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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LiveWell's Northwest Colorado Food Coalition brings change to local food landscape

LiveWell's Northwest Colorado Food Coalition brings lasting change to the local food landscape

At LIFT-UP of Routt County’s food bank on Curve Court, emphasis is placed on healthy eating for the customers, fresh produce from local farmers is welcomed and a new policy bans cakes, cookies and candy from the shelves.

Community Ag Alliance: Yampa — A town in the re-making

I left the meeting with a sense of anticipation and hope for Yampa. Here was a group of people representing all facets of life who all have one thing in common — the shared bond of caring and concern for their home and their willingness to become involved to make it a better place.

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Please, no cows in the cemetery

Sam Haslem told a story about the days when cowboys in far western Moffat County drove their cattle at a leisurely pace all of the way to the railroad yards in Phippsburg, south of Steamboat Springs.

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21st Century homesteaders 'love the land' as much as old-timers

Rita Herold described the early 1920s when lettuce and spinach were big cash crops in South Routt, and local lettuce was served in Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Community Ag Alliance: Agriculture deserves to be appreciated

In Routt County, $46 million is contributed annually to our economy by sales of livestock, grains, hay and alfalfa. This figure has increased throughout the last three decades in spite of the loss of farmland and the rising age of our producers.

Community Ag Alliance: Ranching and forestry is a sustainable partnership

Today’s ranchers may be managing a portfolio of assets as diverse as any Wall Street fund, but this portfolio is composed of a wide variety of natural resources and their income-producing activities. Forests are often part of these assets.

Community Ag Alliance: The significance of the blue corduroy jacket

Back in the back closet of many homes in northwestern Colorado, there is a corduroy blue jacket that somehow manages to keep its place in the closet despite the lack of wear in recent years. That old FFA jacket comes out a bit more this time year as FFA Week is celebrated locally and nationally.

Community Ag Alliance: Naked and hungry without agriculture

March is fast approaching and bringing with it a full schedule of events promoting local agriculture, celebrating agriculture, and expressing the importance of agriculture through art.

Community Ag Alliance: Routt County CattleWomen plan for a busy 2015

The Routt County CattleWoman organization promotes the importance of the agricultural industry in our everyday lives while maintaining our western heritage. We support the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing.

Community Ag Alliance: Farm Service Agency offers program opportunity

The new programs were established by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and revenues.

Community Agriculture Alliance: CSU Extension to present Estate Planning Workshop

Sensitive issues, such as money, death and family relations are difficult issues not only to bring up, but also to talk about in any depth. It is hard to approach these issues calmly when there are strong feelings about what is important. Some people avoid discussing these subjects because they believe it to be disrespectful and uncomfortable.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Stay safe in the backcountry

The fastest growing trend in snow sports involves gaining uphill access into the backcountry. The resulting experience gives you a sense of accomplishment gained from “earning your turns.”

Bed and breakfast planned for historic ranch on the Yampa River just north of Hayden town limits

Ryan and Rachel Wattles would host as many as eight people at a time in the guest house and as many as 10 special events — like wedding and family reunions — per year. No amplified music will be allowed.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Recent land purchase will positively impact Yampa Watershed health

The U.S. Forest Service has the privilege of managing public lands for multi-use, and a key indicator as to the overall condition of those lands is the health of the watersheds on National Forest. Watershed health has many public benefits, including importance for drinking water, agriculture and recreation, to name a few.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Succession planning

The statistics are frightening around the success of transitioning businesses. Today there are 12 million small businesses in America.

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