USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

Agriculture - Generic

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has  announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.

Funding Available for Agricultural Energy Projects

Agriculture - Generic

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2017 is $250,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities.

USDA Makes Changes to Prevented Planting Program

Agriculture - Corn

New provisions to take effect for 2017 spring crops

The USDA's Risk Management Agency last week announced updated factors for prevented planting coverage, with these updates made in an effort to address the recommendations of a 2013 USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. The USDA says these improvements will ensure that the program continues to be a well-run program that provides a strong safety net for producers. 

Nominate a Business for the Governor’s Agricultural Exporting Award

Colorado Business

Colorado agriculture feeds the state, nation and world and continues to be a key driver to the state's economy, with Colorado agricultural exports totaling nearly $2 billion annually. To honor Colorado companies for their agricultural export efforts, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for the third annual Governor's Award for Agricultural Exporting.

USDA Proposes Revisions to Nutritional Fact Panel for Meat and Poultry Products

Agriculture - Cattle

Allows Consumers to Make More Informed Decisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed a critical step in ensuring that consumers have updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products, helping Americans make better informed decisions when purchasing meat and poultry products.

Department of Ag Announces Colorado’s Inaugural Hemp “Certified Seed”

Agriculture - Generic

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that three industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of "CDA Approved Certified Seed."

USDA Update

USDA Update

By Eads USDA Service Center Staff

NOTE: Due the Holiday this week, this USDA update is abbreviated. The full Update returns next week.


*2nd Tuesday each month - FSA Farm Loan personnel in Kiowa County FSA Office.

*December 5 - Last day to return County Committee Ballots

*December 16 - Deadline for CRP grassland initiative for small scale livestock grazing operations.

Grants Focus on Youth Farm Safety and Agricultural Careers for People with Disabilities

Agriculture - Image of Wheat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $832,830 in grants for two new projects, one that empowers veterans, older Americans and others with disabilities to pursue or maintain careers in agriculture, and another to deliver farm safety education to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production.