USDA Designates Four Colorado Counties as Disaster Areas, Assistance Available

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In response to a request from Jenny Peterson, Farm Service Agency's (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Colorado, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Baca, Elbert, Lincoln and Weld counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Ag Community Stepping Up to Assist Wildfire-Impacted Producers

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As wildfires plagued northeast Colorado this week, many from the agriculture community are putting forth efforts to help those who have been impacted. The fires in Logan and Phillips counties had a large impact on producers, including lost livestock, damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes. 

Drought Disaster Loans Available to 22 Eastern Colorado Counties

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Small nonfarm businesses in 22 Colorado counties and neighboring Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Nov. 15, 2016, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center - West.

Primary Colorado counties:  Baca, Elbert, Lincoln and Weld;

Ag Hemp Presentation Set for Lamar Community College

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Ag Hemp Presentation Set for Lamar Community College

The Colorado Department of Agriculture will host the Hemp Road Show on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 1:00-4:00pm.  The event will take place in the Trustees Building at Lamar Community College in the Buchanan Events Room and Room 114.  The event is free and open to the public.