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Governor Polis Provides August 3rd Update on State’s Response to COVID-19

Governor Polis Provides August 3rd Update on State’s Response to COVID-19

    DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s efforts to get more Coloradans vaccinated. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist. “Colorado, like the rest of the country, is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, largely due to the highly contagious Delta […]

Colorado Crop Progress-Condition Report, Week Ending July 18, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress-Condition Report, Week Ending July 18, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: A mostly dry week allowed winter wheat harvest to move quickly throughout the state, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northwestern counties, exceptional drought conditions persisted according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Very isolated moisture benefited some localities short-term, but most saw […]

Colorado Crop Production-July 2021

Colorado Crop Production-July 2021

  COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS: Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of July 1, 2021, is forecast at 75.85 million bushels, according to the July 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is 85 percent above the 41.04 million bushel crop […]

Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, Week Ending July 4, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, Week Ending July 4, 2021

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Winter wheat maturity advanced quickly and harvest progressed in southeastern counties last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, winter wheat harvest was behind last year and the average. In northeastern counties, precipitation delayed fieldwork in some localities. Areas in Weld county received very heavy rain. […]

Hemp Advisory Committee Application Deadline Extended to July 9

Hemp Advisory Committee Application Deadline Extended to July 9

  Broomfield, Colo. – Nominations for the Hemp Advisory Committee (HAC) have been extended until Friday, July 9 at 5 pm. The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages those who are interested and match the position categories to submit their applications before the deadline. The HAC provides advice to the Commissioner by reviewing proposed rules and […]

New Ag Workers Protection Law Signed into Effect for Colorado

New Ag Workers Protection Law Signed into Effect for Colorado

  Colorado’s agricultural industry will soon have new rules aimed at protecting workers under a law that Gov. Jared Polis signed last Friday. SB21-087 will allow agriculture workers to join unions, get paid at least minimum wage, and be eligible for overtime pay. It also requires employers to provide their workers with certain health and […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 27, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 27, 2021

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Cooler temperatures and isolated moisture in areas ended an otherwise warm week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern and east central counties, warm weather pushed crop development and maturity. Producers were actively irrigating spring crops. Winter wheat maturity advanced but problems due […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Announce $5.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for 57 Rural Health Clinics

Bennet, Hickenlooper Announce $5.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for 57 Rural Health Clinics

    Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced $5.7 million in funding for 57 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Colorado from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding for RHCs is a part of the Rural Health Clinic […]

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, Weekend Ending June 20, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, Weekend Ending June 20, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Record-high temperatures pushed fieldwork and crop advancement last week while depleting soil moisture supplies in areas, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, winter wheat turning color progressed quickly compared to the prior week. In northeastern and east central counties, irrigated crops benefitted from the hot weather […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 13, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 13, 2021

    AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Alfalfa harvest and planting of late spring crops made quick gains last week amidst hot and dry weather, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northwestern counties,  exceptional (D4) drought conditions expanded according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Isolated wildfire activity […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 6, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending June 6, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Warmer weather helped fieldwork and crop emergence advance last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Several crops remained behind last year and the average. In northeastern counties, spring planting progressed or was completed as areas dried out. According to county reports, increased heat units promoted growth […]

Colorado Continues Leading Hemp Industry, Submits Revised Hemp Management Plan

Colorado Continues Leading Hemp Industry, Submits Revised Hemp Management Plan

DENVER – Colorado submitted a revised Hemp Management Plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this past Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Governor Jared Polis and Commissioner Kate Greenberg formally approved the plan, which builds upon the foundation of work and aligns to the Final Rule (FR). “I’m proud Colorado is home to a strong […]

Governor Polis Launches Comeback Cash Scholarship, Powering the Comeback Business Pledge

Governor Polis Launches Comeback Cash Scholarship, Powering the Comeback Business Pledge

      DENVER – Governor Polis announced the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, where five eligible Coloradans, ages 12-17, will be randomly selected to win a $50,000 scholarship each week for five weeks. This public health initiative is meant to promote vaccine uptake. “Last week we launched the Colorado Comeback Cash for Coloradans 18 […]

Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, Week Ending May 30, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, Week Ending May 30, 2021

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Rainfall and wet conditions delayed planting and fieldwork in some eastern counties last week while western counties remained distressingly dry, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, corn planting progressed but remained slightly behind the average. Planting and emergence of other crops […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending May 16, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending May 16, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Counties in eastern districts continued to receive good moisture last week while western counties remained extremely dry, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern and east central counties, planting delays continued in areas due to wet conditions. Cool temperatures and overcast weather delayed progress […]