Posted 3/13/18 (Tue)
This is the first of two parts.
By Sydney Glasoe Caraballo
Back to the future. This catchphrase kicked off a series of agriculture seminars hosted by Divide County Extension this week and last week. The first seminar featured speakers Keith Brown, a former extension agent, and Richard Roland, owner and founder of Legume Logic. Brown and Roland teamed up in the 1990s to form the county’s Ag Committee for Economic Development, following one of the toughest downturns ever in agriculture.
“The area had experienced several years of severe drought,” Brown recalls. “Between that and stagnant wheat prices, farmers were struggling to survive.”
This past year was reminiscent of those tough times, as local farmers again experienced severe drought paired with dismal crop prices. Brown and Roland – along with extension agent Brandon Biwer – have teamed up again to help farmers and ranchers weather this downturn and consider regenerative farming practices to improve long-term profitability and durability.
“Change doesn’t happen when things are good,” says Roland to the room full of farmers and ranchers. “We all want a better life for our families and the community. We need to enhance the agro-ecosystem.”