EXTENSION NOTES BY GUS WESTERMAN, COUNTY DIRECTOR
Happy 2019 everyone! All of us at the Extension Office are excited to kick off a new year. With the recent moisture things are off to a great start. Last year at this time I was watering trees. For the folks who were not here last year, the landscape was dry and the temperatures were warm. Apple trees were pushing buds and concerning me. We saw some serious tree damage from the trees coming out of dormancy. Not this year! Our temperatures have been normal and the precipitation has been consistent up to now. I just hope this continues as we need it to recharge our soil moisture and help us to dig out of the dry hole we are unfortunately still in. The snow is terrific but we need a lot more get out of drought status. Keep your fingers crossed this moisture pattern continues. We have a busy year planned at the Extension Office and are looking forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events. The following is a rundown of what we have planned as of now. The 2019 Agricultural Economic Summit will be held January 17, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00
Fish Culturist, Technician III, Crystal River State Hatchery
This position performs various functions related to sustaining a proper biological environment, to maintain distinct brood-stock lineages, produce and distribute trout eggs and aquatic wildlife. The position makes precise biological and environmental assessments and ascertains and sustains proper water quality.
Minimum Qualifications: Three years of work experience in aquaculture, propagating and/ or rearing fish, fish culture, collecting and recording of aquatic wildlife data or professional aquatic research.
Substitutions: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or non-correspondence school course work in biology, fisheries research, fisheries management, or fisheries biology, ecology, wildlife management, zoology, marine biology or ichthyology may substitute for the required experience. Related coursework can be credited on a year-for-year basis for the experience requirement.
Application Deadline: 5pm January 21, 2019" https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2309594/technician-iii-fish-culturist-crystal-river-state-hatchery
pm with lunch provided at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. This is a free event! Farmers and Ranchers will gain insight and information about what we can expect over the coming season and how to respond to impacts from the last season. Sponsors for this great event include Dove Creek Implement, Basin Coop, Four Corners Community Bank, and D & D Sales.
The San Juan Basin Beef Symposium will be held on February 6th at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds from 8:30 am to 6:00pm. The theme for this year is “Resiliency in a Fluctuating Market"! Register at the Montezuma County Extension Office at 970-565-3123.
The Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be held on March 7st at the SW Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO from 9:00am to 3:00pm. We will also hold a grafting workshop and a tree planting workshop later in the spring. Dates are to be determined. For info, call our office at 970-677-2283. The Four States Ag Expo will be March 14th, 15th, and 16th at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Keep an eye out for the great programs CSU Extension will be providing including CECs for pesticide applicators, and much more!
The 4-H Programs are ready to kick off for 2019! Our first club meeting will be January 14th after school in the County Commissioners Board Room. Please enroll prior to the meeting. We can help you through this process if needed. This year we have a new Dog project along with these great others! Robotics - Beef – Swine - Sheep - Rabbits -Poultry – Cooking - Cake Decorating - Foods and Nutrition - Specialty Foods - Clothing - Heritage Arts - Woodworking - Scrap-booking - "DC TV" live TV programming, studio work and reporting – Outdoor Adventures. We also are working with middle and elementary students after school conducting some really fun and interesting STEM activities. No club enrollment is needed to participate in the after school activities.
Information provided by CSUCE and Dolores County.
********************* The Dove Creek Conservation District Seedling Tree Order Forms are available at the Dove Creek NRCS Office and the Dolores County Extension Office.
The Dolores County 4-H Club Enrollment is Open!! Come talk to us and get involved with the premier Youth Development Organization in the United States! We are making the Best Better!