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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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Community Agriculture Alliance: Lots to see at Routt County Fair

We’ve come a long way since 1914, but the feeling of the Routt County 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.” And that’s exactly what the people who coordinate the fair like to hear.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Management plans benefit both producers, wildlife

As a private lands wildlife biologist in a partnership position with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, I have the pleasure of working with conservation-minded landowners throughout Northwest Colorado, incorporating wildlife habitat needs into their management plans.