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Tough times: How can your family be more resilient?

Colorado State University Extension will host an educational workshop where agricultural producers can learn about practices their families can use to reduce financial, production and human risks during tough and good economic times.

Though grain and livestock prices are at a high dollar, producers know that highs and lows are cyclical. Making adjustments can make the variability less.

The workshop will be presented Monday, March 21, at the La Plata County Extension Office at the Durango Fairgrounds. The workshop will be held from 5-8 p.m. For more information about the “Managing Tough Times” workshop, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Four States Ag Expo

The annual Four States Ag Expo will be held March 17-20, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez, Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Highlights: Open Forum on Saturday with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, third annual All Breeds Bull and Heifer Sale, Ag Expo Grange seminars and forums, Rescued to Ride colt starting, ranch sorting clinic and competition, stock dogs clinics and instinct tests, beef show, CSU Ag Adventure, antique tractor parades and pull, alpaca demonstration, youth livestock judging competition, PRCA championship, youth rodeo camp, horse clinicians — riding, packing and driving.

There will be draft horse parades, entertainment for the whole family, a huge trade show, and ranch equipment, large and small.

Weed symposium

The 19th annual Four Corners Weed Symposium will be held March 30, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center. Early Registration on or before March 21, $40. Registration after March 21 and at the door, $50. Lunch is included. Why attend? Colorado and New Mexico pesticide applicator continuing education credits are available. Get updated information from experts in the Rocky Mountain region. Local and regional vendors will be available to answer your questions on products, equipment and weed management techniques. Learn about weed identification, application control and safety, state and federal laws, revegetation and much more.

Food safety and preservation

Learn the art and science of food preservation by attending the Master Food Safety and Preservation course.

Classes will be held May 9, 11 and 17 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Completed applications are due April 15, and should be sent to the local Extension Office. The $75 fee is to be used for cost of training materials and supplies for Master Food Safety Advisor; the fee is due with application. Download an application at www.archuleta.colostate.edu or call the Extension office at 264-5931 for more information.

4-H Cookie Dough

Archuleta County 4-Hers will be taking orders for cookie dough until March 11. Flavors include: Chunky Chocolate Chip, Made with M&M’s, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin and Sugar for $12 and White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunks, Triple Chocolate, Snickerdoodle, Heath English Toffee and Monster Cookie Dough for $14. For more information, contact 264-5931.

Tree and seedling sale

The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase high-quality, reasonably priced seedling trees and shrubs for different conservation uses, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement. Orders are being taken through March 25 and will be available for pick up on April 13. For more information, call the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.

Calendar

March 10 — 11:45 a.m., Mountain View Homemakers Club.

March 11 — 2 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders 4-H Club.

March 14 — 3:45 p.m., 4-H Clothing.

March 14 — 6 p.m., 4-H Livestock Committee meeting.

March 15 — 6 p.m., 4-H Council meeting.

March 16 — 9:30 a.m., Mountain High Garden Club.

March 16 — 4 p.m., 4-H Sports Fishing.

March 16 — 6 p.m., Archuleta County Fair Board meeting.

March 17 — 9 a.m., Water Wise Landscape Design.

March 17 — 5 p.m., 4-H Lamb Project meeting.

March 17 — 6 p.m., 4-H Goat Project meeting.

March 17 — 7 p.m., 4-H Swine Project meeting.

March 18 — 1:45 p.m., Clover buds meeting.

March 18 — 2 p.m., 4-H Food Preservation Project meeting.

March 18 — 2 p.m., 4-H Dog Agility Project meeting.

March 18 — 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit Project meeting.

March 18 — 4 p.m., 4-H Turkey Project meeting.

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