Strengthening resilience from the ground up

The profound challenges we face today underscore that we are all part of a living community. Individual human health is dependent on the health of the world around us, including our ecosystems. Our resilience to disease is directly related to the nutrients in our soils, the quality of our food, air and water, and our ability to be out in nature. Our food, water and economic security depend on the health and productivity of our lands and the wellbeing of those who steward those lands. And, as evidenced everywhere today, our survival and prosperity ultimately will hinge on our ability to cooperate in the care of our living community as a whole.

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Posts from our blog 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance another option for small producers

Following our post last week on how farms and ranches can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we…

How to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program for your ranch

There is a new government program called the Paycheck Protection Program that is meant to help businesses keep employees on staff during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Alexis Bonogofsky of the Quivira Coalition participated in an informational webinar put on by an organization called Farm Commons that went over the details of how you can utilize the program. She summarizes that information in this post.

How the COVID-19 relief package can help western landowners

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes specific provisions for critical sectors of the economy, with particular assistance for agricultural businesses and land managers. In the following, we lay out these provisions and, where appropriate, how to avail yourself of them.


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From the press, pulled from our Western Digest

From Hotchkiss To Hayden — A Road Trip Down The Western Slope

How are farmers, ranchers and restaurateurs navigating climate change and the pandemic? CPR reporter Stina Sieg and Harrison Topp, fruit grower and membership director for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, took…

USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as…

USDA announces Coronavirus relief, CLEAR30 expansion

USDA announced plans Tuesday to provide additional coronavirus relief to farmers, biofuel producers and food companies and to expand the Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers conservation initiative, known as CLEAR30,…

USDA to Invest More Than $4 Billion to Strengthen Food System

Citing lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent supply chain disruptions, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains through…

Howdy, New Neighbors!

If you thought the droves of people moving to Montana in the 1990s and early 2000s were overwhelming, brace yourself. Over the past year, it appears that out-of-staters have been…

Survey: Pandemic has changed consumers’ food habits

Nearly a year of social distancing and economic disruptions has triggered both subtle and seismic shifts in how Americans are buying or getting food, and Colorado State University researchers from…

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