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Conservation Districts Are Here To Help


There have been plenty of times in my life when I’ve thought “Boy, I wish I had someone to ask about this problem….” We’ve probably all been there, wondering where to find someone with some answers, or resources that could make our work a little easier, or help us be more successful. So here’s some good news for farmers and ranchers – help is as close as your local Conservation District. To get an idea of what they can do for you, check out this two and a half minute video.

Almost every county or parish in the United States has a Conservation District – with over 3,000 nation-wide. They’re generally funded by state and local governments and they can provide assistance with grazing planning, fencing, and other issues graziers come across. (I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve called Troy Bishopp, and he was out at some farmer’s place helping them building fence as part of his job with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District!)

Two heads are better than one, so if you need another head (figuratively) reach out to your local Conservation District. Use this link to the Conservation District directory to find yours.

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Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


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