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Farmers in NW Okla. Invited to Attend Workshop to Learn How to Prep for Continued Drought, Mar. 5

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:06:11 CST

Farmers in NW Okla. Invited to Attend Workshop to Learn How to Prep for Continued Drought, Mar. 5 Drought continues to persist in Oklahoma, despite recent rainfall across much of the southeastern part of the state. But in particular, conditions are becoming intensely severe throughout Oklahoma’s northwestern region which is still recovering from the outbreak of wildfire last year. USDA’s Southern Plains Climate Hub in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center and other partners, is responding to producers’ need for knowledge of how to minimize their risk and best manage their resources with current conditions expected to intensify, by providing a series of informational sessions with the next one scheduled for March 5th in Ashland, Kan. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke to one of the program’s organizers, Clay Pope, about the program and its agenda. Listen to their complete conversation below at the bottom of the page.

“We’ll talk to producers about some of the tools available through NOAA and the National Drought Mitigation Center to help inform them on some of their decision making,” Pope said. “We’ll cover the programs that help producers deal with the effects drought, planning for more drought if indeed we see this pattern continue. We’ll talk about how to deal with recovery from wildfire and how to lessen its impact. Just try to help producers to have the best information and resources they can possibly have to deal with the situation.”

Pope says Oklahomans, Texans and Kansans alike are all too familiar with the impact drought can have. He says current conditions are near the intensity seen during the last major drought that impacted the agricultural world from 2011 to 2015.

“We know what’s going to happen. We know the challenges and obstacles that producers face and definitely it’s something we want to be prepared for,” he said. “The drought has intensified throughout the region and it is going to continue to be a growing problem as we move through the spring and summer months.”

The workshop being offered is free to attend, but registration is required. A free meal will be included. The program is expected to last from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. For more information and details about this meeting and its agenda, click over to our calendar page or click here to get registered now.



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