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Meetings in Idalia, Washington County set for May will cover drought concerns.

T.J. Burnham 1, Editor, Western Farmer-Stockman

May 8, 2013

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As drought concerns continue to trouble livestock operators in the eastern portion of
Colorado, area conservation districts and the Natural Resource Conservation Service are preparing workshops to help.

Producers wondering if they should reduce herd sizes this year, or are generally concerned with marketing  in the current weather scenario, are invited to sign up for the meetings at the following sites:

May 22: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Grainery Restaurant west of Idalia on Highway 36 where you can learn how drought and grazing management affect plant growth in these dry times and beyond. The workshop will offer a hands-on seminar, using data from nearby weather stations and ranch information. Those attending are encouraged to bring a Wi-Fi ready device to aid in the instruction, although it is not necessary to do so. Bringing your ranch livestock records is also encouraged to get the most out of this program.

For more information on this free program, call (970) 332-3173, Ext. 3, or go to the       Yuma County Conservation District website at www.ycconservation.com, or email [email protected].

May 23: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arikaree School at the intersection of County Roads  NN and 12 in Washington County. This program includes a field day as well as an indoor session. The indoor program will begin with a short  version of how drought and grazing management impact plant growth, offering producers ideas on how they can estimate when they might run out of forage.

The outdoor portion will teach ranchers how to evaluate drought and grazing impacts on their land. A $15 charge will apply to this meeting only. For more information, contact the Cope or Washington County Conservation District, or email [email protected], or call (970) 345-2364, Ext. 3 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Coffee and rolls will be available at both sessions, which will be instructed by Pat Reese, who has more than 30 years of experience working with ranchers and climate change on the high plains as an Extension Service agent.

Registrations must be completed by May 15.

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About the Author(s)

T.J. Burnham 1

Editor, Western Farmer-Stockman

T.J. Burnham has covered western agriculture for 42 years. A University of Michigan journalism program grad, he worked for The Sacramento Bee for 15 years before moving into specialty farm magazine writing. He has been on the Farm Progress staff for 10 years.

"A lot of my uncles back in Michigan were farmers, but my interest was primarily to become a hot shot city desk reporter. Once I was given a job at the Bee on the metro desk, they told me that they’d hired too many new reporters, and half of us had to go. However, they said there was an opening in the newspaper’s ag division, and if I worked there until the probationary period was over, I could be reassigned to general reporting. I took the job, but by the time the probation period was ended, I found I enjoyed covering ag so much that I never asked to go back to the city side.”

T.J. joined Farm Progress as a California Farmer reporter, then became editor of the Western Farmer-Stockman. He has earned a reputation in the West as a strong source of direct seed information, and has affiliated Western Farmer-Stockman as the official magazine of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association.

His wife, Sally, writes for the magazine and helps with bookwork concerning freelance writers from the eight western state arena which the magazine serves.

T.J. likes hiking and fishing, and dabbles in woodworking projects. He also enjoys gardening and photography.

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