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Are You Caring for an Aging Loved One?

Share Your Thoughts and Help Your Community! The Senior Access Points project wants to know how you found resources to care for an aging loved one. Please take 5 minutes to answer this survey. Your feedback will help us to build a region-wide outreach effort to connect Northeast Colorado residents to local aging-related resources. The project is a collaboration between CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center, CSU Extension, the Logan County Heritage Center and CSU Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

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Industrial Hemp Production: A Risk Assessment

The last several years have been very challenging for Colorado farmers and ranchers as commodity prices continue to be weak. Cash market prices that just a few years ago might have offered a small profit will not cover the cost of production today. Many agricultural producers are looking for more profitable alternatives to traditional crop and livestock enterprises. One such alternative that many farmers are considering is industrial hemp. Industrial hemp shares the same botanical name as marijuana (Cannabis sativa). The major difference between industrial hemp and marijuana is the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high.” According to 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. In order to make a sound decision regarding the production of hemp, growers must evaluate the risks associated with the crop. That risk assessment should include a thorough review of the five areas of risk in agriculture. Those five areas include price, production, legal, financial, and human risk.

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Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference

Colorado State University Extension will offer a continuing education program on crop production and soil management on December 4th and 5th in Fort Morgan, CO. This program is designed for crop producers, agronomists and certified crop advisors. Fifteen continuing education credits will be offered for certified crop advisors. Crop and soil specialists from Colorado State University, Kansas State University and the Ag industry will present technical information on major crop production practices. The registration fees for the two-day conference is $115.00 per person, which includes program material, lunch and refreshments. Participants may also register for one day for $70.00. Registration cost will increase after December 1st. Stay tuned for more information on the agenda and registration.

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