Yuma County Ag Appreciation Week

Yuma County has teamed up with local associations and entities to present Yuma County Ag Appreciation Week, March 20-27.
The Yuma County Board of Commissioners have passed a proclamation declaring it, and the Yuma City Council was to vote on a similar proclamation during its meeting this past Tuesday night.

The Ag Week is largely in response to Governor Jared Polis again declaring a “meat out day” in Colorado.
One of the many activities is a coloring contest sponsored by OWN Resources. The age categories are 2-4, 5-8, 9-15 and 16 and above. Coloring pages are available at Yuma City Hall, Wray City Hall, Eckley Town Hall, Grassroots Community Center and the Yuma County Commissioners Office. The coloring pages are due back no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24. Winners will be announced Friday, March 25, on the Yuma County, Colorado Facebook page.
“Wear Green” is the theme on Wednesday, March 23 to show support for Yuma County Agriculture. Post your pictures to the county’s Facebook page with the hashtag #TheFutureIsAg.
Three presentations of “The Future of Water in Yuma County” will take place next week. The Republican River Water Conservation District has partnered with Grassroots Community Center, the City of Wray and the Yuma County Commissioners to make the presentations.
It will be an informative presentation and community conversation surrounding the future of water in Yuma County, and the current work and impacts surrounding compliance with the Republican River Compact.
There will be a presentation in the WRAC Meeting Room in Wray on Tuesday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., then later in the day at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma from 1 to 3 p.m. The third presentation is Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m at the Grassroots Community Center in Joes.
Official apparel for Yuma County Ag Appreciation Week is available at Country Stitches in Yuma.
There is much more planned than what is listed above. (One can find the full weeks of events inside this edition.)

Sunday, March 20, is “Yuma County Livestock Producers’ Day.” Support local livestock producers by purchasing or cooking a meat-based meal.
Monday, March 21, is “Beef Day.” Post your beef production pictures to the Yuma County Facebook page with the hashtag #YumaCountyBeef. Beef activity kits will be delivered to daycare centers.
Besides the water presentations on Tuesday, there are potential plans to have a town hall meeting with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, though details had not been finalized yet as of earlier this week.
Wednesday, March 23, is “Future of Ag Day.” Besides wearing green, people also are asked to share your memories and photos of youth ag participation on the Yuma County Facebook page.
Thursday, March 24, is “Hog Day.” Hog facts and information will be available on the county’s Facebook page.
Friday, March 25, is “Grain Day.” Post grain production pictures on the county’s Facebook page using the hashtag #YumaCountyFarms.
Saturday, March 26, is “Dairy Day.” Dairy facts and information will be available on the Facebook pge.
Sunday, March 27, is “Potato Day.” Potato facts and information will be availble on the Facebook page.
Other partners besides the ones listed above are Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association, Yuma County Cattlewomen’s Association, Colorado Beef Council, Golden Plains Area CSU Extension, Smithfield, Yuma Dairy and Camelot Camel Dairy, Cornerstone Farms and Lenz Family Farms.