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Colorado State University Extension is hosting an informational meeting for farmers, ranchers and landowners affected by the recent floods. A wide variety of information regarding technical assistance for recovery will be presented. The meeting will be useful for landowners and agricultural producers with flood-related damage to infrastructure - land, soil, pasture, fencing - and related concerns.
The Northern Colorado Flood Recovery Assistance and Resource Fair will be held from 1 - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the McKee Building at The Ranch, Crossroads Boulevard and I-25, in Loveland. The event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a new website that will serve as a comprehensive one-stop location for information about recovery efforts related to the historic flooding in Colorado last month. The website, ColoradoUnited.com, includes the latest recovery news, current information about impacted areas and how to get help. There is also a place where the public can contact the Recovery Office through a simple form that will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours.
The CWCB is offering Emergency Flood loans to ditch and reservoir companies located in effected counties. Additional resources includes maps, contact information, and emergency loan fact sheet.
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, has discussed the flooding emergency at length with the leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA encourages farmers, ranchers, producers, landowners and rural communities in the presidentially declared disaster areas to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency Service Center to report damages to crops or livestock; their local Rural Development office for housing, business or community assistance information and/or their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for help with debris removal.
“We will continue working with our federal partners to assess the impacts to agriculture,” said Salazar. “I’ve been impressed, but not surprised, that the agricultural community has been working together throughout this emergency. Agriculture is a vital part of this state’s foundation and will continue being a building block for this great state.”
The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds agricultural operations that, due to possible water contamination, agricultural workers who come in contact with such waters should practice good personal hygiene and wash their hands frequently with soap and clean warm water.
It is important to feed good quality hay to horses and other livestock but it may be in short supply in the Colorado areas recently affected by flooding. Flood-damaged or moldy hay is not considered quality hay and, if possible, should not be fed to livestock.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help promote Colorado grown hay. The 2013 edition of the directory is available to the public at no cost. At this point there seems to be adequate hay supplies in other parts of the state.
The Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes 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 directory and other hay resources are available online at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/ag_Markets/CBON/1251627561153. For more information or to request a copy of the 2013 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4115.
The Colorado Hay Directory is published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in cooperation with participating Colorado hay producers, Colorado State University Extension, and with support from Green Colorado, Hutchison Incorporated and ProAG-Morris Industries Inc.
For reports of suspected oil and gas equipment deposited on property as a result of flooding, or suspected or observed releases from existing oil and gas facilities in flood-affected areas, please contact the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) at 303-894-2100. Direct contacts include Marc Morton at extension 5132, John Noto at extension 5168, or Nancy Prince at extension 5103. If someone can not be reached directly, please leave a message on their Complaint Line at 303-894-2100. You can also email DNR_FloodInfo@state.co.us. COGCC is the entity to contact to report issues of this type (non-Emergency situations). In Emergency situations, please advise those reporting them to call 911.
The Colorado Farm Bureau has set up a disaster fund to aid farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the recent flooding in northeast Colorado. For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund. November 15, 2013 deadline.