Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect

Drought Contingency Plan Concerns

Jul 13, 2017
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In southwest Colorado, we are always on the verge of a drought.  To help mitigate the effects of dry periods in the future, the the Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan has been developed, and will be discussed at a public meeting on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Dolores Water Conservancy District offices, in Cortez. 

Organization Offers Soil Health Resources

Jun 29, 2017
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The soil health is one of the most important issues that farmers and ranchers face today as they are called upon to feed a growing population in the world.  Although the editorial content of mainstream agricultural publications are paying more attention to this topic, and the National Conservation Research Service continues to offer information about soil conservation, understanding how to apply conservation practices is often difficult to comprehend.  To help people understand this topic better, the Organic Farming Research Foundation is offering a number of

Holy Cow

Jun 28, 2017
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According to the U.S.D.A., India became the top exporter of beef in the world in 2014.  However, Hinduism holds the cow as a revered creature.  The catch has been that the water buffalo, a close relative of beef cattle, have not been part of a ban on the slaughter and export of beef in India until recently.  Prime Minister Narenda Modi's government recently banned the export of meat from water buffalo as well as enforcing laws concerning slaughter of beef cattle.

Allocating Dolores River Flows

Jun 22, 2017
Bob Bragg

Balancing the water supply provided by the Dolores River is no easy task for the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Recreational boaters want robust flows down stream of McPhee Reservoir, and farmers who depend on irrigation water want a full reservoir to start the growing season. However, this year, the River has delivered both, with over 40 days of boat-able flows as well as the Reservoir being full on June 22nd , an event that hasn’t happened very often since the Reservoir filled in 1987.

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Small-scale livestock production is a good fit for many farms in the Four Corners Region, because small farms often have land that is best suited for grazing, rather than raising high value crops.  When the demand for meat from  heritage breed animals is added to the equation, it makes sense for small farmers to add livestock to their operations.  However, in order to benefit from higher prices that direct sales of meat to consumers and restaurants brings, producers must have their animals slaughtered at facilities that provide state or federal inspection. 

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