Conservation District Launches Conference to Improve Ag Profitability

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The Kearny County Conservation District, along with dozens of sponsors, is launching a conference to help agricultural producers improve practices and profitability in dry climates.

The Bottom Line Conference for Farmers and Ranchers is intended to be an annual event and will feature experts who will speak to soil health, grazing practices, financial management and more over the course of two days.

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Ag Women of the Heartland Conference Set

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The Finney County Conservation District along with the Finney County Extension Council is presenting their 4thAnnual Ag Women of the Heartland Conference June 1-2, 2018. The theme for this year's conference is "Keep Calm and Farm On" and will include presentations from Kansas Ag Women with a focus on adapting and overcoming adversity. Registration is $25 (two for the price of one when you bring a first-time attendee.)

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – May 20, 2018

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Storm systems at week's end brought locally heavy rain to mostly northern and eastern counties, while conditions in western and southern counties continued to deteriorate due to drought, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted moisture last week continued to improve dryland crop and pasture conditions, although isolated damaging hail was also observed. Heavy weekend moisture delayed fieldwork with weed emergence in wheat an issue due to limited field access.

Interactive Map - Colorado Ag Producers Eligible for Loans for Blizzard, Wind, Fire Damages

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Agriculture producers across 34 Colorado counties may now eligible for physical loss loans due to damages from fires and high winds that occurred this year between February 13 and April 19, as well as a blizzard and high winds that occurred April 13-14. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2019.

Producers in Baca, Chaffee, El Paso, Las Animas, Prowers, Pueblo and Washington counties - designated at primary damage areas - may be eligible for the low-interest loans if they suffered "severe physical losses" which can include buildings and livestock.

Interactive Map – Guide to USDA, SBA Colorado Drought Disaster Designations and Assistance

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Drought conditions that began to increase in December continue to impact the state, with nearly one-third of Colorado in the extreme or exceptional categories.

Since March, the United States Department of Agriculture and the US Small Business Administration have issued primary disaster designations for 24 of Colorado's 66 counties due to drought impacts (one additional county was designated by the SBA only), with another 18 counties eligible for assistance since they share a border with at least one primary county.

Colorado Produce Growers Ask USDA Secretary Perdue's Help on Labor, Trade

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Members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue this week at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. Also participating in the discussion were Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown.

"Securing qualified, legal labor for relatively short harvest seasons was by far the number one issue discussed with the secretary," said Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, who is CFVGA president. 

Savage and Bartlett Announce Merger

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Supply chain provider Savage Companies, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grain and milling firm Bartlett and Company, based in Kansas City, Missouri, are pleased to announce the planned merger of their businesses to form a new combined entity, Savage Enterprises. Together, Savage and Bartlett have more than 180 years of experience providing transportation, logistics and materials management services for customers across multiple industries, with a focus on energy and agriculture.