Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FSA February News

By Casey Toyne

This is the USDA Farm Service Agency newsletter for February.  The most important items for producers are the announcement for the 2013 DCP sign-up, 2011 SURE sign-up, ECP sign-up, and sign-up for the EQIP, salinity and special initiatives funding.


The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program are being offered for the 2013 crop year under the 2008 Farm Bill Extension.
DCP and ACRE sign-up for 2013 crops will begin on February 19, 2013. The DCP sign-up period will end on August 2, 3013 and ACRE sign-up will end on June 3. 2013.

The only program change from 2012 to 2013 is that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Legislator List

Need Help contacting legislators? Here is a list to help! 

Governor of the State of Colorado

Governor John W Hickenlooper, Governor
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792
Phone: (303) 866-2471


 Members of the House

(That can protect your Second Amendment Rights)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cattlemen honor Bledsoe

DENVER – At the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Foundation Recognition Banquet held Tuesday, Jan. 22, the memory of Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe was honored for his service as a CCA President as well as the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

A memorial plaque was presented to his wife Alice, along with their children and other family members. Pat Grant, former head of the National Western Stock Show, shared some of his personal experiences with Bev Bledsoe before announcing that there will be a permanent memorial to the Speaker in the State Capitol House Chambers anteroom. CCA will also be recognizing Bev Bledsoe with a place the association’s Endowment Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Department of Ag moves fast to quarantine horses

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is investigating one confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state. 
A quarantine has been placed on seven horses including the index case; a hold order has been placed on six additional horses who may have had direct contact.

The affected horse, a six-year-old gelding from Texas, is part of the team of quarter horses used during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) rodeo to pull a stagecoach during rodeo performances.  The horse began showing clinical signs January 27 and was transported to the 
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.  The diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus was confirmed January 28, 2013, the affected horse is isolated and in stable condition.  The other horses from the team are under quarantine at the NWSS coliseum and hold orders have been placed on other contact horses.