Rocky Ford: 10th Annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show, Feb. 6

Rocky Ford Melon Day 1893 via the Colorado Historical Society
Rocky Ford Melon Day 1893 via the Colorado Historical Society

From the La Junta Tribune-Democrat:

The 10th Annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Gobin Community Building in Rocky Ford.

The morning session will feature these presentations: Farm Service Agency Updates – Chuck Hanagan; Natural Resources Conservation Service Updates – Jason W. Peel and Lana Pearson; Heirs in Agriculture – Leaving a Lasting Legacy – Jeffrey Tranel, Colorado State University; Lessons Learned from Drought Grazing – Gracy Grissom, Rancho Largo Cattle Company; Barriers to Successful Re-Vegetation – Joseph Benjamin, USDA-Agriculture Research Service, Maysoon M. Mikha, Ph.D., USDA-Agriculture Research Service, Matt Heimerich, Crowley County Land Use Administrator; What to Expect in 2014 – Brian Bledsoe, KKTV.

The afternoon session will feature these presentations: Marketing – Back to the Basics – Wendy Lee White, Colorado Department of Agriculture; Good Agricultural Practices Update – Martha Sullins, Colorado State University; State Water Plan – James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservancy Board; Filling the Identified Augmentation Gap – Gary Barber, West Water Research, Travis Smith, San Luis Valley Irrigation District, Jeris Danielson, Purgatoire Water Conservancy District, Bill Tyner, P.E., Colo. Division of Water Resources, Jay Winner, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.

The 2014 Trade Show will feature several vendors from throughout eastern Colorado.

When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
Where: William L. Gobin Community Building, 105 N. Main St., Rocky Ford
Cost: Registration (by Jan. 31): per person, $20; per couple, $30; per student, $5. Additional $5 after Jan.31.

For more information: CSU Extension Office-Otero County, 254-7608; website: http://www.farmranchwater.org; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/farmranchwater.

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