Association of Conservation Districts "The Promise of Agriculture" is Sept. 18 at Adams State

(09-11-2008)

Representatives from the five San Luis Valley Conservation Districts will address "The Promise of Agriculture," how the diversity of the SLV agricultural community has encouraged conservation and long-term sustainability. The event begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the ES Building room 103 located on the Adams State College campus. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Each of the five conservation district supervisors will be present including Danny Neufeld, Center; Nathan Coombs, Conejos; Harold Anderson, Costilla; Ben Rizzi, Mosca-Hooper; and Cory Off, Rio Grande. The supervisors will share information on their on-going special projects, which work with landowners, regardless of acreage, to improve resource quality.

Also included in the panel discussion will be Kevin Reeves, county executive director of the Farm Service Agency, who will address how landowners mitigate government support efforts to improve crop quality.

Previous to the panel discussion, Steve Vandiver, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, will speak on the valley's water in relationship to agriculture at 6:30 in the ES Building room 103.

The Fifth Annual Autumn@Adams theme, "Our Earth-Our Valley/Tierra Nuestra-Nuestro Valle" is dedicated to honoring and promoting the agricultural heritage of sustainable rural living in the San Luis Valley through inspiration and education.

Events continue through September 20. For a complete schedule of events, visit autumn.adams.edu or call 719-587-7827.

By Linda Relyea