agriculture

USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1, 2018. 

"Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year," said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. "I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll." 

Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

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Twelve grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture's 2017 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Applications Open for Farm Stewardship Award

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Many Colorado farmers are implementing some of the latest-and-greatest production methods, aimed at improving efficiency on their farms, protecting our natural resources, and enhancing air and water quality. And the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) want to honor producers taking these efforts to new heights.

The two organizations are seeking applications for the Colorado Farm Stewardship Award. The winner will be selected by Colorado Corn board members and other experts in ag, conservation and sustainability.

From the Extension Agent’s Desk – Time to Order Seedlings

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Spring seems like forever away but now is the time to be thinking about tree and shrub planting for spring!  The CSU Seedling Tree Program has begun and we are, as always, excited to provide this service to you.  There is a large variety of deciduous trees and shrubs available this year.  There is no longer a minimum acreage requirement to order trees, but the nursery stock is to be used for conservation purposes only. 

Every Successful Farm Starts With a Plan

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was born out of troubled times -- the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. Dust storms ravaged the nation's farmland, stripping away millions of tons of topsoil and carrying it all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

In response to this disaster, the Soil Conservation Service--today's NRCS--worked side-by-side with farmers to help them recover and build sustainable farming solutions through soil conservation.