Thursday, February 11, 2016

Commissioners look to the sky

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln County might become the “Cape Canaveral of the Plains” for a day if it is selected as the site for a rocket launching next summer.

This exciting possibility was raised during the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Friday, Feb. 5. Troy McCue, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC), said the Colorado Farm Bureau had recently contacted him about the possibility.

McCue explained the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is seeking a launching site in a rural area of Eastern Colorado for its 50-foot, 1,300 lbs. rocket. ULA had originally wanted to launch it from Peterson Air Force Base at Colorado Springs, but was unable to get final approval. Lincoln County, specifically the Karval area, is under consideration as one of the possible sites.

Formed in 2006, ULA is a 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., it has provided launch services for government and commercial satellites.

The proposed launch, scheduled for July 2016, would be of ULA’s “Future Heavy,” the world’s largest sport rocket being designed and built by ULA’s interns. The launch would be in partnership with Ball Aerospace and the Space Foundation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Governor's Ag Forum

There’s no registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, but anyone who does register by Thursday, Feb. 4, will save $50.

Registration for the annual event – now in its 25th year – will be $150 through Feb. 4, and then increases to $200 after that date.

The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The event is open to the public and media. Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register at www.governorsagforum.com.

There’s no shortage of issues discussed among the public, media, lawmakers and industry when it comes to food production, and the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will take on many of these critical topics, all while examining the future of ag in the Centennial State.
In particular, this event will explore how Colorado can best prepare a next generation of top-notch producers, who will be tasked with feeding a rapidly growing population, and doing so with less resources while facing a number of challenges.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lady Badgers at home.

Farm Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden last week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property.

These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.
“Many producers, especially new and underserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation,” said Harden. “USDA is making it easier for new farmers to hit the ground running and get access to the land that they need to establish their farms or improve their property.”

The microloan program, which celebrates its third anniversary this week, has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers.