CSU Agriculture


Agriculture plays a key roll in Montezuma County. Montezuma County Extension works with various partners to provide the community with educational opportunities in the areas of crop production, raising livestock, and overall agricultural business management. Examples of the types of programs provided are an annual beef symposium, agriculture business management courses, and agri-business tours. We also provide field office consultations along with hay and soil testing.


Site & Field Visits On-site information and consultations in Montezuma County regarding agriculture, horticulture, and natural resource issues. Call the office at 970-565-3123 to make an appointment.
Forage Soil & Water Testing Colorado State University‘s Soil, Water, and Plant Testing Lab are available to residents looking for answers. Test information is available in the Extension Office, as well as information from private labs at competitive testing fees. For more information on CSU Testing options visit: http://www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu/. We also have Servi-Tech:https://servitechlabs.com/ soil sample bags available at our office. Call or stop by our office if you have any questions.
Yellow Jacket Orchard Demonstration Project

The Fruit Tree and Vineyard Research and Demonstration Project was implemented in April 1991 and is a cooperative effort among Dolores County Extension, Montezuma County Extension, Natural Resources and Conservation Service in Dolores County, and the Colorado State University Southwest Colorado Research Center at Yellow Jacket, Colorado. The completion of the Dolores Irrigation Project resulted in a substantial number of new client requests for local research-based information/data on fruit tree and vineyard varieties, equipment usage, and cultural practices. Prior to this project, all fruit tree information originated from the Grand Junction area Experiment Stations which have a considerably different growing environment. Presently, the Team is evaluating 75 different fruit tree varieties including 21 field apples, 43 trellised apple varieties, 2 apple varieties planted in a “super high density,” 5 peach varieties, 4 pear varieties, and 3 plum varieties. The Team is also studying 1 raspberry variety and 14 grass varieties.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop The first Thursday of March is the time for the annual “hands-on” fruit tree pruning workshop held at the Yellow Jacket Orchard Demonstration Project. Participants learn the “how-to” and “how not to” prune techniques for fruit trees of various ages.
Beef Quality Assurance Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers on how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. We provide training for both youth ages 12-18 and adults to become certified for 3 years. The BQA website can be accessed at https://www.bqa.org/
Colorado Master Gardeners The Colorado State University Master Gardeners program is an 11-week intense program that covers all aspects of gardening. Participants in this program are asked to complete 50 volunteer hours helping others with gardening questions. Classes are held in the Montezuma County Extension office (some are live and interactive through the internet) with some classes in Durango. The all-day classes usually begin mid-January and are limited in size. Sign-up for the classes starts in December. Please call the Montezuma County Extension office, 970-565-3123, or visit The CSU Colorado Master Gardener Program website at https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/ for more information.
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San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium – 2021 Date and Location TBD Each year, Extension staff from Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan New Mexico come together to host a handful of programs including this symposium. The programs rotate each year through the four counties of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan New Mexico. The Beef Symposium is a full-day workshop where industry and University personnel address relevant and current beef production and health management practices.
San Juan Basin Small Acreage Farming Workshop – 2021 Date and Location TBD Small acreage farming and fruit and vegetable production continue to be a growing interest in SW Colorado. The San Juan Basin Small Acreage Farming workshop is an annual event that rotates through Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan New Mexico. Agriculture Contacts Ragan Adams Coordinator, Veterinary Extension Specialist Group College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Clinical Sciences  http://veterinaryextension.colostate.edu/ Work Phone(970) 217-2051 Work Emailragan.adams@colostate.edu
David C Van Metre

Extension Specialist – Veterinarian (15%)College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesDepartment of Clinical Sciences

Work Phone: (970) 297-1299 Work Email: dcvanm@colostate.edu

Website: https://vetmedbiosci.colostate.edu/vth/

Allan A. Andales Extension Irrigation Specialist College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Work Phone(970) 491-6516Work Fax(970) 491-2758Work Emailallan.andales@colostate.eduWebsitehttp://soilcrop.agsci.colostate.edu
Jenny Beiermann Agriculture & Business Management Specialist – Western Region Work Phone(970) 245-9149Work EmailJenny.Beiermann@colostate.edu ABM Website: http://wr.colostate.edu/ABM/
Retta Bruegger Regional Extension Specialist – Western Region, Range Management Work Phone970-241-3346 Work EmailRetta.Bruegger@colostate.edu
Susan Jones LMIC – Extension Specialist (50%)Administration – Extension Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) Work Phone(303) 716-9934Work Emailsusan.jones@lmic.infor Livestock Marketing information center: http://www.lmic.info/
DeAnna Brown Administrative Assistant – SLVR College of Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Experiment Station Work Phone(719) 754-3496 x 10Work Fax(719) 754-2619Work Emaildlbrown@lamar.colostate.eduWebsitehttps://aes-slvrc.agsci.colostate.edu/
Emily Alligood Farmers’ Market Assistant Work Phone(970) 498-6018Work Emailealligood@larimer.org
Rick Novak Extension Specialist (40%)College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Work Phone(970) 491-4366 Work Emailrick.novak@colostate.edu
Ryan Rhoades Extension Beef Specialist, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science Work Phone(970) 491-2814Work Emailryan.rhoades@colostate.edu
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