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Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

    Concerns about the increasing amount of trace minerals and salinity content in the Lower Arkansas River Basin has prompted a series of meetings to identify causes and develop solutions to the problem. The first stakeholders meeting was held July 13th at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn and hosted by Blake Osborn, CSU Extension […]

Firewise Homeowners Checklist

Firewise Homeowners Checklist

Last fall, with the concern of continued dry weather, the Crowley County Commissioners and the local Colorado State University Extension office in Crowley County printed a brochure obtained from the Firewise website (http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/teaching-tools/brochures-andbooklets.  aspx): How to Have a Firewise Home. With the wildfires that occurred in Colorado late last summer and with the much needed […]

Colorado & Corn Farmers Nationwide Note Crop Status

Colorado & Corn Farmers Nationwide Note Crop Status

Farmers in Colo., nationwide nearly done planting; majority of crop in ‘good,’ or ‘excellent’ condition Farmers nationwide are now nearly done with planting, and the crop that’s in the ground is looking solid, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. That report showed 89 percent of the state’s crop had been planted as of […]

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, […]

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 […]

Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture

Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture

Colorado State University Research Centers and Extension are part of a team of partners formulating a Blueprint for our state’s food and agriculture system over the coming year, and we are inviting all Coloradans to be a part of this effort. The purpose of formulating a Blueprint is to: have conversations about Colorado agriculture; highlight […]

Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

The current agricultural economy is facing difficult times with low commodity prices and the drought conditions facing much of the state’s agricultural lands. For the majority of farmers and ranchers the ability to breakeven this year is not possible even with record wheat and corn yields.  At this time wheat prices are $2.70 to $3.05 […]

SCALE Hosted at Lamar Community College

SCALE Hosted at Lamar Community College

    SCALE, Southeast Crops and Livestock Expo, hosted about 200 visitors at the LCC Wellness Center this past Friday, February 3rd.  The event was sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, LCC and KVAY Radio. The day long expo/trade show was comprised of three areas of interest in the agricultural world, starting with financial information […]

Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Food is an important part of many holiday events. “With so many home cooks planning to prepare large meals over the holidays, coupled with the fact that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year, this is the best time for reminders about the importance of safe food handling for good […]

National USDA Official Highlights Biofuels Investments in Colorado

National USDA Official Highlights Biofuels Investments in Colorado

  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini on Monday highlighted the USDA’s recent biofuel-infrastructure investments in Colorado during a stop in Greeley. Joined by Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown and Colorado Corn Chief Executive Officer Mark Sponsler, Dolcini explained that Colorado is one of 21 states that received grant […]

CSU Names New Wheat Variety After Ed Langin

CSU Names New Wheat Variety After Ed Langin

New Colorado State University Wheat Variety named in honor of former Southeast Colorado Agronomist and Champion of Agricultural Research, Edward “Ed” Langin. By Kelly Roesch, SEA Extension Agronomist Colorado State University wheat breeder Dr. Scott Haley and his team develop wheat varieties with two main objectives in mind: 1) yield and yield stability, which includes […]

CSU Water Group Gains Info from Stakeholder Meeting

CSU Water Group Gains Info from Stakeholder Meeting

In late July, a group of Colorado State University (CSU) faculty and staff met with the Arkansas River Management Action Committee (ARMAC) in Rocky Ford to discuss how water quantity and quality, along with agricultural productivity, may be improved through better management. The meeting was well attended by a variety of water stakeholders and ARMAC […]

PCDI Overview on Economic Potential

PCDI Overview on Economic Potential

  There was a light agenda for the PCDI monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 26th.  The Prowers County Development Incorporated (PCDI) board was updated on a new business development in Lamar.  Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Director, summarized the efforts of Nebraska Midwest Medical Transport to establish a satellite office, their first venture into Colorado. “The […]

Unified Membership Discussed, Cattlemen Leaders Elected

Unified Membership Discussed, Cattlemen Leaders Elected

  LA JUNTA – In a split vote, the Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association membership approved a resolution to propose unified beef producer dues on the state level. The local group, which serves 300 members in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties, already has unified dues. Many affiliates don’t require the action, […]