U.S. Beef Exports Continue to Outperform Pre-BSE Levels

Agriculture - Livestock

Following the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003, U.S. beef and beef product exports fell. Since 2003, USDA has led a multi-agency, full-court press, dedicating significant resources to restore foreign market access for U.S. beef. As a result, U.S. beef shipments had regained pre-BSE volumes by 2011 and even reached record values by 2014. Another central element of the U.S. strategy to maintain and expand foreign market access is insistence on policies that are based on the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

83 Percent of State's Corn Crop Remains in 'Good' Or 'Excellent' Condition 

Agriculture - Corn

The Colorado corn crop's overall condition continues looking solid, according to a recent USDA report. As of Sunday, 17 percent of Colorado's corn crop was in "excellent" condition; 66 percent was listed as "good;" 14 percent was "fair;" 2 percent was "poor;" and only 1 percent was listed as "very poor."

Additionally, the state's crop is about caught up in terms of how much corn is entering the doughing stage. As of Sunday, 30 percent of the state's crop was in its doughing phase, which is just behind the five-year average of 34 percent. 

SBA Announces $186,140 Award for Colorado to Support Small Business Trade Growth

Colorado Business

2016 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award supports small business export growth across state

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced this week that the State of Colorado has been awarded $186,140 through the agency's competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support export growth among Colorado small businesses.