Arable farming

Five charged in deaths of 2 girls near Norwood

NORWOOD, Colo. — Five people have been charged with fatal child abuse in the deaths of two young girls whose bodies were found on a Colorado farm. At a Tuesday court hearing in San Miguel County,...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers find relief in passage of hemp-water bill

The Colorado Legislature passed the hemp bill, SB 117, to protect hemp farmers who use federal water sources for their crop, in May. It recognizes industrial hemp as an agricultural product that a...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper signs hemp bill into law in Cortez

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped in Cortez Sunday to sign a bill protecting hemp farmers who use water stored in federal reservoirs. The bill was introduced in the state Legislature by Sen....

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Don’t let your leaves go to waste

It seems like there are leaves everywhere this year! A great growing season has ensured that there is an abundance of leaves, and while they are lovely to look at on the trees, once they have...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Bayfield couple’s ‘weeds’ turn into growing hops business

When Paul and Krii Black found hops growing on the ranch they manage in the Pine River Valley, they thought they were weeds. But after talking with a neighbor and doing a bit of research, they...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

County commissioners struggle to control noxious weeds

Noxious weeds have found a quick way to disperse their seeds throughout Montezuma County — irrigation ditches and canals. “They touch every irrigated area of the county,” commissioner Keenan Ertel...

DATE: July 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax credit seeks to help young farmers

A new state tax credit is seeking to ease one of the largest barriers for prospective farmers, the price of land. “As expensive as land is, it’s very, very difficult for a young farmer to buy land...

DATE: June 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

The ebb and flow of beans in Montezuma County, Part 3

The first two articles in this series covered the bean industry from the 1890s through 1940. This third, and final, piece will cover from the late 1930s to the present. The focus will be on roads,...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

‘Cover crops make sense,’ CSU researcher says

Researchers at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket are analyzing baseline data after the first growing season of three-year study on cover crops. The Yellow Jacket project’s...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Packrats help dig up the past

On a bright, late-summer day in southwest Montana, Julio Betancourt gazes through binoculars across a dry slope rimmed by limestone cliffs. A cave-like divot in the rock catches his attention. “I...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community-supported Mancos farms give buyers more options

Montezuma County residents will have more options to buy food directly from Mancos farmers this year. Two community-supported agriculture programs in the valley will offer the option to buy...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News