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If you’ve been perfecting your chili or salsa recipes this summer, you have a place to test them out this weekend. The Montezuma County Fair has been happening all week at the County Fairgrounds, with a long list of events scheduled from Wednesday until Saturday. Exhibits will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on all four days, and prizes will go to the top rabbit, goat, sheep, bird, cow, and pig, plus many other contest categories.

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The Colorado Water Plan seeks to address the growing population of Colorado and the ever-increasing demands on our water supply. Big Fat Farm Show host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Kate Greenberg from the National Young Farmers Coalition about the implementation of the Colorado Water Plan and its implications for agriculture in our part of the state.

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Hantavirus is showing up in the Four Corners area again this spring, which can be dangerous for farmers and others who are cleaning out barns and out buildings. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Craig Manning from the Centers For Disease Control’s virology department about the signs and symptoms of a hantavirus infection, and ways to stay safe and prevent being infected.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Candice Wood about her involvement in a farm incubator program at the Old Fort Lewis for beginning farmers in the Four Corners region that provides support services and helps new farmers develop the skills necessary to succeed.

Support for Small-Scale Farmers

Mar 1, 2016
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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with local farmer and host of KSJD's Ag Markets & More Bob Bragg, and Travis Custer of the High Desert Conservation District about the growth of small-scale farming in Montezuma County, and helping small farmers get the help they need to be successful.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Kate Greenberg, Western Water Program Coordinator for the National Young Farmers Coalition, and Mike Nolan, Vice President of the local chapter of the Coalition, about how their organization supports young farmers, how they approach working on policy, and what is happening at the upcoming Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum.

  • Property valuations for irrigated farmland in Dolores County are being reduced 3 to 5 percent as the result of research by a state property-tax expert.
  • Thirty-six thousand pounds of trash has been picked up from the Lake Powell shoreline.

Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative

In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Ole Bye, Manager of the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative, and their board president Kim Lindgren about how the Cooperative provides local produce to restaurants, schools, and businesses across the region, and how the cooperative model benefits small farmers.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds", about how weeds and the push to eradicate them needs to be seen in a different light, where the nutritional and ecological value of weeds is valued, and the use of pesticides is more seriously scrutinized by farmers who wish to grow sustainable crops.

  • Colorado property-tax expert is coming to Dolores County to investigate three factors that may justify lower assessments for farmers.
  • Voters in Montezuma and Dolores counties will be weighing in on a number of questions on election day.