09-05-18 EPA awards over $575,000 in wetlands grants in Colorado to bolster wetland assessments and the development of water quality tools and data

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EPA awards over $575,000 in wetlands grants in Colorado to bolster wetland assessments and the development of water quality tools and data

Colorado Natural Heritage Society and Colorado State University-Natural Heritage Program will provide invaluable resources to Roaring Fork and Aurora watershed stakeholders

Denver, Colo. (September 5, 2018) – EPA has awarded $575,333 in wetlands grants to two programs in Colorado to survey, assess, map and provide technological tools such as smart phone applications.

“The data these projects generate are important to understanding, protecting and restoring wetlands in the state of Colorado,” said Darcy O’Connor, Assistant Regional Administrator of the Office of Water Protection. “Supporting decision making with solid scientific data is the wise approach to wetlands protection.” Continue reading

09-05-18 USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas

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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs.

“At USDA, we know that for many rural communities the regulations that govern our programs can be outdated and difficult to navigate,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to simplifying our regulations and streamlining our program resources so we can be a better partner to rural leaders in building prosperity.” Continue reading

09-05-18 Opening Statement: Chairman Conaway – Farm Bill Conference Meeting to Consider H.R. 2

Opening Statement: Chairman Conaway – Farm Bill Conference Meeting to Consider H.R. 2

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Chairman Roberts, Ranking Members Peterson and Stabenow, fellow members of the conference committee, good morning. And good morning to all who have gathered here today to discuss a matter of great importance and urgency: the 2018 Farm Bill.  Continue reading

09-05-18 CSU Golden Plains Extension: WHEAT PLANTING

CSU Golden Plains Extension: WHEAT PLANTING

BURLINGTON, CO – The first step to planning for a wheat crop is observation of last year’s crop.  Observing different fields, attending wheat field days and reading about varieties will provide you with information to look at the newer wheat varieties and find varieties that fit your farming operation.

As you plan ahead, there are several things you can use as a guide that can affect your wheat yields:  planting date; seeding rate; and seed size. Continue reading

09-05-18 CSU Golden Plains Extension: Preventing Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

CSU Golden Plains Extension: Preventing Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Wheat Streak Mosaic in Wheat. Source: Stephen Wegulo, G. Hein, R. Klein, R. French. University of Nebraska publication EC 1871

BURLINGTON, CO – Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus is a viral disease that attacks wheat, oats and barley plants.   Some years our wheat crop experiences tremendously high levels of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus levels.  First documented in 1922, the disease has been present for a long time and is only transmitted by a vector, namely an insect called the Wheat Curl Mite.  Therefore, control strategies include managing this insect vector.  Continue reading

09-05-18 Harvesting Photos: Make NCGA’s Fields-of-Corn Contest a Bountiful One

Harvesting Photos: Make NCGA’s Fields-of-Corn Contest a Bountiful One
As harvest has either begun or looms on the horizon, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers, both amateur and professional, they are invited to help share our story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.
Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes. Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories including Corn, Growing Field Corn, Farm Family Lifestyle, Scenery/Landscape, Farming Challenges, SHP Conservation, one for the most popular as determined by Facebook “likes” and, new this year, True Grit. Continue reading

09-05-18 CFB: Ballot Initiatives Coming your way in November

CFB: Ballot Initiatives Coming your way in November

While the ballot has not yet been certified for the upcoming election, below is a quick preview of citizen-led initiatives. While numbers have not been certified and are subject to change, the current letter approvals are:

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09-05-18 US Congressman Buck Hosts Chairman Mike Conaway in Lamar and LaJunta on September 10th

Congressman Buck Hosts Chairman Mike Conaway @ Colorado Town Halls

Don’t forget to RSVP for these important events: 

Farm Bill discussions are still going strong and it’s more important now than ever to make sure Colorado voices are heard in the discussion. Agriculture practices in the West, and Colorado in particular, are different than other areas of the state.

The discussion is coming to southeastern Colorado on September 10, 2018.

Please join Congressman Ken Buck as he hosts Congressman Mike Conaway Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in Lamar and La Junta, Colorado for an agriculture-centered town hall discussing important issues facing Colorado farm and ranch families.

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09-04-18 The 146th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

The 146th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2018 Colorado State Fair has ended its 11-day run as Colorado’s premier celebration of youth and agriculture.
“Having started in July as the General Manager, this has been a transition year for the Colorado State Fair. The staff has done a great job getting us ready for this enormous event and I am looking forward to building on this year’s successes. In the meantime, we will continue our year-around service to Colorado while also starting to work on the 2019 Colorado State Fair,” said Scott Stoller, General Manager.
This year, 444,476 people attended the Colorado State Fair; last year, approximately 7-percent more people attended the Fair.
“Preliminary figures reflect increases in carnival revenue and I have heard positive feedback from those that came out to enjoy our agricultural shows and displays, music, carnival, and the many other entertainment and educational opportunities we provide,” continued Stoller.  “I’m also impressed with the projects submitted by our 4-H and FFA youth. Their hard work and dedication to the agricultural industry is evident.”
Highlights from the 2018 Colorado State Fair:
  • Fairgoers were treated to a variety of agricultural educational opportunities including horse shows, livestock competitions, small animals on display, an antique tractor museum, and a “Farmer for a Day’ in the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Ag Pavilion.
  • The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale accumulated over $495,500 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.
  • 36 Video Webcast archives of nearly 66 hours of Livestock Shows, Showmanships, Championship Drives of Junior and Open Livestock Shows from the Livestock Pavilion and the Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale – ICYMI watch ’em all again online – CLICK HERE
  • Six nights of rodeo included four PRCA Ram Rodeos and brought some of the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls to Pueblo followed by a Ranch Rodeo and Celebracion de los Charros.
  • The Colorado State Fair entertainment series included popular acts such as Old Dominion, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Oak Ridge Boys, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, monster trucks, and a demolition derby.
  • The State Fair General Entry department received nearly 4,400 entries by approximately 1,260 exhibitors in a variety of categories including fine arts, canning, quilts, crops, and cooking.
  • Over 200 commercial and food vendors sold products at this year’s Fair. An assortment of delicious fair food was offered to tempt taste buds including alligator on a stick, funnel cakes, BBQ, deep-fried goodies, and bacon wrapped turkey legs.
  • The Fair offered a wide variety of free, family attractions including surfing and stunt dogs, stilt walkers, butterflies, antique tractors, pig racing, a petting zoo, and three free music stages.
Results from the State Fair competitions continue to be posted at www.coloradostatefair.com.

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09-05-18 CSU Golden Plains Extension: Six New CSU Wheat Varieties Released!

CSU Golden Plains Extension: Six New CSU Wheat Varieties Released!

BURLINGTON, CO – Colorado State University (CSU) has released six new winter wheat varieties for planting by certified seed producers in the fall of 2018.  Among these varieties are two conventional hard red varieties, two hard white varieties, one hard red two-gene Clearfield wheat, and one hard red CoAXium wheat.  These new wheat varieties have been developed by Dr. Scott Haley, Colorado State University’s wheat breeding and genetics program leader.  After a wheat variety is released, ownership is transferred to the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and marketed under Colorado’s PlainsGold brand name.  Proceeds from these new varieties are then re-invested back into the CSU wheat breeding program, the CSU Crops Testing program, and other wheat-related research programs. Continue reading