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The Chaffee County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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Agriculture in the Upper Arkansas Valley is an important component of our local economy.  Historically known as the “Iceberg Lettuce Capital of the United States,” agriculture in Chaffee County has become much more diverse.

Beekeeping Resources

An introduction to the Colorado Beekeeper Mentorship Program is available in this video:

Additional information is available by calling (719) 539-6447.

Livestock Production Resources

Agronomy and Vegetable Production Resources

General Agriculture Resources

Agricultural Business Resources

  • Wondering what regulations may be involved in growing and selling a certain crop?  Navigate to the Colorado Farm to Market website.
  • Agriculture and Business Management website has information on leasing, custom crop rates, farmers market pricing survey data, enterprise budgeting information, and many other valuable business information.
  • University of Minnesota has some valuable resources for agriculture businesses, including the AgPlan online business planning tool, and a self-assessment tool for organic farmers.  Navigate to their website for more information.