SBA Announces $186,140 Award for Colorado to Support Small Business Trade Growth

Colorado Business

2016 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award supports small business export growth across state

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced this week that the State of Colorado has been awarded $186,140 through the agency's competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support export growth among Colorado small businesses. 

USDA Update

USDA Update

By Eads USDA Service Center Staff


  • CCC-633EZ Page 1 - Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) agreement and request - MUST BE SIGNED AND ON FILE WITH FSA OFFICE BEFORE SELLING THE GRAIN.  
  • COC meeting -  September 13th
  • 2nd Tuesday each month - Farm Loan personnel in Kiowa County FSA Office. 
  • CRP GRASSLANDS SIGNUP - No date announced for deadline.

Loan Deficiency Payments

Reward Offered in Lincoln County Cattle Deaths

Agriculture - Livestock

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting and killing cattle  north of Hugo.
In a social media post, the office states, "If you know something, say something. It is time to evaluate your loyalty to this [criminal]."
Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Office at 719-743-2426.


CSU Researchers Seeking Info on Corn Diseases to Enhance Future Mitigation Efforts  

Agriculture - Corn

The Crop Pathology Lab at Colorado State University is conducting its first corn disease survey in Colorado over the course of this growing season.

Earlier this year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) contributed $31,580 to this research project, in a collaborative effort to compile comprehensive information regarding bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens of corn, including foliar, ear, stalk and root pathogens.

USDA Announces Reopening of Brazilian Market to U.S. Beef Exports

Agriculture - Cattle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply to allow access for U.S. beef and beef products to the Brazilian market for the first time since 2003. Brazil's action reflects the United States' negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and aligns Brazil's regulations to the OIE's scientific international animal health guidelines.

First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2016

Agriculture - Horses

A horse in Weld County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2016. This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins.

Vaccines in horses have proven to be a very effective prevention tool. Horses that have been vaccinated in past years need an annual booster shot. However, if an owner did not vaccinate their animal in previous years, the horse will need the two-shot vaccination series within a three to four week period.

Seminar Helps Colorado Companies Develop Export Markets

Colorado Business

Exports of Colorado food and agricultural products have tripled in the past decade, reaching $2 billion in 2014.  To help Colorado companies develop export opportunities, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting an Export Seminar on September 1, 2016, 9am-5pm in Broomfield. The seminar is designed to help companies new to exporting or companies looking to increase already established exports.