Yuma County Ag Appreciation Week coming up

Yuma County is a major player in the agricultural industry, which is one of the biggest industries in Colorado.
Recognizing that fact, Yuma County Ag Week is March 20-24. Yuma County and several businesses and organizations have teamed up to have a variety of events, recognizing the country’s contribution to agriculture.

It is not all sunshine and unicorns, however, as mental and emotional well being can be a constant challenge.
To that end, High Plains Research Network has created the Changing Our Mental & Emotional Trajector (COMET) program. (Read more about COMET elsewhere in this edition.) HPRN, Centennial Mental Health, CSU Extension, Yuma County Commissioners and the WRAC, are presenting a COMET community training Monday, March 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the WRAC, 700 Main St. in Wray.
The training will include learning a natural way to talk with a friend, neighbor or an acquaintance about difficult topics, learn a conversational guide and the importance of being “the other person,” and practice the COMET intervening questions and how you will use COMET to have in conversations about another’s well-being.
Light refreshments will be served during the event.
Water obviously is a huge factor in Yuma County agriculture.
The Republican River Water Conservation District will host three presentations next week, providing an informational update and interactive conversation. Hear about current efforts, future plans, and the status of work toward the first of two goals for managing stream flow and conservation efforts in the Republican River Basin.
The presentations will be held Tuesday, March 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the City of Wray Roundhouse, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma. A third presentation will be Wednesday, March 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Grassroots Community Center in Joes.
Agriculture and its related businesses are a major employer in Yuma County. A “Discover Your Future” event will be held at the Wray Schools on Wednesday, March 22, from 8 to 11 a.m.. It will bring employers in the agricultural industry together with Yuma County’s youth to discover career opportunities.

Finally, there will be a fun Ag Supporter BBQ on Friday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma. It is for anyone involved in or supportive of the Yuma County ag industry, which would be just about anyone, right? If you have questions about the BBQ, contact Shelby Clark at (970) 630-4531.