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.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- 2018 SPRING ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE - July 15th
- PRIMARY NESTING SEASON - March 15th- July 15 - NO CRP Contract Management ALLOWED
- County Committee Nomination Deadline - August 1st
- Apply for Livestock Forage Program - Call office for appointment.
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.
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.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
* PRIMARY NESTING SEASON - March 15th- July 15 - NO CRP Contract Management ALLOWED
* FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center - Tuesday, July 10th
* FSA County Committee Meeting - TBA
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."
Colorado is the number one producer of millet in the U.S., and growers are interested in enhancing research and marketing opportunities. At the request of millet producers, Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, will hold a hearing for public input on a proposed market order for millet on June 22.
Colorado experienced mixed weather again last week with conditions deteriorating in drought-stricken areas and fieldwork delayed in others due to heavy rainfall, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
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.