Earth Briefs

Ag leadership program accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for Class 11 of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program.

Farmers, ranchers, growers and individuals working in allied businesses and organizations can apply. The 18-month program, operated by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, is made up of monthly seminars delivered by Colorado’s agricultural industry. Fellows also participate in 10 days of national travel seminars and a 10-day international travel seminar. Seminars provide a curriculum focusing on a variety of agricultural and leadership development subject matter.

For more information and an application, visit The application is due no later than July 31, but people are encouraged to complete it earlier.

4CORE begins HomeRX energy program

Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, has started a program for local homeowners who don’t qualify for weatherization assistance but are interested in investing in home energy efficiency measures.

The HomeRx program is fee-based. In addition to saving money on utility bills, HomeRx works to address health and safety issues present in homes and buildings. 4CORE will administer the program by working with local contractors to identify areas for improvement based on individual needs, including air and gas leaks, furnace and appliance replacement, and other energy-saving measures.

4CORE also will host the “HomeRx Energy Makeover Contest.” La Plata County homeowners are eligible to compete for prizes, including the grand prize HomeRx Energy Makeover, valued at $1,500. Winning contestants will be selected at random, and the grand-prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

To register for the contest, visit or the Facebook page by June 29.

For more information, email or call 259-1916.

Energy workshop will be held July 7

Colorado State University Extension will offer a workshop to help consumers assess their home’s potential for cost-effective, energy-efficiency improvements, solar energy and wind energy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 in the Animas Room of the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 2500 Main Ave.

Participants will receive a walk-through of CSU Extension’s new decision tools on energy efficiency, solar and wind. Financing options and alternative financing structures also will be presented.

The fee is $10 payable by check or cash at the door, and will include lunch. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, visit

Herald Staff