Diane Prather: Workshop to help small-acreage landowners

Both beginners and experienced landowners will find value in an upcoming workshop that will discuss topics related to managing small-acreage property.

“Getting the most from your property” is the focus of the workshop that’s being sponsored by Colorado State University Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 at the Craig Extension Office, 539 Barclay St.

A Steamboat Springs workshop is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 17 at the Routt County Courthouse.

Facilitating the workshop will be John Rizza, a small-acreage specialist from CSU and NRCS; JD Sexton, the Moffat County Extension Agent; Bill Ekstrom, agriculture agent and director of Rio Blanco County Extension; and Todd Hagenbuch, agriculture extension agent for Routt County. Gary Brannan, the Moffat County Extension pest management specialist, also will be a presenter during the Craig workshop.

Presenters will discuss some basic tips related to managing small-acreage property. Included in the discussions will be solutions to the challenges of growing and caring for plants in an arid environment, how to maintain a healthy property, selecting proper species for our climate, keeping noxious weeds under control and techniques that will improve the value of your land investment.

Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. the night of the workshop. There is no fee, and pre-registration is not required, though the Moffat County Extension Office suggests that it might be helpful to let them know if you plan to attend.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

6 to 6:30 p.m. Understanding your property, resource inventory and planning (Basic site evaluation will be discussed to help understand your property and help for healthy land)

6:30 to 7 p.m. Irrigation and water, what’s in store for us? (Information will be presented on how to best deal with our climate and what to expect from your crops this summer)

7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Introduction to property care (You will receive proper seeding and planting tips, information on selecting the right species to plant and basic management tips)

7:45 to 8:15 p.m. Noxious weed identification (Learn basic identification skills and treatment options for some common local weeds. This short session will give you the basic tools necessary for success. Receive pocket weed guide.)

8:15 to 8:45 p.m. Dealing with livestock and wildlife (Grazing management solutions and options for resolving issues with wildlife.)

8:45 to 9 p.m. Time to discuss your property management concerns and talk with professionals and neighbors.

A $500 chemical reimbursement door prize will be awarded, sponsored by Commissioner John Kincaid and the Colorado First Soil Conservation District.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180 or the Routt County Extension Office at 970-879-0825.

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