Water Forum Explores Innovative Management Solutions

Population drives water use, and the population in the Arkansas River Basin will likely increase 80 percent by the year 2050. Even if all proposed water projects in the basin are developed, the supply will not meet the needs of growing cities, towns and industries.

A number of experts in water-related fields will discuss solutions to this issue at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 27-28 in Salida.

Doug Wilson Named Colorado Corn Administrative Committee president

Following the recent passing of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Charlie Bartlett, CCAC board members elected Doug Wilson as the new president with a unanimous vote this past week.

"We lost an incredible leader with Charlie's passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit as we address the challenges facing agriculture, and as we make investments on behalf of Colorado's corn farmers," said Wilson, who farms near Olathe.

Centennial Farm Applications Due April 30

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The Centennial Farms program honors working farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Centennial Farms are honored at the Colorado State Fair every August. Know a farm that qualifies? Get details on eligibility, the application form and more.

Applications are due to the State Historical Fund by April 30.


Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Improves in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares in the success reported March 31, 2016 by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), on the status of the lesser prairie chicken. This report is the second since the implementation of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan in 2014.

"The lesser prairie-chicken range-wide plan, because it's incentive based and voluntary, is the new model for conservation and the best alternative to listing species," said Bob Broscheid, CPW director and Colorado's representative to the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Council. 

Search Underway for Colorado Department of Agriculture Conservation Services Division Director

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture has posted a job announcement for a Division Director position that will focus the Division's efforts on coordinating, collaborating and cooperating with federal and state agencies in order to develop and implement positive relationships with Colorado farmers and ranchers particularly in public land use and range management.  The Division also assists private landowners in conservation practices.