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San Juan Basin area weed symposiums

Mark down Tuesday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 24, as the date of the second annual Four Corners Organic Weed Management Symposium and the 18th annual Four-Corners Weed Symposium, to be held at McGee Park in Bloomfield, N.M.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 8 a.m. with the symposium topics beginning at 9 and ending at 3:45 p.m. on both days.

Organic Weed Management Symposium topics to be presented include: Who is Western SARE?; Cover Crops; Transitioning to Organic; Insect Bio-control Agents; Using Grasses in Revegetation; Organic Weed Management Learning Center for Commercial Market Gardens; and Crop Rotations for Weed Control.

Weed Symposium topics to be presented include: Applicator Safety; Current Status of Leaf Beetle Control of Salt Cedar in the 4 Corners, Colorado Las & Regulations, Effects of Certain Herbicides on Grasses Used in Revegetation; Principles of Weed Management, Current Russian Olive, Salt Cedar, and other Weed Management Initiatives as well as Vendor Presentations.

Registration fees paid on Feb. 17 (not postmarked) are $20 for both workshops. Registration fees paid after Feb. 17 will be $25. The cost of each program includes lunch and refreshments. Those who should attend include landowners, persons interested in sustainable weed control, market gardeners, oil and gas personnel, environmental consultants, weed spraying consultants and regulators with weed control responsibilities. Colorado and New Mexico Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credits Available.

The mission of Extension is to provide information and education, and encourage the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state, and national issues affecting individuals, youth, families, agriculture enterprises, and communities. For more information about this or other Extension programs in the San Juan Basin area contact Archuleta County Extension at 264-5931. You can download a copy of the brochure at

Beef symposium

The San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium has become a tradition in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico.

Educational programs are important to help us sustain the ranching way of life.

The 2010 Beef Cattle Symposium will primarily focus on disease, nutrition, and herd health. There will be something of interest in this area for everyone who is involved or planning to be involved in beef production.

This program will be held on Tuesday, March 2, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Topics to be presented include: Cowboy Marketing: Managing Price Risk; Beef Cattle Nutrition and Applied Reproduction; Herd Health Issues Effecting Cattle in New Mexico; Diseases Effecting Cattle in Colorado; Troublesome Toxic Plants in the Four Corners Area, Including Locoweed, Larkspur, etc.; and New Developments in Rangeland Grasses both Native and Introduced

Registration cost on or before Feb. 25 is $20; after this date the cost is $25. Lunch, refreshments and materials will be provided for all who register early. Thanks to our faithful sponsor, Basin Coop, Inc. in Durango for their help in making this program a success!.

To register, contact the CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County at 264-5931 or visit


Feb. 4 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

Feb. 5 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds Club.

Feb. 5 — 2 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.

Feb. 8 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Shooting Sports at Ski & Bow Rack.

Feb. 8 — 3:45 p.m., 4-H Clothing project.

Feb. 8 — 5:30 p.m., 4-H Cake Decorating — Parent meeting.

Feb. 9 — 6 p.m., Rocky Mountain Riders Club.

Feb. 10 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Sports fishing project.

Feb. 10 — 6:30 p.m., Pagosa Peaks Club.

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

Feb. 11 — 6:30 p.m., Farm Bureau meeting.

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