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The Golden Plains Area Extension Program is a joint effort of the counties in Colorado's Northeastern Plains.

The Golden Plains Area Extension Program is a joint effort of the counties in Colorado's Northeastern Plains to provide citizens with valued Extension resources.

Colorado State University Extension Golden Plains Area Launches Community Needs Assessment Survey

Colorado State University Golden Plains Area Extension is conducting a community needs assessment to better understand the pressing issues facing Colorado today. The short 10-minute survey is designed to gather information to help CSU Extension tailor programs and services to serve the unique needs of each community. CSU Extension Golden Plains Area wants to hear from every corner of the five-county area. A variety of responses will best inform Extension’s programs and services moving forward. Please feel free to share the survey to extend the reach. Residents of Golden Plains Area are encouraged to complete the survey online. Click the button below and then choose your county. The survey is available in Spanish. The survey closes on April 16, 2021. Contact your local Golden Plains Area Extension in your county if you have questions. With offices in 63 Colorado counties, CSU Extension is local wherever you are.

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Drought 2021 Virtual Education Video Series

It is no secret that 2020 was dry, and 2021 isn’t starting off well. It is past time to be thinking about drought and its effects on Eastern Colorado. Colorado State University Golden Plains Area Extension, with support of the Yuma and Yuma County Conservation Districts is presenting a virtual education informational video opportunity for producers. Drought 2021, “Ideas around the Table” discusses important topics related to drought. It includes a long range weather outlook, grassland management information, alternative forages for grazing options, and information on tools and decision aids for finalizing drought plans. Registered individuals will receive links to pre-recorded presentations to view at their leisure starting February 18th and can then tune into a “Zoom” virtual round table meeting with the presenters to ask questions on February 25th at 5 p.m. MST. Your FREE REGISTRATION can be accomplished by emailing “Drought 2021 Round Table” to and include any accommodations you may need in the email.

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Launch of the Holyoke Special Needs Gardens

Funding for a special needs fruit and vegetable garden has been approved at Holyoke High school. This garden will provide an afterschool activity for students enrolled in exceptional student education (ESE) programs. The program will promote food security within the community as well. General education students are invited to help the ESE students to earn volunteer hours as well. The gardening program will launch with a distribution of starter plants to be grown independently over the summer. These plants will be germinated in the high school’s greenhouse this spring. ESE teacher Nancy Miles, FFA sponsor Shauna Strecker, and Principal Angela Powell will be the key personnel from HHS. Area Horticulture Agent Linda Langelo, Area Agronomy Agent Todd Ballard, and Logan county director Brian Kailey will be the active participants from CSU. Special thanks to the sponsors who allowed for the launch of this garden. The Heginbotham Trust has provided financial support and Bomgaars Supply has provided seed.

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