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.