Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County, October 19, 2011

What do we grow in Siskiyou County? How do irrigation systems work in our agricultural valleys? Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County will be held Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Activities Room at the Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“You see a lot less young people going into agriculture and the number of small family farms is going down substantially. It is a lot of work. It is a full time job that never ends,” said Mario Burch of 5M Ranch and 2nd Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau who will present on October 19th.

Burch will be joined by Jim Morris, who raises hay on Bryan-Morris Ranch and is a director of the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, Steve Orloff, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor for UC Extension and Jeff Fowle, 1st Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau and rancher who raises beef and hay on KK Bar Ranch.

“Reducing agricultural water use is not as simple as just switching to a less water-intensive crop or to drip irrigation. Growers have compelling reasons why they do what they do,” said Siskiyou County Farm Advisor Steve Orloff.
Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of agriculture in Siskiyou County and how it relates to water.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator, at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.