Commissioner of Agriculture Schedules Public Hearing on Colorado Millet Marketing Order

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Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown has scheduled a public hearing on June 22 in Akron to hear and record testimony on the need to conduct a referendum of millet producers to determine whether they support a millet marketing order.  The hearing was requested by the High Plains Millet Association (HPMA), who supports a producer referendum to establish a millet marketing order to self-fund vital education, research and marketing programs. 

Interactive Map Update – Two More Colorado Counties Designated for Drought Disaster

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As intense drought continues to plague southern and western Colorado, two more counties have received designations as primary natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

This week, Elbert and El Paso counties were added to the list of designated counties. Primary counties now account for 33 of the state's 64 counties. Ten more counties are eligible for assistance as neighboring counties.

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending June 10, 2018

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Abnormally hot and dry conditions accelerated crop development and fieldwork across Colorado last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Most areas received no moisture last week, but some isolated storms with damaging hail were observed in northeastern counties. 

Free Farm Fresh Directory is Your Guide to Farmers’ Markets and More

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Spring has sprung and Coloradans are coming out of their winter slumber, looking for local products. The Colorado Department of Agriculture's 34th annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory helps consumers find farmers' markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities. 

"We are excited to partner with Kaiser Permanente this year," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "The directory is brimming with local producers and educational information."

UPDATED: Interactive Map Guide to USDA and SBA Colorado Drought Disaster Designations and Assistance.

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With drought conditions continuing over one-third of the state, The United States Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration have added seven more counties to the list receiving primary disaster designations from the two agencies. Primary counties now account for 31 of Colorado's 64 counties. Eleven more are eligible for assistance as neighboring counties.