Farmers Across America Endorse Rural Students for $528,000 in Scholarships


Across America 352 students have recently been awarded $1,500 scholarships from America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides post-high school scholarships to help them develop the skills needed to fill thousands of agriculture jobs in a variety of fields - including farming, agronomy, education, engineering, business management and many more. Farmers play a vital role in the program by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.

U.S. Grain Elevators Facing A Host Of Challenges In New Crop Year

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Low volatility, ample inventories and other factors combining to pressure profit margins for grain merchandisers

U.S. grain merchandisers are beginning the new-crop growing season facing significant challenges, according to a new research report by CoBank. Low price volatility, ample grain and oilseed inventories, slow farmer selling and an anemic export program suggest elevators are in for a difficult 2016-2017 season.

Cattle on Feed

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger

was estimated at 900,000 head as of May 1, 2016. The latest inventory represents no change from last month or from the

May 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 135,000 head of fed cattle

during April 2016. This was 10 percent below the previous month's marketings, but 13 percent above the marketings one

USDA Update

USDA Update



March 15 - July 15th - Primary Nesting Season for CRP.  No practice or management activity allowed.

May 31 - Last day to request commodity loan for 2015 grain sorghum, corn and sunflowers

July 15th - Production submission deadline for 2015 NAP crops.

July 15th -  Acreage reporting deadline for planted spring crops and CRP

Hay Producers Needed for Annual Publication

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By Christi Lightcap CDA

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2016 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication, celebrating its 30th anniversary, markets Colorado hay to buyers.

"For 30 years the Colorado Hay Directory has been a vital tool for hay producers and buyers," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "We continue to get calls from hay buyers around the state and nation requesting copies of this popular publication."