agriculture

Ag Producers Share Water Quality Management Practices

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Across Colorado, farmers and ranchers are using best management practices to help keep nutrients out of lakes and streams and improve Colorado's water quality.  These forward-thinking producers believe the most effective way to reach agriculture and achieve the best results is through outreach and voluntary action. Their stories and resources are now available to help other producers care for Colorado's waterways.

USDA Update

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

CRP Contract Management - Contact FSA or NRCS with questions.  Producers have been notified of required completion dates.

County Committee Meeting - TBA

October 1st - November 30th - Fiscal Year 2018 First CRP grazing period - Contract Management.  FSA and NRCS approval required

November 12th -  Last date to remove hay bales from CRP (FSA prior approval required)

USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1, 2018. 

"Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year," said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. "I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll." 

Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

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Twelve grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture's 2017 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Applications Open for Farm Stewardship Award

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Many Colorado farmers are implementing some of the latest-and-greatest production methods, aimed at improving efficiency on their farms, protecting our natural resources, and enhancing air and water quality. And the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) want to honor producers taking these efforts to new heights.

The two organizations are seeking applications for the Colorado Farm Stewardship Award. The winner will be selected by Colorado Corn board members and other experts in ag, conservation and sustainability.