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Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

LAMAR – Bruce Fickenscher was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet April 1st in Lamar. Fickenscher, of Chivington, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Life Member Award recipient. Fickenscher has been with Colorado State University Extension since 2001. He currently is Livestock & Range Specialist for the Southeast area, […]

Educational Session Kicks off Annual Cattlemen Festivities

Educational Session Kicks off Annual Cattlemen Festivities

  LAMAR – Where will the beef industry be in 5 years? Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association hosted an open educational session April 1 at the Elk’s Lodge in Lamar. A panel of Thane Milenski, with cattle feeder and processor JBS/Five Rivers, Alan Woodard, CEO of Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, and Rick Robbins, […]

WAFWA Reports on 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Conservation Progress

WAFWA Reports on 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Conservation Progress

On March 31, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service its third annual report detailing achievements under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. Among other highlights, WAFWA reported on the purchase of an ecologically significant piece of property in Kansas, which permanently protects nearly 30,000 […]

WIFE Hosts Ag Meeting at Lamar Community Building April 13th

WIFE Hosts Ag Meeting at Lamar Community Building April 13th

  Southeast Colorado was well represented at the National Agriculture Week in Washington DC, (March 20 – 24, 2017), by WIFE members Korry Lewis (Kim, CO), Elisabeth Erickson-Noe (LaJunta, CO), Jillane Hixson (Lamar, CO) and  Kerry Lewis Froese (Cheraw, CO).   Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), a national organization with members in twelve states;  met […]

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

The 2017 CEDS, available on the Prowers County website, offers specific information on county demographics. This includes population and income trends for residents, climate and cultural information and assessments for such areas as housing, education, infrastructure and industry sectors.  It’s an analysis which also shows or strengths and weaknesses for economic growth and provides information […]

Prowers County Commissioners Discuss Department with Sheriff Zordel

Prowers County Commissioners Discuss Department with Sheriff Zordel

Prowers County Sheriff, Sam Zordel, provided a general update of his department’s activities with the Prowers County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 28th. Commissioner Buxton-Andrade asked if any progress has been made identifying the person who impersonated a deputy, stopping a 19 year old girl in the Wiley area last month. Zordel replied that there is […]

Busy Spring at LCC

Busy Spring at LCC

  Dr. Linda Lujan, Lamar Community College President, will celebrate her eight month anniversary at the college on April 1st.  She presented an overview of activities at the college during the Lamar City Council’s meeting on March 27th. Lujan noted that April will be one of the busiest months for LCC, as well as other […]

Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

February of this year was the second warmest February on record, and the warmest since 1954. Well above average temperatures have continued into March. Precipitation in February was average but has slowed considerably with only 29 percent of average month –to-date in March. However, the forecast for the next two weeks indicates that the state […]

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – FEBRUARY 2017 - US HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – FEBRUARY 2017 – US HIGHLIGHTS

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.94 billion pounds in February, up 1 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in February 2016. Beef production, at 1.93 billion pounds, was 3 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.37 million head, up 3 percent from February 2016. The average live weight […]

Agriculture leaders slam Trump's USDA budget cut proposal

Agriculture leaders slam Trump’s USDA budget cut proposal

Agriculture leaders including lawmakers from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Thursday criticized his planned 21 percent cut to discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), saying it could take a toll on the rural communities that helped elect him last November. Trump has proposed slashing the USDA’s discretionary budget by $4.7 billion […]

Colorado Employment Situation:  February 2017

Colorado Employment Situation: February 2017

Employers in Colorado added 2,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from January to February for a total of 2,631,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,900 and government decreased 2,900. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.9 percent. The number […]

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

  Nominations are being accepted for the 13th Annual “Bob Appel – Friend of the Arkansas” Award that is presented each year at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum. This year’s forum will be April 26-27 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. Reservations and information about the program are available at […]

Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry; one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome  A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver. The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at […]

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association Annual Meeting April 1 in Lamar

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association Annual Meeting April 1 in Lamar

The Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association donated $1,000 to the Northeast Colorado Fire Disaster Fund during its March board meeting. The disaster funds were an opportunity for local ranchers to help their fellow ranchers in Phillips and Logan counties needing assistance with fire recovery. The six-county board also voted to nominate Curtis Russell of […]