Bipartisan farm bill passes Senate, moves toward conference

WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a bipartisan five-year bill that serves as a safety net for millions of farmers and ranchers across the country in a 86-11 vote this week. The $867 billion bill funds...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pleasant View rancher lands job as CSU Extension director in Montezuma County

A Pleasant View resident with a ranching background and recent degrees in agriculture and law has been named the new Montezuma County director for the Colorado State University Extension. Kacey...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers, ranchers can apply for emergency loans to help with drought conditions

Farmers and ranchers in La Plata County may now qualify for natural disaster assistance as a result of losses and damages caused by the recent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups agree to stay sage grouse lawsuit

A coalition of conservation groups that sued to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered instead of threatened species has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

From horses to hemp: Colorado rancher eyes new calling

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) – After a long and successful career up on the saddle training horses and their owners across the country, John Lyons wanted nothing more than to retire, ride off into the...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cattlemen’s Banquet tickets up for sale

Tickets are now available for the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Banquet, scheduled April 21 at the Sky Ute Event Center in Ignacio. The annual banquet features a prime rib buffet, silent and live...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers, Ranchers looking at cuts to irrigation allocations

Ranchers and farmers dependent on irrigated water for their operations are preparing for a tough year, as they may receive just 50 percent of normal allocation. The situation is brighter for some...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

James Ranch family hits the road in advance of Harvest Grill expansion

When Cynthia James Stewart opened Harvest Grill & Greens to showcase her family’s enterprises seven years ago, she never imagined the commitment to bring the community a true farm-to-table...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Cortez Western writer bringing back dime novel

Cortez author Denny Bertrand’s stories on cowboy life continue to be recognized as part of a growing trend to bring back the dime novel. “A lot of Western writing is from the early 1900s. My...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

Hispanic ranchers dealt blow in lengthy battle over grazing

ALBUQUERQUE – A group of Hispanic ranchers has been dealt a blow in their years-long feud with the federal government over grazing rights on land in New Mexico that has been used by their families...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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