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Submit Forest Legacy Proposals To Protect Land

Colorado land owners can now submit Forest Legacy Program proposals to the Colorado State Forest Service. The program allows the land owner to sell their private forest land to the Colorado State Forest Service or the USDA forest service through a permanent conservation easement. A permanent conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents Continue reading

Sign Up For Crop Coverage

 There is still time to sign up for the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage through the US Department of Agriculture, for the year 2017 crop year. More than $7 billion in payments were made last year to producers under the two programs. Those who fail to sign up by the deadline, which is Continue reading

Colorado Water Levels Prompt Concern

While winter snow pack was above average in the Colorado Mountains through January, dry conditions in February and March have prompted concern among water officials. According to the USDA’s Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Team, the state is now reliant on future participation to maintain above average water levels. Spring run off Continue reading

Deadline To Apply For Conservation Program Is Friday

USDA-300The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program is this Friday.  This program provides incentives for farmers to remove environmentally sensitive agriculture land from production and replace the crop with a more environmentally friendly option 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

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Deadline Friday

USDA-300The USDA’s “Environmental Quality Incentives Program” or EQIP, is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers. Through the program, agricultural producers can receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that optimize environmental 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

Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Found in Moffat County

cdaAs of this week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 42 locations in 14 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). That includes a location in Moffat County. The Northwest part Continue reading

Routt and Rio Blanco Counties Free of V.S.

cdaThe Routt and Rio Blanco County sites that were quarantined due to cases of vesicular stomatitis have been released from quarantine. The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veternarian’s Office has 46 locations in 14 counties under quarantine due to the disease. In Continue reading

Bennet Signs on to Letter Urging Sage Grouse Conservation Funding

sage_grouse-300Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday was one of a group of senators who urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to include full funding for conservation of the Gunnison and Greater sage grouse. The senators wrote a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochoran explaining that funding for sage grouse Continue reading

Farm Service Plans Meeting in Craig

USDA-300USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) along with Colorado State University (CSU) Extension will host multiple Farm Bill meetings and producers are urged to attend. FSA and CSU Extension will discuss the Price Loss Coverage Continue reading

Cattlemen Oppose Added Beef Check-Off

cattleYesterday, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) along with 43 other state cattlemen’s associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef check-off under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Frank Daley, President of Continue reading