agriculture

WATER Act Passes Committee

The WATER Act, H.R. 4220, sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04), was marked up and voted out of committee by the House Ways and Means Committee. The WATER Act Allows mutual water storage and delivery companies to maintain their non-profit status, even if they receive more than 15% of their revenue from non-members, so long as the monies are reinvested into maintenance, operations, and infrastructure improvements.

Showcase Colorado Agriculture Through Pictures

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 From vast wheat fields on the eastern plains and cattle grazing on lush mountain pastures to plump fruit in Western Slope orchards and chile peppers basking in the Pueblo sun, Colorado's agricultural landscape is endless. It's time to capture the "spirit" of Colorado agriculture through photographs. The 19th annual "Colorado...it's AgriCultural" photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state's agricultural heritage.

Reminder: Deadline to apply for Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is Sept. 30

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The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is accepting applications from emerging leaders looking to further develop their skills and their commitment to the future of Colorado's agricultural and rural communities.

Participants in the program travel the state, learning about agriculture in every region, while also honing their personal leadership skills. As a culmination to the two-year program, the group also participates in an international trip to learn about agriculture in a foreign country and trade between that nation and the U.S.

Colorado Corn Partnership with CSU Examining on-Farm Renewable Energy 

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Colorado Corn has partnered with Colorado State University's Rural Energy Center to assess the economic feasibility of solar and wind energy on farms with center pivot sprinklers. The project -- called Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots (SWAP) -- was based on the idea that corners of fields with center pivot sprinklers could host solar arrays or wind turbines. 

These systems would be tied into the grid to offset electricity used for irrigation pumping. 

Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification

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Financial assistance is available for Colorado companies with organic certification. In order to qualify for this year's reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2013, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification.