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Farmers Learn How to Handle Drought

farmers and droughtEAGLE POINT, Ore. — The severe drought continues to plague Southern Oregon and Northern California.   On Saturday,  local farmers had the opportunity to learn first-hand how to deal with the drought.

The Oregon State University extension office offered a one-day course.  This course was geared towards farmers and ranchers and taught water conservation techniques and drought mitigation strategies.

“Using mulches… using drip tape…or drip irrigation systems which use significantly less water… planting varieties and species that are more drought tolerant both foliage and vegetables,” said Maud Powell, Oregon State University Extension Agent.

Officials said soil fertility management is key when it comes to protecting your farm from a drought.  Roughly 25 people participated in the program.  Those people toured a small-scale vegetable farm and a livestock operation.