Colorado has over 3,000 native plant species, but Colorado’s noxious weeds are non-native plants. Learn how to identify Colorado’s noxious weeds, the best control method for you, what plants are poisonous to your livestock, and the resources available to Larimer County residents through the Larimer County Weed District.


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Resources Are Available

The last few years have been difficult for farm and ranch families. Many are experiencing emotional and financial stress as a result. There are several signs and symptoms of when a farm family is in need of help. 

We have below a list of resources that may be helpful:

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The beauty of Colorado’s forests and wildlife attract many to Colorado, yet we don’t always know how to safely live in forested areas or how to manage unwelcome wildlife. These resources will guide you on how to create a defensible space around your home and provide information and best practices for wildlife management.

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There are many concerns small acreage landowners have. Whether you’re trying to identify a plant you found on your hike or property, need your soil, water or plant analyzed, or need to know where to go to apply for a well permit, we’ve narrowed down the resources to help you!

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Colorado Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea). Photo credit: Fred McClanahan

The Small Acerage Management Newsletters are offered through Colorado Small Acreage Management. 

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  • Eating Locally, Building a Stronger Colorado
  • Colorado Produce Calendar
  • Leave it Messy this Fall
  • Turkey Time
  • Ranch to Plate Act
  • Winterbourne Weeds


  • Beef with a Story to It
  • Wetland Ecosystem Restoration
  • 10 Tips on Managing Drought Stressed Horse Pastures
  • Prostrate Weeds
  • Journal Entry from a Bird Conservationist
  • Livestock Checkpoints Planned in Brand States


  • Beetle Outbreak Impacts
  • Emergency Preparedness: Make A Plan
  • Protecting Plants from Wild Weather this Spring
  • Introduction to N-P-K on a Compost Test
  • Annual Weeds
  • Learning Opportunities and Grants


  • New SAM Specialist
  • Keeping Dogs Safe around Livestock and Horses
  • Windbreaks and Small Acreages
  • USDA Expands Resources for Poultry Growers
  • Winter Chicken Care 6 Gardening Predictions for 2021
  • Learning and Grant Opportunities



  • Small Acreage Management Survey
  • Grazing Behavior Depends on Species, Location
  • Wildfire Wednesday Webinars
  • Plant Hardiness is More than a Zone Number
  • Dryland Pasture Series
  • Potential Restoration of Wolves in Colorado
  • SARE Fresh Growth Podcast


  • Victory Garden Program with Grow and Give
  • 4-H Carries On
  • A Website We Love
  • Best plants to create habitat
  • NRCS Resources 7 Composting 101
  • Holistic Land Planning Opportunity


  • Picking the Right Chicks for You
  • Fire Resistant Landscaping
  • Custom Rates of 2019
  • Can Specialty Crops and Solar Thrive Together?
  • Transplanting Warm Season Vegetables
  • Upcoming Webinars and Educational Opportunities

Special Edition

  • Life in the Times of COVID-19
  • Thoughts to Consider
  • Septic Systems
  • Educational Videos, Audio, and Other Recordings
  • Equine Corona Virus is Not COVID-19
  • Maintaining a Healthy Barn


  • Where do Bees go in Winter?
  • Soil Health
  • USDA Rural Development Value Added Grant
  • Which Trees to Transplant in Spring and Fall
  • Bird Migration Timing
  • Payson Lupine and Silvery Lupine



  • Nature’s Little Serial Killer, the Loggerhead Shrike
  • Thinking of Reseeding a Pasture?
  • Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in 35 Counties
  • Resources for Hay Buyers and Producers
  • Plant Look-a-Likes: Hemlock and Osha
  • Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry
  • Fall Weed Management


  • Rabbit Ownership
  • Canada Thistle Rust
  • Rangeland Grass Recovery After Drought
  • Colorado Woody Plants App
  • Gardening Hacks for Extreme Colorado
  • Biodiversity
  • YouTube University
  • Colorado Forest Legacy Program


  • Microgreens Production
  • A Little Bit of Snake Knowledge Goes a Long Way
  • Horse Pasture and Manure Q & A
  • Pasture Seeding Q & A
  • Weeds With Taproots: Organic Control on Small Plots
  • Feeding Wildlife During Winter Does Harm
  • CSU Online Land Stewardship Short Courses
  • Bark Beetle Outbreak Expanding in Colorado


  • The Spreading of Weeds
  • Pasture Track System
  • Air Quality and Agriculture
  • Lavender Production and Management
  • More to the Business than Harvesting and Selling
  • High Altitude Baking
  • Low-Cost Seedling Trees Available for Landowners
  • Online Land Stewardship Program
  • New Program Supports Agricultural Intern Opportunities
  • Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

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Larimer County Office of Colorado State University Extension

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1525 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524-2004

Phone: (970) 498-6000 | Fax: (970) 498-6025

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Our office follows the Larimer County Holiday Calendar for office closures. 

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