agriculture

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – April 30, 2018

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Fieldwork and spring planting progressed quickly around moisture events this past week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Midweek moisture was mostly confined to eastern districts, while the west and south remained dry. Hot and dry temperatures finished out the week statewide.

Time is Running Out to Complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding Colorado farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires, 33,176 of which are from Colorado, but both the national and Colorado return rates are currently lower than at this point in the 2012 Census.

Workshop on Drought-Proofing Farms and Ranches Set

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The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will sponsor a drought workshop at the Baca County Fairgrounds in Springfield May 17-18, 2018. The event will focus on drought-proofing farms and ranches, adding value to cover crops with the inclusion of animals, improving bottom lines, and getting started with high and ultra-high stock density.

Colorado Crops Progress Summary – April 22, 2018

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Several counties across the state received needed moisture in the form of rain and snow late in the week, helping to replenish diminishing soil moisture supplies, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. However, areas stricken by persistent drought conditions unfortunately remained dry, particularly southern counties.

Deadline Approaching to Nominate Farms, Ranches for 100-Year Recognition

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April 30 is the deadline this year to nominate a farm or ranch that has been in operation for at least 100 years for recognition at the Colorado State Fair.

Governor Richard Lamm created the Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches program in 1986 to call attention to the role of agriculture in the state's development. Families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more can submit a nomination for an award, along with being recognized at the annual state fair, which begins in late August.

Earth Day Message from the Colorado Farm Service Agency

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America's farmers and ranchers are the original stewards of the Earth. You understand the fragility of the land and work tirelessly to sustain and protect it to ensure its availability for generations to come. 

The 2012 United States Census of Agriculture counted 3.2 million American farmers, ranchers and foresters. That's over 3 million responsible landowners and caretakers continuously looking for new and sustainable operating practices to help preserve our natural resources, while supporting an ever-growing population.