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Attention, Colorado Producers and AgriBusiness Owners:

Show your love for Colorado Agriculture by completing Colorado State University’s annual Custom Rates Survey. Take just 10 minutes to complete the survey before March 15, 2021. 

Complete the Survey

What is the Custom Rates Survey?

Colorado State University Extension conducts an annual survey of custom rates charged for various crop and livestock operations and lease arrangements in Colorado in the preceding year. Data is collected from agricultural producers, landowners and managers, lenders, agricultural consultants, machine operators, and Extension agents. Results of the survey are used by producers, ag lenders, county assessors, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, land appraisers, and more.  Custom Rates in Colorado is one of the most widely used publications available from the CSU Agriculture and Business Management Team.

Why should I complete the survey?

  • The Custom Rates Report will allow you to advertise custom services or locate and hire custom service operators in your area.
  • More responses ensure more accurate data and a more complete list of rates for today’s practices. These determined rates influence land appraisal values, your property taxes, and more.
  • Information about Custom Rates is used by elected officials to inform federal, state, and local policy, including crop insurance.
  • Your responses are safe and anonymous.

When and where can I access the survey?

What if I have questions about the survey?

Your CSU Extension Agriculture and Business Management Team is here to answer your questions. Learn more at

Monday Night Marketing Webinar Series Coming in February

Many agricultural producers don’t feel confident in their abilities to market the commodities they produce. In today’s agricultural business environment of low commodity markets, high input costs and slim or non-existent margins, marketing skills are essential. In an effort to help farmers and ranchers improve their marketing skills, CSU Extension Ag Economist, Dr. Brent Young is offering a series of ag marketing webinars.   The Monday Night Marketing webinar series is two programs in one. The first meant to be an introductory course covering the mechanics of cash, futures, and options markets. This four week series is designed to meet the needs of agriculture producers who are new to commodity marketing and are looking for techniques to improve the prices they receive for their crops and livestock.  
The final four sessions are a more advanced course that will focus on sophisticated marketing techniques and the development of a farm/ranch level marketing plan. These sessions are designed for producers who have a basic understanding of the topics presented in the introductory course.  
The webinar format is interactive and will allow for live questions. Each webinar session will be recorded for review if you miss a session or for additional viewing to clarify concepts.  
The webinars will be held from 7pm to 9pm, Mondays in February (8, 15, & 22) and March (1, 8, 15, 22, & 29). You can register for each session separately for $15 or both sessions for $25.  To register online go to . For more information contact Brent Young at 970-580-2204 or email at

2021 Colorado AgrAbility Winter Workshop Webinars

Are you a farmer or rancher struggling with physical or emotional limitations? Or a professional who works with that population? This year, The Colorado AgrAbility Project is offering a series of three webinars instead of our usual in-person sessions. The first webinar will focus on issues and resources for women in Ag. Another session will provide info for veterans who are in—or interested in exploring— Ag careers and need resources for accessing land and equipment through grants or low interest loans.

We’ll also discuss how to prepare a portfolio that gets the attention of funders and lenders. Our final session will help demystify the Agricultural Mediation Program. Dr. Dalsted will explain how it works, when it works, and how to put it to best use. We look forward to seeing you!

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