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USDA Grain Stocks Report– DECEMBER 1, 2015

    COLORADO All corn stocks in Colorado on December 1, 2015 were 90.31 million bushels, down 12 percent from December 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 49.00 million bushels, down 22 percent from a year ago. […]

Gov. Colorado Ag Forum Set for Feb 18

  Next Generation Agriculture’ the focus of 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture;  Technology, labor issues and changing rural demographics among the many topics to be discussed-   There’s no shortage of issues discussed among the public, media, lawmakers and industry when it comes to food production, and the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture […]

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Two Colorado Counties

    Tips for Livestock Owners and Veterinarians BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Horses on two Montrose and one Delta County premises tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. Colorado has become the fourth state in the country to have confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in 2015. Previous positive cases of vesicular […]

Lamar-Ordway Hosting Pesticide Applicator Workshops

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT WORKSHOPS   In Colorado, the application of pesticides is regulated by a very strict set of guidelines and laws.  Since 2007, these regulations are enforced by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).  Some of the regulations include the licensing of private and commercial pesticide applicators. The purpose of the license […]

Governor’s Forum on CO Agriculture Will Discuss “Water: Colorado’s Treasure”

        The 2015 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, themed “Water: Colorado’s Treasure,” highlights the challenges facing Colorado in meeting the water demands of a diverse state with competing needs. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.  “Water is vital to all aspects of Colorado’s economy,” […]

Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshops

  In Colorado, the application of pesticides is regulated by a very strict set of guidelines and laws.  Since 2007, these regulations are enforced by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).  Some of the regulations include the licensing of private and commercial pesticide applicators. The purpose of the license is to ensure that the applicators […]

Brand Fees Increase: Effective January 1, 2015

  BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Effective January 1, 2015, fees through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Division will increase. The fee increase includes cattle, horse, and sheep inspection; licenses and permits; brand registration fees/estray fees; brand assessment fees; and cancelled brand reinstatement fees. “The Brand Inspection Division’s job is to protect Colorado’s $3 billion […]

Farmers’ Markets Continue for Holiday Shopping

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. – With the popularity of farmers’ markets continuing to increase, many markets are extending their seasons into winter months. In addition to a Winter Farmers’ Market List, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s online Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List help connect holiday shoppers with local producers. […]

Salazar Stepping Down as Colorado Ag Commissioner

Gov. Hickenlooper announces retirement of Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar DENVER — Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar will retire at the beginning of January 2015. He has served in the role since 2011. “For the last twelve years, Colorado has benefitted from the generous, […]

Fall is the Perfect Time to Experience Colorado Agriculture

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The air is crisp and hues of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape. There is no better place to enjoy fall in Colorado than on a farm or ranch. This time of year brings a variety of family events involving agriculture including pumpkin patches and corn mazes. To help […]

Grants Help Colorado Specialty Crops

  BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Nine grants totaling nearly $840,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop […]

Commissioner Approves Emergency Rule Change for Industrial Hemp

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, has signed an emergency rule pertaining to Colorado’s industrial hemp industry. The rules were adopted by the Ag Commission and became effective June 11, 2014. Those interested in farming industrial hemp, who have not already registered, can begin the registration process. The emergency rule changes […]

First Quarter 2014 Agricultural Exports Increase $64.8 Million

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports exceeded $2 billion in 2013, and have already grown $64.8 million (19%) in the first quarter of 2014. Colorado’s first quarter exports went to 96 countries, which is six more countries than in the first quarter of 2013. Colorado’s top export increases: ·         Mexico increased by $32 […]

Letter to the Editor: Livestock Security: It Affects Us All

    When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s […]

Protect Colorado Horses—Three Important Updates

  EHV-1, Biosecurity, Brand Inspection LAKEWOOD, Colo. – This time of year typically kicks off horseback riding, jackpots, horse shows, and a number of other horse events and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that there are a number of steps to protect their horses this season. Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) On March 26, […]

Sunflower Marketing Order Seeks Assessment Increase

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee (CSAC) is holding a referendum to increase the assessment rate.  Sunflower producers in Colorado will have until Friday, April 18, 2014, to cast their vote on the proposed increase. If passed, the assessment will increase from $.03/hundredweight (cwt) to $.06/cwt for producers. Sunflower producers in Colorado […]

Producers Urged to Vote in Wheat Assessment Referendum

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Wheat producers in 32 Colorado counties are invited to vote on whether to re-approve an increase in the wheat assessment through the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order. In 2007 wheat producers approved an amendment to increase the assessment from one cent per bushel to two cents per bushel, subject to re-approval by […]

Industrial Hemp Registration Draws Near

CDA Urges Producers to be Aware of Challenges  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Late last year, the Colorado Department of Agriculture adopted the first industrial hemp rules in the state’s history; producers can begin to register with CDA’s industrial hemp program on March 1, 2014. However, potential registrants should be aware of uncertainties that still exist because […]

Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshops

In the state of Colorado, pesticide application is regulated by a very strict set of laws enforced by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). Some of the regulations include the licensing of private, commercial, limited-commercial, and public pesticide applicators. The purpose of the license is to demonstrate a level of competency by pesticide users on […]

Farm to Table Forum: What do Colorado Consumers Want

   Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture set to discuss: “Farm to Table: What do Consumers Really Want?”  The 2014 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, themed “Farm to Table: What do Consumers Really Want?,” highlights emerging trends in Colorado agriculture. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. “Colorado farmers […]