Colorado Governor Polis Releases Rural Economic Blueprint
MONTROSE – Today Gov. Polis released the Rural Economic Blueprint, which outlines ways the administration will continue building a Colorado that works for everyone, especially those outside of the Front Range. This Blueprint will address concerns and challenges in rural communities by leveraging existing assets, building on innovative programs, and increasing efforts to ensure that all Coloradans have the opportunity to thrive.
“I ran on ensuring a Colorado for all where everyone in our state has the opportunity to thrive. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together to lower the cost of health care in rural areas and provide free, full-day kindergarten, and keep our economy on the right track,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are excited to unveil our rural economic blueprint, which we believe will lead to more prosperity all across our state from the Eastern Plains to Southern Colorado to the Western Slope. With true collaboration between rural communities and the state, we can truly build a Colorado for All.”
Colorado Water Conservation Board approves $100 million package for Arkansas Valley Conduit
DENVER — The Colorado Water Conservation Board unanimously approved a $90 million loan and $10 million non-reimbursable investment for the Arkansas Valley Conduit at its November meeting. The loan, which still requires approval by the Colorado Legislature, will assist in a $500 million project that is being planned by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Bureau of Reclamation. The AVC will bring clean drinking water to 50,000 people in 40 communities east of Pueblo in Bent, Crowley, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo counties. The Southeastern District and Reclamation are working to reduce project costs and the need for up-front federal funding in order to begin construction of the AVC project. About $30 million has been invested in planning since 2011.
“Poor water quality has been an issue in this area of the state since before Colorado even existed. All the way back to explorers traveling along the Arkansas River in the early 1800s noted the poor drinking water in their journals,” said CWCB board member Jack Goble, who lives in Hasty. “And the lack of clean drinking water still exists today. Taking a drive down Highway 50, you’ll pass by dozens of water filling stations, with at least one in almost every town in the Valley.” Continue reading
CO Farm Bureau 100th: Luncheon Recognizes County Farm Bureau Excellence
DENVER – NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – Colorado Farm Bureau recognized county farm bureaus, and individual members for their achievements in membership recruitment and County Awards of Excellence programs at Friday’s annual Awards Luncheon. Sixteen county Farm Bureaus were recognized for achieving producer or overall membership goal. A $500 incentive was provided to these counties with an additional $200 for those that reached their producer goal.
Awards of Excellence recognize counties who conduct innovative or successful programs in the areas of Membership; Communications/Outreach; Leadership Development, Local Affairs, and Policy Implementation. Counties apply for the recognition and submissions are rated by a panel of judges. This year, 15 counties submitted a total of 68 programs for recognition.
The President’s Award recognizes the top county farm bureau in each program area. The President’s Awards for 2019 were: Continue reading
Watch the entire opening session from the Colorado Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Meeting (Part 1 & Part 2) PLUS the interview with AFBF’s Zippy Duvall on Livestream – the webcast archives are available online now – https://livestream.com/BarnMedia/CFB100
Duvall, Ibach Address Annual Meeting Attendees
The BARN – Greeley, CO – November 22, 2019 – During a season of growing uncertainty, farmers and ranchers from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming will learn ways to survive and thrive at the 111th Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention. which was held in Greeley November 22-23.
Check out ALL of the audio from the video interviews that were conducted by The BARN: Continue reading
NACD: COALITION NAMES WISCONSIN TECHNICIAN WINNER OF CCA CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
WASHINGTON – Today, Nick Allen Guilette of Casco, Wis., was named as the inaugural recipient of the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award for his conservation work with AgSource Laboratories.
Since 2010, Guilette has been an advanced nutrient management and GPS technician for AgSource Laboratories, where his responsibilities include writing plans for 20 growers on more than 25,000 acres while also sampling soils in the spring and fall.
The CCA Conservationist of the Year Award annually recognizes a certified crop adviser who exhibits dedication to exceptional conservation delivery and customer service and has shown to be a leader in their industry.
“Mr. Guilette has contributed substantially to the exchange of conservation ideas within the agriculture industry,” said Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matt Lohr. “He is truly a leader in conservation.” Continue reading