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Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

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Overview

Whether you have 5 acres or 100 acres, the goals you set and how you manage your land will determine if it will be beautiful, profitable, productive and purposeful.

The Tri River Area (TRA) Small Acreage Management Program provides educational programs for small acreage landowners and entry-level agriculturists in Delta, Mesa, Montrose and Ouray Counties. The workshops, conferences, webinars, field demonstrations, and our vast array of information can help you meet your objectives no matter what level of experience you have.

 

Contact Us:

 

F. Isaac Munoz, Small Acreage Management Agent
Email: F.Isaac.Munoz@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-249-3935

Publications

Hot Topics

For information about establishing and managing small acreage pastures, including proper seeding and planting tips, specifially for our area, please have a look at our recently recorded webinar found hereThis talk is about 30 minutes and gives some species specific recommendations on what kinds of grasses and legumes work best in this area and will also offer some basic tips on getting these plants seeded and established.

Raising crops, livestock, or even a simple vegetable garden requires you to know the most effective way to do at least some of the following:

  • Understanding your soils
  • Setting up and maintaining pastures
  • How to plant trees or crops
  • Mitigating noxious or obnoxious weeds
  • Irrigating
  • Rotating sheep, goats, cattle, or horses and managing grazing
  • Incorporating and working with water entitlements
  • Managing pests
  • When and the best way to harvest
  • Incorporating sustainable agricultural practices into your daily life
  • Going organic
  • Establishing a direct marketing plan
  • Creating a financial plan and saving money

 

Programs

Check out our 2017 Small Acreage programs:

Farm Food Forum January 2017Farm Food Forum 2017

Registration is now open to join the 5th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum! Register now to receive a $10 early bird discount! Don’t miss out on this chance to educate yourself on local agriculture topics and practices.
The Forum celebrates its 5th anniversary with nationally known speakers, such as Ray Archuleta, Greg Judy, and Andrew Smith of the Rodale Institute. Twenty-two workshops designed for advanced to beginning producers include sessions on maximizing vegetable production in saline soils, innovative livestock management, soil and livestock health, organic and hemp research, food safety, organic standards, water law, orchard management, marketing strategies, grants and more. Limited tours of South River Aquaponics are also on the agenda.

To register and see the line-up of workshops and speakers, click here.

Past 2016 Events:

  • Delta County Fairgrounds Pasture Management Self Guided Tour

Landowners are invited to the “Pasture Management Self-Guided Tour”, at the Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss, CO. The plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.

The demonstration plot offers a hands-on view of 17 species of irrigated grasses and another 17 species of dryland grasses suited for the local area climate and soils. These grasses can be used for agricultural and natural resource conservation purposes, such as: growing hay, grazing livestock, weed suppression, erosion control, and enhancement of wildlife habitat. The grasses are planted on furrows clearly labeled. A plot map is posted and handout materials describing characteristics of each of the grasses are also available in a handout box.

The project is a cooperative effort by CSU Tri-River Area Extension, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Delta County, Delta Conservation District, and the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.

For more information please contact project coordinators:
John Rizza – 243-5068 ext. 128 or john.rizza@colostate.edu
F. Isaac Muñoz – 249-3935 or f.isaac.munoz@colostate.edu
Doug Dean – 244- 1840 or doug.dean@mesacounty.us

Resources

USDA opportunities for small acreage food producers, click here

 

  • For the following large documents, please contact your local office as the files are too large for this site.
    • Intermountain Grass and Legume Forage Production Guide
    • Living in Western Colorado on a Few Acres
    • Colorado Forage Guide

To join our Small Acreage Management mailing list, email F.Isaac.Munoz@colostate.edu and include your Name, email address, mailing address and phone number.

Videos

Small Acreage Management

Weeds

Fire

Wildlife/ Forest Management

Drought

Water/Irrigation

Colorado Water Interview Series

Energy

Soil

Pasture Plot Demonstration

The demonstration plot offers a hands-on view of 17 species of irrigated grasses and another 17 species of dryland grasses suited for the local area climate and soils. These grasses can be used for agricultural and natural resource conservation purposes, such as: growing hay, grazing livestock, weed suppression, erosion control, and enhancement of wildlife habitat. The grasses are planted on furrows clearly labeled. A plot map is posted and handout materials describing characteristics of each of the grasses are also available in a handout box. The handout gives information on: Growth Habit, Season of Use, Salt Tolerance, Seedling Vigor, Longevity, Recovery Rate, Flood or Wetness Tolerance, Drought Tolerance, Yield Potential, Winter Hardiness, Years Covered and other remarks.

The project is a cooperative effort by CSU Tri-River Area Extension, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Delta County, Delta Conservation District, and the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.

Landowners are encouraged to visit the  “Pasture Management Self-Guided Tour”, at the Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss, CO. The plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.

Intro: Demonstration Plot Intro Page

For the Demo Plot Species List, please click here.

USDA Plant Guides:

Irrigated

Dryland