Community Agriculture Alliance columns

This weekly column about agriculture issues is written by area farmers, ranchers and policymakers. It publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Celebrate the planet

Every year in Steamboat Springs, Earth Day comes and goes without much fanfare due to our late spring break and the mass exodus to warmer climes and drier trails after the mountain closes. But you can still pay tribute to the planet during Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s monthlong Every Day is Earth Day celebration.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Noxious weed management

As citizens of Colorado, we have a responsibility to manage noxious weeds as designated under the 2003 Colorado Noxious Weed Act, Title 35, Article 5.5.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: More than cows and sheep

It is estimated that, during the next 35 years, the planet’s population will grow to more than 9 billion people. This will add 2 billion people to our existing populace, and global food production will need to increase by 70 percent.

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Community Agricultural Alliance: Spring in the valley for Yampatika

Spring in the Yampa Valley is truly a time of transition; it is also a time of transition for Yampatika.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Value of cultural heritage work realized

Nearly a year ago, I had the opportunity to share a centerpiece of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program: our Torchbearers.

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Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week 'family style'

Dairies and wheat farms not as prevalent

Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week family style.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Ag Week offers plethora of events

Next week, you might notice a banner over Lincoln Avenue that reads “Naked & Hungry … where would you be without agriculture?” We ask you, fellow people of the Yampa Valley, to consider this statement and help us celebrate agriculture March 19 through 25 as Community Agriculture Alliance partners with local

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Community Agriculture Alliance: If not you, who?

If you have an agriculture water right, then the Colorado Ag Water Alliance workshop is for you. If you are concerned about the future of Colorado’s water, then the CAWA workshop will be of interest to you. If you want to learn more about water, you might attend the CAWA workshop.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Shop local, eat local

If you want to shop and eat local food, we’ve got a simple answer to the questions of how, when, where and why.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Land Link program unites ag producers

Colorado Land Link is a program that matches farmers and ranchers seeking land opportunities with landowners who are open to transitioning their land. Ideal for absentee landowners, non-ag producing landowners or potential retirees, Land Link creates a process in which you can find someone to farm or ranch your land.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: 2017 snowpack off to impressive start

After a dismal start, the Yampa/White River Basin snowpack for Feb. 1 was listed at 128 percent of median, quite a contrast from the mid-December reading of 90 percent of median.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Wasting food wastes everything

Did you know an average family throws 40 percent of its food away, wasting approximately $1,500 every year? What if you could buy only what you need at the grocery store, save money and have less food waste?

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt County CattleWomen still going strong

The Routt County CattleWomen, one of the oldest continuously run organizations in Northwest Colorado, is still going strong.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Blueprint for future food production

The Colorado State University Food Systems Team, comprised of CSU Extension professionals and campus faculty, is traveling across the state this winter to gather information in an effort to create the Colorado Food Systems Blueprint, which will inform the state’s food-related work into the future.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Barns deserve credits

Barns have long captured the imagination of the American public. They are prominent icons on the landscape and reminders of the nation's agrarian roots and hardy pioneers.

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