Deadline Approaching for Farm Taxes

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The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Anyone with income from a farming or fishing business may be able to avoid making any estimated tax payments by filing their 2017 return and paying the entire tax due on or before March 1, 2018. This rule generally applies if farming or fishing income was at least two-thirds of the total gross income in either 2017 or the preceding tax year.

Colorado Cattle on Feed Report – February 23, 2018

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 960,000 head as of February 1, 2018. The latest inventory was down 1 percent from January 1, 2018, but up 7 percent from February 1, 2017. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 185,000 head

Total Farms and Ranches in Colorado Unchanged 2017

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The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2017 totaled 33,800, unchanged from the 2016 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.8 million acres, was up less than one-half percent from the 2016 estimate. The average size of farm was 941 acres, compared to 938 acres the previous year.

The number of farms in the United States for 2017 is estimated at 2.05 million, down 12 thousand farms from 2016. Total land in farms, at 910 million acres, decreased 1 million acres from 2016. The average farm size for 2017 is 444 acres, up 2 acres from the previous year.

Colorado Farm Fresh Directory Deadline Approaching

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Colorado farm producers have just days left to include their information in the 2018 edition of the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. The directory, which is published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, promotes farmers' markets and stands, agritourism activities on farms and ranches, and others ag businesses that sell directly to the public.

The department produces over 100,000 copies of the directory, which is also available as an app for mobile devices and online at

Deadline to Return Census of Agriculture is Monday

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The deadline to return the US Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture is February 5. The questionnaire was mailed to every producer in the country by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of a regular five-year data collection cycle.

While the form can be returned by mailed by the deadline, ag producers have the option to complete the survey online at A code from the mailed survey is required in order to submit survey information electronically.