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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.

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Community Agriculture Alliance; Forest agriculture and the importance of planning

Forest and ranch landowners wanting to actively manage their land for proper forest health and productivity should speak with a professional forester. If certain requirements are met, you may qualify for the Forest Agricultural Tax Program.

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Community Ag: Conservation districts — a local voice in agriculture, conservation

Colorado is home to 76 conservation districts, each focusing attention on its own unique projects and priorities.

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Community Ag Alliance: Support local agriculture during Ag Appreciation Week

The warmer weather around the valley has given me an early case of spring fever. Along with the prospect of favorite trails becoming dry and glacier lilies popping up from the thawing ground, spring brings Ag Appreciation Week.

Community Ag Alliance: Which way will the water flow?

Living at the headwaters of the Yampa River and many of her tributaries makes it easy for us to take water for granted. We turn on the faucets, and water flows out. We open our headgates, and water rushes through. We put our boats into the rapids, and water takes us downstream. We toss a line into a high mountain lake, and a fish attaches itself to the hook.

Community Ag Alliance: Cattle trade enters age of technology

Auctions are traditionally how cattle are sold. Even in the days of the cattle drive, cattle were taken to auction, and the producer had no choice but to take the price offered, since taking the cattle home would be costly. This method is still an option but is losing its hold as the most common choice.

Community Ag Alliance: Get outside with Yampatika

Did you know Yampatika leads free Ski with a Naturalist tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Steamboat resort on Mount Werner? I’ve introduced many tourists to the Yampa Valley’s natural beauty, but I’ve also surprised a number of locals with new facts.

Community Ag Alliance: You are what you eat, so eat local

If you are what you eat, why not be a true local and eat local food?

Community Ag Alliance: Historic preservation, 101

Historic preservation really is quite interesting, understandable and important to shaping how our community’s landscape looks and feels today.

Community Ag Alliance: CSU Extension hosts estate planning workshops

Planning how to transfer your farm, ranch or other business to the next generation is difficult. So is planning for retirement and formalizing your estate plan. The many emotional issues involved with such planning causes us to procrastinate. We don’t want to make some of the tough decisions, so we don’t.

Community Ag Alliance: A new year for alliance

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are over. For most of us, food played an important role during the holidays. Whether you enjoyed a banquet with family, a party with friends or were part of our community dinners, I hope you took a moment to reflect on where the meal started.

Community Ag Alliance: The science of snowmelt and water supply forecasting

Routt County residents continue to be reminded of the immense beauty of snow. But, dig a little deeper and beyond its aesthetic and recreational appeal, snow plays a vital role in our lives as the primary source of the water supply in the Western United States.

Community Ag Alliance: Water — a gift from God

Whatever your belief, whatever your faith, we all agree the Yampa Valley has been blessed this week with snow, snow and more snow. As we celebrate Christmas, I can’t help but feel this has been a gift from God to all of us.