Ag Briefs 2-27-12 |

Ag Briefs 2-27-12

The USDA has awarded 23 grants to organizations to respond the growing population of farmers living with a disability. These grants will help thousands of people with disabilities to continue their ag professions. A total of $4.1 million in grants was awarded and made possible by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Projects that will be funded include educating professionals on how to assist those with disabilities. Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Wyoming, and Kansas State University are among those receiving grants.

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The Obama Administration has announced three new actions that will help build on the investments that the Administration has made in rural America over the past three years. The new initiatives include promoting a bioeconomy, rural jobs accelerator, and rural health IT workforce.

To learn more about each initiative, go to

The Colorado House of Representatives Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee approved a proposed House bill that would authorize the state engineer to respond to damaging conditions in the South Platte River Basin due to high groundwater levels. A study would be allowed under the bill to look at the interaction between alluvial aquifer and surface streams. The bill will move on to the Appropriations Committee.

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Producers with highly erodible cropland can enroll in a new initiative to protect up to 750,000 acres of land. The land must have an erodibility index of 20 or greater. Beginning this summer, producers can enroll at their local Farm Service Agency Office.

To learn more about the program, go to

The 2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will be held June 19-22, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. There are scholarships available for those teachers who want to attend. The conference will provide tools and resources to teachers, enabling them to implement agriculture in their schools and classrooms. Continuing education credits can be earned from Colorado State University for those teachers attending. The conference costs $375. Single day registration options are also available.

Those interested in applying for a scholarship can go to

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