The Norman Transcript

January 4, 2014

Drought workshopplanned for farmers

The Associated Press
The Norman Transcript

LINCOLN, Neb. — More than fifteen experts in the fields of irrigation, range management, climatology, and drought planning are scheduled to speak at a one-day workshop Jan. 9 in Garden City, Kan.

Farmers and ranchers can register now for the workshop, which will be held at the 4-H building on the county fairgrounds. Registration and coffee begin at 8 a.m.

The workshop will feature morning sessions on climate forecasts and aquifer management. Separate afternoon tracks will target the specific needs of ranchers and irrigated-crop producers.

Speakers will include range, climate, water and irrigation specialists from New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, areas that have experienced recent droughts. The workshop will also feature farmers and ranchers from across the Great Plains, who will share their experiences and ideas for managing through long-term and extreme drought.

The workshop is a joint effort by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Finney County Extension-KSU, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The workshop is open to the public and the only charge is an at-the-door $10 fee for a brisket or pulled pork lunch. Space is limited and participants are asked to pre-register by Jan. 3 at drought.unl.edu/ranchplan. For more information, please contact the National Drought Mitigation Center at ranchplan@unl.edu or (402) 472-6776.

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