Despite spurts of localized rain, an historic drought continues to plague much of the Southern Great Plains with Texas and Oklahoma receiving the worst of the heat and lack of precipitation.

The Noble Foundation and both the Cooke and Denton counties Texas AgriLife Extension have collaborated on a special drought meeting to assist agricultural producers in north Texas and southern Oklahoma on successfully navigating the many obstacles facing farmers and ranchers during this challenging time.

The drought meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Sanger High School, located at 100 Indian Lane in Sanger, Texas.

“Farmers and ranchers, who are enduring the lasting impact of drought, will be able to immediately implement some of the practices and information they learn during this meeting,” said Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager for the Noble Foundation. “Each of the topics we cover is vital to handling the current drought and preparing for its aftermath.”

Cooke County AgriLife Extension Educator Wayne Becker will moderate the event as experts from the Noble Foundation and Texas A&M AgriLife discuss the following topics:

  • Eddie Baggs, Denton County AgriLife extension educator, will help producers navigate the process of purchasing hay and verifying its quality.
  • Aljoe will offer guidelines for pasture management techniques.
  • Deke Alkire, livestock consultant with the Noble Foundation, will provide overall drought management tips for cattle.
  • Dan Childs, agricultural economist with the Noble Foundation, will review the current feed crisis and look at potential future market trends.

There will also be a question-and-answer session where attendees can directly interact with the Noble Foundation and Texas A&M AgriLife experts.

To RSVP, please contact AgriLife Extension at the Cooke County office, 940.668.5412, the Denton County office, 940.349.2880, or the Noble Foundation at 580.224.6441