agriculture

Brand Assessments Due June 30

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Livestock brands are vital to protecting Colorado's livestock industry and are an important part of the state's history and culture.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Brand Inspection Division reminds brand owners that the brand assessment payment must be received in the Brand Office by 5p.m. on June 30, 2017, to avoid payment of a $25 late fee.  A timely postmark will not suffice; payment must be physically received in the office by 5p.m. on June 30, 2017. 

The Status of Honey Bees – What’s the Buzz?

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Bee pollinators play a crucial role in natural and agricultural ecosystems and contribute over $200 billion in revenue from vegetable, fruit and nut production in the United States.  To gain a better understanding of current honey bee health in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has taken part in the National Honey Bee Health Survey for the last three years.

Colorado Wheat Field Day Tours Include Kiowa County Stop June 8

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The 2017 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 8-14 across 11 different variety trial sites in eastern Colorado.

Tours include

  • Walk-through of variety trial with Dr. Scott Haley, CSU Wheat Breeder
  • Collaborative on-farm testing -- Dr. Jerry Johnson, CSU Crops Testing Leader
  • Seed certification & plant variety protection -- Rick Novak, CSU Director of Seed Programs
  • CWRF and CWAC updates - to be determined

Each plot tour will last about an hour and all field day locations will include refreshments or a meal.

Rangelands Slow to Recover in Northeast Colorado

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It's not easily seen as you whiz by in a vehicle along Interstate 76 in Northeast Colorado. A fire ravaged the area in early March, killing cattle, decimating the rangeland, burning homes, structures, and farm equipment. But, rain in the area, as well as the proactive actions of local ranchers, have led to the slow beginning of recovery. Over 32,000 acres were impacted (larger than the size of Disney World, nearly double the size of Manhattan).

Producers Sought for Annual Hay Directory

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2017 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers. 

"We receive calls from across the country requesting information about Colorado hay," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "This publication helps Colorado producers market their hay."