Left Hand Valley Courier - All Local, All The Time

By Adrian Card
Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County 

Amid the challenges, hopeful spots for agriculture

Series: CSU Extension Boulder County | Story 18

March 10, 2021

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Recent changes to the land use code in Boulder County, such as the verified established farm use (VEFU) designation, support local farmers and ranchers. VEFU designation is awarded to farms that provide evidence showing their principle use is commercial agriculture.

Agriculture in Colorado can be in a state of challenging realities. Like all spots on terrestrial earth, we are surrounded by abundant nitrogen in the air, but we are unable to get this essential nutrient to crops without significant human intervention. Some 70% of the snowpack melts out in 90 days, leaving farmers on the semi-arid plains in search of water from rivers, creeks, aquifers and t...

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