A referendum to establish a millet marketing order funded by an assessment on every bushel of millet sold in Colorado has failed. A total of 308 votes were received, with 164 “no” votes and 144 “yes” votes. The High Plains Millet Association spearheaded the effort to establish a marketing order following legislation that passed earlier this year to include millet in the Marketing Act of 1939.

Ag commissioner to host town hall

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown is hosting a public town hall prior to the next state board of agriculture meeting on Sept. 26 at the Colorado Potato Administrative Office in Monte Vista. The town hall opens at 7 a.m. with the board meeting following at 8 a.m. Both meetings are free and open to the public. “With the ongoing tariff discussions, technology advancements and the day-to-day efforts of running a farm and ranch, there are plenty of topics for us to discuss,” Brown said.

Water recycling showcased

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is hosting a tour Thursday, Sept. 27, at Seaworth Farms near Wellington to discuss the re-use of produced water from oil and gas operations. It is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 2707 E. County Road 70. Attendance is free but space is limited.

Trump administration takes on ‘sue-and-settle’

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has earned praise from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau and other groups for releasing a plan to scale back a common practice known as “sue and settle.” Among other things, a new executive order will require the department to establish a publicly accessible webpage that details ongoing litigation and provides text of final judicial and administrative consent decrees. Ethan Lane, the executive director of the Public Lands Council, hailed the move, saying, “Ranchers operating on public land are subjected to relentless, coordinated litigation designed to force settlements with the Department of the Interior. These actions waste taxpayer dollars, divert precious resources away from conservation efforts and jeopardize the livelihoods of America’s food and fiber producers. Secretary Zinke should be commended for his common-sense decision to shed some light on these bad actors and their unsavory tactics.”