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Winter Drought Resilience Webinar Series

This winter, please join us for a series of Webinars on Drought Resiliency in Ranching. It is no secret that 2021 was a devastating drought across the state of Montana. It is also inevitable that we will see other drought seasons of this magnitude in the coming years. Presentations this winter will focus on measures you can take to prepare your ranch for the next drought, how to create a drought contingency plan for your operation, and the climate tools we have to plan for the upcoming growing season.

Using Regional Climate Data to Create a Ranch Drought Plan

Wednesday, January 19 at 3:00 pm CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RECORDING

Retta Bruegger is a regional specialist in range management with Colorado State University.  She will be presenting on how to create a drought contingency plan for your ranching operation and how to use regional climate information to inform your decisions for the upcoming growing season. Having a solid drought plan individualized for your operation will help you make decisions ahead of a dry season, instead of just reacting to water shortages.

Climate Tools for Producers in Montana

Wednesday, February 2 at 3:00 pm — CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The Montana Climate Office, in collaboration with the MT Drought & Climate research project, is working to develop more useful climate information tools and resources for Montana’s farmers and ranchers. During this session, Dr. Kyle Bocinsky (Climate Science Lead), Dr. Kelsey Jensco (State Climatologist) and Ada Smith (PhD student) will present and welcome feedback on some of the tools MCO/MTDC are developing. Please feel free to have a look at some of the resources before the session: https://climate.umt.edu/mtdrought/newsletters.php and https://mco.cfc.umt.edu/mesonet_data/

Drought Planning for your Ranch

Wednesday, February 23 at 3:00 pm – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Dr Doug Tolleson is an Associate Professor with Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the Sonora Research Station. He conducts research on prescribed fire, rangeland soil and vegetation monitoring methods, and the application of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy to study grazingland animal nutrition and physiology. Dr. Tolleson will be presenting on his research and the work that he does helping southwest ranchers plan for drought.

A Panel of Montana Ranchers Who are Doing Exciting and Innovative Things to Combat Drought on Their Land

Date and Time TBD

We will hear from several ranchers from across the state of Montana on drought resiliency measures they have implemented on their operations and the lessons they’ve learned.

Thank you to our webinar series sponsors for their generous support:

For more information about this webinar series, contact Drought Technician Kate Mannix at kate@blackfootchallenge.org.

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