agriculture

SBA Introduces Online Tutorials for Small Businesses Seeking Federal R&D Funding

Agriculture - Generic

The U.S. Small Business Administration released its highly anticipated Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) online tutorials to help small businesses navigate the SBIR program. The site provides users with a mobile-compatible site to learn about the program through a combination of videos and text. This platform will provide accessible program information and training resources to underrepresented areas.  There is no registration or fee required and the courses are open to all.  

Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification

Agriculture - Generic

Financial assistance is available for Colorado companies with an 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.

USDA Update

USDA Update

By Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

*                CCC-633EZ Page 1 - Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) agreement and request - MUST BE SIGNED AND ON FILE WITH FSA OFFICE BEFORE SELLING THE GRAIN. 

*                2nd Tuesday each month - Farm Loan personnel in Kiowa County FSA Office. 

Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Conservation Services Division Director

Agriculture - Generic

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, has named Les Owen of Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Conservation Services Division Director. Owen assumes his new role in August 2016.

"This is an exciting time for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado's agricultural industry; Les will be enhancing our federal lands and issues efforts by leading our Department in federal land use and planning, and conservation and natural resources issues that impact agriculture," said Commissioner Brown.

NRCS Provides Funding for Ag Producers to Help Address Energy Conservation

Agriculture - Generic

Agricultural producers in Colorado who are interested in identifying ways to conserve energy on their farm, or who want to implement conservation practices recommended in an energy audit such as irrigation water management, lighting system improvements, or residue and tillage management are encouraged to apply for the second round of 2016 funding available thru USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) on-farm energy initiative.  Applications MUST be received by Friday, July 15, 2016.

Horse with EIA Euthanized, Hold Order Released

Agriculture - Horses

On June 28, 2016, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian's Office, released the hold order on the Arapahoe Park race track in Aurora, CO.

The office was informed that the Equine-Infectious-Anemia-(EIA)-positive mare which prompted the hold order was euthanized Monday morning. A second exposed animal, a pony owned by the same person, was removed from the track to a newly quarantined premises.