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Winter Workshops are Coming

The Conversation Starts Here!

You are not expected to feel better. You are not expected to even want to feel better. But we do hope that you keep holding on, that you keep listening, that you keep an open mind, an open heart and believe that better is possible.

  • AG 101– What is the AgrAbility Project?
  • Mental Wellness for rural Farm families
  • Aging In Place/HomeFit
  • Financial Issues Affecting Farmers

Locations and Dates Include:

STERLING-February 8, 2019 8:00am to 12:00 pm

Logan County Extension Office
508 S. 10th Ste 1 Sterling CO, 80751
Host: Dennis Kaan Golden Plains Extension
Dennis Kaan 970-345-2287

To register for any workshop listed above, please Contact Candiss Leathers 720-539-4435 or or any of the Extension offices set forth above no later than one week prior to the event . If there is adverse weather that necessitates a postponement we will cancel the event and re-schedule it.

Presenters Include:

Dr. Norm Dalsted PhD is a renowned extension economist in Farm and Ranch management and former Professor at CSU. He is CO-PD with CAP.

Candiss Leathers
MA, VRT, is Program Manager of the Colorado AgrAbility Project. Her extensive background from growing up on a farm, to education in Human Services, and a career in counseling provide her with the skills to assist farmers with technical guidance.

Dr. James Craig
MA, JD, EdD is a former Associate Professor and Mental Health Therapist. He is a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist at Goodwill.

You can download the Winter Workshops flyer.



Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2019 Farming Evolution event in Holyoke, CO. The Farming Evolution will be held Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 & 21, 2019. The Phillips County Event Center on the Fairgrounds just north of Holyoke, CO, will house the event.

Christine Jones, soil ecologist from Australia, will be the headline speaker. Over several decades, Christine has worked with farmers and ranchers using renewing practices. After a highly respected career in the public sector, she began to promote the benefits of soil carbon throughout the world.

Christine will spend a good deal of time explaining how we can build new top soil. She’ll transition to the amazing power of diversity. She’ll also talk about how Pasture Cropping can benefit the soil and producer. Pasture Cropping is seeding annual crops into former cropland seeded to grasses. This includes CRP, Soil Bank, or go back lands. You can learn more about Christine at

Raj Khosla will speak about Precision Nutrient cycling and the Precision Climate Smart Agriculture. Raj was named 2015 Precision Ag Educator of the Year by the Precision Ag Institute. He will explore the connection between soil variability and precise crop inputs. He will also discuss using remote sensing techniques to identify crop nitrogen stress in irrigated corn and to detect weeds.

Seeing is believing, and nothing makes an impression like a Rainfall Simulator. Seeing how water behaves on soils with different tillage & cropping histories is fascinating every time.

Do you know how nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorous cycle in the soil? Candy Thomas will share both how they cycle and why that matters to you. Candy is the Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for Kansas and Nebraska.

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds is the topic for Eric Westra. Eric is a research associate with Todd Gaines at Colorado State University. He will discuss identifying and managing problem weeds.

Scott Speck will share the decision-making opportunities satellite imagery provides. Scott is the Digital Ag Lead for Western Plains in Gothenburg, NE. Information on emergence, irrigation, soil variance, pests and diseases are all available from satellites!

A panel of ‘pilots’ will discuss the topic of Drones: Toy or Tool? There will also be a producer panel on hand to share their no-till/soil health journey.

There will be a mixer after the program on Wednesday to visit with speakers and exhibitors.

Agenda, lodging and eatery information is available online at

Registration by Friday, February 8, 2019, is $30 for one day and $40 for both days. Late Registration and at the door is $40 for one day and $50 for both days. Breaks, lunches, and all handout materials are included.

Registrations are accepted online or in person/by phone at the NRCS Office in Holyoke. To register online, go to Use the ‘payment method’ drop down to pay by credit card on-line or to select ‘pay by check’. At the door payment option will be available for late registrations.

The Farming Evolution Event is hosted by the Haxtun, Morgan, Sedgwick and Yuma County Conservation Districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resource District. The Colorado State Conservation Board, NRCS, and Pheasants Forever provide financial support.

You can download the 2019 Farming Evolution Flyers.

Dig in to Backyard Gardening

Interested in improving your lawn? Want to grow more of your own food? At a loss about which tree to plant and how to care for it?  Dig in to these issues and more with a morning of educational talks from your Colorado State University Extension agents and specialists. Attend three classes of your choosing. The day will conclude with door prizes.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Ranch, McKee Building
5260 Arena Circle, Loveland

Session 1
Top 10 Tree Care Tips OR
Gardening for Pollinators

Session 2
Best Lawn on the Block OR
Growing Small Fruits

Session 3
Favorite Trees and Shrubs OR
Raised Beds and Containers

Register today at Space is limited. $25.00 per person. Questions, please contact Amy Lentz at or 970-400-2073. Download the Dig in to Backyard Gardening flyer.

Cottage Food Safety Training

This trStrawberry Jamaining covers specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Basic food safety– including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible in updated Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, including pickled fruits and vegetables
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
  • Safe food sampling best practices

Friday, March 8th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$40 registration on Event Brite

Island Grove Regional Park
Exhibition Hall, 2nd Floor
525 N 15th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631

Amber Webb
Family Consumer Sciences Extension Agent
tel: 970-400-2081

The East Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be present to offer resources to class participants!

Extension Programs are available to all without discrimination. If you have a disability for which you see accommodation for this event, please notify Amber Webb, 970-400-2081, at least 7 seven days prior to the event. Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.

To register online at Eventbrite, go to the link for the Weld County Cottage Food Safety Training.  You can download the Weld County Cottage Safety Training Flyer.

Weld County, Colorado Master Gardeners

Flower garden with watering pot

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