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SDSU extension offers drought risk management workshop

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SDSU Extension will host a Drought Risk Management Workshop for cattle, sheep and other livestock producers in Gettysburg Oct. 10. The free workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lucy’s.
The workshop is designed for ranchers to help them develop and write drought management and mitigation plans for their own operations said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist. “We are planning a hands-on workshop that will give ranchers the tools they need to create a drought plan that fits their own needs and goals.”
Even though much of the pasture and range areas of the state are not currently in drought, conditions can change quickly and Edwards advocates that it is always a good time to plan for it. The recent example of the 2012 drought is particularly acute for some South Dakota ranchers. Management decisions can have impacts that last long beyond the duration of the drought itself.
Workshop content will include presentations on monitoring weather/climate; measuring grass/forage productivity; Pasture, Range, Forage Rainfall Index insurance; rangeland best management practices; and the SD Drought Tool.
The workshops are offered at no cost to participants. Free online registration is available at www.igrow.org
Drought planning guidebooks, rain gauges, and soil infiltration kits will be provided to participants who pre-register. For more information contact Laura Edwards, Extension Climate Field Specialist at 605-626-2870.

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