August 4 - 10 is National Farmers Market Week. Farmers markets are expanding to communities across the nation at an amazing rate. Since 1994, the number of farmers markets in the USDA National Farmers Market Directory has more than quadrupled.
Governor Hickenlooper's recent Executive Order requiring the completion of a statewide water plan by the end of 2015 has brought new urgency to longstanding discussions about how to meet the state's future water needs.
A central theme in those discussions has been, and remains, how much more Colorado River Basin water should flow across the Continental Divide to meet the anticipated needs of Front Range cities.
Participants in Class 11 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program (CALP) will be in Palisade and Delta to learn about the agriculture industry and business in the area.
According to CALP member Brad Webb, the two-day seminar will "give local farmers a chance to communicate the importance of Western Slope agriculture to rural leaders throughout the state.
Feeding livestock for market is a business venture for our local kids, challenging them to produce a marketable animal that meets quality meat grading standards and which returns a profit. Additionally, through the 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) educational livestock marketing programs, members acquire knowledge and understanding of sound livestock production and management practices.