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2 months 1 week ago

County fair underway in Pueblo

PUEBLO - The Pueblo County Fair is underway at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Many students who are part of 4H programs bring their animals to the fairgrounds to compete in the annual livestock show and sale. Hannah Bowman is anxious to show her two pigs. "I'm pretty excited to see...

2 years 5 months ago

Container gardening class offered

The CSU Extension Office in Pueblo is offering a class on container gardening. It will include what kinds of containers to use and how to maintain them. Who: Colorado State University Extension/Pueblo County What: Yard and Garden Class - Dramatic Container Gardens When: Tuesday, April 17,...

2 years 7 months ago

Drought aid offered to farmers in 10 counties

DENVER (AP) - Farmers in 10 counties in east-central Colorado can apply for emergency loans and other help under a drought disaster designation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Lincoln County was designated the primary disaster area, and that qualifying farmers in nine adjacent counties could apply for...

3 years 3 months ago

E-Verify bill gives agriculture extra time

WASHINGTON (AP) - The agriculture industry is getting a break in a proposed bill that eventually would require all U.S. businesses to use a government database to verify that their employees are legally allowed to work in the country. The Legal Workforce Act, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Lamar Smith,...

3 years 8 months ago

Former congressman named agriculture commissioner

DENVER (AP) - Former congressman John Salazar has been appointed to be the new Colorado agriculture commissioner. Hickenlooper said Wednesday that Salazar's experience representing Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and being a former member of the state Legislature's House Agriculture Committee made him uniquely qualified for the job. Salazar lost...

4 years 2 months ago

White House admits mistake, offers job

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is apologizing to a black Agriculture Department employee who was ousted for her remarks about race. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod an injustice and a mistake, and apologized on behalf of the "entire administration." He says officials didn't...

4 years 2 months ago

Colorado exports go around the world

Colorado's agricultural producers continue to expand their products into global markets. The Colorado Department of Agriculture reports ag exports grew 21 percent in the first quarter of 2010. "Colorado's first quarter agricultural exports exceeded $223.8 million. It's great to see such a strong start to the year," said Commissioner...

4 years 3 months ago

Don't bring firewood on a camping trip

When camping, the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds outdoor enthusiasts to leave their firewood at home. "Moving firewood across the state can contribute to tree mortality," said John Kaltenbach, CDA's cooperative agricultural pest survey coordinator. "Insects and diseases can be transported with the wood and can hurt or even...

4 years 4 months ago

Freezes hit Colorado vinyards

Spring freezes have hit the Grand Valley's grape crop, which was already hit by a deep freeze in December. That could affect winemakers looking for Colorado grapes. Bruce Talbott's operation on East Orchard Mesa is among the state's largest for growing wine grapes. He says his operation harvested 476...

4 years 4 months ago

USDA moves to ban additives from organic formula

The Agriculture Department is moving to ban two synthetic additives from organic baby formula, overturning a Bush administration decision to allow them. The USDA said Tuesday that the department incorrectly interpreted Food and Drug Administration guidelines that appeared to allow the additives, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also known...

4 years 5 months ago

Governor to sign bill protecting farmland

Gov. Bill Ritter is signing a bill that would limit the use of urban renewal authority to take agricultural land. Lawmakers say Colorado is rapidly losing farmland and they believe urban renewal was never intended for taking more land away from farmers and ranchers. The bill also requires county assessors...

4 years 5 months ago

Congress takes aim at unhealthy school lunches

Greasy pizzas and high-calorie desserts may be less frequent lunchtime treats for schoolchildren under a wide-ranging nutrition bill approved by a Senate panel. The legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Agriculture Committee would create uniform standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier...

4 years 7 months ago

Colorado tax hikes would undo tax breaks

The tax hikes lawmakers are rushing to pass to balance the budget would undo about 6 percent of the $2.2 billion in tax credits and exemptions on Colorado's books. They would affect a range of industries, from manufacturing to information technology to agriculture, as well as consumers. Buyers of...

4 years 7 months ago

Cow tips man and steps on him

People probably can't tip cows, but a cow tipped a person in Knoxville. Then it stepped on him. An ambulance was called to the University of Tennessee agriculture campus Friday morning. Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran told The Knoxville News Sentinel first responders found a 40 to 50-year-old man who...

4 years 7 months ago

Colorado lawmakers approve fuel tax

The Colorado House has given tentative approval to a bill that would eliminate a tax exemption for energy used in manufacturing, transportation and agriculture. Gov. Bill Ritter proposed going after the tax breaks after the state was forced to cut $2 billion from this year's budget and another $1...

4 years 8 months ago

CSU gets funding to study feedlot emissions

Colorado State University researchers have received $1.15 million in federal funds to study how much nitrogen and ammonia are emitted from cattle feedlots. Feedlots along Colorado's Front Range are believed to be a major source of nitrogen pollution in Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. Biologists say the park's...

4 years 11 months ago

Colorado winter wheat harvest ranks 2nd this year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Colorado harvested 98 million bushels of winter wheat this year, second in the nation behind Kansas. Darrell Hanavan of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee said Wednesday that's the highest Colorado has ever ranked. Earlier forecasts pegged the harvest around 89 million bushels. The record...

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