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About Garfield County

Overview

Garfield County is located in western Colorado and consists of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Garfield County has been experiencing steady population and economic growth. The 2020 population estimate is 61,084 and the median household income is $72,898 with $68,811 being the state average. The oil and gas industry has been prominent in Garfield County. Other major economic contributors are tourism and agriculture.

Agriculture

Hay field in the mountains image.

The agriculture industry has seen an increased interest in small acreage and local food production. The agriculture industry has increased from 449 farms in 2002 to 625 in 2012. The farmlands cover 310,854 acres across Garfield County.  The average farm size is 538 acres, with 25% of products sold being crops and 75% being livestock (cattle and sheep primarily).

Beef, lamb, wool, pork, hay, oats, sod, bio-fuels, and more shape our community and economy. From the largest of our historical properties to the smallest community garden plot, Garfield County is an agricultural region.

Demographics

The communities in Garfield County have diverse economies, shopping opportunities and housing choices. The population is approximately 28 percent Hispanic. Garfield County is primarily rural, with 60% public land. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, and include hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, skiing, and other activities typically associated with Colorado.

Extension

Colorado has a long and proud tradition of agriculture. Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Science offers some of the premier research and ongoing opportunities for study and advancement in all aspects of agriculture.

Garfield County Extension has programming to help support and strengthen the agriculture industry in Garfield County.  Local foods, hay production, weed control and small acreage management are areas of focus.

Office Services

Testing

We offer test sampling kits and instructions for: soil, water, compost/manure, feed, and plant tissue. We also have a soil sampling probe at our office.

Soil being sampled image.

There are several different labs to choose from and pricing varies depending on the type of testing being done.

Give us a call or visit the CSU Testing Lab’s website to learn more.

Redbooks

NCBA 2021 Redbook cover image

The Redbook is a pocket-sized record book that contains more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture usage, cattle inventory, AI breeding and sales, plus a date book and notes section. The book also includes Beef Quality Assurance national guidelines and proper injection technique information.

We have the 2021 NCBA Redbooks available at our office, while supplies last.

Private Applicator

Colorado and Colorado Department of Agriculture logo

We have hard copies of the Colorado Private Pesticide Applicator study manual and test available at our office. There is no charge for the study manual and test, but there is a $75 license fee that is due to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

This test is required for licensure, for more information on Private Applicator testing.

Assistance

The Extension office staff is proud to serve our local ranchers, farmers, and community. Give us a call, send us an email, or swing by our office to schedule a site visit or see how we can best assist you.

Weed Management

Photo Contest

Photo explaining "weeds of Garfield County" Photo Contest.

Noxious Weed List

Garfield County Noxious Weed List

Stop by our office to pick up a copy of Noxious Weeds of Colorado.

Noxious Weeds of Colorado 13th Edition cover photo

Drought Resources

Drought Map

U.S. Drought Monitor for Colorado map.  Image linked to droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Summary

Colorado is experiencing the effects of drought.  Most of Garfield County currently falls within an Extreme to Exceptional Drought designation (as of January 26, 2021). Not only does this significantly affect farmers and ranchers, but it can also have an impact on summer recreation and wildfire risk.

It is important to be up-to-date on local regulations, burn permits, fire bans, water use restrictions, and resources.

Wildfire Outlook

Wildland Fire Potential Outlook map. Linked to the Fire Potential Outlook homepage.

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