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2019 Upcoming Regional Programs

The Tri River Area belongs to Colorado State University’s Western Region of Extension.  As a region, we partner with many different Extension Agent’s and outside organizations to promote quality programming and educational opportunities.  Although the below Programs/Classes may not be directly facilitated by one of our area agents, we know that these programs can benefit our communities in tremendous ways!

Please feel free to contact the facilitators listed with each event to discuss registration and comments in regards to these exciting, upcoming events

Home Greenhouse Management Class with Dr. Steven Newman

August 24th from 9:30am-NOON in San Miguel County
Class Cost: $25.00

This class will be your chance to ask a greenhouse expert your questions. Dr. Steven Newman is the Greenhouse Crops Extension Specialist and Professor of Floriculture, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture with Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He will cover selecting a home greenhouse as well as retrofitting existing home greenhouses to troubleshoot climate and pest control. We will meet from 9:30am till Noon, location TBD.

For more info about classes and/or to sign up call 970-327-4393 or email  


Past Programs

Respirator Safety & Fit Test Training

Tuesday, April 2nd at CMU in Grand Junction, CO from 9am to 4pm

Individuals will learn about respirators, how to choose one, proper usage and maintenance to comply with OSHA respiratory standards. If anyone is using a pesticide that requires a respirator, they must have a Respirator Safety Program. This program will provide the information they need as well as train attendees on how to conduct a fit test properly.

Fit testing will follow the training. Fit testing may be limited and will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

Preregistration costs $50 and is limited to the first 30 registrants. If you are interested in being fit tested or have other questions about the training, please contact Thia Walker via email at



Plant Propagation: Seed Starting, Vegetative Starting, Seed Saving Class followed by a

Seed, Plant, Garden Recipe, and Garden Stuff Share

March 28 at the Placerville Schoolhouse from 9am till 2pm.

9am till Noon

Part 1: Plant Propagation (You will get a few of the plants we start in late May) $10 Cost, unless you are a current Master Gardener or Master Gardener Trainee.

12:30pm till 2pm

Part 2: Seed, Plant, Garden Recipes, and Garden Stuff Share

FREE to all

In the morning Plant Propagation we will have a short how-to class and then do some hands-on: planting some short-season tomato plants as well as some vegetative cuttings of house plants.

For the afternoon, Seed, Plant, Garden Recipe, and Garden Stuff Share

  • You don’t have to bring seeds to get seeds, but if you have seeds that you haven’t used or better yet, seeds you have collected from the wild or veggies that have gone to seed, bring them!!!!!
  • The Norwood Seed Library will help to ‘check out’ seeds. These seeds are free — All we ask is you bring back half the number of what you took (Up to 5 packets) at the end of the season.  We have stocked it with veggie varieties that have proven to do well locally.
  • If you have extra gardening tools, supplies, pots, books, etc. bring those to share. It will be up to the person who brought something whether they are willing to give or swap.
  • We all have favorite recipes for the veggies we grow. Bring those to share as well!



Apple Grafting and Pruning Class

Sunday, March 24th at The Livery in Norwood, CO from 9am-4pm

“There is a rich fruit growing history in this region.  Everyone involved with “The Apple Core Project” is excited about the possibilities for expanding heirloom grafting knowledge and fruit growing around Montrose!  The grafting class will take place at the Livery in Norwood in the morning from 9-12 a.m.  The pruning class will take place between 12:45 and 4 p.m. in local orchards in Norwood, Nucla and/or Redvale.  We will provide lunch for students who sign up for the entire day.  Students are welcome to bring their own scion cuttings from their favorite apple trees to graft; we will have plenty of scion to choose from as well.”


FREE! Financial Management Strategies Webinar

RESCHEDULED!!!! Tuesday, March 19th from 9am – 3:30pm, Online Webinar

Rescheduled due to Storm Outages across Colorado.

This FREE webinar will be delivered via the Zoom platform online. Join CSU Extension Specialists as they cover topics ranging from Risk Management to Record Keeping and Farm Software. More info in the flyer below.



2019 Colorado Land Link Forum

March 16th, Grand Junction, CO at the Grand Vista Hotel

The Land Link Forum connects aspiring farmers and ranchers with the tools and resources they need to access land and launch successful agricultural businesses. The forum convenes agricultural service provides, farmers and landowners to tackle creative solutions for land access and succession.

This year’s forum has three focus areas:

1.  Strengthen regional and statewide leadership and partnerships
2.  Build the capacity of the Land Link Program in the Northwest Region

3.  Connect farmers, ranchers and agricultural service providers with tools and resources to support a vibrant agricultural future.



FREE! 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Webinar

Tuesday, March 12th from 10am-3pm, Online Webinar

This FREE webinar will be delivered via the Zoom platform online. Join CSU Extension Specialists as they cover topics ranging from 2019 Market Ag Outlook, Breakeven Analysis, and Using Commodity Insurance as well as Futures and Options. More info in the flyer below.



Management to Improve Health and Productivity of your Herd

February 1st, in Loma, CO at the Loma Sales Barn, 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring Dr. Frank Garry, Extension Specialist and Veterinarian at Colorado State University
Join us for dinner and his presentation followed by an open Questions and Answer time.

Event is free and Dinner is provided with RSVP.


The Drought Resilient Ranch Workshop Series – Learn from this drought & prepare for the next!

Wednesdays ~ January 16th, 23rd, & 30th from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, Event Hall , 1001, Railroad Ave, Rifle, CO 81650

Join your neighbors & CSU Extension for this 3 class series. Hear from fellow ranchers on drought management, strategize on actions, and connect with resources to accomplish projects.

Dinner included with RSVP by Jan 11; travel reimbursement and free forage test available for those who attend all three sessions. Drop ins welcome, but can’t guarantee food.


Living With Drought

January 15th, in Loma, CO at the Loma Sales Barn, 5:30-7:30pm

Arizona rancher, Wink Crigler, shares lessons from a drier state. Learn about adapting to aridity, experience with wildfires, & working with agencies to accomplish goals and increase flexibility in your operation.


2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Forums ~ Canceled due to low preregistration

January 17th, at the Delta, CO Bill Heddles Recreation Center from 10am-3pm

$15 per person. Preregistration REQUIRED by January 11th

Financial Management Strategies Seminar ~ Canceled due to low preregistration

January 16th, in Grand Junction, CO at the Grand Vista Hotel, 9am-3:30pm

$25 per person. Preregistration REQUIRED by January 11th


2019 Basic Ag Marketing Lunch & Learn – Webinar Series

Tuesday’s in January, Noon-2pm

The Basic Ag Marketing Webinar is meant to be an introductory course covering the mechanics of cash, futures, and options markets. This webinar is designed to meet the needs of agriculture producers who are new to commodity marketing and are looking for techniques to improve the prices they receive for their crops and livestock.

The webinar format is interactive and will allow for live questions. Each webinar session will be recorded for re-view if you miss a session or for additional viewing to clarify concepts.

  • January 8th – Cash Markets, Basis
  • January 15th – Using the Futures Market to Manage Price Risk
  • January 22nd – Using the Options Market to Manage Price Risk
  • January 29th – Price Seasonality, Selecting a Broker, Pre & Post Harvest Market Planning

Preregistration is REQUIRED
DEADLINE Jan. 1st, 2019
Cost is $20 Individual
$50 Group Site
Space is limited to 100 individuals and 30 group sites
To register go to: