Important information and updates from the Kiowa County USDA Service Center in Eads.
Colorado's specialty crop producers can benefit from the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. CDA is currently accepting applications for the grant program.
"The diversity of ideas for projects from Colorado agriculture is amazing," said Glenda Mostek, grants specialist, "Colorado agriculturalists have vision and imagination and are using these funds to transform their industries and communities."
Fourth case of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) identified in Colorado in 2018.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- DECEMBER 6th- County Committee Ballot count - 9:00 a.m.
- DECEMBER 11th- FARM LOAN Personnel in Eads Service Center County Committee Meeting - TBA
- DECEMBER 31, 2018- DEADLINE to apply for 2018 (LFP) Livestock Forage Program - EXTENDED to JANUARY 15th, 2019
October index down by 3.5 percent.
Too much salt in the soil can ruin crops and render fields useless for farming.
The 2018 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began November 5, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is December 3, 2018.
Note: weekly crop progress reports will resume in March 2019. Monthly reports will be issued for December, January and February.
Corn harvest was wrapping up in several localities last week as drier weather prevailed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum and sunflower harvest also made good progress last week.
Colorado State University's Rural Energy Center is offering free economic feasibility assessments for Colorado farms interested in learning their cost-benefit for use of solar energy. The Center has already conducted feasibility assessments for 30 irrigated farms and 10 feedlots and has just expanded the program to greenhouses and dairies as well.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.90 billion pounds in October, up 6 percent from the 4.64 billion pounds produced in October 2017.
Beef production, at 2.43 billion pounds, was 5 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.96 million head, up 6 percent from October 2017. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 1,363 pounds.