Extension Notes:Upcoming Events from CSU Extension
Happy New Year from the Dolores County Extension Office! I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the holidays and have been enjoying 2020 so far.
As we embark on a new decade, the Dolores County Extension Office is working to kick off the next 10 years of service on the right foot. So far this winter has brought some decent moisture and things are looking good for the upcoming growing season, so far. We will have to wait and see what the rest of the winter has in store.
The New Year is full swing here in the Extension Office and we are looking forward to a great 2020. All of our planning is coming to fruition with a wide variety of workshops and educational opportunities. We hope to provide something for everyone! The agricultural economy has been disappointing over the last few years to say the least. We have tools producers can use to help mitigate risk and enhance profitability that will be offered this winter! The following is what we have scheduled so far.
The Dolores County Extension Office will be hosting a Lunch and Learn Webinar Series every Thursday in February 2020 from Noon to 2:00pm. All you need to do is grab a lunch and meet us at the Extension Office.
The Basic Ag Marketing Webinar is meant to be an introductory course covering the mechanics of cash, futures, and options markets. This webinar is designed to meet the needs of agriculture producers who are new to commodity marketing and are looking for techniques to improve the prices they receive for their crops and livestock. This exciting new program will be brought to us by CSU Agricultural & Business Management Economist Brent Young. Brent will be remote and will appear via the internet. He will be live and encourages questions and discussion. The topics will be: February 6th: Cash Markets, Basis. February 13th: Using the Futures Market to Manage Price Risk. February 20th: Using the Options Market to Manage Price Risk. February 27th: Price Seasonality, Selecting a Broker, Pre & Post Harvest Market Planning.
The 2020 Agricultural Outlook, Strategies Forum will be held February 11, 2020 from 8:00 am to Noon at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. This program is brought to us by the CSU Ag Business Management Team and they will bring some great insight to help your operation boost profitability. Topics will include Market Outlook, Common commodities in the area, Breakeven Analysis, Common commodities in the area, Using Commodity Insurance as a Part of a Comprehensive Marketing Plan, Whole Farm Revenue Protection, Crop Revenue Protection, Using Futures & Options to Manage Risk, and Cross Hedging Calves. The fee will be $15.00.
Farmers and Ranchers planning to attend are requested to pre-register at https://2020agoutlook.eventbrite.com by Thursday February, 6th 2020.
The 2020 Soil Health & Cover Crop Workshop by the CSU Dryland Cover Crop Project Team will be held on Monday February 3rd, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Public Service Center in Dove Creek. Please RSVP by calling the SW Colorado Research Center at 970-562-4255.
The 37th Annual Beef Cattle Symposium will be held on February 11th at from 8:30 am to 4:00pm in Pagosa Springs. The fee is $25.00, lunch is provided! The theme for this year is Healthy Ranching in 2020! To register call 970-264-5931 or Email ROBIN. YOUNG@COLOSTATE.EDU
The Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be held on March 5th, 2020 at the SW Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
The Annual Fruit Tree Grafting workshop will be held on March 21st, 2020 at the SW Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO from 9:00am to Noon.
The Four States Ag Expo will be March 19th, 20th, and 21st at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Keep an eye out for the great programs CSU Extension will be providing including CECs for private applicators and much more!
The Annual San Juan Basin Weed Symposium will be held at McGee Park in Farmington, NM this year. The date has not been set as of yet but we will have an update soon!
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!
For further information concerning these topics or any other subject, stop in or call Gus, Oma, or Joey at the Colorado State University Dolores County Extension Office, 677-2283. Cooperative Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.