It is the time of year when nearby ranches are branding the new crop of calves. It is a celebration of a successful calving season, a time-worthy tradition and a labor-intensive day filled with help from family and friends. Why do we do it?
We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications.
Ranching this time of year always proves to be something of a challenge in the beautiful Yampa Valley.
Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.
The cool thing about history is that is allows us to learn from our mistakes. By studying what went wrong, we can take action to make it right.
Seasonal changes are underway, and I encourage you to take time to enjoy the Yampa Valley’s natural beauty during this period of transition.
Can a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep mate with a domestic ewe? Just ask Orval "Junior" Bedell during Ag Appreciation Week.
Agriculture Week returns to Routt County this week, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of local agriculture.
The tagline is simple, straightforward and cuts directly to the heart of the matter. “Where would you be without agriculture?” it reads. “Naked & Hungry!”
Agriculture Appreciation Week is March 18 through 25. Consider all the things agriculture does for you.
Forest and ranch landowners wanting to actively manage their land for proper forest health and productivity should speak with a professional forester. If certain requirements are met, you may qualify for the Forest Agricultural Tax Program.
Colorado is home to 76 conservation districts, each focusing attention on its own unique projects and priorities.
The warmer weather around the valley has given me an early case of spring fever. Along with the prospect of favorite trails becoming dry and glacier lilies popping up from the thawing ground, spring brings Ag Appreciation Week.
Living at the headwaters of the Yampa River and many of her tributaries makes it easy for us to take water for granted. We turn on the faucets, and water flows out. We open our headgates, and water rushes through. We put our boats into the rapids, and water takes us downstream. We toss a line into a high mountain lake, and a fish attaches itself to the hook.
Auctions are traditionally how cattle are sold. Even in the days of the cattle drive, cattle were taken to auction, and the producer had no choice but to take the price offered, since taking the cattle home would be costly. This method is still an option but is losing its hold as the most common choice.