Colorado specialty crops grants application open

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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." 

Colorado crop progress and conditions report – week ending November 25, 2018

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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 offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy program

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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.

Ag Stats: US October livestock slaughter report

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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.