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Volume 10 • Edition 12 January 18, 2017
*Jan. 21: Southeast Weld Chamber Annual Dinner, Brighton *Jan. 28: American Legion Post 180 Chili Cook-Off, Keenesburg *Jan. 28: Farm & Ranch Estate Planning Workkshop, Sterling *Feb. 11: Comm. United Methodist Church Soup Supper, Keenesburg
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Serving the Public Good: Food Safety Concerns
By Dr. Ajay Menon, Dean of CSU College of Agricultural Sciences As Colorado’s land grant university, part of Colorado State University’s mandate is to serve the public good – for the residents of Colorado, the citizens of the United States, and communities across the globe. The research, engagement and academic programs that emanate from our College of Agricultural Sciences exemplify what it means to serve the public good. The innovative and cutting edge work of our faculty, staff, and students addresses quality of life issues across a wide spectrum of areas – from developing beautiful spaces in which we live, work, and grow to enhancing food systems that keep local, regional, and global economies thriving to ensuring that the food we eat is safe, plentiful, and affordable. I would like to focus for a moment on the significant need to keep our food safe and the essential role that our research plays in doing so. As you all know, food safety is a pressing local, national, and global issue. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, approximately 900 people fell ill resulting from Campylobacter and an additional 550 individuals to Salmonella in 2015. Nearly 31 pathogens cause 37.2 million illnesses in the U.S. each year, of which 9.4 million cases are derived from food, as reported by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses result in an estimated 1,351 U.S. deaths each year. Sadly, the World Health Organization estimates that 125,000 children under the age of 5 years will die from food borne illnesses each year. The enormity of this problem is not in question and the urgency with which we need to respond to food safety threats is apparent. Our college faculty members are addressing food safety issues across a number of our academic departments, and I would like to highlight just a few Dr. Ajay Menon, Dean of CSU College of those here. In our Department of Animal Sciences, of Agricultural Sciences we house the Center for Meat Safety & Quality. This group’s work has a direct impact on the safety of our food supply and our ability to not only respond to outbreaks of food borne illnesses but also to prevent them entirely through new food preparation and handling techniques and through educating the general public and industry as to the causes of such outbreaks. Among the areas of focus for this Center are: • Studying the way in which bacteria such as E. coli and Listeria behave • Utilizing cutting-edge genetic sequencing to better understand microbial resistance • Developing procedures for controlling pathogens in the food chain • Creating live animal assurance programs The Center is just one example of our work on food safety issues in this college. Across our five departments, we have researchers focused on ensuring that crops – including wheat, potatoes, and rice – are both viable and safe. Other researchers in our college are working to make certain that soil in which our food is grown is free of contaminants and hazardous materials. Currently, we are exploring opportunities to expand the scope of the Center to include all other human and pet foods to enable us to establish a broader focused Center for Food Safety. The Center will become much more multidisciplinary and will include scientists from a number of colleges across the CSU campus. We understand that the big global challenges of our times cannot be solved by working in isolated silos - collaborations among disciplines is absolutely necessary. It is imperative that our best researchers, who are themselves training the next generation of path-breaking scientists at CSU, are at the forefront of the pressing global food safety challenges that we face. As consumer preferences evolve, we have, and will continue to have, faculty members working to help producers and distributors to be more responsive and more competitive. Importantly, we have researchers dedicated to educating the public on how innovations in food safety and food production impact consumer health – allowing science to lead the national conversation. Our commitment to a contributing positively towards a robust and competitive agricultural industry will remain unabated, and we remain proud and grateful custodians of the land-grant heritage for Colorado.
The State of Agriculture
By Don Brown, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Most Coloradans did not grow up in a rural area and have never been on a farm or ranch, yet the people of Colorado support agriculture’s positive contribution to the quality of life in our state. In a recent survey conducted for the Colorado Department of Agriculture by Colorado State University, 90% of Coloradans feel agriculture is important to their quality of life. Nearly all Coloradans feel that maintaining and protecting agricultural land and water is important (95%). It has been a tough year for agriculture in Colorado, with prices for beef cattle and milk and major crops like corn, wheat and hay in decline. It costs farmers more to plant and harvest their fields than they can make selling their crops at today’s prices. Price levels for many farm products have returned to lows seen in the 1980s, but farmers’ costs for tractors, feed and seed, and fuel have increased with inflation. Yet our Colorado producers continue to provide food that feeds Coloradans and the world. Colorado’s agricultural community brings your family more food and fiber choices than ever, from conventionally-produced to natural, organic, grass-fed, and cage-free. All of which are wholesome and necessary to feed a growing population. Whether you shop at a large grocery store or your local farmers’ market, Colorado’s entrepreneurial farmers and ranchers provide a safe and secure food supply. It’s this diversity that makes our food production systems the envy of the world. Cutting into a prime Colorado steak, biting into a Palisade peach, eating a juicy Rocky Ford melon, and enjoying the fire of a Pueblo chile, all accompanied by a Colorado wine or beer - it’s all part of Don Brown, Colorado Commissioner the privilege of living in this state and enjoying our of Agriculture local foods. Whether you know it or not, Colorado agriculture touches everyone in the state. Agriculture is an important part of our economy, generating more than $40 billion in economic activity annually and supporting more than 170,000 jobs. Jobs in transportation, retail sales, food sales and restaurants, and tourism are just a few supported by agriculture. As well as contributing to the economy, agriculture holds a tremendous duty to protect the environment, through stewardship of the land, water and air. Land in farms and ranches provides habitat for wildlife and open space, and, above all, creating wonderful food. Innovative and sustainable farming practices ensure that our state’s resources will be wisely managed for generations to come. The majority of Coloradans surveyed felt that agriculture was always or usually environmentally responsible. Colorado farmers and ranchers, with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, are dedicated to preserving the heritage of agriculture in our state, as well as providing an abundant and safe food supply to Coloradans and beyond. We were glad to hear that our neighbors around the state support us in our endeavors. Give us a wave when you drive by.
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Page 2: Way of the World Page 3: Governor’s Forum on Agriculture Page 3: Farm & Ranch Estate Planning Workshop in Sterling Page 4: “Draping of the Charter” Ceremony for Izzy Leet Page 5: Toys for Tots Makes Christmas Brighter Page 6: Community Meeting to Seek Input on New Wiggins School Page 7: Colo. Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees Page 8: Grants Available to Benefit Colo. Speciality Crops Page 9: Annie’s Project Prepares Farm & Ranch Women Page 10: Hemp Makes History in Colorado Page 11: FSMA Growers Food Safety Training Course Page 12: USDA to Measure Financial Well Being of Dairy Sector Page 13: Green Fields, High Yields for Colo. Corn Producers Page 14: Colo. Livestock President Shares Thoughts Page 16: Weld Commissioners Take Oath of Office for New Terms
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by Bob Grand Our new President will be inaugurated in the next few weeks. Enough has been talked about it, let us see how he and his administration does. The same is true about our Colorado state legislators. They began work on Wednesday January 11th. Let us see what they can accomplish. On the Democratic side there appears to be some intent to tackle issues. We will see if some of the conservative Republicans can overcome their fundamental resistance to getting anything accomplished other than their specific agendas. People of Colorado (the majority) want to see solutions that benefit the people. Tough to understand how the Governor can talk about a $100 million bike path improvement effort when our transportation (road and bridge program) is in such sad shape. It is great to see folks coming to Colorado, both in terms of moving and visiting, but it seems, to me, to be irresponsible not to have a road and bridge maintenance and development plan that adequately supports that growth. That lack of a viable plan negatively effects every Colorado citizen in one way or another. Our elected officials have a responsibility to represent all the people of the districts they have been elected to represent. It is sad to see the Weld County Commissioners in the situation they seemed to have found themselves. Strong personalities have good and bad points. We are getting to see some of the negative effects. No one in Weld County is well served by what is going on. It needs to be resolved. I recently attended a town meeting that had over 60 attendees. This is usually indicative of an issue that is not popular. That was the case. The Town trustees involved responded differently. Some were frustrated that citizens seem to like to complain but do not want participate. This was noted by the number of vacant positions on various town committees. Having served as a Town Trustee and been to many town meetings I understand that frustration. Good leadership is important. The danger in not having citizen participation is that sometimes elected officials forget why they are in office, to serve the best interests of the all the citizens, not just a select group. I think you can make that statement for the federal level, the state level, the county level, and the municipality level as well as various school boards and special districts. Being an elected official is a hard job, usually is not compensated at a reasonable level for the effort required for a good job, and certainly not well appreciated by the general public. We should expect all of our elected officials do the best job they can. If they do not meet that expectation they should not be elected. The voting public should have the final say. That means also that local parties should not use extra ordinary means to subrogate the will of the people. It will be interesting to watch to see if certain parties attempt to bypass the will of the majority of voters in terms of primary candidate selection. The public should not tolerate that. As usual your thoughts and comments are always appreciated: email@example.com or 303-753-6109
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January 18, 2017
Letters to the Editor
Smart Growth, Rural Resilience
by Greg Thomason, Morgan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Dir. As economic development professionals, we can find ourselves looking to the other side of the fence for new development opportunities. “If only ‘OUR’ county could attract a major player from [fill in the blank] industry, and that company would bring 50, 100, 200 new jobs to the area. An opportunity of that magnitude would go a long way to enhancing the economic wellbeing of the region.” The concept is not new, and for many elected and civic leaders, is based on sound logic: Bigger is better. Yet is it, always? According to a study led by The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, in collaboration with the State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and The Department of Local Affairs, there are five pillars to creating a more resilient, rural economies. The primary and secondary data that was collected suggests a region’s ability to attract, retain, or grow is diminished when a majority of these pillars are not in place. So, back to our hypothetical, if your regional economic development initiatives are attempting to move forward without these pillars in place, you could end up running in place. The foundation for every community begins with big ‘C’, big ‘L’, Community Leadership. As noted in the report, “Leadership within communities is often responsible for making strategic investments that pay off for future generations.” This is as true today as it was 50 or 100 years ago. Advances in technology, transportation, plus the need to accommodate growth make it essential that community leaders continually look past the present, and to the future for guidance when making decisions related to infrastructure and resource management. Quality of life issues, the next pillar, can be subjective; you may like living in a rural region where your nearest neighbor is over one mile away, while a post-millennial may desire an urban environment. Distilled down to its simplest component, the report identifies community passion as the number one metric for determining an area’s quality of life. When present, community passion can cause an individual to stay in place despite a better career offer in a less desirable community, or can mitigate the impact of earning 20 percent less for doing the same job as a friend who lives across the State. It is, according to this report, an intangible that can drive growth and keep citizens in place. Education and healthcare also appear on this list of critical strengths. New and existing businesses will have difficulty retaining and attracting employees if the primary, secondary and, in many cases, post-secondary education systems are inadequate. The ability to provide quality education opportunities at all levels has been identified as both an energizing and stabilizing force for rural regions. Equally, the quality of our healthcare facilities can have a large impact on an area’s ability to attract skilled workers, as well as on the overall quality-of-life score that existing residents attribute to a region. Not unexpected, location and access to transportation make the list as key strengths to building a more resilient regional economy. Ease of access, the ability to move raw materials or finished products to market, commuting to and from work, or travelling long distance for business or vacation is best facilitated when multi-modal systems are in place. For some rural regions, proximity to major metropolitan areas plays to the region’s advantage; while in other regions, the need exists to come together and support enhanced access to rail lines, airports, highways and local transit systems in order to eliminate the specter of isolation. the bottom line: support for and the facilitation of modern, efficient transportation systems will impact a region’s ability to build a resilient economy. The final requirement, industry diversity, is less-likely to occur if all, or most of the previous four pillars are not in place. Industry diversity can smooth out the whiplash effects felt in commodity-reliant regions, or eliminate the fear that comes over a resort town dependent on tourism, in the event of adverse climate or economic conditions. It can also catapult a region into new arenas of economic growth not previously envisioned. Industry diversity is the basis for building stability, and attracting controlled growth that aligns with a region’s larger vision. So before looking longingly to the other side of the fence, consider evaluating and acting on putting in place the smart growth practices identified in the report, Rural Economic Resiliency in Colorado. To read the full report, visit: http://choosecolorado.com/ wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Resiliency-Study.pdf
Closing of James Memorial United Methodist Church in Hudson
On Saturday January 7th, rummage sale marking the closing of James Memorial United Methodist Church was held. All proceeds of the sale will be going to the Hudson Academy elementary school. Pastor Janeen Hill of the Keenesburg United Methodist Church was there to assist as well as Deb Olenyik.
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Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Brown Among State Officials Stepping Up to the Mic at Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture
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Joining a myriad of other speakers at the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown will each be stepping up to the podium at the event. Gov. Hickenlooper and Commissioner Brown will help lead a Forum that this year is titled “Label It: Agriculture,” focusing on how collaboration and cooperation have made agriculture in Colorado the state’s second-largest driver of our economy, and how similar efforts will be critical moving forward. Other presenters and panelists at this year’s Forum – taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel – will include: * Krysta Harden, former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture, and current vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer for DuPont * Gregory Graff, ag-economics professor at Colorado State University * Keith Belk, animal sciences and public health professor at Colorado State University * Holly Butka, global consumer engagement lead at Monsanto * Norm Dalsted, professor and extension farm/ranch management economist at Colorado State University * Tom Lipetzky, director of marketing programs and strategic initiatives at the Colorado Department of Agriculture * Tom Kourlis, Colorado rancher * Stephanie Regagnon, CEO of FieldWatch Inc. * Dawn Thilmany McFadden, professor and agribusiness extension specialist at Colorado State University * Virginia Till, recycling specialist and regional lead for EPA Region 8’s Sustainable Food Management * and many others Along with addresses from state officials and keynote presentations, the day will also include breakout sessions covering a recent Colorado Department of Agriculture consumer survey, pollinator health, conservation, National Western Stock Show developments, cooperatives, comparisons between global food production and local food, food safety, food labeling, food waste, and succession planning. Look for future announcements as more details regarding the Forum agenda are finalized. To learn more and get registered, go to www.governorsagforum.com. For those who need accommodations, information for booking rooms at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St.) can also be made at the Governor’s Forum website.
Estate Planning Workshop for Farm and Ranch Businesses to be Held Jan. 28 in Sterling
by Jenna Pralle Risk has always been a part of agriculture. One of the riskiest, most stressful, and ignored issues of critical importance to ranch and farm families is estate or transition planning. For this reason, the Colorado Agri-Women and the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline are jointly hosting a workshop on farm and ranch business succession and estate planning on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Sterling at the Ramada Hotel. The program runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the $15 registration fee will include the Lasting Legacy workbook and snacks. Presenters include Deb Conroy, Keller Law Office, Colorado farm and ranch attorney, and Norm Dalsted, CSU Extension Educator. Ignoring estate transfer planning and family decision-making can increase family stress levels. Successful farm and ranch estate planning includes transfer of assets (inheritance) and handing over the business control (succession) to the next generation in a way that increases a family’s economic and interpersonal well-being. Ranch and farm families desirous of establishing a successful transfer plan need accurate and current legal, tax, economic, and human relationship information. Understandable legal counsel may be difficult to find. Tax laws may be difficult to understand. Interpersonal family problems may appear impossible to solve. This workshop will provide participants with tools for developing effective estate plans and generational farm transfers. The presenters will also discuss the importance of family communication, of setting goals, and understanding expectations. Participants will also get information on using trusts, wills, and titling for business entities in making the farm family estate and business succession planning successful. Additional opportunities for assistance on creating estate and succession planning will be available summer 2017. Register for the workshop by January 25th by calling the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.
Opal Naill of Wggins to Celebrate 100th Birthday
In honor of Opal Naill on her 100th Birthday, an OPEN HOUSE will be held at the Out West Senior Center, 109 Main Street, Wiggins, CO on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 2-5p.m. If you are unable to attend, a card greeting would be sincerely appreciated. Mail to: 14606 Rd. 6, Wiggins, CO 80654
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Deadline Approaching for Inclusion in Annual Farm Fresh Publication
BROOMFIELD, Colo.–Growers can market their products to consumers statewide through the annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. Published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Farm Fresh promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. The 2017 edition is being organized, and producers are encouraged to submit their information for inclusion. “Farm Fresh continues to be our most popular consumer publication,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It is a great way for producers to market their products and for consumers to find local foods.” Nearly 100,000 copies of the publication will be distributed in June to consumers through libraries, extension offices, farmers’ markets, welcome centers, chambers of commerce, home milk delivery services and other businesses. In addition, Farm Fresh will be available as a mobile app for smartphones and online atwww.coloradoagriculture.com. The fee to be included in the directory is $25, and the listing deadline is February 15, 2017. For more information or to request a listing form, contact Loretta Lopez at (303) 869-9175 or visitwww.coloradoagriculture.com.
January 18, 2017
“Draping of the Charter” Ceremony in Memory of Izzy Leet Held at Keenesburg American Legion Post 180
Isabel “Izzy” Leet passed away in a car accident on December 23, 2016. Izzy was a very loving and kind person, with a bright smile. She was a role model to everyone, even at the young age of 16. Izzy was a very active Junior Auxiliary member as well as an active member in her church. Izzy was a junior at Weld Central High School, participated in many activities and was a standout basketball and soccer player. On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the Ladies and Junior Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 180 hosted the Draping of the Charter dedication ceremony in honor and remembrance of Junior Auxiliary President, Izzy Leet. The Draping of the Charter dedication ceremony is in memoriam, honor and tribute of a member who has passed away. During the remembrance ceremony, a black scarf is draped over the Charter, which remains in place for 30 days. The Draping of the Charter ceremony was led by junior members Taya Baumgartner and Jordan Beach; who were also classmates, teammates and friends of Izzy. Taya Baumgartner conducted the ceremony as Jordan Beach led the group in opening and closing prayers. Auxiliary President Krista Pierce performed the draping of the black scarf over the Auxiliary Charter. Many were in attendance at the ceremony, including Izzy’s parents and sister, Neal, Carla and Rachel Leet; numerous senior and junior auxiliary members, American Legion officers and many other family, friends and community members. Following the ceremony, the attendees enjoyed pizza; Izzy’s favorite “fruit”. Isabel was a true gem and will forever remain in our hearts.
Keenesburg Bound Together by Their Hearts A Paragraph by Isabel Leet
My name is Sarah Johnson. I work over at CCA. I teach in the middle school there and had Izzy Leet as a student for those three middle school years. I came across a paragraph she wrote while in middle school. It was an assignment where the students had to take a picture of their community and describe what their community meant to them.
Isabel Leet, 12/13/13, Community Paragraph
My community is amazing! I adore the minuscule town, its interesting people, and I especially love its rural location. If my town were any bigger than it is now I would feel like a tiny mouse trapped in a humongous maze. Everybody in my community is extremely nice, and they are willing to help whenever anybody needs it. The location of this amazing community could not be better, it’s very rural; however, you are still next to at least one neighbor or possibly two. I live more on the outside of the community but only by two miles or so; besides, since I live out in the middle of no-where, I still have to go inside of Keenesburg to get groceries. I took this beautiful picture from my backyard, and even though I have lived here for a few years now, I never get sick of the view. This community is not only binded by the name of our town but more by our hearts and our friendships that stand throughout the entire community.
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Words cannot express our appreciation for the the loving support we have received from this community after Isabel’s accident. Thank you to everyone who responded to the scene, reached out and spent time with us so we could stand, sent cards, gifts and flowers, provided food, organized, donated, and dedicated time and services at the memorial, and donated money to the WCHS memorial scholarship fund in Isabel’s name. While we are heartbroken, we are truly grateful we are part of this unbelievable community. She will be missed, but the Lord has the brightest angel now. Love, Neal, Carla and Rachel Leet
January 18, 2017
Weld County Fair Board Thanks Outgoing Fair Board Members
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Greeley, CO (January 10, 2017) – The Weld County Fair Board would like to thank our 2016 outgoing board members; Patricia Kindvall of Galeton and Joe Rains of Greeley for their hard work and dedication. At the Fair Board meeting on November 7th the Weld County Commissioners, Julie Cozad, Mike Freeman, Steve Moreno, and Sean Conway presented outgoing members plaques and certificates of recognition and appreciation for their work. The Weld County Fair Board would also like to welcome new board members Kim Tregoning of Greeley, Bridget Holcomb of LaSalle, and Shannon McDonald of Eaton to their first term beginning the 2016-2017 year. Teri Segelke of Greeley is welcomed back as well to serve her third term with the board. The Weld County Fair is an annual free event which will be held July 26-30th in 2017. Fair Board President, Joe Rains, Patricia Kindvall, Com- The fair is open to the public missioner Cozad, Commissioner Freeman, Commissioner and boasts a variety of disMoreno, Commissioner Conway plays and contests. Planned and presented by a volunteer board appointed by the Weld County Commissioners, along with the Weld County Fair Coordinator. Colorado State University Extension Agents serve as educational advisors to the fair. For more information about the Weld County Fair or serving on the Weld County Fair Board please visit www.weldcountyfair.com.
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Toys for Tots Made Christmas a little Brighter for Re-3J Students this Year
Union Colony Marine Detachment 1093 sponsors the Toys for Tots Program in Weld County. This year, as always, Mark Kauffman was the driver behind the American Legion Post 180 of Keenesburg, support of this program. Mark picked up extra toys from Cardinal Community Academy to share with other schools and delivered to, Hoff Elementary, Hudson Academy and Lochbuie Elementary. At Lochbuie over 80 young people received toys, so many, that Mark had to go up to Greeley to replenish his toy stock to meet the need. Congratulations to the Union Colony Marine Detachment, American Legion Post 180, in Keenesburg and special thanks to Mark Kauffman for the great job he does for the community.
Ft. Lupton Police Continue Search for Missing Man
As the search for a missing Fort Lupton man continues, investigators with the Fort Lupton Police Department want to once again encourage anyone with information about the possible location of Mr. Brian Erives (DOB 07/15/93) to contact their office at 720-466-6138. Erives was last seen at approximately 4:00 a.m. on December 25, 2016, in Fort Lupton. While at a party, Erives stepped out to take a phone call and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. He is a Hispanic male, 6’01”, 205lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, who drives a dark green 1999 Volkswagen Jetta with Colorado license plate YPQ869. Erives’ family contacted the Fort Lupton Police Department on Christmas Day concerned that no one had seen or heard from him. Investigators have been diligently collecting and following up on all the leads they have received and are asking the public to continue providing any information they think may be relevant to this case. “We are looking at everything,” said Fort Lupton Police Chief Ken Poncelow. “We are asking the public to share with us any information, any detail, that may help find Brian and bring him back home.”
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Colorado’s Principal Commodities
By Brittany Stovall - December 6, 2016 Cattle – Cattle and calves represent the largest segment of agriculture in Colorado, contributing $4 billion in annual cash receipts. With more than 300 days of sunshine, Colorado’s mild climate benefits the cattle feeding industry. Corn – Colorado has a vibrant history of growing corn for livestock feed and other uses. More than a million acres across the state are dedicated to the corn crop that supplies raw materials for feed, fuel and biodegradable products in the U.S. and internationally. Dairy – Colorado dairy farms produce nearly 3 billion pounds of milk, contributing more than half a billion dollars in annual cash receipts. The state’s annual average temperatures are in the 50s and 60s – a perfect environment for raising dairy cows. Fruits & vegetables – From peaches, apples and melons to sweet corn, chilies, potatoes and lettuce, Colorado grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. The state produces nearly $670 million in fruit, vegetables and other specialty crops each year. Hay – Hay is an essential agricultural crop, providing feed and seed that sustain overall agriculture in Colorado, across the U.S. and worldwide. Nearly 1.5 million acres across Colorado produce a diverse range of hay, including alfalfa, grass and various mixes. Nursery & Greenhouse – Contributing more than $1.8 billion to the state’s economy, Colorado’s greenhouses and nurseries provide seeds, plants and other resources to the state’s agricultural landscape, primarily growing landscaping products like flowers, bushes, trees, groundcover and more. Potatoes – Colorado’s San Luis Valley has a rich history of potato farming. The state is the second-largest shipper of fresh potatoes in the U.S., producing more than 2 billion pounds of potatoes annually. Colorado also leads the nation in discovering and growing new varieties of potatoes. Poultry & eggs – Colorado hens lay more than a billion eggs each year. The state’s egg and poultry producers are at the forefront of innovative poultry handling and egg processing, ensuring safely and humanely raised chickens and quality-assured farm-fresh eggs. Sheep & lamb – Colorado consistently ranks as one of the top ve producers of lamb year after year. The state’s climate and geography allow Colorado farmers to raise lamb with consistently tender, succulent meat no matter what time of year the lamb is harvested. Swine – Colorado hog farms use new, innovative practices and better feed to raise and process lean, yet tender meat. The result is pork that is 16 percent leaner and contains 27 percent less saturated fat than it did 20 years ago. Wheat – More than 2 million acres of wheat are planted and harvested in Colorado each year, making the crop one of the state’s top agricultural commodities. Colorado has consistently ranked high nationally as a wheat-producing state. Wine – Colorado wines have won national and international competitions, including the World Riesling Cup and the prestigious Jefferson Cup. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board funds research through Colorado State University and promotes all wines made in the state.
January 18, 2017
Community Meeting to Seek Input on New Wiggins School Set for Jan. 24
Patrons in the Wiggins School District voted in November to approve a $31 million bond for the construction of a new middle school/high school along with other renovations and repairs. District officials have begun the tedious process of developing a plan for that construction. Committee members have met to discuss learning space and outdoor space designs, toured the new Fort Morgan Middle School, and reviewed ideas for the outside of the building - the brick and mortar per say. The committee has reviewed how to set up and design the shot put and discuss throwing areas and the composition of the track surface. In addition, Lisa Trautwein attended a Town of Wiggins council meeting to request a resolution in support of a GoCo grant that would be used to design and construct the quad/community space area. Officials have also met with the town to review the platting and zoning necessary to begin construction and how traffic flow may be affected and the need for some street closures. Surveyors have been in the area to determine ground stability and have determined the surface is stable for building construction. A community meeting has been set up for January 24 at 6 p.m. at the Event Center where community members can look at the initial plans and provide input on the design of the school. A committee meeting has also been organized for January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Event Ceenter to begin the superintendent search process. Gary Bruntz, announced his retirement at the end of this school year during a recent school board meeting. Bruntz has been the superintendent since 2013. Prior to that he was a high school teacher and elementary principal for the school district.
Organic Producers and Handlers May Apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements; Expanded Eligibility for Transition and State Certification Cost
From the USDA WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. “USDA reimburses organic producers up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification, but only about half of the nation’s organic operations currently participate in the program,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Starting March 20, USDA will provide a uniform, streamlined process for organic producers and handlers to apply for organic cost share assistance either by mail or in person at USDA offices located in almost every rural county in the country.” USDA is making changes to increase participation in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program, and at the same time provide more opportunities for organic producers to access other USDA programs, such as disaster protection and loans for farms, facilities and marketing. Producers can also access information on nonfederal agricultural resources, and get referrals to local experts, including organic agriculture, through USDA’s Bridges to Opportunity service at the local FSA office. Historically, many state departments of agriculture have obtained grants to disburse reimbursements to those producers and handlers qualifying for cost share assistance. FSA will continue to partner with states to administer the programs. For states that want to continue to directly administer the programs, applications will be due Feb. 17, 2017. “The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the National Organic Program look forward to this exciting opportunity to leverage the Farm Service Agency’s rural footprint to reach more organic producers and handlers,” said AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer. “At the same time it is important to recognize and continue the valuable partnerships with states that remain at the core of the program.” Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic or transitional certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/ arrangement requirements, travel/ per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage are all eligible for a cost share reimbursement from USDA. Once certified, producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope—crops, livestock, wild crops and handling. Today’s announcement also adds transitional certification and state organic program fees as additional scopes. To learn more about organic certification cost share, please visit www.fsa.usda.gov/organic or contact a local FSA office by visiting http://offices.usda.gov. USDA is committed to helping organic agriculture grow and thrive. USDA strongly supports the organic sector through a wide variety of programs, including conservation grants, organic crop insurance, certification cost-share, organic market news, and simplified microloans. Under the Obama administration, USDA has signed five major organic trade arrangements and has helped organic stakeholders access programs that support conservation, provide access to loans and grants, fund organic research and education and mitigate pest emergencies. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit our updated organic portal at www.usda.gov/organic.
Volunteer Fair – Help Yourself by Helping Others
Contact Person: Cherry Smith 970-353-1212 Adamson’ Life After Loss and RSVP will present an open house Volunteer Fair – “Help Yourself by Helping Others”, on Friday, January 20th, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Adamson at 2000 47th Avenue in Greeley. The death of a loved one may create the feeling of helplessness. A good way to overcome is to help others. Adamson’s Life After Loss and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) offer an invitation to attend the Volunteer Fair – “Help Yourself by Helping Others” on Friday, January 20th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Adamson at 2000 47th Avenue in Greeley. Marcia Shafer, of RSVP, will discuss “Benefits of Volunteering” at 9:30. There will be 20 vendors from agencies that are looking for volunteers. Find the right place to offer your help to others. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information call Cherry Smith at 970-353-1212
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Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees
Arvada, Colo. – Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and American AgCredit. Applications are due by February 27, 2017. Finalists and recipient will be announced by April. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” “The outstanding agricultural landowners we honor with the Leopold Conservation Award exemplify what it means to be leaders in conservation for the benefit of our environment,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President. President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Tim Lehmann noted that “keeping working lands in working hands yield amazing conservation results for the environment, society and our economy. The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates this ideology and
is advanced through those who apply for this amazing recognition and honor.” “The Leopold Conservation Award is a powerful reminder that production agriculture has both the opportunity and the responsibility to give back to the land,” said Terry Lindley, Chief Marketing Officer of American AgCredit. “Tri-State and its member electric cooperatives are proud to support the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Mike McInnes, chief executive officer of Tri-State. “The environmental stewardship recognized with the award reflects the strong conservation ethic of rural communities and their electric cooperatives.” Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership, and multiple use benefits. The Colorado award is sponsored by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., American AgCredit, The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, The Nature Conservancy, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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Alliance Irrigation Earns Top Dealer Recognition
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves here at Alliance Irrigation LP. We take pride in our business and the service we provide to our customers. We are an established company with an excellent track record for the best customer service and satisfaction. Top 5 Highest Selling Parts Dealer in North America 6 of past 7 years Top 5 Highest Selling Dealer in South Central Territory in North America 7 of past 7 years Top 10 Highest Selling Dealer in North America 3 of last 7 years We pride ourselves on providing the best possible service in a timely manner at a reasonable price. Please feel free to contact us at any time about any of your business related requirements/needs. We look forward to servicing your needs and building a strong relationship together and success for all concerned. Mario Gomez – Manager, Office: 970-353-1621, Cell: 970-616-2451
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Grants Available to Benefit Colorado’s Specialty Crops
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chiles and hops. To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod. “This grant program provides a great opportunity for producer groups, researchers and organizations to improve how they grow, process and market specialty crops,” said Glenda Mostek, CDA Marketing Specialist. «We hope our new application process this year will provide us with a wide variety of projects and applicants.» In recent years, funds have been awarded to dozens of organizations to help implement research and consumer promotions. These grants included Fort Lewis College to evaluate high altitude production of hops varieties and create grower alliances to assist with production and marketing, and Slow Food Denver to create youth farmers’ markets. The grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which partners with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop producers in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition. CDA anticipates that approximately $500,000 will be available for this year’s grant program, with approved projects starting early in 2018. Producer groups, organizations, and associations, as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Grants must impact the specialty crop industry as a whole and cannot be used to solely enhance an individual farming operation or business. The grant application process has changed this year. The initial phase of grant selection will involve shorter, concept proposals. Concept proposals must be received electronically by close of business (5:00 p.m.) on March 1, 2017. For program guidelines and an application, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/specialtycropgrant or call (303) 869-9173.
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From Colorado Department of Agriculture BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2017 is $250,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities. The funding is part of the multi-agency Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The current funding amount includes $125,000 for energy efficiency projects and $125,000 for renewable energy projects to provide technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to install and maintain projects that address natural resource concerns in Colorado. The funding is provided by CDA’s Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ACRE3) grant program. The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program provides a turnkey approach that makes energy efficiency improvements easy for producers. The program provides free energy audits, renewable energy site assessments, and technical support services to about 80 Colorado producers annually. CEO administers the program and funds the energy audits and other technical support services. Applicants must be enrolled in the agricultural efficiency program and complete either an energy audit to receive funding for energy efficiency projects or complete a preliminary site assessment and technical report to receive funding for renewable energy projects. Applicants may receive up to $25,000 per project. Eligible renewable energy technologies are limited to thermal systems for hot or chilled water, process heat, or space conditioning. Renewable energy technologies for thermal systems include geothermal and advanced heat pump systems, and solar thermal technologies. Applications are available online at www.colorado.gov/energyoffice/agricultural-energy-efficiency and atwww.colorado.gov/agconservation/acre. Applications must be received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture before 4:00 p.m. on January 13, 2017.
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Celebrate the New Year With 10 Free Flowering Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation
Residents in your state can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2017. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. “These beautiful trees will beautify your home with lovely flowers of pink, yellow and white colors,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.” The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between February 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE FLOWERING TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2017. Residents can also join online at arborday. org/january.
Annie’s Project Prepares Farm & Ranch Women
Fort Morgan, CO. 12/15/16. Morgan Community College (MCC) together with Premier Farm Credit and High Plains Bank have partnered to sponsor Annie’s Project in Morgan County. Annie’s Project is a six week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production risk, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. Annie’s Project has been localized to meet the needs of farm and ranch women across the country; having reached more than 9,000 women in 33 states. This course helps women in agriculture to understand the five areas of agricultural risk, analyze agricultural Annie’s Project is dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern spreadsheets, and learn farm enterprise. A workshop will meet at 6 p.m. on Thurs- other necessary business days at MCC in Fort Morgan beginning on January 19, 2017. skills unique to the industry. The workshop will be held at MCC’s Fort Morgan campus. The class will meet on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning on January 19 through February 23. The cost for the course is $60 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light meal will be served before each class. The registration deadline is January 13, 2017. Class size is limited to 20 participants. For more information about the course, contact Barb Frihauf at (970) 542-2360 or Barb. Frihauf@MorganCC.edu. To register, call Rebecca May at (970) 522-7207 before January 13, 2017. To learn more about Annie’s Project, visit their website at www.AnniesProject. org.
Best Western Plus Hudson Hotel & Suites to Open in Hudson, CO
Hudson, Colorado (January 2, 2017) —Best Western® Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of the Best Western Plus Hudson Hotel located at 301 E. Bison Highway in Hudson, Colorado. Owned by Love’s Hospitality, LLC, which is part of the Love’s Family of Companies, the hotel features 60 guest rooms and 27 suites. “We are excited to unveil the Best Western Plus Hudson Hotel & Suites to Hudson, Colorado,” said Jim Wheeler, Director of Love’s Hospitality. “The Best Western Plus brand is known for its commitment to quality service and superior customer care, and we look forward to providing each of our guests with an exceptional stay.” The newly built hotel features beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites with 43-inch flat screen TVs, a mini-fridge and microwave. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, 24/7 fitness center and guest laundry facility. For business travelers, the hotel provides a full service business center to meet guests’ connectivity needs. Additional features include RV parking with electrical hook-ups and an outdoor patio with a pergola and gas grill. When visiting the Best Western Plus Hudson Hotel & Suites, guests will notice a new look in the property’s Best Western signage, which is a result of Best Western’s recent brand and logo refresh to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the future of travel. The property’s location is also optimal for guests as it is nearby to several local attractions such as Barr Lake State Park and Bella Sera Events Center, as well as major transportation hubs including Denver International Airport and Hudson Terminal Railroad. Reservations at the Best Western Plus Hudson Hotel & Suites may be booked by calling the hotel directly at (303) 536-4401 or by calling Best Western Hotels & Resort’s 24-hour, toll-free reservations number (800) WESTERN. Reservations are also available from Best Western’s website at bestwestern.com. About Best Western Hotels & Resorts: Best Western® Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,200* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers seven hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, BW Premier Collection® and GLō®. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities.
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The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 21, 2017. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. The 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will kick-off at 9:00am with Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr, who will inform livestock producers of animal health issues the state is monitoring. The Colorado State University Beef Extension Specialist, Dr. Ryan Rhoades, will present ways in which producers can build profitable and environmentally sound beef production systems. Troy Applehans a Market Specialist with CattleFax will discuss retained ownership and its benefits and limitations for producers and feeders. Following lunch, JoAnn Winks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will share her experiences as the Assistant Port Director for Trade at the Denver International Airport where her team works to protect America’s agriculture industry and the nation’s food supply. Feedlot veterinarian and leadership trainer, Dr. Nels Lindberg, owner of the Animal Medical Center and a partner in Production Animal Consultation will discuss challenges producers face working with cattle and managing people. Safety expert, BJ Schellenberg, Common Sense Safety, will discuss ways in which agriculture producers can avoid injuries by battling complacency in the workplace. Lunch is free to attendees and will be provided by the Colorado State University Meats Judging Team. Registration is complimentary, but please register by Friday, February 17, 2017. Register online at www.coloradolivestock.org or call the CLA office at (970) 3780500.
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Hemp Makes History in Colorado
By John McBryde - December 6, 2016 Used in products ranging from health food to automobiles industrial hemp is on of the nation’s most underutilized raw materials. During the 1700s and 1800s, hemp played a critical role in rope production. However, the plant fell into disfavor. Why? Understanding of industrial hemp has bene complicated by its botanical relative, marijuana. At first-of-its-kind program launched by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is focused on changing that false perception and creating opportunities for the state’s farmers. “Colorado already leads the U.S. in industrial hemp production,” says Duane Sinning, assistant director of CDA’s Division of Plant Industry. “The CDA Approved Certified Hemp Seed program is the next step in this emerging industry’s move toward mainstream agriculture.” ‘On The Cutting Edge’ Seed produced and conditioned under this program will be issued “CDA Approved Certified Seed” tags through the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) if the production standards are met, and then will be available for purchase by farmers through a seed distributor. Seeds need to be certified so farmers and consumers understand that the strain will produce hemp that contains below 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and therefore, is not marijuana. THC is the chemical in marijuana that is responsible for the psychoactive effects. The “CDA Approved Certified” designation means that farmers can be assured that the seeds purchased and planted have been through a tight production process and thoroughly tested – securing the farmers’ investment and abiding by state and federal regulations. Great Potential The U.S. Congressional Research Service has identified 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, Sinning says. “They talk about uses in foods and beverages, cosmetics, personal care and personal supplements, as well as fabrics, textiles, papers, construction materials – there are so many,” he says. “It’s hard to say how many of those will come to fruition. It’s still early in an emerging industry.” Well-known companies including Ford, Patagonia and The Body Shop make products that use hemp seed, oil and fiber – almost all imported from Canada, Europe and China because American farmers have been prohibited from growing the crop due to the perception that it is the same thing as marijuana. However, federal and state laws are changing regarding industrial hemp, and Colorado is positioning its farmers to reap the benefits. In June 2016, CDA’s Terry Moran and Colorado State University’s Calvin Pearson worked together to plant industrial hemp seeds on less than half an acre at CSU’s Western Colorado Research Center in Fruita, one of the testing sites for industrial hemp. “It’s really important that the CDA is taking this on,” Pearson says of the certified hemp seed program. “For the people who are going to buy and plant hemp, we want to make sure that those seed lots are genetically pure and meet certain quality standards, that they’re free of disease, foreign materials like sticks and weeds, and have good germination. So when somebody plants it, they’re going to get a crop they think they’re going to get.”
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Morgan County Extension Addressing Issues
In 1993, the Morgan County Extension Staff identified farm safety issues as an area where educational programs could impact Morgan County youth and adults. In 1993, 7 deaths had occurred in Morgan County since 1982 due to farm accidents. Farm machinery accidents were the most common cause of these fatalities. The research showed that children living on farms and ranches may spend time home alone or find themselves in emergency situations. They may have not received adequate training in safety around farm equipment and animals. Children living in town may not be familiar with safety precautions to follow when visiting on a farm. Two recent deaths had occurred in 1992 due to tractor accidents. The Morgan County Extension Staff teamed up with the Agriculture Engineering Specialist on the Colorado State University campus, Paul Ayers, to look at how we might address these issues. Ayers helped us plan Morgan County’s first safety programs. The extension staff decided to focus on the education of youth with the goal being to change their behavior and also influence their family members. Our local extension staff realized that we would have the greatest participation by a partnership with Morgan County Schools. We visited Morgan County Schools, targeting 3rd through 5th grade youth, sharing our concerns about this issue and even though youth might not live on a farm, they may visit the farm of a friend or family member. Even with a total team effort from our local extension staff, we realized that we couldn’t offer the broad scope of educational programming needed by ourselves. We partnered with Morgan County FFA Chapters and FFA members assisted in presentations to elementary students. We also enlisted assistance from local agencies and organizations including Morgan County REA, Morgan County Ambulance Service, Colorado State Patrol, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, Jackson Lake Rangers, Farm safety programs were presented in 1993 and 1996 to all 3rd - 5th grade youth in Morgan County. In 1999, the emphasis was broadened from farm safety to include general safety issues facing youth. Train, seat belt, food, water and sun safety workshops were added. In 2002, schools were contacted to see which workshop offerings would fit the needs of their students with ten to fifteen workshops were offered at each school. Eight youth safety days were held in May, 2002, reaching 1576 youth in grades 3 - 6 and over 75 teachers and parents. Safety programs have continued every three years at Morgan County Schools with eight day-long programs offered in the spring of 2014. Over the 20 years of offering these programs since 1993, we estimate over 10,000 Morgan County youth received information about being safe. In reaching 3rd-5th grade youth with safety information since 1993, our goal has been to haves a long term impact on youth and adult safety in our county.
Third Grade Students Learn About Importance of Agriculture
Knowing where your food comes from and importance of agriculture in Morgan County were just a part of the agriculture information shared with Morgan County third grade students last week by members of the Morgan County Cattlemen Association, Fort Morgan Young Farmers and the Morgan County Extension staff. Morgan County third graders are attending National Western Stock Show this week with local sponsorship from the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association and Fort Morgan Young Farmers funding the transportation and National Western Stock Show providing free admission. This agriculture program was begun over fifteen years ago to help youth learn about the crops grown and the livestock raised in Morgan County. Prior to the presentation, a pre-test was given to students to measure their understanding of several agriculture concepts. Students receive a short presentation on agriculture in Morgan County that covers the major livestock and crops raised. Youth are given a packet of Colorado Readers from Ag in the Classroom that focus on Colorado agriculture. A field trip to the National Western Stock Show provided with local sponsorship from the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association funding the transportation and National Western Stock Show providing free admission. While attending the National Western Stock Show, students and chaperones saw the livestock that was showing at that time, visited the Hall of Education, toured the Children’s Ranchland and Petting Farm, Pony Trails and attended a presentation on agriculture. Several groups saw a sheep shearing demonstration as well. Approximately 350 youth have participated in this opportunity each year. National Western Stock Show visits are a part of the ongoing effort of the Morgan County Extension Office to teach youth the importance of agriculture in our county and to them on a personal level.
FSMA Grower Food Safety Training Course Set for Feb. 20, Denver, Colo.
The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) will host a Produce Safety Training, Feb. 20 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Completion of this Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training will enable growers to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that went into effect last year. During the full day training, participants will learn about produce safety, FSMA, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and natural resources and food safety. Fruit and vegetable growers and anyone else interested in these topics is invited to attend. Those successfully completing the course will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials that verifies course completion. “CFVGA is very pleased to be able to bring this training to growers in conjunction with the CFVGA annual conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 21, the following day,” said Dominic Disanti, CFVGA Food Safety Committee Chair. “We are offering a $100 discount in price to CFVGA and to RMFU members to attend this training, which is a tremendous value.” For more information about this training course, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension at 970-491-3330, or Martha.email@example.com For more information about other scheduled PSA grower training courses, please visit the PSA website at http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu. To register for the Produce Safety Training, go to: https://cfvga_2017_conf.eventbrite.com. To join CFVGA and save $100 on the Produce Safety Training: https://coloradoproduce.org/join-the-growers-association-2/. To join FMFU and save $100 on this training: https://www.rmfu.org/get-involved/become-a-member/ CFVGA is comprised of more than 200 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.
Chadron State College Students Named to Dean’s List/President’s List
CHADRON, NE (01/09/2017)-- Chadron State College has announced that 400 students met requirements for the fall 2016 Dean’s list by earning at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. Zoe Humphries of Fort Lupton, Jaylinn Lohr of Gill, Kamille Sweenie of Brush, Garret Walker of Wiggins, Laura Walker of Wiggins. The Chadron State College President’s list, which requires a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, consists of 288 students. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. Josef Gertner of Fort Morgan, Kaylee Osier of Snyder Chadron State College, which was founded in 1911, is the only four-year, regionally-accredited college in the western half of Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility and affordability. More than 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State and its curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements and 11 master’s degree programs.
MCEDC to Conduct Economic Roundtable in Brush
The Morgan County Economic Development Corporation will conduct its monthly-scheduled Economic Roundtable, January 27, 2017 from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. This month’s breakfast will take place at Drover’s Culinary Cafe, located in Brush. The public is invited to attend. The MCEDC Economic Roundtable Forum provides residents an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions on matters related to Morgan County’s economic development.
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USDA to Measure Financial Well-Being of the Dairy Sector
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 – Beginning in January, representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will visit dairy farms across the nation, as the agency begins collecting data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS is a joint effort between NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey is an annual program that gathers in-depth information on production practices, costs, and financial well-being of American farm families. ARMS targets select commodities on a rotational basis. This year, the survey places additional focus on corn, and conventional and organic dairy sectors. The last time ARMS focused on the dairy sector was in 2010 and focused only on the conventional dairy sector. This will be the first time ARMS will include additional focus on the organic dairy production. “The structure of dairy farming in the United States has changed dramatically over the last two decades, making these economic data more crucial than ever before,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “The 2016 ARMS will help determine how recent policy changes have affected American dairy farms.” The results of the 2016 ARMS will help USDA and other policymakers analyze the impacts of the new Dairy Margin Protection Program, introduced in the Agricultural Act of 2014. With operational costs driving structural changes within the dairy industry, this new program aims to help dairy producers when milk prices drop and feed prices remain high. USDA launched the program in 2015, making the current survey crucial to measuring its initial effects. All dairy farmers selected to participate in the 2016 ARMS will be notified by a mailed postcard. After that, trained enumerators will make appointments and visit the participating farms to gather the information through personal interviews. These visits will begin in late January and will continue through early April.
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January 18, 2017
GLAD Club Meets
The cold snowy day did not keep the members of the G.L.A.D. Cluf from holding their first meeting of the new year. The meeting was opened with the pledge to the flag with remembrance of family members and friends currently serving in the military. The thought for the day was “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mind set”. Eleven members answered roll call recalling “Where was your worst winter storm” Many remember the storm of ’49, many had experiences on the highway in sown weather. Card of cheer were sent to many in the community. The new supply of dishcloths were on hand, a fundraiser for the club. Discussion was held on the Fort Morgan Times/Brush New Tribune “Angle Among Us” program. The group will have a nomination for 2017. An ongoing program of making donations to the S.H.ARE. Inc, will be continued during the year. The hostess gift was won by Joy Wilson. Keeping with the theme of learning about a new craft item was led by Vivianne Lorenzini. Everyone created a snowflake. Snowflake come in variety of sizes, each different but they always have six points. While the membership was cutting snowflakes she presented information of good eating habits. Vitamin D. the “sunshine” vitamin (your body makes it when exposed to the sun) helps you stay energized and burn fat. A good source of the vitamin is salmon, eggs and fortified milk. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin is water soluble and isn’t stored in your body, therefore you need a daily supply. Calcium, the bone-building mineral is also a fat-burner. Good sources include cheese, kale and lowfat yogurt. Magnesium, the special power of this mineral is that it helps keep blood sugar levels even so you avoid the spikes and drops that can lead to overeating. Good sources include almonds, black beans and cooked spinach. For a healthy diet we need to eat a balance diet, not over eat and exercise. The group enjoyed refreshment with each recalling the holidays. Those present were: Joy Wilson, Jo Roberts, Marilyn Roatch, Antoinette Pacheco, Vivianne Lorenzini, Joan Lambert, Judy Francone, Carol Covelli, Opal Cooper, Geri Cooper, and Gertie Chapin. The February meeting will be held at the Jackson Lake Club House.
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Church chat: Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Weldona will be held on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. with Father Francisco J. Garcia. Confessions will be celebrated before Mass. There will be no Sunday Mass in Weldona. The Weldon Valley Presbyterian in Goodrich has Christian education and worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. The weather did not keep the Food Truck way this month. Many residents took advantage of the program. The Food Truck is in Goodrich at the church on the second Sunday of the month. Pastor Sue can be reach at 970-518-8989 or firstname.lastname@example.org. School scoop: The Pee Wee Basketball programs begin on January 14 for student pre-school through fifth grade. The program is held each Saturday through February 4th. Contact Katie Lorenzini for more information. Congratulation to the December Warriors of the Month, Niclole Anderson represented the elementary area, Ben Cartwright was the secondary Warrior and adult Warrior was jarred Wagner. They are recognized for service to the school and community. Good Job! The PTO continues to collect box tops and Campbell soup labels. Save your and get they to the school. Funds from these programs benefit school activities. 4-H News: For information about club membership contact leader Kathy Wood at 645-2129.
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January 18, 2017
Green Fields, High Yields for Colorado Corn Producers
By Brittany Stovall - December 6, 2016 Thanks to the state’s thriving field corn industry, Colorado is home to lush, green fields of swaying stalks. With an average of 1.25 million acres planted each year, it’s no surprise that field corn continues to stand as one of the most abundantly produced grains in the state. According to Mark Sponsler, executive director of the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC), corn is the largest grain crop in Colorado, in terms of bushels produced. Each year, hardworking farmers harvest around 140 to 180 million bushels of corn. The vast majority of Colorado’s corn crop is field corn, which is used as livestock feed, as a starch source to make ethanol, and as a minor component in thousands of various products. This differs from sweet corn, the type you eat straight from the cob with a pat of butter and salt. “About 99 percent of our nation’s corn production is field corn, as opposed to sweet corn,” Sponsler says, “and that’s roughly the percentage in Colorado, as well.” Maximizing Opportunity In order to maximize efficiency and yields, most Colorado corn producers use irrigation systems and a high level of technology. Due largely to its extensive systems for water storage, diversion and management, Colorado farmers are able to efficiently divert surface water from rainfall and mountain snowmelt for crop production as well as utilize highefficiency pumping systems to access underground aquifers of various types. The state’s corn-growing areas see an average of 12 to 17 inches of rain per year, but traditionally, the crop can use up to about 22 inches of water over the course of the growing season. The majority of Colorado’s corn producers are located in regions of the state where irrigation is possible. “Roughly, corn acres in the state are trending 70 percent irrigated and 30 percent nonirrigated,” Sponsler explains. In eastern Colorado, Rod Hahn tends to his crop in Yuma County – the largest cornproducing county in Colorado – and overall one of the most productive in the nation. Hahn, former school teacher and fourth-generation farmer, has been growing corn for more than three decades. He grows the crop on both irrigated and dryland, referring to land that is not irrigated. “They are very different operations,” he says. “I have 700 acres of irrigated land and 250 acres of dry land for 2016.” In Yuma County, the majority of water used for irrigation is derived from the underground Ogallala Aquifer, which runs from South Dakota to Texas. However, most of the state’s water resources come from snowmelt runoff from the mountains. Farmers, including Hahn, find using irrigation technology has greatly helped increase their yields through the years while actually using less water than in the past. “When I started farming in 1980, a 180-bushel (per-acre) yield was exceptional,” Hahn says. “Now, around this area, I hear of corn growers getting 280 bushels (yields) over a whole field of corn. I think that big of an increase in that short of time is because we are on the cutting edge of technology.” By far, Colorado’s biggest corn customer is its cattle. The state’s dry, largely temperate weather and terrain make it an efficient place to feed cattle. In fact, about 90 percent of Colorado-grown corn is used as livestock feed – higher than the national average. “Colorado is a very popular and practical state to feed livestock, particularly cattle,” Sponsler says. “There are a lot of rangeland, pasture and feedlots. Geographically, Colorado is wellsuited to serve other western states.” Close to 10 percent of Colorado field corn is used for ethanol production, with much of the dried distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, used again as feed. “Even the corn that makes its first stop at an ethanol plant ends up as a high-quality feed for livestock in the form of high- protein distillers grain, meaning it’s everything that was in the grain kernel but the starch. The starch is what is extracted to make ethanol,” Sponsler explains. And while Colorado’s livestock keep the demand for in-state corn strong, the export market is also important – and growing. Overall, exports of Colorado food and agricultural products doubled between 2009 and 2012 to $2 billion, with beef, dairy, wheat and dry beans as top exports. Corn is having success as well. In the most recent production year, Colorado exported a significant amount of corn to Mexico, as well as other states including Iowa, Sponsler says.
Colorado Holstein Association Youth Scholarship Available
The Colorado Holstein Association has been aiding dairy youth since 1979 with scholarships for higher education. The fund began with an auction at the 1979 Holstein National Convention in Denver. Addition funds were donated by the National Holstein Association bringing the established amount to $15,000 . The funds have continues to grow with investments, donation and support by the Colorado Holstein Association membership and the Colorado Dairy Women. A New Year is here and the Scholarship Committee is seeking applications for the 2017 year. A high school graduating seniors who are a junior or senior member of the Colorado Holstein Association are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is for four years at a value of $4000. Students are evaluated on their school achievement, youth activities, community/leadership activities and career goals. Currently seven youth are receiving funds. Scholarship applications are due by March 15th. Applications are available from committee chair, Gertie Chapin, 970-645-2316, Weldona. Other committee members are: Russell Johnson, and Alvie Rothe both of Greeley, George Maxey of Kersey and Sandy Wiedeman Keegan of Littleton.
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Norman Jordinelli Norman Jordinelli, longtime Brighton resident, passed in December at age 85. There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Brighton Elks Club on Saturday, January 21, at 12:00 noon to celebrate his life and to remember the old days in Brighton. His son Kris and grandchildren Matt and Krista invite everyone who knew Norm to join them in this remembrance gathering.
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January 18, 2017
Colorado Livestock Association President, Nolan Stone, Shares His Thoughts About the Future of the Livestock Industry and of the Association.
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Nolan Stone, President of the Colorado Livestock Association, is a fifth generation Colorado cattlemen who was raised near Karval, 17 miles southeast of Punkin Center. For the past 17 years, Nolan has worked for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC and is the General Manager of the Kuner Feedyard near Kersey. When he isn’t working, family time for Nolan and his wife, Jodi, means watching their two kids Shae and Dylan play softball and baseball, watching Shae show steers and spending time managing their family’s cattle business; a diversified spring and fall calving cow herd and stocker operation on leased ranches throughout Colorado. What is your favorite part of the cattle business? My favorite part of the cattle business is the people. For the most part, the industry is made up of people with a high degree of integrity and pride. Folks are passionate about this industry, and at our foundation, we are all stockmen, which allows us to interact daily with a group that have this common thread. Given the career choices you may have had what made you decide to go down the path that you did? have always had a love for cattle and have been enthralled with the cattle business. When I graduated from CSU, I knew I wanted to be in the cattle business, and specifically the production side of things. The cattle feeding business offered me the opportunity to be outside and around cattle, and at the same time develop my cattle business knowledge. I have been fortunate to work for a good company that invests in my professional development, and continues to challenge me and encourage professional growth. If you had 15 minutes to spend with a consumer what would you tell them about their food and the people who produce it? First, I would assure them about the safety of their food, and how the producers who grow their food are people with deep roots in agriculture and care about the future of their operations. The protein producers in this country are determined to produce food that is safe and plentiful, and the United States government provides oversight that ensures that the proper steps have been taken to provide the consumer with safe healthy food. Next, I would spend some time discussing the importance of meat in the diet, and the health benefits of eating a balanced diet. The last thing, but possibly the most important, I would want them to know is how much producers care about their animals, and the efforts that are put into the feeding and care of the animals we are entrusted with. What, in your opinion, is the greatest benefit of membership in the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA)? As society evolves, it is becoming more important to have a unified voice representing our message to the public and in the government arenas. CLA does a great job of opening doors and allowing its members to deliver their message wherever it might matter the most. As a group of diversified protein producers, we might not always agree on the detail of every message, but we all understand that a message coming from our broad membership packs a harder punch than each of us individually. I hope to continue to grow membership and seek more opinions and ideas from the producers of Colorado. In what areas would you like to see the Association improve and what is your vision for the future of CLA? think CLA can continue to improve by growing membership and increasing involvement. This is challenging due to the busy schedules that people pack with them nowadays, so I think we need to get more creative with how we seek input and schedule meetings. The new regional meetings are a great start, and it’s my goal to continue the evolvement of these meetings. My vision for CLA is to continue to be the unified voice of the livestock industry in the state, and work hard to serve our membership in the regulatory and legislative spaces. We will continue to manage the relationships that are already in place and cultivate new ones that might help us in the future. Based on your vision, what do we need to do differently to be more impactful as an Association? Again, I know I sound like a broken record, but we need more involvement from the membership. We are a membership organization, and I want to make sure we are utilizing our membership to the greatest extent. When issues arise, we need to be agile, and prepared to react. Our membership is our toolbox, and we need to be prepared to use the right tool for the right job. Our membership is diverse, talented, and smart, and I want to be sure that we are leveraging this for our own benefit. If you were king for a day, what would change about the livestock industry in Colorado? I’m going to take creative liberty while answering this as it doesn’t pertain necessarily to just the livestock industry. I think the most important change that needs to happen in Colorado is to change the ballot initiative process. We need to allow our elected officials to perform the jobs they were elected to do. The way these initiatives are written, it is very dangerous to place them in front of the public for vote. Most people don’t have time to become familiar with all of the initiatives that are on the ballot each election, and probably may not realize the impact that an initiative might have. At the CLA Board of Directors meeting in April 2016 the board voted to support Initiative #96. What is the single most important issue facing the livestock industry that keeps you awake at night? Consumer confidence and education is something that I think about a lot. People will believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts. How we, as 2% of the global population, impact this is very important. Accomplishing this is complex, and I’m not sure how to go about it, but I think there is great risk if we do not put forth a tremendous amount of effort to tell our side of the story. At the end of your term as President of CLA, when you look back at the previous two years what do you hope to be our greatest accomplishments? I hope that we have represented the industry to the best of our abilities, and that the membership is proud of how we have conducted ourselves and of the decisions that we made. History has a way of repeating itself. If you had the opportunity to help guide future generations of livestock producers by learning from your own mistakes what would you tell them? I’m not sure we have time to list all of my mistakes that others could learn from, but there are a couple that are highest on the list. The first would be to learn more about business management. I think as livestock people we immerse ourselves into the science and production of livestock and overlook basic business management. Even though our operations are a way of life to us, we need to continue to hone our business acumen in order to survive. The other thing I would want the next generation of stockmen to learn sooner rather than later is leadership. Leadership is a skill that needs to be studied constantly. The earlier in life that you can begin developing these skills, the easier it is to become a good leader and teach others to be leaders.
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Our world is full of violence, and our daily lives can be marred by conflict and turmoil. From yesterdays news about the kidnapping and torture of a disabled boy by four thugs in Chicago; to today’s story about a gunman that killed multiple people and wounded many others in the baggage claim area of Fort Lauderdale airport. And if we look back from the last two days to the weeks and months before this, we see this time and time again. And I say, what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Seriously! There has to be a better way! I am sure the pundits will blame the parents, or call it another act of domestic terrorism, but seriously, what is the major problem with people today? How did we come from an age of flower children in the 60’s to the violent self-obsessed entitlement generations of today? Personally, I have an answer. It may not be right. It may be seen as conservative, or from the radical right, or it may just simply be some common sense. I believe we, as the church, have failed. We got all caught up in our rites and rituals, and forgot about addressing the needy, the lost, the disenfranchised, the loner, the seeker, and the violent. We closed our doors instead of opening up our arms to those who were misguided and fell through the cracks of our society. Our message became old news, and we spent too much time on our knees when we should have been walking with our feet to the places where the Good News truly needed to be heard! Please, in a time such as this, start, someway, to find some peace, love and understanding, and then send it out toward one another. And if you don’t know where to start, email me and we will begin that walk together. All I know is that there has to be a better way, and that my Jesus talked about the peace that passes all understanding quite often. Maybe we should start there once again. Maybe we should come together at a time when this world wants to pull us so far apart. And so I say again....what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Be Well, Do Good Work...andBe Blessed Like Crazy! Pastor Perry, Destination Church and Ministries website: DestinationOnline.org
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Morgan Community College Receives Gift to Support Scholarships
FORT MORGAN, CO. 01/04/17. Morgan Community College will be receiving $10,000 for scholarships through the generous donation of a member of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Jim Johnson, CEO of GE Johnson Construction Company, gifted the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges with funds to help rural community colleges create a pipeline of skilled workers in the state. “It is hearty-warming to know that a State Board member is supporting the rural community colleges—and specifically MCC—with a gift that will make a difference in students’ lives,” notes MCC College President Dr. Kerry Hart. “Indeed, this gift will bring MCC one step closer in ensuring that no student from MCC’s service area will be denied access to higher education opportunities due to financial reasons.” The system’s rural colleges will each receive $10,000 that will be matched by Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Other rural college recipients are Colorado Northwestern Community College, Lamar Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Otero Junior College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, and Trinidad State Community College. “We are grateful for this extraordinary support from Jim and GE Johnson,” said Dr. Nancy McCallin, President of the Colorado Community College System. “We strive to assure that our community colleges provide an affordable and accessible education to all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses and communities.”
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2017 Brand Assessment Fees Due
From Colorado Department of Agriculture BROOMFIELD, Colo. –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 Divisionreminds brand owners that the brand assessment fee for the five-year assessment period beginning January 1,2017 are due and must be paid by June 30, 2017. The assessment fee is $300 and is good for the five-year assessment period. Payment must be received by the Brand Inspection Division at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021 by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017. Postmarks cannot be considered. Payments received after that date will be subject to late fees and may result in forfeiture of the brand. “Livestock inspection has been an integral part of Colorado’s agricultural history for over 150 years. Inspection serves several purposes, including verifying ownership, deterring theft, facilitating the return of stolen or missing livestock, facilitating commerce, protecting livestock owners and financial institutions, and creating an accurate record of livestock movements in the event of disease outbreaks,” said Chris Whitney, CDA’s Brand Commissioner. The Brand Inspection Division’s mission is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft, straying or illegal butchering. That mission encompasses several responsibilities, including: Preventing the theft of livestock, returning stolen or missing livestock, and investigating reports of both. Inspecting livestock and verifying ownership prior to (i) a change of ownership, (ii) transport over 75 miles within Colorado, (iii) transport out of Colorado, (iv) transport to sale, and (v) transport to slaughter. Licensing public livestock markets/sale barns, and inspecting livestock consignments before sale. Licensing certified feedlots and administering the certified feedlot program. Licensing and inspecting alternative livestock (domestic elk and fallow deer) and alternative livestock facilities. Recording and administering Colorado’s approximately 32,750 registered livestock brands. In fiscal year 2016 brand inspectors traveled over 1.1 million miles inspecting approximately 3.8 million head of livestock. For more information, visit www.colorado. gov/agbrands.
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Weld County, CO – The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering a FREE health screening on Tuesday, January 10th from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM. This screening is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. This screening is intended for adults with limited access to preventive health care. Men and women are encouraged to participate and Spanish translation will be available. This health screening is located at Our Lady of Peace Religious School, 1311 3rd St., Greeley. The screening includes: blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Cholesterol, Triglycerides, and Blood Pressure. No appointments are necessary and participants are encouraged to fast for 8 hours- which means no food or drinks, water is okay. For more information, please call 970-400-2325 or visit www.weldhealth.org.
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