Make a Plan for Drought in 2021

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – This year, farmers and ranchers around Colorado can call/text (970) 988-0043 or email droughtadvisors@colostate.edu  to be connected to resources and address the impacts of drought on their operation. With a second year of drought looming in 2021, Colorado agricultural producers face production and financial risks, as well as uncertainty.

In a new partnership among Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union,  Colorado Ag Water Alliance, CSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station, and Colorado Department of Agriculture, farmers and ranchers can access a new service called ‘drought advisors’ to create a drought contingency plan, and be connected with resources to increase drought resilience in the long and short term.

“While many experts and services already exist, the goal of this partnership is to reduce the burden for producers of sifting through legal, agronomic, hydrological and other types of expertise relevant to minimizing risk in drought,” says Retta Bruegger, one of the co-organizers. “For those worried about drought in 2021, we hope to streamline connections to topical experts who can be sounding boards for taking action this year and beyond.”


The partnership hopes to reduce the stress of responding to drought by thinking through contingencies in advance, and prompt producers to take action that reduces potential financial losses and ecological consequences.

Producers can get connected with a “drought advisor” by calling or texting (970) 988-0043 or emailing droughtadvisors@colostate.edu

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.