Monsanto's search for America's Farmers Mom of the Year is back for a fourth year to acknowledge the contributions of more than a million female farm operators in the United States.
Anyone can nominate his or her favorite farm mom by visiting AmericasFarmers.com before April 23 and submitting a brief essay explaining how she contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture.
The default way for Colorado cities to increase their water supplies is to "buy and dry," buying agricultural water rights and permanently transferring them to urban use. According to Jacob Bornstein, a program manager for the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), who spoke Feb. 25 at a water seminar at Colorado Mesa University, continuing along this path could lead to the drying up of up to 40 percent of irrigated agriculture in the South Platte River Basin by 2050, an outcome state leaders are eager to avoid.
The Bureau of Reclamation announced Feb. 25 that it released a draft supplemental environmental assessment on Ridgway Dam Hydropower Interconnection Facilities. The draft EA supplements the 2012 Ridgway Hydropower Environmental Assessment and finding of no significant impact, and addresses additional details and information on the interconnection and transmission facilities.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Feb. 11 gave final approval to what it calls "the strongest rules in the country" for limiting the impact of drilling near residences and other occupied buildings. The new rules will take effect August 1.
Information that the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) do not plan to conduct prescribed burns this year has been erroneously reported.
The GMUG has conducted "pile-burning" throughout December and January and is continuing to make plans for prescribed burns this upcoming spring.