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Business Buzz: Moffat County among 3 Colorado counties designated primary natural disaster areas

Craig Press staff report

Agricultural producers in Moffat, Boulder, and San Juan counties in Colorado who suffered losses and damages due to severe hail and high winds and drought on two separate occasions may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

For the recent drought, Perdue has designated Moffat County as a primary natural disaster area.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Rio Blanco and Routt in Colorado, along with Daggett and Uintah counties in Utah and Carbon and Sweetwater counties in Wyoming, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in these designated primary and contiguous counties will have until April 1, to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs in addition to the emergency loan program to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available at

Learn to become a certified USDA vendor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service Commodity Procurement Program will host two live, interactive webinars in August dealing with how to become approved to sell to the USDA Foods program.

Both sessions will cover the following.

• Steps to become a USDA "approved vendor."

• Links and tools that can help you through the new vendor registration process.

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• A review of the Master Solicitation and Product Specifications.

• Next steps after approval.

The webinars are free, but registration is required, and space is limited.

The webinars are set for noon MDT, Thursday, Aug. 16, and noon MDT, Thursday, Aug. 23.

To register, contact Jeffrey Davis at 202-306-2673 or

Deadline near for conservation program enrollment

The deadline for producers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program is Friday, Aug. 17.

"Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program," said Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce. "It removes from production marginal, erodible land and, in doing so, improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat, and provides more opportunities for recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing."  
In 2018, limited priority practices — grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration, and others — are available for continuous enrollment.

FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not open a general signup in 2018, however a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or fewer.

Applications available for event funding

The Moffat County Tourism Association and Moffat County Local Marketing District have made funds available for event marketing and event support for 2018.

Special event funding is budgeted to support special events that contribute to the overall effort of marketing and branding Moffat County.  

The MCTA board of directors will evaluate event funding requests and distribute these funds.

Applicants are encouraged to apply quickly for funding, as it will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications should be submitted no later than 45 days before the event.

A copy of the event funding application will be mailed or emailed to all interested parties. For more information, contact Tom Kleinschnitz at or 970-824-2335.

Salon & Spa at CNCC in Craig closed for classes

The Salon & Spa at Colorado Northwestern Community College will be closed the first 10 weeks of the fall semester, Aug. 15 through Oct. 29. During this time, instructors will be educating and training future cosmetologists.

“We value all our patrons and thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you when we open on Oct. 30,” instructors stated in an open letter.

Students will be ready to serve customers once they have completed their instruction.

Craig Press, CMEDP solicit business news

The Craig Press and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership have a cooperative agreement to share news from businesses and industry with the community in the "Business Buzz" section, which runs each Wednesday in the Craig Press. The entities are seeking news items to share through the weekly section.

"This partnership gives us a unique opportunity to share the positive happenings within our business community — new employees, added service lines, expanded and renovated locations, and more," Balleck said. "There's plenty of news to be celebrated within our community, and I am pleased to be a part of this program."

To share news about your business or another business in Moffat County, contact Craig Press Business Reporter Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or or CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry at 970-620-4370 at