Sunday January 25, 2015

Salaries in Delta County continue to lag behind state averages, according to information provided by Trish Thibodo, executive director of Delta County Economic Development. The statistics were compiled by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for the second quarter of 2014.

The Board of County Commissioners has found cause for sharp disagreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) over another of the agency’s critical habitat designation proposals.
In written comments on a plan to designate 7,265 acres in Delta County as critical habitat for the threatened Western Continental United States distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo, the BoCC has taken direct aim at the federal agency’s proposals.

Unless a young man or woman stands to inherit the family farm, purchasing land and equipment for production farming can be a daunting task. But ag-minded students still have a wide range of career options.

If a patron walked into the Hotchkiss Library five years ago and asked to check out a packet of heirloom tomato seeds, library staff would probably have thought he was crazy. Even so, the librarians would have tried to help him by looking up websites where he could order seeds, pulling books on gardening, and suggesting local farmers who might be growing heirloom vegetables.

Concern about environmental and water supply conditions in the Colorado River Basin helped a group of farmers and their partners in the lower Gunnison River Basin net an $8 million grant from the federal government to line and pipe open canal systems and to convert fields from flood irrigation to more efficient sprinkler, micro spray and drip systems.  
The irrigation improvements will enable farmers to maintain or improve production with smaller diversions from rivers and streams.

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