UW Extension offers self-paced drought planning course

Extension educator Ashley Garrelts visits with a producer last summer during the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center field day near Lingle..

Producers taking a free online rangeland drought planning course will exit with a drought plan tailored to their operations, and agency employees completing the course will be able to guide producers in creating a plan.

While the self-paced course is debuting during a wet period, it is never too early to plan for drought conditions, said Ashley Garrelts, University of Wyoming Extension educator who built the course.

The course is divided into six self-guided modules, including an introduction, soils, plants, livestock, management and economics.

“This course is designed to walk rangeland managers and livestock producers through how to plan for drought so that inevitably when it occurs they will be able to respond in a timely manner,” said Garrelts, based in Converse County and also serving Natrona and Niobrara counties.

To enroll, go to bit.ly/uwdroughtplanning. For more information, contact Garrelts at 307-358-2417 or at ashleyg@uwyo.edu.