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: Soil Health 101

Have you ever thought of soil as a living ecosystem, composed of billions of tiny organisms working to support plants, animals and humans? Healthy soil is the foundation that sustains plentiful croplands and healthy forests, filters pollutants from air and water, maintains productive grazing lands for livestock and wildlife and helps control surface water flows.

Community Ag Alliance: A fox in the henhouse

Chickens are easy to raise, relatively inexpensive, fun to watch and make great pets or 4H projects. Unfortunately, some species of wildlife in Colorado appreciate these little egg makers for the same reason we do … they make a delicious meal.

Community Ag Alliance: An open letter to Colorado water users

When the waters get rough, the rough retreat. So it was when the Yampa/White/Green Roundtable met in Meeker in a first-ever retreat to discuss where to go from here now that the Basin Implementation Plan for the Colorado Water Plan is complete.

Community Ag Alliance: Routt County Fair is the best

We’ve come a long way since 1914, but the “feeling” of the fair remains the same, according to Sandy Boston, of Hayden, who says: “Because no matter where you’re from — a big city or a little town — the Routt County Fair makes you feel like you’ve come home.”

Community Ag Alliance: Summer camp goes beyond fun

Summer camps are both recreational and educational for children.

Community Ag Alliance: Planting a tree is more than digging a hole

Planting a tree is an investment in the future, so take the time to do it right.

Community Ag Allance: Why rodeo matters in Steamboat Springs

Rodeo remains an important facet to the character of Steamboat Springs.

Community Ag Alliance: Planning in motion for Hahns Peak restoration project


Fire lookout towers allowed early Forest Service Rangers to accurately identify the location of fires in the newly created National Forests. Today, the Hahns Peak Lookout near Clark, Colorado stands silently as a testament to that early history.  

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the Moots Ranch Rally

Magazine editor Eugene Buchanan joined local bike manufacturer Moots on its second annual, 50-mile Moots Ranch Rally, a communal dirt-road ride showcasing area ranches while benefitting the Community Agriculture Alliance.

Community Ag Alliance: RCCW supporting agriculture students

Routt County Cattlewomen is a community-based organization that supports the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing. Our organization has a membership of around 50, and each year, we raise funds for our scholarship fund.

Colorado commissioner of agriculture to host meet and greet during his first visit to northwest Colorado

In the middle of committee meetings, technology seminars and innovation workshops, participants in this week’s Protein Producer Summit and citizens of northwest Colorado will get a chance to meet Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown during his first visit to northwest Colorado.

Community Ag Alliance: Moots Colorado Ranch Rally ready to hit the road

Moots Colorado Ranch Rally once again supports community agriculture.

Community Ag Alliance: The good and bad of spring moisture

A wet spring can result in challenging growing conditions.

Community Ag Alliance: A unique opportunity for mountain irrigators

Innovative device could lower irrigation costs for mountain agricultural producers.

Community Ag Alliance: Considering the water

Uncertainty of water in the west has become a hot button issue.

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