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Colorado General Assembly: A list of senate bills that impact ag and rural areas

February 2, 2018 — Bill: SB18-002 "Financing rural broadband development" Prime sponsors: Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg (R), Sen. Don Coram (R), Rep. Crisanta Duran (D), Rep. KC Becker (D) Sponsors: Sen. Randy Baumgardner (R), Sen. John Cooke (R), Sen. Kevin Grantham (R), Sen. Chris Holbert (R) Senate committee: Business, Labor

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Experts offer advice to landowners regarding pipeline installments at Colorado Farm Show

January 26, 2018 — GREELEY, COLO. — For some farmers and ranchers, partnering with the oil and gas industry was a way to supplement some of their lost profits. However, as these companies try to build more partnerships with farmers and ranchers, caution and safeguards should be kept in

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Texas girl sets another record at National Western livestock auction

January 19, 2018 — DENVER — Jan. 19 was another grand night for Lillie Skiles of Hereford, Texas, at the National Western junior livestock auction, when her grand champion steer, for the second year in a row, nabbed a record-winning bid. This time a total of $145,000 went to

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Alpaca ranchers show off breeding at National Western Stock Show

January 19, 2018 — For the Milligan family, Jan. 6 was a busy day at the National Western Stock Show. Marc and Sharon Mulligan, along with members of their family were promoting their alpacas and Red Granite Ranch. Marc and Sharon started the ranch in 2009 and now have

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National Western Stock Show junior steer winner is a repeat champion

January 18, 2018 — Lillie Skiles, 13, was nervous heading into the grand drive Jan. 18. She was excited, no doubt, but she gets nervous showing. It didn't show as she led her steer down the green carpet, along with the other 13 class champions at the National Western

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Stockyards Ranch Supply, a long-time Denver establishment

January 18, 2018 — Tom C. Jordan was 18 when his dad's asthma prompted a move out of Iowa.   In 1949 Jordan ended up in Aurora, Colo., and within a few years started to work at Barr Lumber in Denver, two weeks after it opened near the Denver Coliseum.  

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Future of hemp as livestock feed ingrediant in hands of producers

January 7, 2018 — While the approval is likely months away, hemp producers have a plan moving forward to see if part of the hemp plant can be used for livestock feed. The stakeholder group was commissioned after a bill in the 2017 Colorado legislative session released the results

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Winterkill possible in Colo., but it’s still too early to tell

January 5, 2018 — Frigid temperatures and a lack of moisture led to early problems for winter wheat growers in Kansas and Oklahoma, but Colorado producers have not seen enough evidence yet to worry. According to Radiant Solutions, which collects data and analytics, the new year started with some

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College rodeo coach took long track to professional rodeo, coaching

December 29, 2017 — After a less-than-stellar roping performance in high school, Beau Clark wanted to skip basketball season to focus on roping. His dad said no and that Clark could always devote his time to rodeo after high school. High school was the only time Clark could play

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June, the animatronic cow, helps educate people about the dairy industry

December 15, 2017 — A couple years ago, the Western Dairy Association found a spokesperson of sorts to help teach about the dairy industry. Her name is June, and she's an animatronic cow who helps gather people of all ages to hear about the industry. June doesn't do the

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Northern Feed and Bean among Colorado groups that traveled to Cuba to discuss agriculture exports

December 15, 2017 — LUCERNE, Colo. — Colorado agriculture took a step toward a trade relationship with Cuba last month, despite the current embargo on the country. Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, along with members of the World Trace Center Denver, Northern Feed and Bean and others, met with

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Summit aims to educate people on water use in agriculture

December 7, 2017 — Coloradoans know that a majority of the more than 80 percent of the state's water is dedicated to agriculture and some think that is a problem. However, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown said looking at the percentage breakdown of water use doesn't tell the whole

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Group met for four months to discuss the use of hemp seed for animal feed

November 30, 2017 — The Colorado legislature, earlier this year, approved a bill that started a conversation between agriculture and regulatory leaders on the issue of hemp as a viable option for animal feed. Hemp is a cousin to marijuana but doesn't cause a person to get high, which

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Kourlis inducted into 2018 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

November 29, 2017 — During the approval process for Tom Kourlis as the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, he was given an antidote that wouldn't be surprising if it was told today. Kourlis was told a story about a man who was with his grandson at the store. The grandson

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Sommers a 2018 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee

November 28, 2017 — When Lee Sommers was studying at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, his mom wrote him letters, urging him to study agriculture. Sommers was undeclared when he began college; he enjoyed mathematics, and after a couple of years, he declared a technical agriculture degree and took the

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Chapman made hall of fame career after taking some fatherly advice

November 27, 2017 — Mary Lou Chapman has had many times in her life when she was part of a first. She was the first to cook American beef in Japan, for example, and when she was a kid she was the first girl in her county to try

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Fort Collins restaurant/bakery, Ginger and Baker, opens in the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building

November 19, 2017 — As Ginger Graham walked through her new restaurant/bakery combo in Fort Collins, Colo., on Nov. 7, people were constantly coming to her and asking questions. There were two days left until the soft opening, and everyone was working to make sure the shop would be

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Colorado Ag Water Alliance Summit will tell the story of ag and water

November 17, 2017 — The Colorado Ag Water Alliance will host its biennial summit in December, and this year the focus will expand beyond the agriculture community. The summit will be held Dec. 5 in Loveland, Colo., and Greg Peterson, executive director of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, said

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Colorado AgrAbility Project helps Colorado man farm, despite being paralyzed from the waist down

November 14, 2017 — Jerry Michel used to lift himself into his truck with his arms before he drove out to his field in Atwood, Colo. He knew it was hurting his shoulders, but without the use of his legs, it was the only way he got into his

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Bennet tours Ardent Mills; assures attendees the 2018 farm bill will get done

November 12, 2017 — The finish line to pass a new farm bill is less than a year away, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said it would get done, despite this year's track record in Congress. September 2018 is when the current bill is up for renewal, and according

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