Sat December 29, 2012

CSU Still In Need Of Farmers And Ranchers’ Feedback On Drought

The deadline is quickly approaching for Colorado farmers and ranchers to provide feedback concerning the impact of this year's drought.

Agricultural economists at Colorado State University are surveying in hopes of better understanding the impact of this year’s drought in hopes of designing new tools to more effectively weather future dry spells.

“The question we ultimately want to address is, ‘How do we improve the resiliency of agriculture and rural communities in Colorado?’ because we expect more drought,” said James Pritchett, associate professor in the CSU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,.

Responses to the survey are needed from 6,000 Colorado farms and ranches with annual income of more than $100,000. The deadline to complete the survey is Jan. 1, 2013.

The project entitled “Telling the Story - Drought in Colorado” is funded with $35,000 from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, which provides weekly updates, reports that all of Colorado is suffering from drought conditions, ranging from moderate to exceptional.

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