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Dangerous Grass

A hidden danger emerges as lush, spring grass dries up in the hot weather of early summer. The dried grass seeds, called grass awns, pose a potentially deadly threat to your pet. 

These grass awns frequently become lodged in your pet’s fur or body openings. The most common places for grass awns to become stuck are between the toes, in eyes and ears. If they are removed promptly, only minor irritation results. The special shape of these awns allows them to burrow deeper into your pet if they are not removed promptly. 

Awns in the eye cause infection, corneal ulcers, and eventual blindness. Awns in the ear cause external ear infections and often will penetrate the eardrum to cause middle

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2013 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory Available Now

As spring rolls into summer, tents are popping up and farmers’ markets are opening. For 29 years the Colorado Department of Agriculture has been helping consumers find farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities through the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory.

 “This is an exciting time of year, when local produce, meat and other food favorites can be found at farmers’ markets,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Consumers really

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Stressed Trees Need Some Help

By Ron Gosnell

Several Lyons area landowners have asked me to look at their trees recently, because many woody plants in our community are showing signs of stress. Stressed trees, especially non-native species, had late opening buds, branch die-back, smaller than normal leaves, and brown evergreen foliage. They do not look so good.

It is no wonder that trees around here are struggling.

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Crack Open Some Fun For Breakfast

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado eggs are featured in the Egg Bake Breakfast Bread recipe.

There are 3.8 million hens in Colorado producing more than 1 billion eggs every year. Eggs are a

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Asparagus Adds Color and Flavor to Meals

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado asparagus is featured in the Asparagus with Lemon and Pistachios recipe.

 
The asparagus plant is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, leeks and garlic. Asparagus is low in calories, fat free and sodium free. It is a good source of vitamins A and C and

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