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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Thunderstorm

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Thunderstorm

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado businesses and residents affected by the severe thunderstorm, hail, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred June 25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA […]

CDA Survey Preference for Local Foods

CDA Survey Preference for Local Foods

  Colorado Dept. of Agriculture Survey Reveals Positive Consumer Perceptions of Agriculture Statewide, Strong Preference for Local Foods BROOMFIELD, Colo. – It’s no secret that consumers have shown a preference for locally grown and produced foods over the last decade, and a recent survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in collaboration with […]

USDA Forecasts Record-High Soybean Production in 2017

USDA Forecasts Record-High Soybean Production in 2017

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2017 – U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Up 2 percent from 2016, soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production by […]

First Confirmed Case in 2017 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

First Confirmed Case in 2017 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

  BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado’s first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2017.  This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 02, 2017. Vaccines in horses have proven to […]

NASS Crop Production for August 2017

NASS Crop Production for August 2017

CROP PRODUCTION – AUGUST 2017 – COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.90 million bushels, according to the August 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 10 percent from last year’s 160.29 […]

Release the Turkeys!!

Release the Turkeys!!

Okay, so it’s not as dramatic as, “Release the Kraken” from the ill-rated movie, “Clash of the Titans”, but it was definitely more fun watching four turkeys giving it all they got in a forty-yard dash around their race track at the Sand and Sage Fair on Family Night, Tuesday, at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. […]

Buck and McCormick Greet Lamar Residents at Town Hall Meetings

Buck and McCormick Greet Lamar Residents at Town Hall Meetings

Two candidates for the same seat, U.S. Representative for District 4 in Colorado, were on hand for their separate town hall meetings in Lamar this past Friday, August 4th.  Speaking at the Cultural Events Center, incumbent Ken Buck, the current representative, spent a lot of his time answering questions from the audience about the GOP failure […]

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS - Rabies on the Rise

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS – Rabies on the Rise

Earlier this week the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division sent out a release indicating that the number of reported rabies cases in Colorado was on the rise in 2017. So far in 2017, 93 animals have tested positive. Sixty of those animals are known to have exposed domestic pets, livestock, and humans. Early […]

Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

  Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2017 totaled 2.62 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2016. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2017 was 2.89 million colonies. During 2016, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, […]

Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University will hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings to discuss results of the 2017 harvest and demonstrate how producers can utilize decision making tools to make 2017/18 variety planting decisions. Dr. Jerry Johnson will present the 2017 the “Making Better Decisions: Annual Wheat Variety Performance Trial” and discuss 2017 variety trial results.  Rick Novak […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...National Weather Service

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT…National Weather Service

A Wet and Cool May Help to End Drought across Southeastern Colorado… SYNOPSIS: An unsettled weather pattern across the area at the end of April continued throughout most of the month of May across south central and southeast Colorado. This unsettled weather pattern allowed for multiple slow moving storm systems to move across the state, […]

Colorado Corn Acres in 'good to excellent' Rating Still Dropping

Colorado Corn Acres in ‘good to excellent’ Rating Still Dropping

  The steady decline in the condition of Colorado’s corn crop continues, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports this week showed that only a combined 57 percent of the state’s acres were listed in “excellent” or “good” condition. That’s a sharp decline from reports release earlier in the growing season. Last month, more than 80 percent […]

Small Business Development Center Office Planned for LCC

Small Business Development Center Office Planned for LCC

  Pending receipt of a grant, Lamar Community College could host a Small Business Development Center office with a part time manager to start, according to Eric Depperschmidt, Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP). “The Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers a three year grant up to $30,000 to provide a salary […]

Colorado Employment Situation for June, 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for June, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 6,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,647,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,100 and government increased 400. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from May to June at 2.3 percent. The number […]

Full Agenda for Holly Trustees, Administrator Search Discussed

Full Agenda for Holly Trustees, Administrator Search Discussed

  The Holly Trustees decided to form a committee to research potential candidates for the vacant town Administrator position. Trustee Jacob Holdren recommended the committee in light of the approaching 2018 budget and said that reviewing potential candidates did not commit the town to hiring one.  Holdren stated an administrator can devote his full-time position […]