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