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State Water Plan Reviewed at Crop Production Clinic

  John Stulp, former State Agriculture Secretary, Prowers County Commissioner and current Special Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper for Water issues, was one of eight speakers at the January 6th Crop Production Clinic held at Lamar Community College. Stulp provided an update on the Governor’s State Water Plan which was presented to Hickenlooper last month. […]

Christmas Craft Extravaganza

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Prowers County Extension is hosting the first annual Christmas Craft Extravaganza Friday, December 11 at the Sand & Sage Fairgrounds in Lamar, Colo. Extension has partnered with Prowers County 4-H members to offer a Christmas gift making opportunity for third through seventh graders. Prowers County 4-H members will help lead gift […]

RMFU Convention Discusses Urban Agriculture, GMOs and Drones

  DENVER, Colo. ­­– Farmers and ranchers attending the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s annual convention did not shy away from hot topics during policy discussion and adoption. The Nov. 13-14 event drew members from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.  Increasingly, the changing face of agriculture is including beginning farmers who are younger and focusing more […]

Elm Leaf Beetle Problems Spread Through S.E. Colorado

LA JUNTA, Colo. – Elm trees in southeast Colorado are having a bad year. On the heels of years of drought, which already had reduced overall tree health, they are suffering from a one-two punch of a dramatic temperature decline last November – from the high seventies to well below zero in just a few […]

Granada Begins Sidewalk Safety Project, Discusses Elm Beetle Infestation

A single bid was submitted for the Hoisington Street, sidewalk safety project in Granada. MonCor, LLC was the lone bidder for the CDOT funded project which will start early next month. Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, who has been overseeing the local aspect of the project, told the Granada Trustees the bid came in at […]

Independence Adventure Campers

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Prowers County Extension partnered with the Prowers County 4-H Council, Prowers County Land Use and Environmental Health, Prowers Soil Conservation District, Holly National Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Extension Agents and community volunteers to host the first ever Independence Adventure Camp June 29 through July 1 at the Sand and […]

Sand and Sage Round-Up Show Times

Southeast Area—The Prowers County Livestock Committee, Horse Committee and Sand and Sage Round-Up Fair Board have worked diligently to set a full schedule of activities for the 2015 fair. The horse show will kick off the fair Saturday, July 25 at the Sand & Sage Pavilion. Entry begins at 8:00 a.m. and the show starts […]

Independence Adventure Camp Coming to Lamar

Independence Adventure Camp Southeast Area—Colorado State University Prowers County Extension is hosting the first annual Independence Adventure Camp June 29 through July 1 for ages 8-13 at the Sand & Sage Fairgrounds in Lamar, Colo. Extension has partnered with Prowers County Environmental Health, NRCS, 4-H Council, and many other community organizations to teach campers how […]

Southeast Area Extension Says – Rain Makes Grass–In Time!

Exciting times, we have finally received some rain in Southeast Colorado and it has covered a very large area. Amounts have varied, but everyone has received some.  Optimism for the future is looking up, especially for agriculture producers. Winter crops are growing and the future for summer crops is bright. Grass is growing for livestock […]

Lamar Zonta Club Recognizes Beverly Augustine for Years of Service

Beverly Augustine received special recognition from her fellow members for her sixty years of service to the Lamar Zonta organization during their May 12 meeting at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn.  Augustine was presented with a banner for the club in recognition of her being a Zontian since 1955.  Zonta’s birthday was May 11, 1949. […]

Cut Food Waste and SAVE Money

LAS ANIMAS, COLORADO, MAY 14, 2015:  Have you heard the old adage “waste not, want not”?   The USDA estimates 30% of available food in the United States is wasted.  Not only does this add to landfills, think how much you could lower your food bill if you cut that waste.  Extension Agent Kaye Kasza recommends […]

Area Elementary Students Attend CSU AgFest at LCC

  (Lamar, Colorado; May 8, 2015)  On April 22, approximately 335 fifth and sixth graders attended AgFest in the Lamar Community College Wellness Center.  Area schools in attendance included McClave, Holly, Alta Vista, Wiley, Vilas, Campo, Springfield, Plainview, and Las Animas. Colorado State University Extension agents and the Colorado Department of Education taught ten stations […]

Rodeo Results: Eastern Wyoming

 The LCC Rodeo team traveled to Eastern Wyoming Community College in Torrington, Wyoming, on March 27-29.  Freshman Melanie Roman finished 2nd in the barrel racing, which helped her regain the number one position in the Central Rocky Mountain Region.  Keely Smith split 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the first round of the breakaway roping and […]

Gov. Hickenlooper names Don Brown as Agriculture Commissioner

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015— Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Don Brown will be the Commissioner of Agriculture, effective Feb. 17, 2015. He replaces John Salazar who retired last month, having served since 2011. “We are fortunate to welcome Don Brown to the team and thrilled to add his experience and leadership to Colorado’s […]

Annual Agricultural Water Symposium Set for Rocky Ford

  The 11th Annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show will be held February 5, 2015, in Rocky Ford at the Gobin Community Building.  Registration begins at 8:00 am, with programming starting at 8:30 and ending at 4:00 pm. Early registration of $20.00 per person/$30.00 per couple ends January 30, 2015, after that it […]

Annual Colorado Crop Summary – 2014 Highlights

  The 2014 corn for grain crop was estimated at 147.46 million bushels, 15 percent above last year’s production of 128.38 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average yield of 146.0 bushels per acre was 15.0 bushels per acre above the yield realized last […]

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,” […]

CSU SEA Says: Severe Cold Weather Preparedness

Areas often known for their mild winters can still be hit with a major snowstorm or extreme cold and wind.  Many residents of southeastern Colorado were caught off guard when severe blizzard conditions struck in December of 2006.  For most, memories of livestock loss and property damage as well as the rescue efforts and recovery […]

Prowers County at National Western Stock Show

  By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties Southeast Area—Prowers County 4-H is sending a Catch a Calf contestant, market swine and goat exhibitors to the annual National Western Stock Show (NWSS) January 9-25. This year Angelina Downing; Dalton and Coen Lewis, and Lexy and Sterling Koehn, and Makendra, Makenzie, Leandra […]

It’s Time to Order Seedling Trees

    This year the Colorado Forest Service is partnering directly with the Prowers County Soil Conservation District in Lamar to sell seedling trees.  They have a wide variety of trees available and this program enables property owners of any size to obtain trees at a nominal cost.  Order forms are available at the new […]