agriculture

Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification

Promo Agriculture - Wheat

Financial assistance is available for Colorado companies with organic certification. In order to qualify for this year's reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2013, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification.

Colorado Eastern Plains Agritourism Day

Agriculture - Generic

Join the Lincoln County Tourism Board, the Colorado Agritourism Association and the Colorado Tourism Office for a program designed to offer tips and advice on agritourism marketing, insurance and the Cultural, Hearitage and Agritourism Mentor Program (CHAMP) which will help you improve or expand your business in order to reach more visitors.

The program will take place Thursday, October 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Homestead Farms, 57920 CR 30, Genoa Colorado.

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U.S. Beef Exports Continue to Outperform Pre-BSE Levels

Agriculture - Livestock

Following the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003, U.S. beef and beef product exports fell. Since 2003, USDA has led a multi-agency, full-court press, dedicating significant resources to restore foreign market access for U.S. beef. As a result, U.S. beef shipments had regained pre-BSE volumes by 2011 and even reached record values by 2014. Another central element of the U.S. strategy to maintain and expand foreign market access is insistence on policies that are based on the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).