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High Plains Ranch Practicum expands into Nebraska, Colorado

Grants totaling more than $671,000 will expand a Wyoming ranch management skills development program into Nebraska and Colorado.

Four ranch practicums will be offered per year: two in Wyoming, one in Nebraska and one in Colorado, said Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator based in Platte County and grant recipient.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum, already established in eastern Wyoming, is a hands-on program designed to build ranch management skills and tools.

Mount, who started the practicum with Aaron Berger of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, noted the schools are eight full days spread over several months.

The new schools will be offered beginning spring 2012.

“They will cover what we see as four focus areas for successful ranching: range and forage management, nutrition and reproduction, financial management, and family and employee working relationships,” said Mount.

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A beginning rancher supplemental program will be offered for beginning ranchers from any of the four ranch practicums.

UNL and Colorado State University are co-authors of the grant and are co-project directors. The $670,890 grant is through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program will also have $167,722 in cost-share funds.

Program partners are the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition.

The partner organizations will distribute scholarships to attend schools, train rancher mentors to work with targeted beginning ranchers and provide information/education to beginning ranchers at annual meetings and through quarterly publications.

“The High Plains Ranch Practicum school has been successful in training beginning and experienced ranchers since it began in 2005,” said Mount. “This grant program seemed to us to be an excellent fit with the ranch practicum, and the team that came together around this proposal was unique and greatly strengthened the proposal.”

Grants totaling more than $671,000 will expand a Wyoming ranch management skills development program into Nebraska and Colorado.

Four ranch practicums will be offered per year: two in Wyoming, one in Nebraska and one in Colorado, said Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator based in Platte County and grant recipient.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum, already established in eastern Wyoming, is a hands-on program designed to build ranch management skills and tools.

Mount, who started the practicum with Aaron Berger of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, noted the schools are eight full days spread over several months.

The new schools will be offered beginning spring 2012.

“They will cover what we see as four focus areas for successful ranching: range and forage management, nutrition and reproduction, financial management, and family and employee working relationships,” said Mount.

A beginning rancher supplemental program will be offered for beginning ranchers from any of the four ranch practicums.

UNL and Colorado State University are co-authors of the grant and are co-project directors. The $670,890 grant is through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program will also have $167,722 in cost-share funds.

Program partners are the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition.

The partner organizations will distribute scholarships to attend schools, train rancher mentors to work with targeted beginning ranchers and provide information/education to beginning ranchers at annual meetings and through quarterly publications.

“The High Plains Ranch Practicum school has been successful in training beginning and experienced ranchers since it began in 2005,” said Mount. “This grant program seemed to us to be an excellent fit with the ranch practicum, and the team that came together around this proposal was unique and greatly strengthened the proposal.”

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