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Drought management workshop set for Jan. 29 in Arthur

Three Nebraska conservation organizations partner on event


Drought is a normal part of Nebraska's climate. To make sure ranchers are prepared for these dry times that stress pasture and economic resources, three conservation organizations are hosting a day-long drought management workshop, Adapting Your Ranch to the Changing Environment, in Arthur, Neb., on Jan. 29. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the Vet's Memorial Hall. Speakers from Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado will present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar and lunch are free with preregistration, due Jan. 23.

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Arthur and Keith counties), and the Twin Platte Natural Resources District are partnering to sponsor the event. Speakers will discuss how to prepare for and manage during drought. Topics and presenters include:

--Climate Change: Management Implications for Great Plains Rangelands; Justin Derner, USDA-ARS Rangeland Scientist, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jack Morgan, USDA-ARS Plant Physiologist, Fort Collins, Colo..

--Monitoring the Management of Your Rangelands; Cindy Tusler, UNL Range Extension Educator, Rushville, Neb., and Bethany Johnston, UNL Extension Educator, Thedford, Neb.

--Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program; Kim Borer, FSA County Executive Director, Ogallala, Neb..

--Matching Cattle Production to the Land; Aaron Stalker, UNL Beef Specialist, North Platte, Neb..

--Rancher's Viewpoint: A Road Map for Success; Lynn Myers, Rancher & "Cowboy Logic" Ranch Mentor, Lewellen, Neb..

Registration to guarantee a meal is required by Jan. 23, and can be done by calling the Ogallala NRCS Field office at 308-284-2048, ext. 3. To view a complete agenda, visit www.nebraskagrazinglands.org.

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition is an independent organization of ranchers, interest groups, and agencies whose mission is to collaborate on projects that improve the management and health of Nebraska grazing lands and ensure long-term stability of rangeland resources. The NGLC is funded through grants from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, the Nebraska Rural Development Commission and the Sandhills Task Force.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private landowners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Nebraska Natural Resources Districts are local government units with broad responsibilities to conserve and protect natural resources. The Twin Platte Natural Resources District includes Arthur, McPherson, Keith and Lincoln counties, with the purpose of engaging in programs of management, development, and protection of the soil and water resources found in the District.

Date: 1/30/09

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