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2017 Agriculture Census Coming Soon

Colorado farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity this year to represent their industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  The census is Continue reading

Don’t Pick Up Sheep Dogs

A Good Samaritan picked up what they thought to be a lost dog this week near Highway 370 in Sweetwater County and took it to the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, the dog was not lost, and was working a sheep ranch in the area. When a sheep dog is picked up and Continue reading

Call Before You Burn

Wildfire officials in Northwest Colorado are reminding farmers and ranchers that they need to follow proper steps when conducting agricultural burns throughout the spring and summer. Agricultural burning plays a vital role in the farming and ranching community, but proper steps need to Continue reading

Bennet’s Staff In NW Colorado To Talk Farming

Members from US Senator Michael Bennet’s staff will be conducting Farm Bill listening sessions next week in Northwest Colorado. Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has scheduled the sessions to gather input and comments from local stakeholders, which will help guide future updates to the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill regulates national food and farm policy including Continue reading

Senate Looks To Repeal “Death Tax”

Senator Cory Gardner has co-sponsored a bill aimed at repealing the federal estate tax, or death tax that could adversely affect farmers and small business owners in Colorado. Gardner says the tax has had a negative affect on Colorado families, especially those in rural farming communities, because the Continue reading

Hickenlooper Talks Minimum Wage Hike

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is unsure where he stands on Amendment 70, the ballot initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Colorado. In a recent interview Channel 9 TV in Denver, the Governor implied that he is concerned about the harm the wage increase could have on rural Colorado and small business owners across the state. The governor is concerned that the $12 minimum wage would put undue stress Continue reading

Chicken Farmers And Home Bakers Can Now Sell Direct

Baby ChicksIt’s about to get easier for Colorado’s small-time chicken farmers to sell directly to consumers. A bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper would also expand the state’s so-called “Cottage Foods” law to allow home cooks who make almost anything that doesn’t need Continue reading

USDA Micro Loans For Farmers

USDA-300Yesterday, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the USDA is now offering “farm ownership micro loans”. These micro loans are designed to help beginning and underserved farmers, midsized farming operations, and US veterans who are looking for careers in farming. The USDA Continue reading

Governor’s Forum On Ag In February

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300This year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will be held next month. The event to be held in Denver will focus on next generation agriculture. It begins February 18th. The forum will covers the future of the state’s rural communities, labor availability challenges, succession planning for farmers Continue reading

USDA Revises Farm Program Payments

 

USDA-300The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action, which exempts Continue reading

Tipton Applauds Judge’s Ruling on EPA Water Rule

WATER CONSERVATIONCongressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) called Friday’s Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to block the nationwide implementation of the President’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule a “major victory for Western water users and private property rights.” The controversial WOTUS rule would have drastically expanded the regulatory scope of Continue reading

Gardner Joins Fight Against WOTUS Rule

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution introduced by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa which would nullify the federal infringement on water rights commonly known as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The rule is currently on hold in 13 states, including Colorado, from implementation due to a ruling by a Federal Judge that it infringed on state Continue reading