Sheep at the Steamboat Springs Depot awaiting shipment to market.

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Sheep at the Steamboat Springs Depot awaiting shipment to market.

Tales from the Tread: Celebrate Agriculture Appreciation Week

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Agriculture Appreciation Week, March 22 to 29, is a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.

In our modern world of technology, plastics, clean packaging and online shopping, we may forget that agriculture provides most everything we eat, drink, use and wear on a daily basis. National and local efforts attempt to educate millions of consumers about the importance of agriculture and ask "where would YOU be without agriculture?”

Tales from the Tread

Tales from the Tread columns publish the first and third Wednesdays in the Steamboat Today.

To help celebrate the event, the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Community Agriculture Alliance will co-host “Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley: Longtime Perspectives on Farming, Ranching and Gardening.” This panel discussion takes place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the library and features agricultural producers who have a long hands-on history in the Yampa Valley, plus three generations of Routt County CSU Extension agents.

The program’s panelists include: Dean Look, Routt County native, rancher and outdoor enthusiast; Rita Herold, Routt County native, rancher, educator and historian; Sam Haslem, CJ Mucklow and Todd Hagenbuch, three generations of Routt County CSU Extension; and moderator Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance.

Then at noon Friday, March 27 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, we will host Diane Holly and Marsha Daughenbaugh of the Community Agriculture Alliance for a history presentation titled “Rugged Ranch Women: From Dawn to Dusk.” Diane Holly, a member of a local Centennial Ranch family, will introduce you to some of the local women, from the past and the present, whose essential roles on their ranches cannot be overstated.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is full of fascinating stories and exhibits that uncover agriculture’s deep roots in the Yampa Valley.

Don’t miss our newest installment in our Foundations of Steamboat series featuring the Semotan family. Whether it's locally homesteading in 1886, running a large cattle operation or becoming a major founder of today’s American Quarter Horse, the Semotan family's ranching roots run deep and wide. The Semotan family exhibit is on display through February 2016.

We hope you’ll join us by celebrating National Agriculture Week and increase the understanding and appreciation of our valley’s heritage and future. Where would YOU be without agriculture? Naked and hungry.

For more information about all of the Agriculture Appreciation Week events go to www.communityagalliance.org.

Candice Bannister is executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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