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Montezuma County Offices
109 W. Main St., Room 102
Cortez, CO  80321-3155
(970) 565-3123
(970) 564-8615 (fax)



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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST
Closed holidays

County Extension Director, Agriculture,
4-H, Natural Resources
Tom Hooten

4-H Program Coordinator
Andrea Jeter

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Harris



Our Programs


Farmers' Market

Fresh locally grown produce and local meat products are available at the Cortez Farmers' Market. The Market usually begins the first Saturday in June and runs through mid-October every Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. The location is currently in the County Courthouse west parking lot, 109 W. Main in Cortez. Individuals wishing to sell at the Cortez Farmers' Market must obtain a permit at CSU Extension in the Montezuma County Courthouse or at the market itself.


Yellow Jacket Orchard / Vineyard Demonstration Project

The Yellow Jacket Orchard / Vineyard Demonstration Project was implemented in April 1991 as a result of grower and homeowner request for local research information on fruit tree and vineyard cultivars, development and management, irrigation, frost protection, pruning, pest and disease management, equipment usage, and other best management practices. Located at the SW Colorado Research Center, 16910 C.R. Z in Yellow Jacket, this 2.7 acre project includes:

  • 28 Apple Varieties: Trees are in a conventional orchard setting and a trellis system. Most are grown on a dwarf rootstock.
  • 4 Peach Varieties: Trees are in a conventional orchard setting.
  • 4 Pear Varieties: Trees are in a conventional orchard setting.
  • 6 Wine Grape Varieties: Vines are planted on a seven wire catch trellis system.
  • 1 Raspberry Variety: Planted in 1994 in a traditional row.
  • 13 Drought Tolerant Grass Varieties: Planted between the rows of the fruit trees.
  • 3 plum varieties planted 2008.

For more information on the CSU Extension Demonstration Orchard, please visit the Dolores County website - www.coopext.colostate.edu/WR/dolores.htm.


Beef Cattle Symposium

The annual San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium is held in late winter and rotates locations around SW Colorado and NW New Mexico. It is important to provide information to help sustain the ranching way of life and this symposium offers something of interest to everyone involved in beef production. State University personnel from Colorado and New Mexico will present information and discuss various, timely issues from many subjects in beef production.


Private Pesticide Applicators License

Individuals who would like to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for private use are required to have a Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide License. Training manual and examination packet is $20.00. License fee is $75.00. Order forms are found online at: www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi or call the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 303-869-9064.

Commercial pesticide applicators' licenses are also obtained through the CDA. The phone number is (303) 869-9065.

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