Agriculture

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Hickenlooper signs hemp bill into law in Cortez

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped in Cortez Sunday to sign a bill protecting hemp farmers who use water stored in federal reservoirs. The bill was introduced in the state Legislature by Sen....

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Free mulch-loading to be offered in Bayfield

La Plata County will offer free wood mulch and will help load it into vehicles and trailers from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Bayfield Convenience Center, 4496 County Road 223. The...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Season opens Saturday for Durango Farmers Market

The first Durango Farmers Market of the season will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St. The market will be open every...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dove Creek farmer awarded $26,500 in damages from elk

A Dove Creek farmer was reimbursed more than $26,500 on Friday after a herd of elk last summer destroyed his cornfield, resulting in a complete loss of crops. The money comes from a Colorado Parks...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma orchard project plants trees at CSU research station

The Colorado State University research station in Yellow Jacket is joining the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project’s efforts to bring apple production back to the region. More than 20 volunteers...

DATE: April 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Montezuma Land Conservancy developing 80-acre farm

Montezuma Land Conservancy has acquired an 80-acre farm northwest of Cortez that it hopes will become a community resource. “We’re learning tons about the land and how to take care of it,” Jay...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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New farmers face debt, weather woes with support from colleagues

This spring, elementary students Jayce Gray and Mikah Burris helped their parents build a high tunnel – a greenhouse with climate controls – on their family’s land south of Cortez. Evn and Kaliape...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Southwest Colorado snowpack highest in 9 years

Snowpack across Southwest Colorado is at the highest level since 2008. The San Miguel, Mancos, Dolores, Animas, La Plata and San Juan river basins all are above 100 percent of normal snowpack,...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado lawmakers celebrate state’s agricultural industry

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper was roused from his office Wednesday morning by a ruckus from a celebration of an often-overlooked facet of Colorado’s economy that contributes more than $40...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Bayfield woman teaches herd dog clinics at Ag Expo

CORTEZ – Mia Stovall has been training dogs to herd farm animals for much of her life, and this year she passed on some of her knowledge to attendees at the Four States Agricultural Exposition at...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Montezuma irrigation company eases Narraguinnep boating ban

The Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. has retreated from its boating ban at Narraguinnep Reservoir and agreed to allow some hand-launched, non-motorized watercraft. MVIC , which owns the lake, had...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Decision on future of sheep grazing pushed back

The U.S. Forest Service has delayed its expected winter announcement on the future of domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, and now expects a decision “in the next few months.” In...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News