Northeast Colorado Dairy
Friday morning, a “Meet & Greet” was held in Fort Morgan with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenburg. The event was very well attended and the dialogue was robust and the discussion ranged from oil and gas legislation to all day kindergarten. CLA member Ed Wilgenburg, Wildcat Dairy, in Fort Morgan shared with the Governor some of the challenges facing the livestock industry as well as the advancements made in the efficiency of production and the reduction of the livestock industry’s environmental footprint.
In the afternoon, the Governor and the Commissioner were hosted by Norm and Britt Dinis at Empire Dairy in Wiggins. The honored guests had the opportunity to see firsthand the care and husbandry that is provided to their cows. CLA Board member Britt Dinis, said, “Norm and I are very pleased that the Governor and the Commissioner took time out of their busy schedules to come to Northeast Colorado and engage with farmers and others from the agricultural community.”
Earlier in the week, Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenburg, was in Yuma touring local agribusinesses with CLA Producer Council Chair, Kenny Rogers. Following the tour, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee hosted a community meeting where area livestock producers had a chance to engage in a dialogue with the Commissioner about her vision for Colorado agriculture.
Congratulations to the 2018 Safe Farm Award Winners
The Colorado Livestock
Association would like to recognize those members and worker’s compensation
group participants, who have an outstanding safety record, with Colorado
Livestock Association’s Safe Farm Award.
2018 Safe Farm Award Recipients
Christensen Bros. Inc. – Weldona, CO
D&D Feedlot West – Iliff, CO
Dvorak Feeders – Burlington, CO
McClary Farms – Sedgwick, CO
Shea Feedlot – Delta, CO
Shea Feedlot – Delta, CO
The Safe Farm Award
recipients were chosen based on several factors. The criteria includes: member
of the CLA work comp group for at least two years, an active cost containment
certification, two years of a loss ratio less than 25%, average 2 days or less
to report claims, meets their designated medical provider requirements.
Since 2001, the Colorado
Livestock Association’s Safety Group Program has paid out over $1.6 million in
Safety Group Dividends to its policyholders. The CLA Safety Group Program has
been in place since 2001 and benefits its members by:
Reducing Worker’s Compensation Premiums by promoting Safety and Claims Management in the Workplace
Providing an upfront 4% discount on your Worker’s Compensation Premium
Offering CLA Safety Group Policyholders the eligibility for a Safety Group Dividend, which is evaluated based on the overall performance of the CLA Safety Group and individual policyholders
Improving Risk Management and Loss Control
Aligning Industry Specific Safety Trainings and Materials
Providing Individualized Service from the CLA Safety Group Pinnacol Service Team
Contact the CLA office
at 970-378-0500, if you are interested in learning more about the safety group,
or if you have questions about your safety program.
CLA Members Elect Officers and Directors
At the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, April 4, 2019, the members of the Colorado Livestock Association elected officers and directors. CLA would like to congratulate the new leadership and thank the existing officers and directors for their time and service to the livestock industry.
Tom Wernsman, Wernsman Feeders, Fleming, Colo. was re-elected to serve as the Treasurer for a one year term.
Case Gabel, Magnum Feedyard, Wiggins, Colo. was re-elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.
John Mrozinzki, Producers Feedlot, LLC, Greeley, Colo. was elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.
Russ Moss, Rusco Land and Cattle, LLC, Ault, Colo. was elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board Director.
2019-2020 Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors
Treasurer: Tom Wernsman, Wernsman Feeders, Fleming
Immediate Past President: Nolan Stone, S= Cattle Company, Eaton
Britt Dinis, Empire Dairy, Wiggins
Case Gabel, Magnum Feedyard, Wiggins
Toby Johnson, Collins Ranch Co., Inc., Kit Carson
Luke Larson, Ordway Feedyard, Ordway
John Lofdahl, Mountain Prairie, Las Animas
Justin Miller, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC, Lamar
Russ Moss, Rusco Land and Cattle LLC, Ault
John Mrozinski, Producers Feedlot LLC, Greeley
Jon Slutsky, La Luna Dairy, Wellington
Jared Breinig, Ex-Officio IPC Board Rep, Merck Animal Health, Eaton
Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series to Detail Cost Savings and Climate Resiliency Opportunities
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) today announced a series of energy smart agriculture workshops to be held in late April that will detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for Colorado farmers and ranchers. Created through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, state government and agricultural industry leaders, the workshops will focus on energy efficiency, on-farm renewables and funding assistance.
farmers and ranchers spend more than $400 million annually on energy, and the
workshops will help agricultural producers consider how utilizing clean energy
holds the potential to reduce cost of production, modernize infrastructure and
improve margins. The series provides the opportunity for Colorado producers to
discuss local concerns about agricultural energy and climate resilience with
public officials and industry experts. Workshop attendees will learn about
technical assistance to address barriers that prevent investment in energy
efficiency and renewable energy as well as how to access local, state and
workshops will feature presenters from Colorado State University, CDA and CEO.
In addition, the Colorado Climate Center will give an update on climate and
weather considerations, energy, water and agriculture. The series will be
co-hosted by the USDA, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Corn Growers
Association, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee/Colorado Association of
Wheat Growers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Dairy MAX, Rocky
Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Rural Electric
is free, and lunch/dinner and refreshments will be served. To register, RSVP
via the following links.
you have questions, please contact workshop organizer Darrell Hanavan at (303)
981-4430 or email@example.com.
Sen. Coram Updates CLA Members on Legislative Activities
Senator Don Coram was the guest legislator on the CLA Legislative Affairs Committee conference call this past Friday morning.
He addressed several of the bills he is sponsoring this session that are of concern to Colorado agriculture, including:
SB 19-139 – More Colorado Road and Community Safety Act Offices (CLA Supports)
SB 19-186 -Expand Agricultural Chemical Management Program – Protect Surface Water. (Monitoring)
SB 19-016 – Severance Tax Operational Fund Distribution Methodology (Monitoring)
HB 19-1200 – Reclaimed Domestic Wastewater Point of Compliance (Monitoring)
If anyone would like to join the calls to hear directly from your legislators and have an opportunity to ask questions please contact Kellee Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (970) 378-0500.
The next CLA Legislative Affairs Committee conference call will be March 29, 2019 at 7:00 am.
Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration
The deadline for the reduced hotel rate of $142.00 per night has been extended to March 23, 2019. Book your hotel room today for Colorado Livestock Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration April 3-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.
Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation, a dueling pianos show by Wild Ivories Productions and a panel discussion with experts on legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado.
In honor of National Ag Week, the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) is partnering with Aims Community College on Thursday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. to host their first FREE: Ag Career Exploration Workshop in the Cornerstone Building on the Greeley Campus, 5401 W. 20th St. They hope to engage with high school freshmen through college age students.
They will be serving lunch so registration to this free educational experience is requested by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Go to http://bit.ly/exploreAg to sign-up. If you have any dietary special needs – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, please note in the comments box at the bottom of the form.
In November WGCD reached-out to all the high school Ag programs within their District service boundaries and asked the AgScience teachers and students to highlight the top 7 careers the students were the most interested and curious about. Then they totaled all the votes and selected the top 10 areas and went to work recruiting professionals in those career fields to come and visit with the students. The storm, spring breaks, calving season, and preparing to plant makes this time of year extremely busy. When these experts were asked if they would come and share information about their education and training, what a snapshot of an average week looks like in their work life and to explain why they are passionate about what they do with youth who will most likely be the future of agriculture – they made time to participate. We are delighted with the scope of information that will be shared on the 21st.
9:15- 9:30 a.m. Welcome / Check-in
9:30-10:05 a.m. Aims 101 Overview of Educational Opportunities, Jody Margheim, Aims – Director of Admissions Advising & Recruitment
1-1:25 p.m. Lunch Program: Herd Health / Large Animal Veterinarian, Hannah Klein, DVM High Plains Cattle Supply – Managing Veterinarian
Please let those from the age of 14-24 years old know about this opportunity if they are considering a future in agriculture. Educators and parents are also invited. There are breaks after each presentation to provide an opportunity for questions. There will be resource tables to visit.
Announcing…Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker, Stephen Laughlin, IBM Corporation
Join us for Colorado Livestock Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration!
Register to attend the 2019 CLA Annual Meeting and Colorado’s Finest Celebration to be held April 3-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Loveland, Colorado. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.
Wednesday, will kickoff with a panel of experts to discuss industry disruptors including; legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado. Panelists include; Floyd Ciruli, Ciruli Associates, Chris Carrington, Richards Carrington, Tom Haren, AGPROfessionals and moderated by Mark Frasier, F Cross Cattle Company.
Join us for an evening celebrating farmers and ranchers at the Colorado’s Finest Celebration featuring decadent food and a dueling pianos show by Wild Ivories Productions!
Stephen Laughlin, IBM Corporation
A highlight of the event will be the keynote presentation on Thursday by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation. Steve is known for helping retail and consumer product clients worldwide to transform their business models and consumer-facing activities. He is a leader in implementing complex business and technology solutions that drive improved performance. Steve leads IBM’s Consumer Industry across the company’s portfolio which includes retail, consumer products, wholesale distribution, and agri-business.
The Past Presidents of Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattle Feeder’s Association will be celebrated for their leadership at Thursday’s luncheon. Special guest, Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenburg will address the membership with her plans for the future of Colorado agriculture and CLA President, Mike Veeman will give a State of the Association.
CLA Board of Directors Vote to Support Legislation
At the recent meeting of the Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors, Julie McCaleb, Chair of the CLA’s Legislative Affairs Committee and Steve Holdren, CLA lobbyist presented to the Board a list of bills that the Committee has been monitoring this session.
Colorado State Capitol
The bills that the CLA Board of Directors voted to support are:
Concerning the issuance by the department of revenue of identification documents to people who are not lawfully present in Colorado on a permanent basis, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Bill Sponsors: Senator Don Coram, Senator Dominick Moreno, Representative Rochelle Galindo, Representative Jonathan Singer
The bill states that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless these terms are not modified by “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”. Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton, Representative Kimmi Lewis, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Senator Joann Ginal
The next meeting of the CLA Legislative Affairs Committee will be held March 1, 2019 at 7:00am. CLA members who are interested in participating should call Kellee Mitchell at (970) 378-0500 for the meeting call-in information.
Legislative Affairs Committee Joined by Senator Joann Ginal
Senator Joann Ginal
The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this Friday morning via conference call to discuss pending legislation and its potential effect on rural Colorado and livestock producers.
The Committee was joined by Senator Joann Ginal (D), who represents Larimer County and is a member of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.
Senator Ginal discussed two bills of interest to members of the Committee:
The bill states that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless these terms are not modified by “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”. Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton, Representative Kimmi Lewis, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Senator Joann Ginal
Concerning a prohibition on future ownership of an animal for persons convicted of animal cruelty. Bill Sponsors: Rep. A. Valdez, Sen. J. Ginal
In addition, Senator Ginal discussed her participation on the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare (CLAW) Caucus which is the largest caucus at the Capitol that engages legislators and the public on issues surrounding animal welfare. CLAW is chaired by Sens. Joann Ginal and Jack Tate, Rep. Larry Liston.
The Caucus holds meetings every third Thursday that are open to the public. Visit their website for more information.
ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September 30, 2019
On Thursday, the Senate has passed an approps package to fund the rest of the government until September 30th, 2019. The House is set to vote soon, and “President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday. “He is prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”
This package includes a continued ELD delay for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019. (more…)
Colorado’s Mark Frasier Elected as President-Elect of CattleFax
CattleFax elects Officers for 2019
CattleFax elected a new slate of officers at this year’s annual business meeting Jan. 31, 2019, in New Orleans, La., held in conjunction with the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The new CattleFax president is Don Quincey of Chiefland, Fla., a 5th generation rancher and cattle feeder in Florida and past president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.
Mark Frasier, F Cross Cattle Company
Elected president-elect was Mark Frasier of Fort Morgan, Colo. Frasier is a cow/calf, stocker operator and cattle feeder in Eastern Colorado and is active in his community and local cattlemen’s association. He is a past president of the Colorado Livestock Association and serves on and has chaired the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Resolution Committee. (more…)
Register Today for the 11th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium
CattleFax Market Update, Wastewater Discharge Liability, Long-Range Weather Outlook and more!
Join livestock producers for the annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium, an educational symposium held February 20, 2019 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821). This year’s event will feature a full day of engaging and informative speakers covering of current topics affecting the livestock industry.
Troy Applehans, CattleFax, will provide a market outlook packed with critical information for livestock producers. (more…)
The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this past Friday via conference call. The Committee was joined by Representative Rod Pelton (R) who discussed two of the bills that he is sponsoring this session.
The bill states that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless these terms are not modified by “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”.
Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton, Representative Kimmi Lewis, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Senator Joann Ginal
The CLA Legislative Affairs Committee voted to support HB 19-1102 Nonanimal and Lab-grown Meat Misbranding at its first meeting of the session on January 18, 2019. (more…)
Livestock Industry Files Brief to Colorado Court of Appeals on Fish Kill Case
Precedent-setting court decision could have far-reaching implications.
In June of 2015, areas of Yuma County experienced a once-in-50-years rainfall event with over two inches of rain in 30 minutes causing flash flooding. Following the thunderstorm, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDW) received a report of dead fish in local fishing ponds.
According to court records, CDW counted 379 dead fish in the South Fork of the Republican River, 3 ½ miles away from a Colorado feedyard, and assumed the fish kill had been caused by overwhelmed effluent ponds. The Colorado Attorney General’s office filed an action against the feedyard, accusing the owners of “unlawful taking” of 14,711 fish, an estimate extrapolated by the length of the river to the Kansas border, and levied fines against the feedyard. In February 2018, a district court judge in Yuma County issued a summary judgement finding the feedyard liable.
Earlier that spring, prior to the flash flooding event, the feedyard was inspected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CPDHE), the state regulatory agency charged with protecting the environment, and after correcting some violations was found to be in full compliance with Colorado’s discharge regulations.
‘Thank You’ to Don Brown for his Service to Colorado Agriculture
Following any state election there are many changes that take place. One such change occurring after the most recent election is the appointment of a new Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture.
CLA would like to sincerely thank Don Brown for his service to the state of Colorado as the Commissioner of Agriculture for the past three years.
“While we look forward to working with our new Commissioner we also want to extend a huge thank you to former Commissioner Don Brown,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of the Colorado Livestock Association. “Don is a true agriculturist who took his role as Commissioner just as seriously as he does the stewardship of his land and his livestock.” (more…)
CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Votes to Support Introduced Legislation
The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee held its first meeting of the 2019 Legislative Session.
The Committee voted to SUPPORT the following introduced legislation:
HB19-1102 Nonanimal & Lab-grown Meat Misbranding
The bill states that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless these terms are not modified by “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”. Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton, Representative Kimmi Lewis, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Senator Joann Ginal
SB19-038 Agricultural Trailers Port of Entry Clearance
Current law requires motor vehicles having an empty weight of 16,000 or more pounds or a motor vehicle that weighs 26,001 or more pounds fully loaded to clear a port of entry within 5 miles of its route. The bill exempts motor vehicles hauling trailers used primarily for agricultural commodities, including livestock. Bill Sponsors: Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Representative Rod Pelton
UPDATE (10:44am 1/18/19): At the Senate Transportation and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday where SB19-038 is scheduled to be heard, Senator Sonnenberg intends to ask the Committee to postpone this bill indefinitely.(more…)
‘Agriculture’ to Remain in the Title of the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee
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 the Colorado Livestock Association. Colorado agriculture contributes $41 billion to the state economy and employs nearly 173,000 people.
Representative KC Becker, represents District 13, which includes; Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin,Grand and Jackson counties. She was elected by her democratic colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House and she serves as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council and the Vice Chair of the Legislative Council.
Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.9 million in performance dividends over 17 years.
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.
Photo Caption (Left to Right): Pinnacol Assurance representatives David Knell, Safety Services, Joe Newhouse, Agency Relationship Manager, CLA Staff Bill Hammerich, CEO, Jessica Lemmel, Director of Communications, Kellee Mitchell, Administrative Coordinator, brokers for the CLA Safety Group, Brian Schiller, Flood and Peterson, and Peggy Rafert, HUB International.
House and Senate Party Caucus Leadership Elections November 8, 2018
The party leadership in both chambers is set for the 2019 session. Many of the selections made by the four caucuses were predictable, but there were some surprises.
As expected, Democratic Rep. KC Becker of Boulder was elected speaker of the House, and Democratic Sen. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo was elected president of the Senate. Becker was House majority leader for all of last session, and Garcia became minority leader in the middle of the 2018 session. (more…)
The Race for Governor: Where do they stand on agriculture issues?
Jared Polis, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Walker Stapleton, Republican Candidate for Governor
As Election Day approaches, review each candidates views on key issues affecting livestock agriculture, including; animal welfare, immigration, Colorado Water Plan and others.
Listed below are the position statements from the candidates official websites at the time of publication. Colorado Livestock Association does not endorse either candidate for Governor. (more…)
Applications for the Pesticide Advisory Committee Agricultural Worker Representative
The Pesticide Advisory Committee (PAC) was created under section 35-10-125, C.R.S., of the Pesticide Applicators Act (PAA), to assist the commissioner in promulgating rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of the PAA. The committee consists of fifteen members.
All members of the advisory committee must be residents of the State of Colorado and each member serves on the committee for a term of three years. The Committee meets quarterly (Jan, April, July, Oct) on the the last Monday of the month. (more…)
Livestock Producers Meet to Discuss Environmental Regulations in Fort Morgan
The Colorado Livestock Association’s (CLA) Natural Resources Committee met for its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
CLA members, including; Gary and Laura Teague, Justin Miller, Julie McCaleb, Todd Sigmon, Tom Haren and Bill Hammerich, CLA CEO met in Fort Morgan and were joined by staff from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Environmental Ag Program; Sean Scott, Environmental Ag Program Deputy Division Director, Chad DeVolin, Program Coordinator, Technical Leads Mike Sherry, Bonnie Laws and Thaine Kramer and Bradley Turpin, Milk and Correction Program Coordinator. (more…)
Investing in the Future
Colorado Livestock Association Invests in Next Generation of Beef Leaders
Investing in the next generation comes naturally to livestock producers. For Colorado Livestock Association (CLA), that investment includes helping to train future industry leaders like Christine Gabel, Gabel Cattle, LLC.
Raised on a diversified livestock operation in Eaton, CO, Gabel represented CLA on the 2018 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). Now in its 39th year, YCC is designed to develop the next generation of ranchers, beef producers, and advocates. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) hosts the program, which takes participants sponsored by state and breed associations on a ten day tour of the beef industry. (more…)
Don’t Miss the 4th Annual Northeast Livestock Symposium!
CattleFax Market Update, Wastewater Discharge Liability, Long-Range Weather Outlook and more!
Join livestock producers for the annual Northeast Livestock Symposium, an educational symposium held November 13, 2018 in the Hays Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling (100 College Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751). This year’s event will feature a full day of engaging and informative speakers covering of current topics affecting the livestock industry.
Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, will provide a market outlook packed with critical information for livestock producers. A native of Yuma, Randy Blach joined CattleFax in 1981 and accepted his current role as CEO in 2001. Blach has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of cattle and beef industry conventions, meetings and seminars.
Brian Bledsoe, Chief Meteorologist, KKTV News and Weather5280, will provide a long-range weather forecast to assist livestock producers strategize and mitigate their risk. Brian grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado and has a keen interest and passion for helping farmers and ranchers in seasonal planning.
Bill DeMoss, Mountain Vet Supply, will teach livestock producers how to ensure the maximum benefit of common antibiotics and vaccines. Bill will share stories from his years of experience working with livestock health products and remind producers on proper handling and safety when treating livestock.
Chris Carrington, a civil and commercial litigator with Richards Carrington, LLC, will share details on a case surrounding a wastewater discharge at a feedyard and the court ruling’s potential long-term impact on the industry.
Registration is FREE, but please register for lunch by Friday, November 9, 2018. Thank you to the event sponsors; AGPROfessionals, Elanco Animal Health, Pinnacol Assurance and Zoetis.
Farm Bill Conservation Programs Under An Expired Farm Bill
Since Congress did not pass an extension of the current Farm Bill when it expired at midnight on September 30th, some programs have expired and/or run out of funding. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was funded through 2019 via previous appropriations. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has spoken to Jimmy Bramblett, the Deputy Chief for Programs at NRCS to get a better idea on the details of other conservation programs and funding. (more…)
There’s a Cow in my Marshmallow?
CLA Helps Teach 4th Graders at the Food 4-Ever Agricultural Fair
The Colorado Livestock Association participated in the 4th annual 4th grade agricultural fair, known as Food 4-Ever hosted by the Windsor School District and the Windsor High School Future Farmers of America this past Wednesday. CLA was asked by Andy Klatt, a physical education teacher from Weld RE-4 School District who organized the fair, to help teach the students and community about livestock production through a lesson or hands-on experience.
Nearly 500 students from the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District, rotated through different presentations given by industry groups and agribusinesses covering everything from setting irrigation tubes, livestock nutrition, composting, honeybees, plant breeding and grain production.
Eastern Colo. Hog Producers Receive Environmental Leadership Award
CLA members, Mountain Prairie, LLC and Smithfield Hog Production, were recognized as Gold Leaders for their efforts in environmental improvement at the 2018 Environmental Leadership Program Awards banquet this past Tuesday.
“We are honored to receive the Gold Award from the Environmental Leadership Program for the second year in a row,” said John Lofdahl, production manager at Mountain Prairie Farms. “We are committed to environmental stewardship and this award is a testament of our efforts.”
The Environmental Leadership Award is given to companies that go above and beyond compliance with state and federal regulations, and who are committed to continual environmental improvement.
“We thank all of our staff for their dedication to setting high standards for environmental excellence with their commitment to going above and beyond the normal regulatory requirement,” said Julie McCaleb the Environmental Manager for Smithfield Hog Production in Yuma. “We encourage others in the livestock industry to continue their hard work and share their story, which confirms to the general population what livestock agriculture does in our communities in keeping the environment safe.” (more…)
CLA Board of Directors Votes to Support Amendments and Propositions
The Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors voted to support the following amendments and propositions for the upcoming November election.
View more information in the 2018 Blue Book online here. (more…)
Final Public Listening Session for ELD Waiver
The Colorado Livestock Association, along with other state and national organizations, has been working on behalf of the livestock industry to obtain a waiver and exemptions from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) requirement for livestock haulers. This effort will enable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the livestock industry to undertake the training and education necessary for livestock haulers to fully understand ELDs.
USDA’s four goals for increasing traceability are:
Advance the electronic sharing of data among federal and state animal health officials, veterinarians and the industry, including sharing basic ADT data with the federal animal health events repository;
Use electronic identification tags for animals requiring individual identification in order to make the transmission of data more efficient;
Enhance the ability to track animals from birth to slaughter through a system that allows tracked data points to be connected; and
Elevate the discussion with states and industry to work toward a system where animal health certificates are electronically transmitted from private veterinarians to state animal health officials.
Building for the Future – Q&A with President Mike Veeman
Mike and Cindy Veeman, Veeman & Sons Dairy
Mike Veeman is a fifth-generation dairyman who, as President, brings the knowledge and experience of a lifetime of animal husbandry to Colorado Livestock Association. Mike began his career in California on his family’s dairy farm, which was relocated to Colorado in the early 1980’s. Alongside his father Andy and his brother Derek, Mike has worked to expand the family’s partnership. Veeman & Sons Dairy is located in Wiggins, Colorado. The family also maintains a ranch outside of Sterling, which is home to both farming and heifer operations.
Beyond his title of “dairyman”, Mike is also a passionate family man. He shares his life with Cindy, his wife of 36 years. They have three children including two married daughters and a son who has returned to the farm to carry the family’s business into the sixth generation. Mike is also a proud Papa to five grandchildren. Mike will serve as President for two years until the CLA Annual Membership Meeting in April of 2020 at which time he will become the Immediate Past President.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest benefit of membership in the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA)?
I am focused on our cows, our employees and the business, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like my peers in the livestock industry, I do not have the time or resources to dedicate to representing my regulatory and legislative interests. The work that CLA does on behalf of livestock agriculture is vital to our farm and to preserving it for future generations. (more…)
ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers Extended, Petition to FMCSA
CR Transportation document for trucks Congress has not been able to pass the conference report on the last minibus package (HR 6147) that includes- the four bill package of (Agriculture/Interior/Financial Services/Transportation). However, they have just passed (H.R. 6157) which would provide $674.4 billion in defense appropriations and $178.1 billion for various Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education programs. The Senate passed the measure 93-7 last week. It includes a continuing resolution that would extend funding for those agencies not covered by completed appropriations bills (AG and THUD) through Dec. 7. The President has said he will sign this bill package to avert a shutdown. (more…)
Ranchers Eligible to Apply for Losses
PC: The Gazette, Bryan Oller
Livestock producers in Otero and Crowley counties, as well as most of Southeastern Colorado counties are eligible to apply for 2018 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture and improved pasture acres.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned and cash leased land or fire on federally managed land. Land leased on a AUM basis is in most cases ineligible. (more…)
Equine Infectious Anemia Horse Investigation Update from the State Vet
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at CDA has continued to work to trace and test horses involved in the EIA Incident in the State of Colorado.
As of 09/27/2018:
Only one confirmed positive horse in Colorado (index case)
The index premises in Weld County is under a quarantine order; two associated premises are under hold orders. The 124 exposed horses under quarantine on the index premises tested negative for EIA on 09/10/2018; they will be re-tested on or after 10/19/2018 (sixty days after last exposure to the positive horse).
138 exposed horses have been located in Colorado (out of approximately 152 we expect to be in the state)
61 premises are under hold orders in 24 Colorado counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Costilla, Crowley, Delta, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, and Weld.
Five premises have been released from hold after the 60-day re-tests were completed for all exposed horse(s) on those premises and found to be negative.
72 exposed horses have been positively identified in 12 other states (out of approximately 83 we expect to be out-of-state): Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
The Colorado Livestock Association was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Colorado State University AgInnovation Summit held September 20-21 at the CSU campus in Fort Collins.
Since its inception in 2015, the CSU AgInnovation Summit has convened diverse perspectives from higher education, industry and government partners to provoke thought and catalyze momentum.
Mike Veeman, CLA President addresses the audience.
Bill Hammerich, CEO
Attendees listen to speakers at the AgInnovation Summit.
CLA Board members Case Gabel and Justin Miller discuss topics at the event.
The 2018 conversation explored forces driving and shaping the future of food safety and agricultural biosecurity including innovation in prevention, prediction, mitigation and response. (more…)
Bill Webster Named 2018 Livestock Leader
Bill Webster is presented with the 2018 Livestock Leader Award Colorado State University.
William “Bill” Webster, Past President of the Colorado Cattle Feeder’s Association, now known as the Colorado Livestock Association, was selected as the 2018 Livestock Leader by Colorado State University’s Animal Sciences Department.
Bill has spent his career dedicated to the innovation and progression of the cattle feeding industry and to strengthening his local community.
“His desire to create efficiencies and improvements within the livestock industry made him well known and very well respected,” said Kevin Pond, head of CSU’s Department of Animal Sciences. “He also worked diligently to strengthen his community and the state of Colorado.”
Congratulations to Bill Webster on receiving Colorado State University’s 2018 Livestock Leader Award!
Marketplace Demand for BQA Certification Increasing Rapidly
Why do producers become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified? That’s a question that used to be more prevalent in the beef industry. However, based on several upcoming changes in the marketplace, the rationale for participating in the BQA program has become much clearer.
Until recently, among producers who have become BQA certified and follow recommended cattle management guidelines, the vast majority did so because “it’s the right thing to do.” Only a small percentage said they received a premium from a buyer for cattle from a BQA certified producer. As a result, a minority of beef cattle producers in the U.S. are currently BQA certified. However, in the past 12 to 18 months several companies have announced that BQA certification will be required among producers of cattle they purchase. (more…)
An Agent for Change
Colorado State University College of Ag Dean Ajay Menon receives CLA’s highest honor
At the Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting, Dean Ajay Menon was presented with the Top Choice Award. The Top Choice Award is given by CLA to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to improving livestock agriculture in Colorado. Past honorees have come from all walks of life, but the common denominator has been that they have all embodied a deep-rooted belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of this state, this country and the world.
“Although his background, is not one steeped with great knowledge in the field of livestock production he does possess and brings to the position a strong business sense,” stated Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of CLA, “Dean Menon is a man of courage and has not shied away from being an agent for change. CLA is honored to recognize him for his contributions to our land grant university and his efforts to make the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University world class.” (more…)
Colorado State University Beef Cattle Field Day & Pasture School
Colorado State University’s Departments of Animal Science and Soil & Crop Sciences will be hosting a beef cattle field day and pasture school at ARDEC in Fort Collins, Colorado, October 4-5, 2018. It will feature an update and tour of the CSU pivot grazing project, experienced faculty and producers discussing grazing strategies, and a hands-on workshop to improve your grazing management skills.
Registration is $20 for Day 1 (Field Day) or $100 for Day 1 & 2 (Field Day & Pasture School).
Please register by September 28 to reserve your spot. Registration for Day 2 Pasture School is limited to the first 30 participants. To register, go to: www.csubeef.com
Register today! CSU Ag Innovation Summit – September 20-21, 2018
The 2018 CSU AgInnovation Summit will spotlight the vanguard of agricultural research, technology and policy addressing global food safety and biosecurity. The event will bring together diverse perspectives from higher education, industry and government partners to provoke thought and catalyze momentum.
Since its inception in 2015, the CSU AgInnovation Summit has convened diverse perspectives from higher education, industry and government partners to provoke thought and catalyze momentum. The 2018 conversation will explore forces driving and shaping the future of food safety and agricultural biosecurity including innovation in prevention, prediction, mitigation and response. (more…)
Rural Veterinarians Can Now Apply for Debt Relief Through New Colorado Program
The Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program site is now live, with information on the program, and an online application form. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine school in 2017 or later, and currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in Colorado for at least three years.
Drs. Tim Holt and Andrea Lear work with veterinary students treating cattle at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Education and Demonstration Center. (John Eisele/CSU Photo)
The Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program paves the way for veterinarians to work in rural communities where large and small animals — and their owners — need professional services. It was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 5, 2017.
Each year, the program council, appointed by the governor, will select up to four veterinary applicants who qualify for a maximum of $70,000 in loan repayment over a four-year commitment. Detailed information for applicants is available at velrp.colostate.edu.
“This is great news for not only the veterinarians receiving this award but for Colorado’s livestock industry,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “During recent years, there have been fewer livestock veterinarians offering services in Colorado; this program encourages veterinarians to serve in communities in need of their valuable service.”
Aug. 27, 2018 | Opening of the website and application process for veterinarians
Oct. 31, 2018 | Closing of the application process
Nov. 1 – 30, 2018 | Council review, deliberation and selection
Dec. 3, 2018 | Announcement of the successful candidates
Source: Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
BREAKING: Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed in Colorado
September 7, 2018 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) received presumptive positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test results on Friday, August 24, 2018 from the Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory. An additional confirmatory test was completed on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
The horse arrived at a Weld County, Colorado premises from another state on July 18, 2018. The horse did not have a negative EIA test or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) prior to entering the state of Colorado. CDA is working to confirm the traceback to the state of origin.
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office (CDA) has determined, with the help of records from the Brands Division and Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory, that approximately 230-250 horses had been on the premises during the same time as the index positive animal. Approximately 100 of these horses were sent to 20 other states across the country and those State Veterinarian’s are taking steps to locate, quarantine, and re-test those horses. (more…)
Secure Beef Supply Plan – What Producers Need to Know
Christy J. Hanthorn, DVM, MS and Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM
Swine producers are closely watching the growing African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Did you know there is a threat just as devastating that can impact cattle? That threat is foot and mouth disease (FMD).
The USDA values preparedness and funded the Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan (www.securebeef.org) to help producers prepare to protect their cattle from FMD. Colorado Department of Agriculture has been actively involved in the SBS Plan and has resources for feedyards and cow-calf operations:
South Carolina District Court Issues Injunction of the WOTUS Applicability Date Rule
Earlier today, the Federal District Court in South Carolina granted a motion from environmental groups, entering a nationwide injunction of the WOTUS Applicability Date Rule. As you all remember, earlier this year EPA added a February 6, 2020 applicability date to the 2015 Rule, providing time to repeal and replace the Rule without it going into effect. The South Carolina Court’s injunction is immediate. Due to the injunction, the 2015 WOTUS Rule is now effective law in 26 states. 24 states are protected by other federal court injunctions against the 2015 Rule (one in North Dakota that covers 13 states, and one in Georgia that covers 11 states).
NCBA is a member of the industry coalition litigating WOTUS in the Courts, and we are a party to the case in South Carolina where this injunction was issued. We are currently assessing our legal options to mitigate or overturn this ruling. We expect the government to fight it as well. If we are successful in overturning this decision, the 26 states currently under the 2015 Rule will return to the status quo.
We intend to work closely with our colleagues at EPA to determine how they will interpret this new injunction. Indeed, this administration is working to repeal the rule and replace it with a narrower definition. However, the current landscape is important to consider as your members go forward with any pending or future jurisdictional determinations. Citizen enforcement is possible, but such action likely does more harm to environmental groups than good, because it gives industry a practical example of the 2015 Rule’s jurisdictional overreach. (more…)
Gov Reappoints CLA Members to Beef Board
Governor Hickenlooper reappoints livestock producers to serve on the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors
Britt Dinis, a dairy farmer from Wiggins, will represent her fellow dairy farmers on the Board until her term expires on July 1, 2022. Britt currently serves on the CLA Board of Directors and is a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee.
Nolan Stone, S= Cattle Company
Nolan Stone, a cattle producer from Eaton, will represent the cattle feeding industry until his term expires on July 1, 2022. Nolan is the Immediate Past President of the Colorado Livestock Association and serves on the CLA Board of Directors.
Colorado Livestock Association would like to congratulate Britt and Norm on their reappointment! We are appreciative of their service to the livestock industry. (more…)
Calling all Women in Agriculture!
Commodity groups/organizations in Northern CO have come together to create an opportunity for you! This fall we will be hosting the 2018 Annie’s Project Women’s Retreat in the beautiful town of Estes Park, CO on September 27th-29th. During this conference you will participate in different presentations and discussions that will revolve around business management, record keeping, analyzing business entities, communication skills, estate/succession planning, and so much more!
The Annie’s Project is an organization dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. The program honors a woman who spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband and building a successful farming operation, together. The program was launched in 2003 and currently there are 33 states that are holding classes. Women have always played a role in agriculture, but they haven’t always had a platform to learn more, the Annie’s Project does just that.
CLA is thrilled to share this announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding CERCLA/EPCRA reporting requirements.
“On July 24, 2018, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final rule that made changes in regulations to conform to the FARM Act. The final rule also removes the regulatory text of EPA’s 2008 rule that provided an exemption to farms from reporting. The rule responds to the vacatur of the CERCLA/EPCRA reporting exemption from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.(more…)
CSU Finds Feedlot Solar to be Economically Feasible
Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center has completed 10 initial economic feasibility assessments for solar energy at Colorado feedlots, and the results are promising. Animal feeding operations participating in the ‘Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy’ (FASE) program would install solar arrays between four and 500 kilowatts to offset their electricity use. For reference, an average home in Colorado would need to install a five kW array to offset its electricity use. (more…)
Wildfire Livestock Health Management
As you are aware, wildfires are currently burning across many areas of Colorado. The impacts of these wildfires are wide-reaching and they include impacts to agriculture and livestock. To see a map of the current wildfires in Colorado, please visit: www.colorado.gov/dfpc/current-wildfires
If you have deceased livestock, please contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130. We will provide guidance on carcass disposal and coordinate with public health. Wildfire injuries in livestock should be addressed by a veterinarian. Please contact our office if you are unable to locate a veterinarian in your area. (more…)
CLA Members Talk Beef at the FOOD & WINE Classic
CLA members, Luke and Kate Larson, joined the team from the ‘Beef. Its What’s For Dinner.’ at their booth at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, CO to talk to consumers about the beef industry.
This was the first time Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. was the protein sponsor of the event held in Aspen. The checkoff also debuted their on-site virtual reality ranching experience at the event. Using this technology, attendees virtually ‘visited’ a farm or ranch where they learned how cattle are raised to produce beef. Luke and Kate, as well as members of the Beef Checkoff were there to answer questions about modern beef production and to tell consumers where their beef comes from. (more…)
Senate Passes Farm Bill – 86 to 11
Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 86 to 11. The bill can now proceed to a joint conference committee.
Passage of the bill today is another step forward, and holds the possibility of the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage before the current bill expires in September.
CLA applauds the U.S. Senate’s rejection of an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill offered by U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Cory Booker (N.J.) that sought to undermine commodity “checkoff” programs.
Colorado Livestock Association appreciates those senators who supported this critical legislation and were able to pass the bill before the upcoming recess. (more…)
LIVESTOCK HAULER UPDATE: Carrying ELD Exemption Paperwork in Trucks
The ELD delay for ag commodity haulers ended on Monday June 18, 2018. Livestock haulers had to start using ELDs beginning on Tuesday June, 18, 2018.
Livestock haulers have been carrying the document from the Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Association (FMCSA) that addressed that delay. However, the livestock ELD delay lasts until September 30th, 2018. This livestock specific delay was given to livestock haulers through the omnibus (Congress) and not FMCSA. NCBA requested documentation from FMCSA for the livestock hauling delay, but have not received the documents requested.
The omnibus documentstates the exemption from ELD’s for livestock haulers until September 30, 2018 at the bottom of page 2. NCBA’s Allison Rivera suggests that livestock producers have their haulers place this document in their cabs for law enforcement officers.
This should be sufficient, however if haulers start running into problems, please contact Allison at (980) 328-5132.
Weather-Related Sales of Livestock & Tax Implications
Image Credit: The Gazette, Bryan Oller
Southern Colorado is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Consequently, farmers and ranchers are being forced to make many related decisions such as whether to sell cows, buy feed, alter production schemes, etc.
It is important that producers understand the production, financial, and tax implications of their decisions. A fact sheet pertaining to the sale of livestock due to weather related conditions has been made available by Colorado State University Extension Specialist, Jeff Tranel.
Other tax resources are available at the websites below: (more…)
50th Annual Beef Improvement Federation
Colorado Livestock Association was a proud host and patron sponsor of the 50th Annual Beef Improvement Federation’s Annual Meeting and Research Symposium held in Loveland this past week. This event brought together industry professionals, producers and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry.
Many of the issues covered at the annual meeting lead to new research and research projects to benefit the beef industry as a whole, and members look forward to the following BIF Conventions to see the progress of these research projects. To learn more about the Beef Improvement Federation visit their website.
Hickenlooper Appoints Erik Mohrlang to State Brand Board
Erik Mohrlang, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado State Board of Stock Inspection to represent the confinement cattle industry for a term expiring May 1, 2022.
Erik is a CLA member and serves as the Dairy Council Chair and is the manager of Feldpausch Holsteins in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections. The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters. (more…)
CLA Applauds Governor’s Signing of Animal Feeding Operation Fee Bill
Senate Bill 18-033 the Environmental Ag Program Fee Bill was signed into law on May 29th, 2018 by Governor Hickenlooper. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Representative Jeni Arndt, and Representative Jon Becker, continues the current fee structure for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Environmental Ag Program (EAP). (more…)
CLA Members Represent Livestock Industry at Solid Waste Stakeholder Meeting
On March 26th, Colorado Livestock Association was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Hazardous Materials & Waste Management Division’s intent to modify Section 1.2 of the Solid Waste Regulations (6 CCR 1007-2, Part 1) definitions of agricultural waste, composting, and environmental media.
In CLA’s opinion, the proposed definition’s contained language that would have brought forth unintended consequences upon livestock agriculture and could have impacted the agriculture community’s exclusion from the solid waste regulations.
The CLA Natural Resources Committee submitted a letter to the Division expressing its concerns with the proposed language and requesting that the Division host a formal stakeholder meeting.
Upon receiving CLA’s comments the Division scheduled a stakeholder meeting which was held Thursday, May 3. Colorado’s livestock industry was well represented by livestock members, including; Justin Miller, Todd Sigmon, Jon Slutsky, Don Stieb, Pat Waite, Julie McCaleb, Bill Hammerich and Jessica Lemmel.
Also in attendance were regulatory consultants from AGPROfessionals including, Katharine Lotspeich, Patricia Spaine, and Bob Moser and representatives from the Colorado Pork Producers Council and Colorado Farm Bureau.
The revised definitions will be presented to the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission at the official rulemaking hearing on May 15th, 2018 at CDPHE.
Based on the agreed upon revisions from the stakeholder meeting, CLA plans to testify in support of the Division’s proposal.
CLA would like to thank its members who were engaged in this issue on conference calls and to those who attended the stakeholder meeting. In addition, thank you to AGPROfessionals for providing their regulatory consult and technical support. We believe that this collaborative process was critical to the positive outcome for livestock agriculture.
The CLA Natural Resources Committee members include; Gary Teague, Chair, Britt Dinis, Steve Gabel, Tom Haren, Chris Kraft, Joel Lemons, Julie McCaleb, Justin Miller, Erik Mohrlang, Todd Sigmon, Jon Slutsky, and Ed Wilgenburg.
Ag Financial Crisis Services
The Agricultural Economic Crisis is real.
The resulting stress is real. Let’s TALK about it.
Crisis can take many forms for many different people.
“When a farmer and rancher is facing a financial crisis, it can create an emotional toll on every aspect of life. From paying bills, to feeding their children, caring for the livestock and crops, retirement options, and even what they will be able to leave their heirs, the worry and anxiety can be overwhelming. The agricultural community has always come together to help our neighbors in a time of need and that is what this effort is all about: pulling together to help others through this stressful time. I encourage you to reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services if you, or someone you love, is struggling.” -Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture (more…)
Safe Farm Award Winners
The Colorado Livestock Association would like to recognize those members and safety group participants, who have an outstanding safety record, with Colorado Livestock Association’s Safe Farm Award.
2017 Safe Farm Award Recipients
Christensen Bros. Inc. – Weldona, CO
Dvorak Feeders – Burlington, CO
McClary Farms – Sedgwick, CO
Shea Feedlot – Delta, CO
The Safe Farm Award recipients were chosen based on several factors. The criteria includes: member of the CLA work comp group for at least two years, an active cost containment certification, two years of a loss ratio less than 25%, average 2 days or less to report claims, meets their designated medical provider requirements. (more…)
2018 CLA Legislator of the Year
Colorado State Representative Jeni Arndt recognized for her commitment to livestock producers in Colorado
From Left: Bill Hammerich, CLA Chief Executive Officer, Colorado State Representative Jeni Arndt, Nolan Stone, CLA Immediate Past President, and Steve Holdren, CLA Lobbyist
Representative Jeni Arndt
The Colorado Livestock Association named State Representative Jeni Arndt as its “Legislator of the Year” its recent Annual Meeting for her leadership and commitment to Colorado’s agriculture and livestock industry.
“Jeni believes that good politics and good legislation begins with good communication, early and often, and to reach out and engage those on both sides of any issue,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of Colorado Livestock Association. “She is a collaborator and she keeps her focus on the issue at hand and is not distracted by politics. CLA is honored to recognize her for her leadership and commitment to serve our state.” (more…)
2018 Colorado Livestock Association Top Choice Award Honoree
Colorado State University College of Ag Dean Ajay Menon receives Colorado Livestock Association’s highest honor
Nolan Stone, Colorado Livestock Association Immediate Past President, Dean Ajay Menon, Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, and Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Livestock Association.
At the 2018 Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) Annual Meeting, Dean Ajay Menon was presented with the Top Choice Award. The Top Choice Award is given by CLA to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to improving livestock agriculture in Colorado. Past honorees have come from all walks of life, but the common denominator has been that they have all embodied a deep-rooted belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of this state, this country and the world.
“Although his background, is not one steeped with great knowledge in the field of livestock production he does possess and brings to the position a strong business sense,” stated Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of CLA, “Dean Menon, is a man of courage and has not shied away from being an agent for change. CLA is honored to recognize him for his contributions to our land grant university and his efforts to make the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University world class.” (more…)
CLA Applauds Senator Bennett’s Co-Sponsorship of the FARM Act in Support of Colorado’s Livestock Industry
This week, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet signed on as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act that will relieve farmers and ranchers of burdensome reporting requirements under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) – a law originally passed in 1980 to provide for the cleanup of hazardous waste.
In response to an appeal made by the Colorado Livestock Association and other ag organizations in Colorado, Senator Bennet joined 19 other bipartisan Senators in support of this important legislation.
On behalf of Colorado’s livestock producers, the Colorado Livestock Association would like to recognize and thank Senator Bennet for his effort on this important issue and his commitment to Colorado’s livestock agriculture industry. (more…)
Join us for the 2018 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration!
Alicia Rainwater, The Center for Generational Kinetics
April 4-5, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland
CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday afternoon with species council meetings followed by the evening welcome reception and Colorado’s Finest Celebration, a delicious meal showcasing Colorado’s livestock industry. Join us and spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture! Thursday morning the CLA Annual Membership Meeting will be held to elect leadership and conduct Association business.
The highlight of this year’s event will be the presentation by Alicia Rainwater from The Center for Generational Kinetics. The Center for Generational Kinetics solves tough generational challenges with Gen Z, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers. Alicia will deliver a rare combination of research-based insight, unforgettable entertainment, and specific, practical solutions that you can use immediately to drive results. (more…)
Join us at the 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium
Cattle Market Update, Weather Forecast, GrassCast, Tools for Farm Transition and more!
The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 20, 2018. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
The 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will kick-off at 8:30am with a discussion on how to prepare for transitioning the family farm or ranch with Brent Bright, CPA, K-COE ISOM. Justin Derner a rangeland scientist for the USDA will present on Grass Cast a computer simulation model that producers and land managers can use to predict the forage-production potential of a given pasture before moving a herd onto it to graze. Brian Bledsoe Chief Meteorologist at KKTV 11 News, will share a weather forecast for producers. Derek Vote with Fed Beef Grading Operations & Beef Technical Services will discuss grading changes and attendees will hear a market update from Dr. Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University Department of Ag and Resource Economics.
Lunch is free to attendees and will be provided by the Colorado State University Meats Judging Team. Registration is complimentary, but please register by Friday, February 16, 2018. Register online at www.coloradolivestock.org or call the CLA office at (970) 378-0500.
Livestock Producers Get Paid for Excellent Safety Performance
Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.67 million in performance dividends
Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) members lead the livestock industry in their commitment to creating a safe workplace for their employees. Since the group’s inception in 2001, the CLA Safety Group Program has helped group members receive $1,672,898.00 in Safety Group Dividends from Pinnacol Assurance. These premium dollars are returned to safety group members in the form of a dividend that is based on their excellent safety record. (more…)
CLA’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award Presented in Sterling
Colorado State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg recognized for his commitment to livestock producers in Colorado
Julie McCaleb, CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair and Steve Holdren, CLA Lobbyist present the 2017 Legislator of the Year award to Senator Jerry Sonnenberg.
The Colorado Livestock Association named State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg as their “Legislator of the Year” this week for his work and commitment to Colorado’s agriculture and livestock industry.
“Senator Jerry Sonnenberg is a real-life farmer and rancher who has a deep-rooted understanding of and passion for agriculture in Colorado. This is most evident in his actions as he represents not just his constituents in Senate District One, but all of Colorado agriculture in carrying out his duties in the Colorado Senate,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of Colorado Livestock Association. “Because of his commitment to and support of agriculture in the legislative arena the Colorado Livestock Association is proud to recognize Senator Jerry Sonnenberg as the CLA 2017 Legislator of the Year.” (more…)
3rd Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium
Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 14, 2017. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry.
The symposium will kick off at 8:30 with a discussion about current water issues by Jim Yahn, North Sterling and Prewitt Reservoirs manager. Following, Jim Robb, Chief Executive Officer of the Livestock Marketing and Information Center (LMIC) will provide a market outlook. The LMIC has provided economic analysis and market projections concerning the livestock industry, since 1955.
Colorado Hog Producers Recognized As 2017 Gold Award Winners
Colorado Livestock Association members, Mountain Prairie Farms (Las Animas) and Smithfield Hog Production (Yuma), were recognized as Gold Leaders along with 165 companies for their outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in partnership with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, presented the 18th annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the Infinity Event Center in Glendale in October. The awards recognize Colorado organizations with gold, silver and bronze designations for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement. This year’s program recognized 21 new Gold Leaders, which join 90 other companies and organizations already designated as Gold Leaders. There currently are 37 companies designated as Silver Partners and 21 companies designated as Bronze Achievers.
Mountain Prairie Farms, LLC employees received the Gold Level Environmental Leadership Award. (From the Left) Robert Lovato-Farm Manager, Cristian Lopez- Farm Manager, John Lofdahl- Production Manager, Rick Ochoa- Maintenance Manager, Marguerite Tan- Environmental Engineer Lynette Myers, CDPHE Environmental Leadership Program, Kep Proctor- Support Services Manager, Justin Gallegos- Head of Department and Tracy Osborn- H.R. Manager
Julie McCaleb (Left) and Andrea Anderson (Right) accept the Gold Leader award on behalf of Smithfield Hog Production presented by CDPHE Environmental Leadership Program manager Lynette Myers (Middle).
“We are proud to recognize all of Colorado’s environmental leaders and work with them to reduce barriers to innovation while protecting public health and the environment,” said department Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk.
Colorado’s Livestock Producers Are Committed to Safety
Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that on average 240 agriculture workers suffer a “serious lost-work-time injury” each day. The rate of fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector continues to decline, but still remains the highest of any industry sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 children die each year in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. The skills and life lessons children learn while growing up on the family farm are priceless, but it is up to all of us to protect them and keep them safe.
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Youth in Agriculture
Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. For working youth, tractors were the leading source of fatalities followed by ATVs.
The skills and life lessons children learn while growing up on the family farm are priceless, but it is up to all of us to protect them and keep them safe.
For more information on ATV safety resources from High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety click here. (more…)
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Rural Road Safety
This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week!
Please remember that cell phones and rural roadways do not mix. Be careful around agriculture equipment on the roads at this busy time of year! Fall harvest and texting do not mix. Avoid texting whether you are operating farm equipment or driving your personal vehicle.
Announcing… CLA’s VISION Magazine and Membership Directory!
The 2017-2018 Colorado Livestock Association VISION magazine and membership directory is hot off the press and on its way to mailboxes across Colorado! This year’s edition features guest articles from Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture, Donna Moenning, Center for Food Integrity, Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America, Michael Formica, National Pork Producers Council and many, many more!
Read the digital edition online now!
Thank you to all of our advertisers and sponsors for their support of our annual publication. (more…)
Bill Hammerich-2017 Livestock Leader Award Honoree
Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer
Join the Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences for the Livestock Leader Reception to celebrate the 2017 Livestock Leader, William Hammerich. The reception will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Colorado State University Animal Sciences Building in Fort Collins, CO.
Bill Hammerich has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) since 2002. He grew up on a cattle and farming operation in Western Colorado and after graduating from high school he attended Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Following graduation, he began his working career with Monfort of Colorado, then Farr Feeders and was with the Sparks Companies before joining CLA. (more…)
Livestock Producers Gather for Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting
Greeley, CO – Over 250 producers, industry partners, students, government and agency representatives met at the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration on April 5-6, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.
Nolan Stone, CLA President, addresses the membership at the Colorado’s Finest Celebration, an annual event held in honor of Colorado’s livestock producers and their commitment to providing safe, affordable and wholesome food for the consumer.
A live demonstration was given by US Customs Border Protection Agent JoAnn Winks on how they protect the United States from foreign threats to our food supply at Denver International Airport.
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown receives Colorado Livestock Association’s Top Choice Award presented by Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of CLA for his efforts on behalf of livestock producers in Colorado.
CLA Species Councils met to conduct business and discuss issues specific to their industries on Wednesday afternoon. In the evening, members mingled at the Welcome Reception and dined on exceptional cuts of beef, lamb and pork at the Colorado’s Finest Celebration, an annual event held in honor of Colorado’s livestock producers sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance. (more…)
Commissioner of Ag Don Brown Selected as CLA Top Choice Award Honoree
The Top Choice Award is given by the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to livestock agriculture in Colorado. Past honorees have come from all walks of life, but the common denominator has been that they have all embodied a deep rooted belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of this state, this country and the world. CLA honored Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown with the Top Choice Award at the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting. “Commissioner Brown wears agriculture on his sleeve and is a great spokesperson, who tells the story of agriculture on behalf of farmers and ranchers in Colorado,” said Bill Hammerich, CEO of CLA. “He modestly introduces himself as ‘a farmer and rancher who happens to be the Commissioner of Agriculture’ and CLA is honored to recognize him for his contributions to our state.” (more…)
Colorado Livestock Association invites you to attend the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting and Colorado’s Finest Celebration to be held at the Embassy Suites, Loveland, CO on April 5-6, 2017. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday evening at the Welcome Reception, followed by Colorado’s Finest Celebration, to showcase Colorado’s livestock industry. Spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture! (more…)
Our Survival Depends on Trust; We Must Earn It
Vance Crowe, Monsanto
While in the United States Peace Corps a stranger came to my small village in Kenya and stood on a box to gather my fellow villagers around him. He delivered a powerful and convincing story so that he could sell vials of water that he claimed would protect the people from the malaria that was ravaging the community.
For years that experience haunted me. I longed for the chance to go back to that moment and knock the man off the box he stood on, or at least step between him and the people with my hands raised in warning. To ease the pain of failing to help that vulnerable community, I imagined myself begging them not to listen to this man who was only there to sew a story laden in false hope to sell on their deepest fears: the health of their families. The science was clear; if they had only trusted my lessons and not his story, they could have real protection from malaria. (more…)
Join us at the 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium!
CattleFax: Navigating the Cattle Cycle, Protecting America’s Agriculture at DIA, Managing Your Cattle & Your People
The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 21, 2017. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. (more…)
The Global Impact of Colorado Agriculture
Ajay Menon, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
When looking at the grand global challenges facing agriculture, the need to ensure that our food supply is safe, affordable, and sustainable comes to the forefront almost immediately. In the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, we have research programs that focus on the continued viability and profitability of Colorado’s diverse agricultural industry, of which livestock and the Colorado Livestock Association figure prominently. We know that agriculture is a significant economic driver in our state, contributing $41 billion to the Colorado economy and employing nearly 173,000 people, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. (more…)
Winners Meet High Bar for Workplace Safety and Risk Management
Kellee Mitchell, Colorado Livestock Association; Jack McClary, McClary Brothers; Kent Bamford, Bamford Farms, Inc.
Kellee Mitchell, Colorado Livestock Association; Jack McClary, McClary Brothers; Kent Bamford, Bamford Farms, Inc.
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, is honoring 55 policyholders with its Circle of Safety Award for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management.
“This year’s Circle of Safety winners are setting the standard in protecting their employees on the job, no matter what kind of hazards they face,” said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol’s president and CEO. “They’re an example of how to do it right, which keeps their employees safe and their businesses strong.” (more…)
Dr. Jay Ham, PhD, Colorado State University
Perhaps nowhere is ammonia from livestock under greater scrutiny than along the Front Range of Colorado. Increased levels of atmospheric nitrogen deposition are having a negative impact on the ecology of Rocky Mountain National Park, a crown jewel of the National Park System. While studies suggest many different sources are contributing to nitrogen deposition in the park (e.g., urban, out of state sources), much attention has been directed to the beef feedlots and dairies that populate the plains just east of the mountains.
Once ammonia enters the atmosphere it can convert to an aerosol and travel long distances from the source. Most of this fugitive nitrogen is eventually deposited back to the ground when scavenged from the air by precipitation. Unfortunately, this unintentional nitrogen transport and fertilization is having a negative ecological impact on pristine ecosystems around the globe. Thus, it is not surprising that livestock ammonia is an area of growing public concern and regulatory debate. (more…)
2nd Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium
CattleFax Market Outlook, Antibiotic Use, & Drones vs. Privacy
The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 15, 2016. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry. (more…)
Partners in Safety – CLA Safety Group
Pinnacol Assurance partners with the CLA Safety Group to provide big savings while protecting workers through safety group program.
Joe Newhouse, Pinnacol Assurance
“Never leave money on the table.” We’ve all heard this good advice, yet most of us fail to follow it at one time or another.
My hope is that you’ll consider joining nearly 100 other feedlot, dairy, swine, sheep, and cow and calf producers that participate in the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) safety group program through Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s premier workers’ compensation insurer. By participating in the group, you’ll leave no money on the table. (more…)
CLA Position on Amendments 69 and 71
The Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors has taken a position on the following proposed initiatives: (more…)
A Citizen’s Duty and Privilege
Steve Holdren, Capitol Strategies, LLC
Every four years people say, “ This could be the most important election of our time,” and honestly, this might be the year they’re right! The 2016 election is extremely important for our country and our state.
The balance of power lies in waiting on it’s results, our nation will elect a new President, the majority in the U.S. Senate could change parties, influencing important decisions, including appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, rights granted to the citizens by the constitution, environmental and regulatory change and the list goes on.
The balance of power in the Colorado Legislature may change too, although Colorado has traditionally been a checks and balances state, the majority margin in the senate is so narrow, the final vote count will ultimately decide, resulting in what could be Democratically controlled Legislative and Executive branches of state government.
The ballot again will be overrun by proposed amendments to the state’s constitution and statutes, although Colorado voters have an opportunity to create change in the initiative process, making it harder, yet more fair and equitable, to get amendments on future ballots. (more…)