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Community Agriculture Alliance: Wildfire prevention and you

While it has been several years since we’ve had a significant fire year in Colorado, even an average fire year has more than 3,000 wildfires. This spring may have shortened our fire season, but it did not eliminate it.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt County's bear season has arrived

Keeping bear-human conflicts to a minimum requires the efforts of everyone in the community, including residents, businesses and those who keep urban livestock.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Explore nature to unleash inner child

Many moons ago, when you were a young and curious person, did you see the world through a different filter? As summer approaches and my favorite things in the world reappear in the valley, my inner child turns on full force.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Skip the potluck — team build while getting dirty

Office potlucks can be fun, and happy hour get-togethers are OK, but what better way to get to know your coworkers or club mates than by planting trees or volunteering together for environmental projects?

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Community Agriculture Alliance: A Girl Scout’s perspective on globalization

Regardless of the standpoint, one thing is certain: Globalization is here to stay, so determining how to influence it for the community’s welfare is imperative.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Branding a time-honored, necessary tradition

It is the time of year when nearby ranches are branding the new crop of calves. It is a celebration of a successful calving season, a time-worthy tradition and a labor-intensive day filled with help from family and friends. Why do we do it?

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Why we need to talk about food waste

We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications.

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Community Agriculture Alliance; Ranching in the Yampa Valley

Ranching this time of year always proves to be something of a challenge in the beautiful Yampa Valley.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Every day is Earth Day

Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Lessons learned

The cool thing about history is that is allows us to learn from our mistakes. By studying what went wrong, we can take action to make it right.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Transitioning seasons with nature

Seasonal changes are underway, and I encourage you to take time to enjoy the Yampa Valley’s natural beauty during this period of transition.

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Sheep and lettuce were mainstays in Routt County agriculture from the early days

Can a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep mate with a domestic ewe? Just ask Orval "Junior" Bedell during Ag Appreciation Week.

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Busy schedule ahead for Agriculture Week

Agriculture Week returns to Routt County this week, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of local agriculture.

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Ag Week returns to recognize local farmers and ranchers

The tagline is simple, straightforward and cuts directly to the heart of the matter. “Where would you be without agriculture?” it reads. “Naked & Hungry!”

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Community Agriculture Alliance; Celebrate agriculture

Agriculture Appreciation Week is March 18 through 25. Consider all the things agriculture does for you.