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Phillips County Amateur Triathlon

The Phillips County Amateur Triathlon is a 6 Week Fitness Challenge set to begin Sunday, May 26, 2019! Participants will participate in three activities; biking, swimming and running or walking. Other activities can be substituted, and conversion formulas will be provided to convert those activities back to the three main activities. Participants may register as a team of up to 10 people or as individuals. Age groups include adult, junior/senior and pee wee. Teams may consist of any or all age groups. The program will conclude with a Mini Amateur Triathlon Competition on Saturday, July 13th. Events will include run/walk, ride, swim. This will be free for those who have registered for the 6 Week Fitness Challenge. A registration fee will apply for new competitors. Registration is preferred by May 24th and will continue through the month of May. Funding raised from the triathlon will go to support the Holyoke Community Childcare and the Haxtun Swimming Pool Project. CSU Extension is coordinating the Triathlon and appreciates your commitment to better health and support of our community by joining the triathlon challenge. Have FUN and get motivated with your whole family, work colleagues and friends!

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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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Job Vacancy 32-19, Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/FCS

Work cooperatively with Area and State 4-H agents to provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H /Youth project leaders and/or members to ensure integration of current best management practices in the Golden Plains Area Counties. Completed bachelor’s degree conferred prior to start of employment. Degree must be in family and consumer sciences, youth development, natural sciences, agriculture, animal science, education, agricultural education or a closely related field. Background, work experience, coursework, or degree that demonstrates expertise in family and consumer sciences, youth development, livestock production and/or natural resources. To view the job vacancy announcement and apply, click link: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, August 15, 2019. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community ( that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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