Now that 2012 is behind them, 4-H members are enrolling for the 2013 year. In order to help both new and “old” 4-H members learn more about 4-H and the opportunities that are available to them through the Moffat County 4-H program, the Extension Office in Craig is having an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Activities at the open house will include: meeting 4-H leaders and project leaders; project and program information; enrollment; rules and regulations; expectations; and meeting 4-H Council members, Junior Leaders, and office staff. There will be still more activities and refreshments, too. This week’s story is Part II of the many awards and recognitions from Achievement Night, hosted Nov. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to collect final nationwide crop inventories. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting the survey, which serves as the basis for USDA estimates of production and harvested acres for all major agricultural commodities in the U.S., according to a USDA news release. Select producers in Colorado can expect to be contacted by NASS during the first two weeks of December.
Moffat County’s annual 4-H Achievement Night was Nov. 14 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig. Special guests, families, and 4-H members gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments that 4-Hers had during the 2012 year. “What’s Your H?”, the State 4-H promotional slogan for the coming year, was featured on the cover of the Achievement Night programs. (The slogan refers to the “H” words in the 4-H pledge.) The evening’s events began with a Welcome, Presentation of Colors, and Pledges, led by 4-H Agent JD Sexton. It was followed by the introduction of guests, including the Moffat County Commissioners, Moffat County 4-H Foundation, Moffat County Fair Board, several buyers, supporters, donors, and volunteer leaders. The first award of the evening, presented by Sexton, recognized the Outstanding 4-H Leaders for 2012. Each year the recipient(s) of the award are selected by the Moffat County 4-H program. Shawn Polly and Sarah Polly, this year’s recipients, have spent countless hours with project members in the Archery program. They have been leaders for six years.
This morning while I was filling the stock tank in Pipi’s Pasture, I was thinking about what I’m going to take to Thanksgiving dinner. We always celebrate with our son’s family, and I usually bake pies and cook up something else. So I was making a shopping list in my head. That got me to thinking about Thanksgiving dinners when I was growing up on the ranch. I’m sure that my mother had a shopping list, but it probably was for the basics (flour, sugar, and seasonings) because most of our dinner was homegrown. For example, turkey was the main dish, and we raised it on the ranch. The dressing was made from homemade bread that was sliced, dried, seasoned, and cut into cube-size pieces. I can’t remember not having turkey on Thanksgiving, but if we had ham, it was homegrown, too, and even smoked in our smokehouse. Mom made her own rolls from a “Three Hour Roll” recipe. They were served with butter that was churned from cream that came from our milk cow.
Moffat County’s annual 4-H Achievement Night is less than a week away. On November 14, 4-H members, their families, and 4-H leaders will celebrate the 2012 4-H year. And then enrollment will begin for the 2013 4-H year. To join 4-H, a youngster must be 8 years old by December 31. However, there is a 4-H program for younger children, and that’s what this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is all about. Cloverbuds is a program for children of ages 5 to 7, as of December 31.
Delta County commissioners have reaffirmed their approval of two egg-laying operations that some residents had challenged. The commissioners had to reanalyze their decision after a judge found "abuse of discretion" in their original approvals of the 15,000-hen, cage-free farms.
Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has once again been honored as a Friend of the Farm Bureau. Gardner first received the award in 2006 as a member of the Colorado General Assembly. He received the award in each of his subsequent years as a Colorado state legislator. This is the first time Gardner has been recognized by the Farm Bureau as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gov. John Hickenlooper says drought conditions have prompted him to sign an executive order that suspends permits necessary for the transportation of large bales of hay or baled livestock feed.
Moffat County’s Darren McLaughlin has done it again. This year, as in previous years, he showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Colorado State Fair. But that’s not all. He showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb as well It’s a remarkable achievement, indeed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans regional meetings with local officials to learn more about impacts from this year's drought and to discuss how to leverage existing resources to speed recovery efforts.
Colorado agriculture officials say a viral disease that can cause fever, loss of appetite, and lesions of the mouth in animals has been diagnosed in at least three yaks. State agriculture officials said Tuesday that epizootic hemorraghic disease was diagnosed in yaks at two locations in Larimer County and one location in Alamosa County.
Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation's Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers' premiums. G.A. "Art" Barnaby, a Kansas State University Extension specialist in risk management, estimates underwriting losses on taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance will hit nearly $15 billion this year. He expects a staggering $25 billion in crop insurance claims to be filed by growers across the nation, driven primarily by one of the worst droughts in the U.S. decades. His loss estimate is based on a loss ratio of $2.50 for every dollar paid in premium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency made changes to the insurance program in the past year which are expected to increase the underwriting losses from the drought. The changes meant farmers in some states paid smaller premiums this year for corn and soybeans. Not only that, the agency adjusted yields for those crops upwards to reflect recent trends, Barnaby said.
The results are in for judging of the General 4-H Projects exhibited at the 2012 Colorado State Fair, and exhibitors from Northwest Colorado have brought home lots of ribbons, including some Champion and Reserve Champion honors. All of the projects qualified for State Fair during local fair competitions. Following are the results for 4-H exhibits from Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties.
Mangoes sold in Colorado are among those being recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that Colorado is one of the states affected by the recall of Daniella mangoes distributed by a Northern California fruit distributor.
Being part of a world record is not something everyone can say they’ve done. That’s one reason why Craig resident Bill Spicer took his 1954 Model 70 John Deere tractor almost 12 hours to Grand Island, Neb. to participate in the World’s Largest Tractor Parade. Over 1,100 owners of classic tractors from across the country went to Grand Island Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the most classic tractors in one place. Spicer, a member of the Yampa Valley Antique Power Association in Craig, and his brother restored their father’s John Deere tractor last year. Rural television channel RFD-TV sponsored the tractor parade in an effort to break the previous record of 745 classic tractors in Germany in 2008.