Colorado’s heritage and agricultural roots will be on display at the 150th Colorado State Fair, which opens today, August 26, 2022, at 11 a.m. MT and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022, at the State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. The 2022 theme is “150 Years of Fun” and a record-setting number of attractions and entertainment offerings are planned for the 11-day event.
USDA Under Secretary Bonnie, Agriculture Commissioner Greenberg Discuss Agency Alignment on Climate Smart Ag Programs
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg met today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie to discuss the alignment between the state and federal agencies on climate resilience and stewardship of natural and working lands. They were joined by Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) state director Kent Peppler and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Clint Evans and others leading climate work for the federal government.
The 150th Colorado State Fair kicks off this Friday, when the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo will be bustling with hundreds of activities aimed at delighting fairgoers both young and old. This year’s State Fair runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022 and will be a sesquicentennial celebration filled with special events and attractions, as well as returning beloved fair favorites.
Livestock owners looking for alfalfa, grass, mix, or other hay products can connect directly with hay producers in their region of Colorado by using the 2022 Colorado Hay Directory. The directory listings include the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed free status, and identifies organic hay.
The Colorado State Fair announces sibling trio The Band Perry will take the stage at the Southwest Motors Event Center on September 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the show are on sale now on the Colorado State Fair website. The music act joins artists such as T.I., Walker Hayes, Stone Temple Pilots, and comedian Jim Gaffigan in the list of headliners performing at the 150th Colorado State Fair.
A three year old gelding residing in Weld County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV) and is now recovering. The horse developed neurological symptoms in late July, including weakness, stumbling and poor muscle control. The gelding’s vaccine status is unknown. This is Colorado’s first confirmed equine WNV case in 2022.
Colorado Department of Agriculture's Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) Program is launching a new Continuing Education (CE) Program to help educate the licensed pet care community about the State’s regulations and increase compliance with the rules. PACFA is a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of pet animals in facilities throughout Colorado.
Colorado Companies Applying for USDA Meat Processing Expansion Program Eligible for Grant Writing Funding
The Markets Division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture has funds available to help Colorado companies apply for a federal grant that would increase meat processing capacity across our state. CDA will award up to $5,000 per Colorado business to hire a dedicated grant writer to help prepare applications for a yet-to-be announced Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Acres U.S.A., and the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District will host the first in a series of Colorado Soil Health regional events in the San Luis Valley on Saturday, August 13. This free event is part of the Colorado STAR Program and will include farm tours, educational presentations, guest speakers, and a keynote address from Jimmy Emmons, a soil health champion and producer from Oklahoma. The event is free, however registration is required at ag.colorado.gov/events.
Country music trio Lady A has announced a postponement of their North American tour and with it the performance at the 150th Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. The performance, originally scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2022, will be postponed until next year. The rescheduled date is Friday, September 1, 2023.
Current ticket holders have the option of keeping their tickets for the 2023 show or can receive a full refund if requested by November 30, 2022. Refunds are available at point of purchase.