Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

 

Irrigation Innovation Consortium Funds New Projects for 2020

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a university and industry collaboration that accelerates the development and adoption of water- and energy-efficient irrigation technology, has announced funding for seven research projects in the upcoming year, including one led by Jay Ham in the Colorado State University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The consortium is headquartered at CSU, and its project director is Reagan Waskom, a professor at CSU and director of the Colorado Water Center.


The 2019 California wildfires caused less damage than the last two devastating seasons

AccuWeather predicted earlier this year that the California wildfire season would be extended into December and that the total damage and economic loss caused by the state’s wildfires would be $80 billion, a pair of estimates that accurately reflect what occurred during the 2019 California wildfire season. 


Colorado Parks and Wildlife Celebrates 30 Years of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is celebrating 30 years of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act this month. NAWCA, signed in December 1989, provides financial support for waterfowl habitat that also supports a multitude of other wetland-related wildlife species.


Gov. Polis & CDHS Launch SEE ME Campaign to Battle Stigma of Behavioral Health Conditions

Gov. Jared Polis joined Michelle Barnes, executive director at the Department of Human Services, to launch the new SEE ME campaign, to address the stigma associated with getting mental health or substance use disorder support. The campaign is designed to complement the work of the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF) and provide an opportunity for all Coloradans to take action in support of behavioral health system reform.


‘Arguably the best meteor shower of the entire year’ to reach its pinnacle this week

As the year nears its close, many people are already looking ahead to 2020, but stargazers remain focused on 2019 as one of the year’s top meteor showers is about to put on a dazzling display in the night sky. “Arguably the best meteor shower of the entire year peaks on Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. “The Geminids shower is just as or slightly more active than the Perseids meteor shower of August.”


Colorado Parks and Wildlife Starting Winter Big-Game Classification / Capture Flights in Southwest Colorado

As part of its ongoing work to monitor the health of the state’s big-game herds, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has started its winter classification and capture flights in southwest Colorado. CPW biologists use the flights to observe and record trends in deer and elk populations


Bennet Welcomes New Banking Guidelines for Hemp Farmers and Processors

Following Bennet Letter to Federal Financial Regulators, New Guidance Will Help Hemp Industry Access Banking System  Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed new guidance from federal financial regulators that would help hemp producers and processors gain access to the banking system. Despite the removal of hemp as a Schedule 1 drug last December following passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018  (“2018 Farm Bill”), many growers and processors are still unable to access financial services due to a lack of clarity from regulators. In June, Bennet sent a letter pressing regulators to provide the clarityRead More