The U.S. sheep industry is finding itself amidst an encouraging time: lamb prices are at an all-time high, the wool market is the highest it's been since 1989 and the cull ewe and pelt markets are very lucrative. However, from the farm gate through to the lamb and wool processing level, there is a shared concern about meeting the demand for lamb and wool production in the United States.
Many residents are experiencing warm weather and their focus is shifting to summer activities and a desire to head out into the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The Forest Service wants to remind recreational users that many forest roads remain closed to full-size vehicular traffic and have seasonal restrictions in place.
Innovative farming practices being developed by Uncompahgre Valley producers hold the promise of resource conservation and improved water quality.
Some of the work in this local soil health initiative attracted a U.S. senator here last week to meet with forward-looking producers and see an example of the projects that are being installed.
An organization that few people may know of, and that fewer people actually understand, has played a behind-the-scenes role bringing grant funding for numerous projects in Delta County and the surrounding region.
For example, the organization, Painted Sky Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), played a key role in acquiring funding and providing management for the Hartland Dam reconstruction project.