Last spring, as it became clear that what snowpack we had was rapidly disappearing and we weren't getting any more, there was a flurry of media attention to the Drought of 2012. Temperatures soared, fires across the West filled the skies with smoke, and official drought declarations were made.
The USDA and the Colorado Department of Agriculture awarded a specialty crop grant to the Lavender Association of Western Colorado. The association proposed a project to answer the question of which cultivars produce the largest quantity and the highest quality oil.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order to suspend permits necessary to authorize transports of large baled hay or baled livestock feed which may exceed lawful maximum height.
The executive order suspends rules that prevent the State from issuing single-trip, extra-legal permits for divisible loads of "baled hay" or "baled livestock feed" of heights ranging from 14 feet, 6 inches to 15 feet.
Delta County Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind agricultural producers of the Oct. 1 deadline to purchase Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for 2013 crops. The Oct. 1 deadline is for wheat, both winter and spring, announced Alan Bull, County Director.