Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 3-26-12 |

Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 3-26-12

Colorado Farm Bureau has set up a fund to help those devastated by the fire in Yuma County on March 18. The fire left a large path of destruction, causing farmers and ranchers to lose miles of fencing, hay and grass. Two homes were a complete loss from the fire. A benefit show is being held in Yuma, Colo., at City Limits on March 24 at 6 p.m.

Tax deductible donations can be made at or Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, Yuma Fire, 9177 East Mineral Circle, Centennial, Colo., 80112.

Young hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can learn outdoor skills and safety at the Young Hunter Education Challenge at the Flagler Lake State Wildlife Area in Flagler, Colo. The event will take place May 5 and 6 and start at 7 a.m. each day. The program is a one day event, so young hunters can choose Saturday or Sunday. Simulated hunting conditions are used to help test and reinforce young hunter’s skills. The deadline is Friday, April 27.

For more information, contact the Extension Office in Burlington, Colo., at (719) 346-5571 or the Extension Offices in Kiowa County, Yuma County, or Cheyenne County.

An open house for the public will be held at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University on March 30 and 31. The event will include interaction with animals, learning opportunities and tours of the hospital. Lectures and demonstrations will be held. A few of the topics include “Equine First Aid Lecture and Workshop” and a “Pet First Aid Workshop.

To view all workshops and get more information about the event, go to or call (970) 297-1269.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a series of free webinars that will focus on the fruit and vegetable industry. The webinars are free and open to the public, but space is limited so advance registration is required. Topics that will be covered will include commodity pricing and shipping information, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, fresh produce inspection and more.

To view the schedule of webinars for 2012, go to

The USDA wants to warn producers that fraudulent letters have been received by FAX in four confirmed states. The letters have been sent to individuals and businesses and are said to come from a USDA procurement officer signed by “Frank Rutenberg” and seek personal and financial information.

Please report these letters to the USDA at or call (202) 720-9448.

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