Forum set on future viability of agriculture

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— Agriculture producers in the Yampa Valley and local government officials will meet Wednesday to discuss keeping agricultural viable in the Yampa Valley.
The meeting is a follow-up to the Economic Summit held last June, where participants of the Keeping Production Agriculture in a Resort Community and Rural Land Use breakout session decided another discussion should ensue.
"This is a way that we can see if we can move forward with some of the topics that came out of the Economic Summit," County Commissioner Ben Beall said.
Three topics are on the agenda to be discussed at the meeting are:
n The loss of critical agricultural land.
n The difficulty of attaining an agricultural land tax base after the land has gone out of agricultural use and the tax definition of agricultural land.
n Legislation that has been passed or could be pursued that would benefit agricultural producers.
"Anyone that's interested in those topics can show up," Beall said.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse annex hearing room, 136 Sixth St.

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