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The March 15th deadline for farmers to make their ARC/PLC decisions for the 2022 crop year is fast approaching. In an effort to provide growers with the most up to date information needed to make this important decision, CSU Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency have teamed up to conduct a Farm Bill Decisions webinar.  

The webinar will be held Monday, February 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Topics to be addressed are: the mechanics of ARC/PLC and the limitations of ARC-IC for fruit and vegetable producers, and the payment outlook in 2022 for ARC-CO/PLC for the major program crops in Colorado.
The webinar is free but you must preregister at this web link   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RoT3TSqsSAalDxHXmYDhzg  

For more information or to get a copy of the registration link, contact Brent Young at brent.young@colostate.edu or 970-580-2204. Click here for complete flyer.

Many agricultural producers don’t feel confident in their abilities to market the commodities they produce. In today’s agricultural business environment of high input costs and slim or non-existent margins, marketing skills are essential. In an effort to help corn producers improve their marketing skills, CSU Extension Ag Economist, Dr. Brent Young is offering a series of ag marketing webinars.


The Basic Ag Marketing Lunch and Learn – Corn Producers Edition webinar series
is meant to be a basic course covering the mechanics of cash, futures, and options markets with advanced sessions leading up to the development of a marketing plan. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in four additional webinars throughout the marketing year and an interactive online corn marketing game.


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.

Click here for more details and registration information.

Finances – Drought – Commodities Market – Politics – Legacy

What’s overwhelming you? It’s a really hard time to be in agriculture right now, but WE ARE HERE TO HELP. You don’t have to go it alone.

CAAMHP provides members of our agricultural and rural communities with six free sessions to an ag friendly, licensed behavioral health professional. It’s anonymous and in many cases, can be accessed remotely.

https://www.campforhealth.org/

Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust, AgrAbility, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and many others have partnered together to care for farmers and ranchers who have been most deeply impacted by severe and persistent drought, instability in the commodities market, misinformation targeting consumers and rapidly changing political climates. Depression and anxiety are heavy burdens to carry alone and we want to come alongside members of our community that are hurting by providing tangible services that offer the necessary tools to combat these realities.

Agrivoltaics

Can food production occur in concert with solar power generation?  Recent advancements and  interest in solar generated power has some asking “will large solar panel projects decrease available land for crop production?” .   Some of these proposed solar farms can cover 80 acres and more and as power needs continuing to grow, tens of thousands of currently cropped acres could be taken out of production.  This question of producing both food and electrical power is currently being addressed by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers.

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