Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

Overview

The Colorado State University Extension Tri River Area Ag Marketing Program delivers non-credit educational programming and resources to producers on the current and potential marketing channels they can use to market local crop and livestock commodities. The Ag Marketing Program also works in collaboration with other supporting agencies to enhance the economic viability of all Tri River Area agricultural enterprises.

Kelsi Seymour, Agricultural Marketing Agent

Email: Kelsi.Seymour@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-249-3935
Fax: 970-249-7876

Resources

Grants, Loans and Other Financial Support

Numerous financial assistant programs are available to help farmers and ranchers create and expand marketing opportunities. Click below to identify funding opportunities that may support your local food efforts.

Market Reports

CSU Extension has collected information on product prices in farmers markets around the state since 2011, and posted this information online for producers to use to help inform their marketing decisions. It is also useful to market managers who advise vendors on pricing. Products featured include fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, meats and some cut flowers.

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service collects information from sales persons, suppliers, brokers, and buyers on marketing conditions for hundreds of agricultural commodities. This information is then used to generate reports specific to what you are searching for.

Other Resources

This page provides resources related to agricultural business management and marketing from CSU Extension.

The Agriculture Marketing Resource Center provides a virtual library of agriculture value-added opportunities, as well as business development and consulting resources for producers.

MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers.

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University has several classes in which students work directly with food and agricultural businesses to provide in-depth analysis of the business’ marketing, financial, and strategic position. Students undertake a feasibility study to assess one or more potential opportunities for the business to improve its performance, including finding new markets, reducing costs, or undertaking new investments. If you are interested in working with a student group, please click the link below. New businesses are selected each semester so if now is not the right time, please keep this opportunity in mind for the future.

COVID-19 Impact

The Mesa, Delta and Montrose/Ouray offices are currently closed due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In-person Extension programming has been cancelled statewide through at least May 17th. We are still available to you, primarily by phone and email. See the Contact Us page to reach out to an Agent or click the link below for more information. Thank you.