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Drought-stricken ranchers given extension to replace animals

Farmers and ranchers in El Paso County who lost livestock due to drought have an additional year to replace their stock, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which released the news Monday. Farmers and ranchers who were required to replace their animals by Dec. 31 now have one more year to do so. The additional… Continue Reading Drought-stricken ranchers given extension to replace animals

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has established an agricultural disaster fund to help people whose farms were damaged by a fire that swept through Yuma County earlier this week. Farmers and ranchers lost miles of fencing, hay and grass. The fire endangered humans, livestock, structures and homes, but is now 100 percent contained. It burned a… Continue Reading Farm Bureau asks for donations for Yuma Co. farmers

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Bill to help local producers signed into law

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that will support local, small-scale growers and producers by creating alternative methods for them to sell homemade goods. The legislation will allow growers to sell products directly to consumers, by exempting home kitchens from certain health inspections that are generally applied to large retailers. Home kitchens willb… Continue Reading Bill to help local producers signed into law

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Farm-state lawmakers pushing new farm subsidy

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Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers’ “shallow crop losses” before their paid insurance kicks in, has… Continue Reading Farm-state lawmakers pushing new farm subsidy

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for federal disaster declarations for a total of nine Colorado counties. This week, Hickenlooper asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid in drought-stricken counties in Colorado – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties. “Drought impacts are resulting in the loss of native grass, mixed forage, cool season grasses… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for federal disaster declarations

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