12-31-13 BARN Media’s Top 10 Ag News Stories/Events of 2013…

The BARN CoAgNews Network logoTOP 10 Stories inside the BARN for 2013…

#1 – WDA: passing of longtime Colorado Dairyman Don Chapin/

#2 – 2013 History CO Centennial Farms/

#3 – 2013 Feeders & Friends Benefit in New Raymer August 17th/

#4 – CO FFA Foundation fundraising for CSU Agricultural Education Program/

#5 – 2013 CO State Fair Webcasts: Junior Livestock Shows-Showmanship-Sale/

#6 – USDA Rural Development Welcomes Trudy Kareus as New State Director/

#7 – 2013-CO FFA State Convention Session Webcasts June 5-6/

#8 – CO Energy Office Announces Senate Bill 13-252 Advisory Committee Membership/

#9 – CO Ag Leadership Program Travels to China: Interview w/Robyn Scherer/

#10 – K99 Ag Report Debut “Airing On The-Side of Agriculture” on Dec 2nd/

12-31-13 *PCEOC News* A New Year and a New Era…

The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this past week signaled the end of an era and heralded the beginning of another.  The era of concerted resistance to expansion of the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site is morphing into an era of vigilance, watchfulness, and accountability.  Ongoing efforts will continue relative to the current Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) to verify compliance and hold our Federal Government accountable to protect private property rights and assure historical and environmental oversight.  The watchdog efforts of groups like the Piñon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition (PCEOC) will obviously continue.

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12-31-13 *CMU News* Drought Could Be On The Way Back…

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After a very dry start, fall rain and early snow eased most of Colorado out of the intense drought we experienced in 2012 and the beginning of 2013.  Parched soils and trees soaked up the moisture, streamflows recovered, and next year’s water supply, in the form of snow, began building up nicely.

As of December 30, the Natural Resource Conservation Service reported that snowpack in the Colorado River Basin in Colorado was at 102% of the median for this date, while the Gunnison Basin was at 108%, as were the Yampa & White Basins, and the state’s southwestern river basins were at  102%.  This is down from a few weeks ago, but still looking pretty good.

All in all, the water situation is feeling more comfortable than it has for a couple of years.  Zooming out in time and space, though, provides a less comforting picture.

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* The Hope Center meets the Code of the West…

4H Logophoto 1By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Prowers County 4-H and The Hope Center have partnered to deliver Code of the West Happy Trails curriculum to third, through sixth graders.  The first principle the Hope Center youth have worked through is respect.  They have identified how it relates to their community, those around them and to themselves.  Lacey Mann and Kaye Kasza, Southeast Area agents, have delivered the program.

            “The Hope Center is an ideal set-up to deliver this fast paced, interactive program to all ages.  Lori Hammer and the entire staff have been delightful to work with and I look forward to more programming in 2014,” Mann said.       

            Twice a week the agents meet at the center to work with third and fourth graders one day and fifth and sixth graders the other day.  By breaking up these two age groups the lessons are delivered in a hands on environment. 

“This curriculum uses applied activities to help youth and adults think beyond their surroundings.  I have youth work through a variety of activities; some are individual and the others are team oriented, this way they develop self-confidence and working relationships,” Mann said.  Continue reading

12-31-13 *CO 4H News* Bent and Las Animas Community Center Partner with 4-H…

4H Logophoto (1)By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Over the past two months Bent County Extension agents Kaye Kasza and Lacey Mann have been working with third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders to deliver the Happy Trails Code of the West curriculum.  The first principle in Happy Trails is respect which includes building an understanding to make the community better, strengthening the relationship around you and building self-confidence.

“The Code of the West curriculum is interactive and applicable to all types of learning styles, especially kinetic.  We are very fortunate to have built a relationship with the community center and with these children,” Lacey Mann, CSU Extension 4-H agent said.

Once a week Kasza and Mann would meet at the center and break the youth into two groups; third and fourth graders in one group and fifth and sixth in the other.  The youth would work through a physical activity then into a stationary activity. 

“The best part about this curriculum is that is uses practical activities to help youth and adults think outside of the box.  I have youth play capture the flag and when the game is over I ask them if they learned something and it only takes a few seconds for them to think it over and say teamwork or communication,” Mann said.

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* District VI takes on National Western Round-Up…

4H LogoBy Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—District VI is sending a livestock quiz bowl team and a grand champion artistic clothing model to the 2014 National Western Round-Up Competition January 9 through 12 in Denver, Colo.  Rhett Larsen, Chad Russell, Blake Muller and Joel Souders make up the livestock quiz bowl team and Kylee Holden will compete in the modeling contest.  The livestock quiz bowl team consists of members from Crowley, Otero and Prowers counties, Holden is from Prowers County.

“As a co-superintendent of this national quiz bowl contest I am even more excited to have our District VI team be the first Colorado team to compete in this livestock quiz bowl contest.  I am truly grateful for Crop Risk Advisor’s support to help make this quiz bowl possible,” Lacey Mann, Prowers and Bent Counties 4-H Agent said.  “This is the first year in over five years that we have had any representation from our corner of the state and I know the team and Holden will do well.”

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* 4-H Officer Leadership Retreat…

4H LogophotoBy Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—The Prowers and Bent 4-H Council officers retreated to Trinidad, Colo. on December 22 through 23 to set goals, build working relationships, gain leadership skills and have a little bit of fun.  Seven Prowers officers and five Bent officers traveled together so they could share their successes and help one another learn how to avoid obstacles for the upcoming 4-H year.

This is the second annual leadership officer retreat which was created last year by Theresa Butler, Prowers 4-H president. She wanted an activity that would build camaraderie among the Prowers officers and give them a chance to plan the upcoming year.  It was so successful that she wanted to invite other Southeast Area 4-H Council officers to participate this year.

At this year’s retreat the officer began by setting individual S.M.A.R.T. goals; specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. SMART goals are designed to help youth members narrow their focus and measure their progress.  Amy Kelley, SEA Agent in Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties, led the group through parliamentary procedure.  Kelley even encouraged them to join the soon to form District VI Parli Pro team.

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12-31-13 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced several Boards and Commissions appointments today. The appointments were to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education: the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council; the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board; the Colorado State Child Fatality Prevention Review Team; the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles; the Radiation Advisory Committee; the State Board of Accountancy; the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council; and the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education sets policies for all state-supported institutions of higher education. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The member appointed for a term expiring July 1, 2015:

  • John L. Anderson of Durango, to serve as a member west of the Continental Divide, a representative of the 3rd Congressional District and as a Republican, and occasioned by the resignation of  Kevin Lamar Reimer of Grand Junction.

The Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council fosters a healthy food supply available to all Coloradans while enhancing the state’s agricultural and natural resources, encouraging economic growth, expanding the viability of agriculture, and improving the health of our communities and residents. The council makes recommendations to the General Assembly and to the appropriate regulatory agencies, not to create policy. The member appointed for a term expiring Oct. 7, 2016:

  • Victoria Marie Treski of Denver, to serve as a representative of food wholesalers or food retailers

The Colorado Juvenile Parole Board grants, denies, modifies, suspends or revokes parole for juvenile delinquents committed to the Department of Human Services. The appointments must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The members appointed for terms expiring Nov. 15, 2017: Continue reading

12-31-13 USDA Announces No Actions in early 2014 under the Feedstock Flexibility Program…

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA does not expect to take any actions under the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP) in the first calendar quarter of 2014. This announcement is required quarterly by the 2008 Farm Bill and determined based on crop and consumption forecasts.

The December 2013 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/latest.pdf) projects a level of U.S. FY 2014 ending sugar stocks that is unlikely to lead to forfeitures under the CCC sugar loan program. USDA may activate the FFP if sugar loan program forfeitures are expected. USDA closely monitors U.S. sugar stocks, consumption, imports and other sugar market variables. The department will reconsider action under the FFP prior to April 1, 2014.

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“Senators Pose Concern About House Farm Bill Provision to Senate Ag Committee”

Thirteen senators have written a letter to Senate Ag Committee leaders about concerns regarding the Sound Science Act provision in the House Farm Bill. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey says this provision would stifle high-quality science and decision-making across the federal government – and undermine protections for public health, safety and the environment – according to Agri-Pulse. A section of this provision would even require federal agencies to have guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of scientific information the agencies rely on. These 13 Senators believe the provision would block federal scientists from using new techniques and technology, prevent the use of standard scientific tools and open the door for lawsuits from special interest groups.

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“USFRA’s Transparency Survey Provides Insight Into Consumer Decisions”

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently released the results of its consumer transparency survey. For this survey – USFRA surveyed consumers on the importance of transparency in making and marketing food – including meat products. Meatingplace reports one result is that 59-percent of consumers say it’s extremely important for grocery stores and restaurants to provide information about the way the food they sell is grown and raised. More than half of respondents say they want more information than they currently receive. Another result is that 40-percent of consumers in their 20s say they often or always buy or order one food item over another because it offered more information about how or where it was grown or raised. Only 32-percent of consumers in their 30s and 40s say the information influences their purchasing decisions and 24-percent of consumers from 50 to 65-years-old say it impacts their decisions. Forty-percent of all respondents say the lack of information on where food comes from sends the message the industry has something to hide – but only 27-percent said most people don’t want to know more. Twenty-four-percent said they understood the information is difficult to provide to consumers – and 10-percent said there’s enough information available currently. In response to these results – USFRA believes the message of safe, affordable and abundant food falls flat with audiences. USFRA suggests food manufacturers should acknowledge consumer concerns and focus on the future with a commitment to continuously improve. USFRA says consumers seem to respond more to personal stories and concrete examples instead of generalities. Continue reading

12-30-13 The 2014 Crop Production Clinic in Lamar, CO on Jan 8th…Make Plans to Attend!

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Area farmers are invited to a Crop Production Workshop sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Colorado State University Extension.

The workshop will take place in the Bowman Building at the Lamar Community College on Wednesday January 8th, 2014.

The program will start at 9:30 am.  Topics to be discussed are best management practices for irrigated corn, nitrogen management, sorghum production, resistant weed control, as well as precision technologies.

The program has been approved for CCA and CEU credits.  Lunch will be provided. For more information on the program and directions to Lamar Community College please contact your local Extension Office or Wilma Trujillo at 719 336-7734 or wilma.trujillo@colostate.edu.

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10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

  • Station 1: Dr. Cory Mills – Limited Irrigated Corn Management
  • Station 2: Jack Lyons – Weed Management
  • Station 3: Eric Moore – Pioneer360
  • Station 4: Russell French – Fertility Management in Corn and Alfalfa

11:00 a.m. to Noon:

  • Station 1: Dr. Brian Arnall – Precision Technologies for Nitrogen Placement
  • Station 2: Jonathan Handy – Pesticide Safety and Record Keeping
  • Station 3: Cole Randol – Pioneer Corn Technologies
  • Station 4: Russell French – Best Management Practices for Sorghum Production

Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Cafeterial

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.:

  • Station 1: Dr. Brian Arnall – Precision Technologies for Nitrogen Placement
  • Station 2: Jack Lyons – Weed Management
  • Station 3: Cole Randol – Pioneer Corn Technologies
  • Station 4: Russell French – Fertility Management in Corn and Alfalfa

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:

  • Station 1: Dr. Cory Mills – Limited Irrigated Corn Management
  • Station 2: Jonathan Handy – Pesticide Safety and Record Keeping
  • Station 3: Eric Moore – Pioneer360
  • Station 4: Russell French – Best Management Practices for Sorghum Production

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12-30-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* Regional Grain Price Report: December…

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The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in December, at 180 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, declined 4 points (2.2 percent) from November. The Crop Index is 6 points (3.1 percent) lower and the Livestock Index is down 1 point (0.6 percent). Producers received lower prices for corn, oranges, wheat, and hogs but higher prices for soybeans, milk, eggs, and rice. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Decreased marketing of corn, cattle, soybeans, and calves more than offset the increased monthly movement of wheat, milk, broilers, and cotton.
The preliminary All Farm Products Index is down 19 points (9.5 percent) from December 2012. The Food Commodities Index, at 185, declined 3 points (1.6 percent) from last month and 1 point (0.5 percent) from December 2012.

Prices Paid Index Down 1 Point
The December Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is 213 percent of the 1990-1992 average. The index is down 1 point (0.5 percent) from November and 4 points (1.8 percent) below December 2012. Lower prices in December for complete feeds, concentrates, supplements, and potash & phosphate more than offset higher prices for LP gas, feeder pigs, diesel, and self-propelled machinery.

For a full copy of the report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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“Smithfield Foods Business Looks Good Moving Into New Year”

Despite a 4.2-million dollar second quarter loss – Agri-Pulse reports Smithfield Foods President and CEO Larry Pope says the base business is fine. Pope says the numbers involved in the loss are a bit messy – and he believes this should be put aside until the beginning of 2014 when numbers become clearer and easier to understand. The company blames weak results in its pork division and 52-million dollars in expenses from its recent acquisition by Shuanghui International for the loss. Pope says Smithfield’s fresh pork business has been weak the entire fiscal year from closed markets in Russia and somewhat in China – and the yen-dollar exchange rate in Japan – which he says has significantly impacted the Japanese business. Packaged beef is very solid – according to Pope. He says 2014 looks very bright – and he expects hog production to have a strong year. Despite this loss – Pope says Smithfield Foods is in very good shape moving into 2014.

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“Russian Meat Ban Costly for U.S.”

Meatingplace reports U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says Russia’s ban on U.S. pork and beef products due to fears about ractopamine – which was imposed in February – has cost the U.S. 5 to 6-billion dollars since that time. McFaul says he will personally continue to work with Russia to get Moscow to remove this ban on U.S. meat imports. Close to two-dozen countries have approved ractopamine as safe to use – but several other countries – including the European Union, China and Taiwan – have joined Russia on banning the use of ractopamine. Continue reading

12-27-13 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

The ASI staff wishes each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! 

Charleston Trivia and Convention Update

Charleston’s first baseball team was the Sea Gulls, established in 1886, and is now called the Charleston Riverdogs. Part owner and director of fun is actor Bill Murray. The Riverdogs stadium is located next door to the convention hotel.

Sleeping Rooms: Sleeping rooms at the Marriott Charleston are now sold out for the dates that we are going to be at the hotel. If you have not yet reserved your sleeping room, there are a couple alternative hotels to consider.

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any sleeping rooms that may open up at the Marriott, please email Judy Malone at judym@sheepusa.org with your arrival and departure dates and she will place you on the wait list on a first-come first-served basis. Be sure to also make your hotel reservations at one of the alternate locations.

GIPSA Lamb Report Released

On Dec. 20, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) Packers and Stockyards Program (P&SP) released its report, “U.S. Lamb Market in 2010, 2011 and 2012.” The P&SP initiated an investigation of the lamb market on Oct. 18, 2012, after eight U.S. Senators requested an investigation in a joint letter to the Secretary of Agriculture’s office. One U.S. Representative also requested the investigation in a separate letter. The letters addressed a broad range of issues in the lamb market, but a large swing in prices was at the root of the complaints.  Continue reading

12-27-13 *CCALT News* Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award…

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The Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust are now accepting applications for the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.Applications are due by February 3, 2014.

The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes landowners who exemplify the land ethic of Aldo Leopold, translating their love for the land into responsible stewardship and management.

12-27-13 *CCALT News* Hutchinson Ranch in Salida, CO Protected…

Courtsey TPL and Darcy KiefelCCALT LogoCCALT and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) are excited to announce the completion of the Hutchinson Ranch Conservation Initiative. The Hutchinson Ranch is the oldest family-owned ranch in the Upper Arkansas River Valley and one of the last remaining ranches along US Highway 50 between the growing towns of Salida and Poncha Springs.

The ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by Joseph Hutchinson and has been passed down from generation to generation. It is currently operated by Abby Hutchinson who represents the sixth generation of the family to work the ranch.
Help CCALT and the Hutchinson family celebrate the protection of their ranch.  The Hutchinson’s will be hosting the CCALT annual Sunset BBQ this year on August 23, 2014 so be sure to save the date!  The ranch is located near Salida, Colorado and we hope you can come and join the celebration!

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“Midwestern Governors Urge Officials to Reconsider RFS Reductions”

Midwestern members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition have sent letters to President Barack Obama, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing support for the Renewable Fuel Standard in response to the EPA’s proposed reductions for 2014. The letters reference an Iowa State University estimate that corn prices could drop 19-cents per bushel based on the proposed rule and bring corn prices below the cost of production for producers. The proposed rule also could cause a ripple effect on agribusiness, rural communities and the U.S. economy – according to the governors. The governors urge President Obama to encourage the EPA to increase the biodiesel volume to reflect current production levels, modify the cellulosic target to match production expectations and reinstate the statutory conventional renewable fuel target since there is no domestic supply shortage. For more information on this coalition – visit www dot governors biofuels coalition dot org (www.governorsbiofuelscoalition.org).

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“USDA’s Ag Coexistence Plan Comment Period Extended”

Agri-Pulse reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture published its proposal in November to strengthen agricultural coexistence in the United States. USDA has decided to extend the comment public period for 60 days – which makes the new deadline March 4th. Coexistence is defined as the concurrent cultivation of crops produced through diverse agricultural systems – including traditionally produced, organic, identity preserved and genetically engineered crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the department supports all forms of agriculture and wants each sector to be as successful as possible – providing products to markets in the U.S. and abroad. Continue reading

12-26-13 Rabobank Beef Quarterly Q4: High Global Prices to Continue as Supply Remains Tight…

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ST. LOUIS (December 26, 2013) — The Rabobank Global Cattle Price Index has risen by 6 percent since June, driven by lower-than-expected beef supply in the main exporting countries and strong Asian demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group.

According to the report, supply will remain tight, especially in 1H 2014, driven by lower feed costs, induced herd rebuilding in the U.S. and the strong export demand from Brazil and Argentina, which will continue to support strong prices. In 2014, Rabobank forecasts continued high prices while global beef supply is expected to rise only slightly, meanwhile China’s demand for imports are expected to increase. The recent announcements to (re-)open import markets will benefit beef trade going forward.

Rabobank analyst Albert Vernooij says,  “the Rabobank Global Cattle Price Index improved further in H2 2013, supported by both continuing strong Chinese import growth and lower-than-expected supply in the main export markets making cattle prices mainly positive.”

The market has been unable to reach its full potential due to consumers’ resistance against high prices in the United States and the European Union, still two of the main beef markets. In addition, exchange rate movements have impacted the competitive position of exporters, resulting in Brazilian and Argentine beef becoming increasingly attractive and leading to a surge in exports.

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12-26-13 *CDA News* Bovine Trichomoniasis Update…

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis.

  • As of 12/25/2013, there is one positive trich location in Park County.
  • So far this year there have been ten trich cases in six counties: Park, La Plata, Costilla, Las Animas, Otero, and Archuleta
  • A map detailing trichomoniasis sample submissions by county and the prevalence for trichomoniasis-positive counties can be found at www.colorado.gov/ag.

“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd.”

“Trich” is a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle.  If bulls become infected, the percentage of open cows can increase from 5 to 30 percent.

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12-26-13 Inside NRCS-CO with Program Director Sarah Brooks: EQIP, WHIP & CSP Program Application Deadlines…

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EQIP, WHIP & CSP applications are due by January 17th

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 26th, 2013  – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN is Sarah Brooks, Program Manager from Colorado’s Natural Resource Conservation Service…and we will be discussing some important signup deadlines regarding the Enviromental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the upcoming January 17th, 2014 deadline to get application deadline.

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For additional information about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado and the EQIP, WHIP or CSP Programs, please visit your local NRCS Office or log on to: www.co.nrcs.usda.gov or please call 720-544-2810.