Dear Amy, July 2013  
 

In this Issue

  • From The Commissioner
  • Weed-Free Mulch Needed to Help Lands Burned by Fires 
  • Two Rabies-Positive Horses Confirmed in Weld County
  • Federal Government Declares Drought Disaster for 12 Colorado Counties
  • First Quarter Agricultural Exports Down Slightly
  • Poudre Partnership Kicks Off
  • REMINDER:  Heading to a Rodeo or Horse Show?  Buying or Selling a Horse?  Be sure to get a Brand Inspection
  • Colorado Farm to School Task Force Seeks New Members
  • News From the USDA
  • Protect Your Livestock from Predators
  • 52 Reasons to Choose Colorado
  • CSU Weather Watch

From The Commissioner

Summer is here and the bounty of Colorado agriculture is present at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants across the state. When you purchase Colorado food and agricultural products you are not only getting high quality fresh products, you are also supporting Colorado’s farmers, ranchers, processors and the state economy.

Finding local products is easy with Colorado Proud. Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, developed to identify food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the state. Look for the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants, and buy local products!

Visit www.coloradoproud.org to find recipes, a crop calendar, agritourism activities, wineries, farmers’ markets and restaurants that use Colorado products in their menus.

John Salazar
Commissioner


Weed-Free Mulch Needed to Help Lands Burned by Fires
Wheat & Barley Straw Must be Inspected Prior to Harvest
Land affected by recent fires may also face severe erosion and flooding issues; mulch is frequently used to mitigate erosion, however, it is required that mulch used on public lands be certified “weed-free.” The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds wheat and barley producers that, in order to provide certified weed-free mulch, the crop must be inspected by CDA before it is harvested.

Two Rabies-Positive Horses Confirmed in Weld County
Horse Owners Encouraged to Speak to Veterinarians & Watch for Behavioral Changes
Two Weld County horses have tested positive for rabies; the horses were on separate premises and their cases are unrelated.  So far this year, three horses have been euthanized after showing severe clinical signs and subsequently tested positive for rabies.  The first case was confirmed in Logan County in April.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock and pet owners to discuss the need for rabies vaccination with their local veterinarian and to monitor their animals for behavioral changes.

Federal Government Declares Drought Disaster for 12 Colorado Counties
Gov. John Hickenlooper was notified by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that 12 counties qualify for federal disaster relief because of drought conditions. Six counties were declared primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought and an additional six were declared as contiguous disaster counties.

First Quarter Agricultural Exports Down Slightly
Since 2009, Colorado’s agricultural exports have increased by 72.7 percent; however, in the first quarter of 2013, there was a slight decrease of 2.7 percent from the prior year while total US agricultural exports were up 6.1 percent. 

Poudre Partnership Kicks Off
A first-of-its-kind project in Colorado is in full swing as beneficial bugs are released in a region once devastated by the High Park Fire.

REMINDER:  Heading to a Rodeo or Horse Show?  Buying or Selling a Horse?  Be sure to get a Brand Inspection
This time of year sends many Coloradans outside to enjoy our warm days and cool evenings; horseback riding is often a favorite summer activity and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that state statutes require a “brand” inspection if they plan on buying, selling or transporting horses.  Horse owners may purchase permanent horse travel permits for horses that are shipped frequently more than 75 miles within Colorado or across state lines.  This can be a great financial savings since the permit is good for travel purposes for as long as the applicant owns the horse.

Colorado Farm to School Task Force Seeks New Members
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force is a legislatively mandated body with 15 members. The members are appointed according to the authorized authority as laid out in SB10-81 and SB12-153. In order to attract the best representatives, the Task Force has an application procedure. There are several positions currently available. If you are interested in sharing your farm to school expertise, please visit http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/colorado-farm-to-school-task-force/task-force-application/ for more information and to submit an application for consideration. The application deadline is July 31, with successful candidates beginning their service on the Task Force at the fall quarterly meeting in September 2013.

News From the USDA

Protect Your Livestock from Predators
Small livestock owners who live in areas where wildlife might be nearby are being asked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to take extra steps to protect their animals.


52 Reasons to Choose Colorado

 

Reason #17 to Choose Colorado – fresh milk and cookies! Woody Creek Bakery and Café uses gourmet cookie dough made with local ingredients and serves their world famous cookies hot, gooey and just out of the oven. And what are fresh cookies without a glass of milk? Longmont Dairy Farm Inc. delivers fresh, cold milk straight to your doorstep from healthy Colorado cows.

Reason #18 to Choose Colorado – we have our own herbalist healer! Bonnie Searcy is passionate about studying plants and harnessing the power of natural ingredients to heal the body. Bonnie’s Balms Pain Eraser serum is fast-acting to loosen muscles, promote circulation, relieve arthritis and chronic pain conditions, and sooth the body from life’s stresses.

Reason #19 to Choose Colorado – our grill masters are the bomb. Golden Toad’s seasonings, award-winning sauces and signature Shrimp Bombs will have your senses tingling. These true grill masters travel around the country competing in Kansas-City sanctioned BBQ competitions so we trust they know what they’re doing.

Reason #20 to Choose Colorado – the candy lady, Fran Beckwith. Hootenanny Candy produces tasty confectionery goodness. Their famous Pecanamels were a “happy mistake” after a batch of caramel was too soft to be wrapped so it was brilliantly brought together with dark chocolate cups drizzled in white chocolate.  Hootenanny’s motto, “Find Your Joy” certainly rings true for all of its happy customers.

Find more reasons to Choose Colorado on our Facebook page!


The Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University tracks current weather conditions and historic climate variations affecting agriculture in Colorado.

Weekly Water Supply & Drought Condition Update
Colorado Climate Center Website
Precipitation from country to county
Detailed agricultural weather data

Precipitation in Colorado varies greatly from place to place and year.  Official weather stations are too far apart. You can help monitor Colorado's fascinating climate by measuring the rain and snow from your home, business, farm or ranch.   http://www.cocorahs.org  and click on "Join CoCoRaHS"

Banner photo:  "Grazing Gold" by Laurie Purcell


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