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 Ag Alliance: Cattle trade enters age of technology

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.

Community Ag Alliance: Get outside with Yampatika

Did you know Yampatika leads free Ski with a Naturalist tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Steamboat resort on Mount Werner? I’ve introduced many tourists to the Yampa Valley’s natural beauty, but I’ve also surprised a number of locals with new facts.

Community Ag Alliance: You are what you eat, so eat local

If you are what you eat, why not be a true local and eat local food?

Community Ag Alliance: Historic preservation, 101

Historic preservation really is quite interesting, understandable and important to shaping how our community’s landscape looks and feels today.

Community Ag Alliance: CSU Extension hosts estate planning workshops

Planning how to transfer your farm, ranch or other business to the next generation is difficult. So is planning for retirement and formalizing your estate plan. The many emotional issues involved with such planning causes us to procrastinate. We don’t want to make some of the tough decisions, so we don’t.

Community Ag Alliance: A new year for alliance

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are over. For most of us, food played an important role during the holidays. Whether you enjoyed a banquet with family, a party with friends or were part of our community dinners, I hope you took a moment to reflect on where the meal started.

Community Ag Alliance: The science of snowmelt and water supply forecasting

Routt County residents continue to be reminded of the immense beauty of snow. But, dig a little deeper and beyond its aesthetic and recreational appeal, snow plays a vital role in our lives as the primary source of the water supply in the Western United States.

Community Ag Alliance: Water — a gift from God

Whatever your belief, whatever your faith, we all agree the Yampa Valley has been blessed this week with snow, snow and more snow. As we celebrate Christmas, I can’t help but feel this has been a gift from God to all of us.

Community Ag Alliance: The board says it best

At Historic Routt County, we are honored to save the places that tell Routt County’s stories, for as Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”


Community Ag Alliance: Think spring?

Given the time of year, it seems rather soon to be asking you to think about spring planting plans. But that is exactly what we would invite you to do.

Community Ag Alliance: Colorado, ag groups scrutinize EPA rule

Last summer, Colorado, along with 18 other states, sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the proposed rule expanding the reach of “Waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS, under the Clean Water Act.

Community Ag Alliance: Year on cattle ranch

Most cattle operations in Routt County are cow-calf operations, which means the cow herd is maintained year-round, and a calf crop is sold in the fall. But there is so much more to it. Let’s look at the yearly cycle.

Community Ag Alliance: Connecting with nature

With winter upon us, it’s tempting to hunker down inside where it’s cozy and warm. But did you know people of all ages experience enhanced health and creativity when they connect with nature?

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Community Agriculture Alliance online marketplace poised to grow

A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will help the Community Agriculture Alliance continue to grow and develop an online marketplace for local food sales and expand other efforts.

Community Ag Alliance: Cultivating the torchbearers

Last year, on a visit to Denver, a conversation ensued with a friend about the emerging Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program. After listening to the description of the program, she responded, “Oh, you are cultivating the torchbearers.” Until that moment, such a poignant description of the program had not been expressed. And it continues to resonate today.

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