Ag Briefs 1-9-12 |

Ag Briefs 1-9-12

The 28th Annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory is a way for Colorado growers to market their products to consumers. The directory is published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. It highlights farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, agritourism activities and more. Listings are now being accepted for the 2012 edition. The fee is $25 and the deadline is February 1, 2012. More than 100,000 copies will be available to consumers in June.

For more information, please go to or contact Loretta Lopez at (303) 239-4115.

Christmas trees can be used to create artificial brush piles to improve the small game habitat on local state wildlife areas. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be accepting Christmas trees to recycle into quail habitat. Trees may be dropped off at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Pueblo Service Center archery range parking lot at 600 Reservoir Road. Please remove all ornaments and tinsel.

For more information, contact the Pueblo Service Center at (719) 561-5300.

On January 27, 2012, Colorado Farm to School stakeholders including producers, school districts, community partners and representatives from Federal, State and Municipal will hear presentations about the state of the Colorado Farm to School program. The annual forum will consist of hands-on workshops and tutorials. The conference will take place at the CSU Extension on Adams Fairgrounds in Brighton, Colo.

For more information, email or call (720) 282-4067.

Two symposiums will be held in February that will focus on how to reduce the impact of nitrogen being deposited at Rocky Mountain National Park by ranchers and farmers. The symposiums will be hosted by members of Colorado’s Agriculture and Air Quality Technical workground. The meetings will be held on February 16, 2012 at the Steakout Restaurant in Fort Morgan, Colo., and February 17, 2012 at the Lamar Community Building in Lamar. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the symposiums will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $25.

To register, contact Landon Gates at (970) 218-0284.

The USDA has released a nutrition SuperTracker to help Americans make healthy food choices in the new year. The tool will help assist individuals to make changes in their life to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease. It is free to use the SuperTracker and consumers can choose which tools they would like to use.

To take advantage of the new resource, go to

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