Rocky Ford cantaloupe is a sweet and healthy treat for all Coloradans and visitors to enjoy. Impress your guests with this cool, indulgent twist on a local favorite. Did you know Rocky Ford cantaloupes typically make it from the field to the market in less than a day? For maximum freshness, look for that Colorado Proud logo and the Rocky Ford Growers Association sticker!
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has established an application process for agricultural employers seeking a variance certificate to allow for more than the "occasional and intermittent hand weeding” (defined in statute as greater than 20% of a worker's weekly work time). Employers who do not anticipate that hand weeding will take more than 20% of their workers’ time do not need to apply for the variance.
With the news that the spotted lanternfly has been found in Iowa, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is launching a new informational website to help teach Coloradans and visitors to our state about how to identify and eradicate the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF). The website can be accessed at ag.colorado.gov/slf.
Along with exciting concerts, rodeos, and annual fair fun, the Colorado State Fair is known for prominent Horse and Livestock shows and Small Animal competitions. Hundreds of 4-H and FFA youth travel from across Colorado to showcase the dedication and hard work they put into breeding, raising, and showing their animals. Entry deadlines are quickly approaching.
Cattle owners under observation by public health
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office has confirmed a case of anthrax in a beef cattle herd in Sedgwick County. The case was confirmed at the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on July 23, 2022 after the producer had seven acute deaths in the herd. A second positive case in a nearby beef herd was confirmed positive on Tuesday July 26, 2022.
Nine food trucks will battle to take home the Golden Plate Award and the People’s Choice Award during the second annual Governor’s Plate competition, scheduled to take place at the Colorado State Fair on August 30, 2022.
Along with exciting concerts, livestock competitions, rodeos, and annual fair fun, the 150th Colorado State Fair is scheduled to host 20 general entry and fine arts contests for both adults and children. From fine art to farm and garden contests, the State Fair showcases talent from some of the finest artists, artisans, bakers, and gardeners across Colorado.
It’s summertime and definitely time to dust off the grill, if you haven’t already. Colorado has a wide variety of products to choose from to make your next grill out perfect, but if you want to up your game, try these delicious bison burgers to wow your guests. Bison can be found from producers throughout Colorado and is a healthy, lean, nutrient-rich red meat endorsed by the American Heart Association.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s Office was recently notified of an equine neurologic case in Weld county. The State Veterinarian’s Office has been collaborating with the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Colorado Horse Park, and private practicing veterinarians involved in the case.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for two positions on the Hemp Advisory Committee (HAC) to represent Seed Development/Genetics and Higher Education Research Institutions. While HAC members usually serve three year terms, these vacancies need to be filled for the remainder of their term that will expire on July 31, 2023. Members can serve up to three terms (9 years) on the Committee.