Community Agriculture Alliance: Keeping the Yampa Local

The American West has been defined by water, and as our population grows, the dialog will be more accurately defined by its limits. History illustrates access to water shaped the western states, and as more arid cities continue with significant growth, coupled with periods of drought and climate change, the western states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado are … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Business

This Very Expensive Bull is Fueling America's Prime Steak Boom (Bloomberg) -- Perhaps more than ever, the money in the beef business is in the marbling. Joe Mayer knows this well. At his ranch in Guymon, Oklahoma, a small, wind-swept town along the High Plains north of Texas, Mayer dotes on the “super bull” he bought last year for $130,000. The jet-black bull -- Momentum is his name … [Read more...]

Northwest Colorado Beef Ranches

Every local beef ranch in Northwest Colorado including the Steamboat Springs area needs to be aware of the potential impacts from the agenda of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. This article was written by Heather Hamilton-Maude Tri-State Livestock News. Mixed thoughts on Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef A top-down, corporate fascist regime controlling every entity in … [Read more...]

USDA Announces New Landmark Conservation Initiatives

This was taken from the USDA website and is very important to restoring wetlands, support outdoor recreation activities, and boost economy.  Thanks for taking the time to read- Ren ORRTANNA, Pa., May 1, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will … [Read more...]

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program was funded with the passing of the 2014 farm bill Overview The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and … [Read more...]

Colorado Agriculture Forecast: Big snow in March show strong numbers for the water supply.

According to the March Issue of the Fence Post Rocky Mountain Edition, the 2014 forecasts for Colorado farmers continue looking good. The Water-supply is already ahead of the norm a month ago. A healthy water supply is vital for Colorado’s agriculture industry that, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, uses about 85 percent of the state’s water. Snowpack on March 1 in the South … [Read more...]

Colorado Agriculture Tax Status Update

Many ranch and recreational properties owners question how the agriculture tax status has changed recently, what is needed to obtain the status and keep the status. Becoming law on January 1, 2012, Colorado’s House Bill 1146 passed by Colorado Legislation refined the agricultural tax status by defining the main residence and corresponding one acre beneath the main residence, as “integral” to the … [Read more...]