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Free Ag Drought Training

We can’t control drought. But we can change how it impacts our agricultural operations. To this end, there will be a free Drought Leadership Training to help people with drought planning. The training will begin with four virtual workshops beginning on Friday, February 4th. It will culminate in a March in-person training on each side of the state. Each session will bring in expert speakers from around the region. The training is being offered by the Colorado Ag Drought Advisors.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with agriculture producers is invited to attend. This includes those who work in retail, services, extension, or agencies and organizations. Naturally, individual farmers and ranchers are also encouraged to attend.

Course Overview

Feb 4, 11 a.m. – 1p.m. The first virtual training will be ‘Using Forecasts in Drought Planning’. Attendees will hear what we do and don’t know about weather and streamflow forecasts. With that knowledge, we can turn forecasts and drought information into action.


Feb 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Virtual training #2 is ‘Risk Management’. Drought can impact all areas of risk. Learn about tools that can help manage the five main sources of risk in an agricultural operation.


Feb. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The third virtual training will look at ‘Livestock and Range Drought Management’. Four innovative ranchers from across the state will share how they prepare for and respond to drought. Come gain new ideas and strategies for mitigating drought impacts on your grazing operation.


March 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ‘Crops Drought Management’ will close out the virtual series. Come learn about critical crop periods, triage decision making, irrigation and soil management to buffer drought. Crop producers from around the state will discuss how they plan for and adapt to drought.


The Drought Training Series culminates in a final, in-person event, ‘Drought Planning and Stress Management’. Attendees will take a deep dive into the building blocks of drought planning as a framework for action. Stress management, communication skills and succession consideration with drought will also be addressed.


The west slope in person session will be March 8-9 at the CSU Western Colorado Research Campus in Grand Junction, CO. The east slope session will be March 15-16 at the River View Event Center in Morgan County.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a deeper understanding of coping strategies before, during and after drought occurs.


Participants will need to join 3 of the 4 webinars or watch the recording to attend the in-person training and receive CEU credit. However, anyone is welcome to attend individual webinars of interest.


All the sessions are free of charge. CEUs are available from Certified Crop Advisors and the Society for Range Management (Pending).


The curriculum was developed by researchers, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural professionals. The program will be delivered by CSU Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and other collaborating organizations. For details about the course and to find the registration link, go to https://bit.ly/3rwCWMb.


About the Colorado Ag Drought Advisors

The Colorado Drought Advisors is a multi-discipline coalition of drought and agricultural professionals. They strive to serve Colorado producers with drought adaptivity resources. Drought Advisors work to build short and long-term resilience to drought through workshops and trainings, and by working one-on-one with farmers and ranchers.

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