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Most of the ranches of today can be traced back to the days of homesteading. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, Western migration supported by supplying 160 acres of public property to settlers. In exchange, homesteaders were required to finish five years of constant residency, or pay $1.25 per acre after 6 […]

We all know that farmers globally (not just in Colorado) are coming under increasing pressure to feed more mouths.  However trying to increase crops and yields whilst some extreme weather events like the droughts we’ve experienced is not easy.  Even when the weather is fine, farmers are also having to cut back on chemicals and […]

From Droughts to Floods

December 24th, 2013

Colorado is suffering huge weather swings in recent years, from one extreme to another the State’s farmers are battling to survive.  The industry is vitally important to Colorado’s economy with the sector estimated to generate almost $9 billion a year. The drought that has been causing so much hardship has now receded in a devastating […]

Farming Challenges for Colorado

October 15th, 2013

I saw an interesting statistic the other day, one that perhaps illustrates the tremendous challenges that face our industry.  The statistic was that in 1955 a US citizen spent about 18% of their income on food. By the same measure in 2008 the average citizen was spending about 9% of their income.  Agriculture is a […]

Business and Farming

May 30th, 2012

Most people think that farming is a very boring job. For people who have no knowledge about farming, it is simply a job that only involves physical activities (planting, watering, harvesting, etc.). Some people believe that farming has nothing to do with analytical thinking. Well, I am sorry to disappoint these people with their views […]

Sometimes farmers can feel a bit left out when it comes to TV and media.  Although there are some shows and programmes targeted at farmers, mostly these are pretty low quality and badly produced.  There are some wonderful resources for farmers from other countries and one of the most impressive comes from the United Kingdom. […]

Colorado Wine Industry

April 16th, 2012

Giving wine gifts from vintners located in Colorado was virtually impossible a decade ago, but not so difficult any more. Over time the wine industry has benefitted from a complete and utter modernization of the way it does things.  From farming and agricultural practices to the simple willingness to experiment a bit more, our grandparents […]

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