DENVER — The Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously killed a bill on Thursday that would have set up a task force to resolve sheepherders’ complaints against employers over working conditions.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Jerry Derby purchased his 1997 John Deere tractor with the idea he would use it most of the time to plow his field, dig ditches and spray noxious weeds on his 7-acre Redlands, Colo., property.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A Colorado facility that uses solar power to convert plant material into transportation fuel is another example of how the country can foster both energy independence and jobs, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said.
More than 3.4 million acres nationwide were taken out of the program in September when the owners' contracts expired. Most of them were in Texas, Colorado and Kansas, but hundreds of thousands of acres also came out in Montana and the Dakotas.
I grew up on the north side of Chicago. Although the city shares a bit of history with a certain cow kicking over a lantern (or so the story goes), school kids weren’t brainwashed into believing cows and trouble went hand in hand.
The federal government is expanding an insurance program for sunflower farmers — two years after almost killing it — in a move that could help protect growers against fluctuating prices and low crop yields.
The phone calls usually come in the evening after the machinery goes silent on farms across the country. The callers speak of dwindling cash flows, crumbling marriages. Some admit they’re holding a loaded gun.
Across a wide swath of rural America, increasing numbers of farmers are considering taking their lives.
By Miles Moffeit, The Denver Post
, June 08, 2009
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