Scholarship application dates near for KGLC Range schools

7/5/2013

Deadline to apply for scholarships for the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition is coming up.

Deadline to apply for scholarships for the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition is coming up.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 23 for the Mid-/Shortgrass School and Aug. 6 for the Tallgrass School.

The Mid-/Shortgrass Range School runs from Aug. 6 to 8 at Camp Lakeside, Lake Scott, and the Tallgrass Range School is set for Aug. 20 to 22 at Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Tim Christian, Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition state coordinator, said. Cost is $300 per person which covers materials, on-site lodging, meals, and other related costs.

Scholarships are available to eligible participants including ranchers, students, and agency staffs. Ranchers, landowners, and students may qualify for a $150 scholarship if they meet eligibility and request one using KGLC's scholarship form. Agency staffs may qualify for $100 in scholarships. The form and more information on the schools is available at www.kglc.org under 2013 Range Schools found in the navigation bar.

The agenda will cover a variety of rangeland ecology and management topics focusing on the theme "Creating Range Wealth Through Soil Health." Instructors will incorporate soil health — increased water intake, improved organic matter, increased soil biota, and the like — into the three-day course. A featured speaker at the Mid-/Shortgrass School is Ray Archuleta, a national conservation agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service who specializes in soil biology/ecology and diverse approaches for agro-ecosystem sustainability. Each school features a day on a neighboring ranch along with rancher presenters.

Christian said KGLC relies on its partners to help plan and present at the schools, as well as a number who help underwrite the costs. Currently, the partners include the NRCS; Fort Hays State University; Kansas State University; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Kansas Farm Bureau; The Nature Conservancy; Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program, Feed-Lot Magazine, Graze the Prairie and First National Bank, Scott City.

For more information on the 2013 KGLC Range Schools, contact Christian, at (620) 241-3636, (620) 242-6440, email to tdchristian@cox.net, or Ken Sherraden, assistant coordinator, (785) 922-7061, email to kennethsherraden@sbcglobal.net, or visit www.kglc.org.

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