Colorado Department of Agriculture


Fri October 24, 2014

A Warm Colorado Fall Aids Vesicular Stomatitis' Southern Movement

Credit Drs. Brent Thompson and Fred Bourgeois / Colorado Department of Agriculture

Sixty properties along the Front Range are currently under quarantine because of a virus mainly affecting horses. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis began in Colorado in July, but as warm temperatures persist into the fall, the flies that carry the virus keep breeding.

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Thu October 16, 2014

As Vesicular Stomatitis Spreads, What's The Impact On Colorado's Livestock Industry?

Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine and occasionally sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. Humans can also become infected with the disease when handling affected animals, but is rare.
Credit Drs. Brent Thompson and Fred Bourgeois / Colorado Department of Agriculture

Over 320 properties have been quarantined in 14 counties along Colorado's Front Range and eastern plains since the start of an outbreak of a virus mainly affecting horses. The outbreak of vesicular stomatitis began in Texas in May 2014, and was reported in Colorado in July of the same year. As the number of animals and the geographic area continues to grow, the economic impact on Colorado is beginning to take shape.

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Thu July 3, 2014

Forget Knee-High, Colorado’s Hemp Crop Is Waist-High By The Fourth Of July

Hemp stalks shoot up on research plots in rural Boulder county.
Credit Ben Holmes / Centennial Seeds

An old saying among farmers is that you want your corn to be “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” That adage doesn’t necessarily apply to Colorado’s newest cash crop: industrial hemp. Unsurprisingly, considering the ubiquitous nickname given to hemp’s cousin marijuana, the plant grows like a weed.

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Fri June 13, 2014

Colorado's Class Of Hemp Farmers Could Blossom

Hemp plants tower overhead at Centennial Seeds, a hemp seed distributor in Lafayette, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Wed May 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

The hemp seedlings in Ben Holmes' warehouse in Lafayette, Colo., will be ready for harvest in about 50 days. Holmes says that during the peak growing season, the little sprouts can shoot up several inches each day.
Luke Runyon KUNC/Harvest Public Media

The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the nonpsychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground.

The bill allows small-scale experimentation with the plant. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.

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