01-16-17 CSU Ext: Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshop

CSU Ext: Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshop

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS                                                              

By: Mallory Sikes, CSU Extension Agent

Contact: mallory.sikes@colostate.edu or (719)523-6971


Colorado State University Extension to Deliver Estate Planning Workshops

Planning how to transfer your farm, ranch, or other business to the next generation is difficult. Just as is planning for retirement and formalizing your estate plan. The many emotional issues involved with such planning causes us to procrastinate. We don’t want to make some of the tough decisions, so we don’t! Continue reading

Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount!


Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Take the survey at youngfarmers.org/survey



Colorado egg farmers share new research and ways to get healthy in the New Year

DENVER – January 2017 – It can be tough to get your health back on track after the feasts and treats that come along with the holiday season. If you have set health and wellness resolutions for the New Year, then you will benefit from adding eggs to a balanced diet, thanks to the high-quality protein and essential vitamins eggs provide. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to help Coloradans on the road to good health this year by educating you on the many health benefits of the incredible, edible egg.

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01-16-17 WDA News: Dairy Day at the 2017 Colorado Farm Show

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This year at the Colorado Farm Show, Dairy Day will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Room A at the Island Grove Events Center in Greeley from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Featured speakers include Dr. Pablo Pinedo, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences at CSU, who will be giving an update on dairy-related research activities at Colorado State University; Marie teVelde, Director of Farm Practices at Dairy Farmers of America, who will be speaking about the National Dairy FARM Program; Dr.David Erf, geneticist at Dairy Technical Services, who will be speaking about what we learn when we genomic test and what is new in genomics; Kevin Paul, Managing Partner, Heizer/Paul LLP giving an update on farm labor; and Tom Haren, CEO of AGPROfessionals will be speaking about the future of dairy development.

For more information on Dairy Day, including information on their travel voucher giveaway, click here.

01-16-17 WGA: Garrett Ranch Receives 2017 Leopold Conservation Award® as Part of Wyoming’s Environmental Stewardship Award Program

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Contact Haley Lockwood at 307.638.3942 or haley@wysga.org

Contact Sand County Foundation: Jenni Le (608) 663-4605 Ext. 32


Garrett Ranch Receives 2017 Leopold Conservation Award® as Part of Wyoming’s Environmental Stewardship Award Program

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Garrett Ranch has been named the 2017 recipient of the Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award®, presented in partnership by Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association through their Environmental Stewardship Award Program.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” Continue reading

01-16-17 CFA: Readers Needed for Colorado Ag Literacy Project

CFA: Readers Needed for Colorado Ag Literacy Project


Colorado Literacy Project brings Colorado Farmers and Ranchers into the classroom to read a book about agriculture to students. Teachers register their classes with CFA to let us know they want a volunteer to visit and read to their students.

During March, April and May students and their teachers can learn about food from the Colorado farmers and ranchers who produce it. Continue reading

01-16-17 Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Institute Scholarships Available…

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AgriCULTURE in the Classroom Summer Institute

Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Institute Scholarships Available…

You can choose to attend:

RIFLE – June 12-16, 2017 or

FORT COLLINS – June 19-23, 2017

DENVER – June 26-30, 2017

This is a five day course designed for teachers who have little or no agriculture background.

You can receive 3 continuing credits from CSU.

Institute cost: $250 (scholarships available to pre-registered educators)

Sign up today to reserve space and to apply for a scholarship for 2017 Food, Fiber &  More AITC Summer Institute.

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01-16-17 NCBA/PLC Support Confirmation of Rep. Zinke for Secretary of Interior

NCBA PLC logosNCBA/PLC Support Confirmation of Rep. Zinke for Secretary of Interior

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council released the following statements today in support of the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) for the Secretary of Interior:

“During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Zinke has consistently advocated for our western communities, economies, and ranchers,” said Tracy Brunner, NCBA president. “He has demanded transparency and the inclusion of stakeholders when it comes to land management decisions, and has a strong understanding of the challenges that come with stewarding the West.” Continue reading

01-16-17 Interim Steps Create Additional Fresh Potato Access to Mexico


Interim Steps Create Additional Fresh Potato Access to Mexico

On January 13, SAGARPA, the Agriculture Department of Mexico, published on their website the Pest Risk Assessment for U.S. potatoes and the Requirement Sheet for the import of U.S. potatoes beyond the 26-kilometer border zone.  SAGARPA and APHIS must still clearly define the process by which imports will be allowed and exports executed.  Growers and shippers in the U.S. and importers and retailers in Mexico will need to consult with APHIS and SAGARPA respectively to understand the exact requirements.  It is also still being determined if any previous legal actions taken by the Mexican growers will prevent actual imports.

The publication of this new set of rules to facilitate the movement of U.S. fresh potatoes to Mexico is an important and very positive step in a 15-year process to gain access to all areas of Mexico.  

It will be necessary for SAGARPA to publish a permanent decree to formalize the expanded market access. Publication of that decree should occur in 60 to 90 days.  Until the publication of that document the requirements published January 13, will govern potato shipments to Mexico beyond the 26 km zone. 

Growers and shippers in the U.S. should also be aware that interruptions of potato trade to Mexico could be possible if the filing of any additional lawsuits results in injunctions to stop implementation of the requirements.