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If you were unable to attend the live Zoom session that was presented by Tom Laca and Beth Hayes on rabbit hemorrhagic disease variant 2 please follow the below YouTube link to watch the live recorded session. You will also find the pdf version of the power point presentation here as well which has the contact information to assist you in contacting either the State Veterinarian’s office for deceased domesticated rabbits or the Colorado Wildlife Office in Pueblo to report a deceased wild rabbit. Please remember that this variant of the rabbit hemorrhagic disease is extremely transmittable. Keep all of your pets away from deceased wild rabbits you find and report those findings to the Pueblo Colorado Wildlife office. Do not let your domesticated rabbits outdoors at this time. There is no cure for this disease. Lastly, do not touch deceased rabbits with your bare hands as you will carry the disease to any other rabbit you come into contact with whether it be a wild or domesticated animal. Wear gloves and double bag any deceased rabbits you need to remove from an area. This disease is not transmittable to humans or any other animal species but our goal of reporting the deceased animals is to track where the disease is going in rabbit populations. Please do your part and if you see something, say something and report it to the appropriate authorities.

RHDV2 Recorded Zoom Link:
RHDV2 presenation .pdf

Market issues March 25 – downloadable .pdf

State of Colorado Covid-19 Official Site Information-
Colorado Department of Agriculture (Brand, health, and more)-
CSU Agriculture & Business Management (Budgets, decision tools, & more)-

You can access the “Know Before You Go To the Livestock Sale: COVID-19” informational sheet here: Know Before You Go.

Livestock Nutrition, Feeding, and Pasture Workshop
15th Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference – Anchorage Alaska
February 22, 2020
Michael Fisher, County Director, CSU Extension ~ Pueblo County
Presentation .pdf here: Livestock Nutrition, Feeding and Pasture

Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshops
Licensed applicators in Colorado are required to recertify every 3 years.
Recertification training provides applicators with new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology, and changes in pesticide laws and regulations to help the applicator continue to use pesticides safely and effectively. Details on when and where workshops are scheduled can be found at this link:

Information regarding pesticide applicator certification or continuing education (recertification) opportunities:

Commercial Applicator Study Guide Availability
Order study guides through the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC).

Commercial Applicator Certification Exams
Most CSU testing sites have closed, and Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is limiting testing on a case-by-case basis (typically if an individual needs it to start their business).

Refer questions to:
Charles Smith, CDA Certified Applicator Exam Administrator:  303-869-9065 or

Michael Rigirozzi, CDA Pesticide Applicator Certification Program Manager: 303-869-9063 or

Private Applicator Certification
Private Applicators should take their exam online:

Paper exams are not being mailed at this time.

Private applicators can also use this online exam to renew their license in lieu of attending a recertification workshop. However, it is preferred you attend workshops to learn about regulation changes and updates in technology when available.

Private & Commercial Applicator Continuing Education Opportunities
Dr. Tamla Blunt and Thia Walker, are offering live online recertification for the core credits to renew private applicator licenses and category credits for commercial applicators on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.  Sign up for the workshops through Eventbrite at this page:

Information provided by:
Thia Walker, CSU Extension Specialist – Pesticide Safety Education
(970) 491-6027