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: ATMs — A possible answer to Colorado’s water woes?

On Tuesday, people from across the state convened for the 2016 Colorado Ag Water Summit at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds near Denver.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Giving thanks for where we live

This week's Community Agriculture Alliance article is written by new Yampatika Executive Director Joe Haines.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Every drop counts

It may be no surprise that agriculture is the nation’s thirstiest industry; simply put, it takes water to grow food and fiber. Rising demands from competing water users in the municipal and industrial sector, paired with a growing population, puts strain on balancing the water budget and adds pressure to agriculture’s share of water rights,

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Flood or sprinkler?

In Northwest Colorado, I often hear discussions about the relative benefits of flood and sprinkler irrigation for rivers and downstream water users.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Which steak tastes best?

Aging is key to great tasting steak.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Don’t Buy food from strangers

As a child, you may remember your mother telling you not to talk to strangers or not to take candy from strangers (my personal favorite). Well, what’s old is new again, as we adopt the #dontbuyfoodfromstrangers to promote local food.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Keeping the Yampa local

The American West has been defined by water, and as our population grows, the dialog will be more accurately defined by its limits.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: How diversion of water affects value

You may have heard some discussion lately about the phrase, “use it or lose it,” first, about how it is a guiding principle when using water under Colorado’s prior appropriation system, then, more recently, about how it can be a misleading cliché.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Colorado Master Gardeners fill vital role

How does an extension office manage to answer all the calls, visit many sites to check trees and gardens and, at the same time, research the appropriate remedies specific to everyone’s individual concerns? Usually, with the help of dedicated volunteers called the Colorado Master Gardeners.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Decreasing waste; protecting our climate, way of life

In addition to Zero Waste events, YVSC’s waste diversion efforts are encouraging reduction, repairs, reuse and recycling in our community through programs such as Yampa Valley Recycles, Sustainable Schools and our new food rescue initiative.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: What’s around the corner?

Often, we more fully appreciate the glorious final days of summer as they become fewer and we feel frost crunch beneath our feet on our morning runs and brisk winds on our evening commutes.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Shedding pine needles normal in autumn

Though thousands of evergreen trees in the Colorado high country are beginning to display dying orange or brown needles, most are simply going through a natural shedding process and are not infested by bark beetles or tree disease.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Party like it’s 1966

Historic Routt County is proud to partner with the United States Forest Service to further the Preservation 50 movement in Routt County.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fluid discussions at a round table

Water in the West has been a complicated subject for hundreds of years. Every year, a different amount of snowmelt flows downstream from the high country, where most of the water in the Southwest originates.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Ag facts are in

The 2016 Routt County Fair is about to begin, so we should talk some fun facts — newsy food bites you can mention during dinner to impress your family and friends about the importance of agriculture.

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