agriculture

Millet Ballots Mailed to Colorado Producers

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Colorado's millet producers should watch their mailboxes for a millet check-off ballot. Ballots were mailed August 9 and voting is open until August 31. Ballots must be postmarked on or before August 31 to be counted.

Producers not receiving a ballot by August 16 should contact Glenda Mostek at the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9173 or e-mail glenda.mostek@state.co.us, and a ballot will be sent via first-class mail.

Extreme Drought Retreats from Southeast Colorado

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After several weeks of frequent rain and thunderstorms, drought conditions across southeast Colorado began to show substantial improvement.

Extreme drought, which has covered much of the southern third of the state this year, moved out of Prowers and Baca counties. Extreme conditions also gave way to severe drought for large portions of Las Animas, Bent, Otero, and Pueblo counties, as well as smaller portions of neighboring counties.

A remaining pocket of exceptional drought in Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Bent and Otero counties dropped to extreme drought. 

Letter to the Editor – Support the Millet Marketing Order

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I urge my fellow Colorado millet producers to vote yes for a Colorado Millet Marketing Order in a referendum being conducted by the Commissioner of Agriculture August 13-31, 2018.  We can grow it - we must promote it!

We need to look out for our own industry since we can't rely on public funding for vital market development and research.  The millet market is highly volatile since the major use is bird feed and seed, so we must invest in key marketing, education and research programs to:  

Drought-Driven Creative Thinking Leads to Innovative Water System for Cattle

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If there's any place where a good two-inch rain causes dancing in the streets, it's in West Texas. In a land that's usually dry anyway, the past few years of drought have been challenging to say the least.

No one knows this more than Kregg and Diana McKenny, who raise cattle and manage his family farm near Colorado City, Texas. Kregg's grandparents purchased the farm in 1943. Even then, it was evident that creativity and ingenuity were essential to meet the water needs of the farm's livestock.

2018 Agriculture Land Values and Cash Rents

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ARIZONA 

The 2018 Arizona average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $4,200 per acre. This is an increase of 2.4 percent from 2017 and 10.5 percent from 2016. The average value of cropland and irrigated cropland was $8,450, up 0.6 percent from 2017. Pasture values were not published for Arizona to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.