A meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Montrose will give irrigation companies and districts and ag producers a chance to tell what they think about various programs offered to reduce salinity off-farm and on-farm in the Colorado River and its tributaries like the Gunnison.
Programs such as the Bureau of Reclamation's Basinwide and Basin States Programs and USDA-NRCS's EQIP have been underway for several years.
Mesa and Montrose Counties have been designated as disaster areas due to freezing temperatures that occurred on April 7 and April 8, 2012. Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin and San Miguel Counties are included as contiguous counties and are eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans.
Last summer (2012), a group of researchers from the Colorado College State of the Rockies project took a 6.5 week journey from an alpine tarn called Lake Powell in Rocky Mountain National Park to the big, famous Lake Powell that backs up behind Glen Canyon Dam.
Kayaking most of the way, the group made numerous stops to collect water samples and interviews.
The Colorado FFA Foundation announces Hotchkiss resident Robbie Baird LeValley has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Colorado Rising Star in Agriculture Award. This award recognizes up and coming talent and leadership in the Colorado agriculture industry as determined by members of the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Soil health is critical to the productivity of the local agricultural industry and to the quality of the surrounding watershed. To help producers learn how to improve their soil, Delta County Economic Development, Inc. has taken the lead in bringing experts to the Western Slope to directly share their experiences.