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: 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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: History in the making

Each of us is capable of making an affirmative difference in our world. Our region is proof-positive that good things happen every day because of the vision, determination and labors of our people.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Country-Of-Origin Labeling facing Congressional attack

Congress is back in session and getting back to work now that the election is over. The real work will begin again in January when the next Congress is sworn in.

Community Agriculture Alliance: My favorite things

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past year and to savor what we’ve accomplished at Historic Routt County. We are proud of our role in saving Routt County’s special places, and the year has been a whirlwind of activity with preservation projects, events, socials, awards and win-win partnerships.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Lodgepole pine, a story of resilience

Sometimes it seems that lodgepole pine doesn’t get the respect it deserves. In the wake of the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic, some people question whether it’s a good thing to plant lodgepole seedlings on their property. “Won’t the beetles just get them?” they ask.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Holiday tree care

The holidays are upon us, and for many that comes with the age-old tradition of putting up a tree. One of my favorite traditions is taking my family to a forested area and scouring the hillsides for the perfect tree, always excited to have that fresh-cut scent once again filling our home.

Community Agriculture Alliance: State of the Upper Yampa River Watershed

We drink it, we grow food with it, we play in it — the Yampa River Watershed provides for our community in a way that the early settlers recognized when they built Steamboat Springs at the confluence of the Yampa River and six tributary streams.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Environmental Literacy Program helps school districts implement objectives

Nationally, studies have shown that elementary school students spend less than 20 minutes per day in science education. Thankfully, Routt County schools are doing much better than that.

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