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Community Ag Alliance: If you want to get something done, enlist Routt County CattleWomen

One of the county's longest-running and consistently active nonprofit organizations is Routt County CattleWomen, a deep-rooted agricultural organization that supports the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Community forestry in the Yampa Valley

Our Yampa Valley is blessed to have diverse forested systems along our streets and greenways, in our backyards and parks, along the Yampa River and all around us. We also have a strong community that cherishes those resources.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Keep your property free of whitetop

Have you noticed that the hillsides in Routt County have turned white again? No, Old Man Winter has not returned. What you’re seeing is the bloom of hoary cress, one of Routt County’s most aggressive noxious weeds.

Community Agriculture Alliance: What’s new in the 2014 farm bill

We still are learning what’s in the new farm bill and how it will affect everyone locally, but every month we learn a few more details. One of the biggest things that this farm bill did was simplify all the programs.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Wilderness Act turns 50 this year

Fifty years ago, Congress officially recognized “wilderness” by signing the Wilderness Act of 1964.Its goal was “to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes."

Community Agriculture Alliance: Get to know more about local food

Type “local food” into your favorite search engine, and more than 1.6 million results will be returned. Everything from “why buy local” to debates on “what is local” can show up. It can be overwhelming, but don’t give up. Here’s a brief update about what’s happening related to local food in the Yampa Valley.

Community Agriculture Alliance: ReTree Steamboat is right around the corner

It feels as thought spring has finally arrived — the Yampa is raging, kids are back on Memorial Field playing soccer and the ground is finally starting to turn from white to green. For the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Colorado State Forest Service, that means that ReTree Steamboat is right around the corner.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The future in our ground

I was lucky to attend a free conference last week at Colorado State University called “Ranching and A West that Works,” which was developed by CJ Mucklow, Western region director of the Colorado State University Extension and his colleagues.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Cyclists can be aware of their surroundings and ranch activity

I write this article from the view point of a person that spends a lot of time on a bike in and around Steamboat.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Spring snowpack could mean many things for Routt National Forest

While it is still too early to tell what will come from the current above average snowpack in the Yampa River Basin, it could mean many things for the Routt National Forest’s resources and visitors in the coming months.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Noxious weed management

As citizens of Colorado, we have a responsibility to manage noxious weeds as designated under the 2003 Colorado Noxious Weed Act, Title 35, Article 5.5. The law states that it is the duty of all persons to use integrated methods to manage noxious weeds if the same are likely to be materially damaging to the land of neighboring landowners.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Deep snow in mountains, dry farmland down below

As of the first week of April, the statewide average snowpack in Colorado is at 113 percent of average. Only the southwestern watersheds are lagging behind.

Community Agriculture Alliance: All about barns

Ever wondered how many historic barns there are in Routt County? Hundreds! The results of an optional survey posed by the USDA in 2007 reported 149 pre-1960 barns owned by agricultural operators in the county.

New plan could simplify the Routt County permit process for those seeking to grow and sell food locally

Lettuce growers, an experimental cheese maker and a poultry producer all engaged with the county in the past two years and found out that when it comes to producing food on a commercial basis, there are rules that must be followed.

Community Agriculture Week returns to Yampa Valley

Community Agriculture Week returns with a focus on connecting people.