Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect

Chicken Therapy

Jul 27, 2017
Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS


Applying fertilizer to increase crop production is an approved practice in modern agricultural production.  However, a study, completed the University of Illinois in 2007, indicates that while crop yield are improved with the addition of nitrogen fertilizer, the down side is that soil organic matter is lost, rather enhanced by the fertilizer.  Revisiting this study ten years later is significant because of the renewed awareness that organic matter is important for giving soils the

Drought Contingency Plan Concerns

Jul 13, 2017

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

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

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.