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Rangeland meeting will be Jan. 7

Special to The Hays Daily News

Drought is a natural part of the climate in the Great Plains, and the current drought in western Kansas is the most severe since the 1950s. Most of western Kansas is in a one-in-50-year drought, the rest is in a one-in-20-year drought.

The County Conservation District committees of Ellis, Russell and Trego counties, along with Kansas State Research and Extension will have a Rangeland Health Management program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Hays Agricultural Research Center. There will be free noon meal, courtesy of the conservation districts, DuPont and Dow.

Come brush up and learn from rangeland specialist what you can do to further your drought management plan -- or develop one if you haven't already. Topics of discussion will be stocking rates, drought management, research on overgrazed grasses in Kansas, rangeland chemical use, a panel discussion by area ranchers, and time for questions.

Speakers will be David Kraft and Roger Tacha, NRCS rangeland and resource specialists, and Keith Harmoney, range specialist with Hays Agricultural Research Center.

RSVP is requested by Wednesday at your county NRCS office.