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TB hard to trace and testing is only 80 percent accurate

May 4, 2018 — LOVELAND, Colo. — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, bovine Tuberculosis is "nearly eliminated from the livestock population of the United States," but one of the biggest obstacles is the lack of traceability when it comes to fully

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Inaugural water symposium focused on future of Colorado’s water supply

April 27, 2018 — DENVER — It's rare for people to think about solutions to a problem before it is a problem.But there is a sector of people in Colorado who have started to look at Colorado's water supply and how to plan for the future. That's why the

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Proposed changes might bring changes to ag waste definition in Colorado

April 27, 2018 — The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has proposed definition changes regarding waste that concern the agriculture community. The proposed definition changes were sent out in an email at the end of March. There are five main areas the definitions aim to update or expand.

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Students get hands-on artificial insemination training in New Raymer, Colo.

April 27, 2018 — NEW RAYMER, Colo. — As four cows stood in individual pens in the old agriculture building behind Prairie School, all but one stood patiently as five students practiced artificial insemination on April 24. After going through the textbook earlier this semester, the students were on

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Hemp gaining ground in the US

April 20, 2018 — LOVELAND, Colo. — The fifth annual Northern Colorado Hemp Expo gave attendees a glimpse of the products and strides the industry has made in the U.S. Hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, has grown as an industry in Colorado in recent years after voters approved

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VFD a year later: Is it helping or hurting livestock producers?

April 6, 2018 — LOVELAND, Colo. — The Veterinary Feed Directive is major issue facing the dairy industry and was one of the main topics discussed during the dairy council meeting as part of the first day of the Colorado Livestock Association's annual meeting April 4 in Loveland, Colo.

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Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program tries to bridge gaps

March 30, 2018 — The agricultural landscape in Colorado isn't limited to only a few industries. Agriculture in the San Luis Valley, the Western Slope, the eastern plains and everything in between brings its own unique needs, issues and products. But with that diversity, there also is a natural

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NoCo Hemp Expo in its fifth year and growing

March 23, 2018 — The 2018 NoCo Hemp Expo is looking to be the largest yet, and will have a larger emphasis on the farm side of the industry than in the past. The expo will be April 6-7 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colo. The two-day

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Producers, chefs, food industry advocates attend Colorado Ag Day at the Capital

March 23, 2018 — DENVER — On March 22, when heading to the first floor of the Colorado Capital Building, an enticing array of smells hit the halls, along with chatter among chefs, agriculture producers and members of the Colorado legislature. Colorado Ag Day at the Capital is considered

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Colorado Wheat executive director starts new roll amid launch of new wheat varieties

March 16, 2018 — When he took the reins as the executive director of Colorado Wheat, Brad Erker had several issues that needed his immediate attention. He started in August 2017 with three positions to fill and two new wheat seed varities to promote. "When I started in the

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Colorado meadery brings unique flavors, product to craft scene

March 16, 2018 — BOULDER, Colo. — David Myers likes to say mead's popularity cycle is every 2,000 to 3,000 years, and right now its popularity is high. Mead is a honey wine, which is known to be the first alcoholic beverage ever made. Myers, who considers himself chairman

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Panel: Farm labor solutions include a mix of political and impractical ideas

March 2, 2018 — DENVER — Many people don't like to talk about illegal immigrants and how they fit into the agriculture industry, but a recent panel discussion took on the topic. Jon Slutsky, owner of La Luna Dairy, in Wellington, Colo., pointed to the statistics to show illegal

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Preventing listeria outbreaks at produce facilities

March 2, 2018 — Listeria is a hard bacteria to find, and when it comes to food safety, it can be a nightmare. During the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Association annual conference in February, Laura K. Strawn spoke to a group about ways fruit and vegetable growers can

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Speaker urges fruit and vegetable producers to be ready in case of a recall crisis

February 23, 2018 — DENVER — In an industry almost held hostage by the unpredictability of Mother Nature, there is plenty producers can do in the case of a public relations crisis. During the second day of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual conference, Diane Mulligan, president

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CFVGA conference addresses labor and water issues

February 23, 2018 — DENVER — When it comes to his passion for the Denver Broncos, Robert Sakata, president of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, doesn't hide it. Dressed in Broncos' colors — an orange Broncos' suit, a blue and orange facemask and a faux orange mullet

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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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