Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 3-19-12 |

Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 3-19-12

On March 31 and April 1, the Little Britches Rodeo will be held at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyo. The rodeo features many youth throughout the region. Local participants, as well as those from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota will participate in the 3rd Annual Elks Little Britches Rodeo. The Elks will host a dinner on Saturday following the rodeo.

More information is available on the web site at or call (307) 338-0101.

The H-2A Visa program is vital for many producers to help find seasonal workers. Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, as well as a bipartisan group of Senators, are concerned about how the program is being administered. Producers have raised concerns about the administrative delays, as well as lack of uniformity in the application regulations. Since 2006, appeals of denied H-2A applications have grown by 800%, resulting in labor shortages for some producers.

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This summer, three short courses will be offered for those who want to improve their operations with a better understanding of the contemporary agricultural science. The courses will be open to the public. Both technical classroom training as well as interactive field demonstrations will be part of the classes. Two classes will be held in May and are titled: Beef University and Irrigated Pasture Grazing School. The third class will be held in mid-August and is titled Building for the Future: Farm and Livestock Business Planning.

For more information, please email or call (970) 491-5496.

About 25,000 acre-feet of water stored in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project will be available for lease. The leases are only available when C-BT storage reservoirs are high. C-BT storage reservoirs include Horsetooth Reservoir and Lake Granby. Currently, the levels are relatively high due to heavy runoff from the last few years. This is the third year that the program has been available. Sealed bids and application information must be submitted to Northern Water, Attn: Sherri Rasmussen, 220 Water Ave., Berthoud, Colo., 80513 prior to 10 a.m. on March 23.

Call (800) 369-7246 or visit for more information.

Anglers wanting to fish for the new season need to purchase their new license by April 1, 2012. An annual license for Colorado residents is $26 and $56 for nonresidents. Seniors 64 and older pay $1.

Call (800) 244-5613 or go online at http://www.WildLife.State.CO.US/Fishing to get your license.

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