08-22-18 CDA News: Annual Directory Promotes Colorado Hay…

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CDA: Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Hay

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The 2018 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is now available.
“With dry conditions in Colorado and across the country, this publication helps connect horse and livestock owners with the hay they need,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It is a valuable resource for both producers and buyers.” Continue reading

12-04-17 Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook for 2017 Orders Being Taken Now

2017 Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook Orders Being Taken Now

*UPDATED* The 2017 edition of the Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook is currently in production and orders are being taken now for your copy. This publication is a permanent and often used item in many farm, ranch and agribusiness offices in Northeastern Colorado. This resource book contains the latest university research for high plains agriculture in Colorado.  Most of the research results presented in the handbook are conducted on local farms and ranches in the area.

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10-06-17 CSU Offers Free Solar Assessments for Animal Feeding Operations

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Colorado State University Offers Free Solar Assessments for Animal Feeding Operations

Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free solar energy assessments for Colorado animal feeding operations. The assessments will provide feedlots and diversified farms that include livestock with estimated system sizes, costs, savings, and other information needed to decide whether investing in a solar array is a sound investment. Solar systems could be installed on buildings, open space, or even as shade structures over open feedlots. The solar arrays to be evaluated would be tied into the grid and used to offset the electricity costs of pumping water, lighting, ventilation, or other agricultural uses. Continue reading

07-11-17 CSU Golden Plains Ext News: PEST ALERT – Western Bean Cutworm

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Early western bean cutworm instars (left) lack the identifying black rectangles that develop with older larvae (right). (Purdue Entomology photo/John Obermeyer)

CSU Golden Plains Ext News: PEST ALERT – Early emergence of western bean cutworm moth in northeastern Colorado

Issued by Assefa Gebre-Amlak (PhD) Extension Specialist, Pest Management, CSU Extension

We are seeing early emergence of western bean cutworm moth in most parts of northeastern Colorado this year. According to the historic monitoring data, the moth population will peak between the third week of July and first week of August in Colorado (www.nocopestalert.com). Continue reading

05-16-17 CDA News: Annual Directory Promotes Colorado Hay…

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CDA: Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Hay

BROOMFIELD, Colo.-The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2017 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
“We receive calls from across the country requesting information about Colorado hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “This publication helps Colorado producers market their hay.” Continue reading

01-17-17 CDA: Resources Available for Farms Looking to Develop and Expand Wholesale Markets

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Resources Available for Farms Looking to Develop and Expand Wholesale Markets

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–The Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University (CSU) Extension are partnering with the MarketReady team from the University of Kentucky for a two-day course on scaling-up farm businesses for wholesale markets. Potential markets include grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and food distributors.
The training will be held on February 15 and 16, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Broomfield office. Program topics include packaging, labeling, pricing, supply, delivery, storage, invoicing, insurance, quality assurance and temperature control, and communication strategies with buyers. While both days constitute a train-the-trainer workshop, day two is specifically designed for farmers and ranchers, with breakout sessions to develop produce and meat marketing skills and a buyer panel. Registration fees vary, with group discounts for farmers available. Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for details,registration and agenda. Continue reading

01-13-17 CDA: Grants Available to Benefit Colorado’s Specialty Crops

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Grants Available to Benefit Colorado’s Specialty Crops

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chiles and hops. To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod. Continue reading

01-04-17 CDA: Deadline Approaching for Inclusion in Annual Farm Fresh Publication

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Deadline Approaching for Inclusion in Annual Farm Fresh Publication

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– Growers can market their products to consumers statewide through the annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. Published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Farm Fresh promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. The 2017 edition is being organized, and producers are encouraged to submit their information for inclusion. Continue reading

10-06-15 October 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter…

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October 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter

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Calendar

October National Farm to School Month

October 6 Colorado Eastern Plains Agritourism Day, Genoa

October 6 Fermentation Class, Centennial

October 13 Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium, La Junta

October 16-20 Eat Denver Harvest Week

October 18-December 6 Larimer County Building Famers Program

October 19 Let’s Talk Insurance for Food/Beverage Businesses, Denver

October 20-21 Produce Safety Rule Training, Brighton

October 24 Navigate the Regulation Maze Workshop, Salida

October 27 Naturally Boulder’s Pitch Slam, Boulder

November 2-3 Colorado Restaurant Show, Denver

November 6 Colorado Cheese Festival, Longmont

December 5 Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum, Denver

December 6 Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market, Denver

January 7-22 National Western Stock Show, Denver

January 24-26 Colorado Farm Show, Greeley

February 21 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Annual Conference, Denver

February 22 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Denver

May 23-24 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, Denver

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Navigate the Regulation Maze Workshop, Monday, October 24, 2016, 9:30am-2:30pm, in Salida Colorado. Find answers to food and agriculture regulations all in one room. This workshop is intended to bring local and State employees who manage regulation to you! Food and agriculture-based businesses of all sizes welcomed and encouraged to attend. Topics of discussion are to include: Using insects to control noxious weeds and pests, grading produce and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, egg and meat regulations, Food Safety Motorization Act (FSMA), Farm Products and Commodity Handlers Program, Cottage Food information, manufacturing regulations, food safety and handling. Get the big picture of our food system in one afternoon, a must for all in the industry. Visit https://events.egov.com/ eventreg/CO/registrant.htm? action=new&_event= navigatetheregulationmaze to register, $15/person, which includes lunch. Contact Shaina Knight atShaina.Knight@state.co.us for more information.

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05-19-16 CDA News: Hay Producers Needed for Annual Publication

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Hay Producers Needed for Annual Publication

BROOMFIELD, Colo.-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.”

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02-22-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Members Attend Youth Fest…

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Southeast Area 4-H Judges’ Training

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Southeast Area— Twenty four 4-H members and three 4-H Agents attended the 2016 Youth Fest 4-H Camp held February 5th through 7th at the Ponderosa Retreat Center near Larkspur, Colorado. The counties of Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Kiowa & Otero were represented. Continue reading

02-22-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Judges’…

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Southeast Area 4-H Judges’ Training

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Extension in the Southeast Area is excited to announce a 4-H Judges’ Training. The training is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prowers County Annex in Lamar. It is open to any adult interested in learning more about how 4-H project judging works and for those interested in being judges. Continue reading

02-03-16 CYFEA 2016 State Institute RECAP w/Cody Millar…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 3, 2016 – Ft Morgan’s Cody Millar, 2014-15 State Treasurer of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s recaps the 47th CYFEA State Institute which was held in Colorado Springs at the end of January…

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The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is a statewide organization of men and women who are involved or interested in agriculture, affiliated with the National Young Farmers Educational Association. It is a non-profit and non-political group. This organization was organized in 1970; there are over 400 members statewide.

The program provides opportunities in education, leadership, community service, recreation, and recognition for members on the local, state, and national levels. The state association assists local chapters to enlist support from agri-business and industry to promote cooperative relationships between producers and consumers and to provide valuable leadership opportunities. Join us today!

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01-13-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Participates in National Contest…

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By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Southeast Area

Southeast Area—Denver, Colorado was the site of the 2016 Western National Roundup. This event was held January 7th through 10th. Youth from all over the United States and Canada gathered together to compete in a variety of national 4-H contests. The theme of the event was “Mission I’m Possible: License to Lead.”

The Southeast Area represented Colorado 4-H in the parliamentary procedure contest. Members of the team were Timmery Foster and Lexi Mayo, both of Cheraw, Sara Reyher from McClave, and Tori Gregory from Fowler. They were coached by Amy Kelley, Area Extension Agent. To qualify to participate in Roundup the team had to first win their state contest, which they did this past June at the Colorado 4-H State Conference. They worked very hard and practiced lots before attending the national contest. Continue reading

01-04-16 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: 5000 Pound Per Acre Sunflower!

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Scientific advancements in sunflower genetics have improved yields tremendously over the years.  This is especially evident when production conditions have few hindrances, as was the case during the 2015 growing season at one of Colorado State University’s sunflower test sites.  The irrigated sunflower test site near Prospect Valley, Colorado delivered exceptional data sets with two separate variety trials averaging more than 3,600 pounds per acre.  In fact, while one commercial hybrid yielded 4,767 pounds per acre, a second confection experimental hybrid yielded 4,998.8 (adjusted to 10% moisture) at the same site, just missing the 5,000 pound per acre mark.  Clearly when employing best production practices, coupled with an accommodating environment and advanced genetics, sunflower producers are not far from producing 5,000 pound per acre.

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12-16-15 REGISTER FOR CYFEA 2016 STATE INSTITUTE Jan 28-29-30 in CO Springs

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REGISTER FOR CYFEA 2016 STATE INSTITUTE

The St. Vrain Chapter of the Colorado Young Farmers is inviting you to a collaboration with the CVATA (Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association)! The 2016 State Institute will be held January 28, 29, 30 in conjunction with the CVATA winter conference at the Hotel Eleganté in Colorado Springs.

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12-09-15 CSU SEA Extension News: High Yielding Sorghum Hybrid – over 88 bu/ac in CSU Dryland Trial…

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By Dr. Jerry Johnson

Colorado State University researchers have identified a high yielding sorghum hybrid in their crop variety trial conducted at a local farmer’s field in Southeastern Colorado.  CSU screens hybrids for local adaptability and this year there were 17 hybrids from six different seed companies in a trial conducted in a dryland sorghum field near Brandon, CO.  The highest yielding hybrid in the trial was a medium-early Gayland Ward Seed entry (GW-1180) that averaged 88.4 bushels per acre.  The second highest yielding hybrid was a medium-early hybrid (HG44R) from Heartland Genetics.  The full yield results, hybrid traits, and field management conditions can be found at the Brandon link on the sorghum page at csucrops.com.  These trials are conducted to provide information to local producers for making better sorghum planting decisions.  Other seed companies (all with excellent hybrids) in the trials included Dekalb, Mycogen Seeds, Alta Seeds, and Sorghum Partners.  Entry fees paid by the seed companies allow CSU researchers to continue testing sorghum hybrids.  Producers are encouraged to contact their local seed reps to have their hybrids entered into the Colorado sorghum performance trials.  CSU provides reliable, research-based, and unbiased trial results to Colorado producers.

 

10-26-15 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: Neuropathy and Foot Care for Diabetes…

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Make plans to participate Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for the fourth in a series of diabetes related webinars to be broadcast in numerous locations across Northeast Colorado.  The webinars allow people to learn about a variety of topics and interact live with the professionals presenting the information.

This fourth webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas Hecker, O.D., recently associated with the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, and now has his own practice, Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Ft Collins.  Dr. Hecker provides foot and ankle podiatry care for people of all ages with various injuries and conditions, including diabetes and its complications for foot and ankle health.  Dr. Hecker holds board certification through the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.  Prior to joining OCR in 2001, Dr. Hecker was in private practice for 6 years in Scottsbluff, NE. Continue reading