Grass Tour 2022 Registration

We are very excited about our Grass Tour this year! Please fill out the information and select your option below. Thank you for joining us for a great educational tour, we can’t wait to see you there! If you have any questions, please email or call 970-356-7002

Refund Policy: Refunds will be given for cancellations on or before August 10, 2022. $5.00 will be retained for office expenses.

About the 2022 Grass Tour

We are very excited to be working with the Colorado Section- Society for Range Management, City of Thorton, Colorado Open Lands, and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, CSU Extension Office, Colorado Watershed Assembly, and the West Greeley Conservation District this year! Together we have a great tour planned for you.

Day 1 – August 18

Toedtli Ranch is a grazing focused cow/calf and yearling operation at scale. Doug, Joe and Katey Hatch are involved with management Consultant’s Ranching for Profit’s Executive Link program and working to create an ecologically sustainable business. This is a special opportunity to see one of northeast Colorado’s most interesting ranch operations.

Day 2 –  August 19

The City of Thornton Agricultural Stewardship Office is charged with the responsible planning and management associated with the city’s ownership of 18,751 acres of agricultural property in Larimer and Weld Counties. Approximately two-thirds of the land owned by Thornton remains in agricultural production and is leased to local farmers. These farms will stay in irrigated agriculture until the water is needed for municipal use in Thornton. The other one-third of Thornton owned land was converted to dryland grasses under the Thornton Revegetation Program. Thornton coordinates with the NRCS to have the grass-stand assessed and once it meets standards it is certified as established self-sustaining dryland pasture.

Schedule of Events

Day 1 – August 18

69644 W CR 120
Stoneham, CO 80754
Directions: (From Greeley)
Take HWY 85 North towards Ault
Take HWY 14 East towards Stoneham
Turn Left onto HWY 71
Turn left onto CR 120
First Building on Left

8am-9am: Registration w/coffee and donuts

9am-12pm: Morning session
· Introduction to the Toedtli Ranch
· Learn how management-intensive grazing of
former hay meadows has increased biodiversity
and improved ecosystem function.
· Sub-irrigated soil pit presentation/discussion with
Andy Steinert.
· Breakout sessions for plant identification and
range management discussion

12pm-1pm: BBQ LUNCH

1pm-3:30: Afternoon session
· Upland Soil pit presentation/discussion with Andy
· Breakout sessions for plant identification and
range management discussion
· Gain an understanding of how managed grazing
has improved rangeland and soil health on upland
ecological sites.

3:30pm-end of day: Campfire social hosted by
CO-SRM w/snacks and drinks provided.
· Western musician Dennis Anderson will entertain
along with Colorado cowboy poet Bill Brewster. Bring
your instrument and jump in!
· Come ready to sing and have a great time!

Day 2 – August 19

​​Thornton Agricultural Stewardship Office
16754 CR 84
Ault CO, 80610
Directions: (From Greeley)
Take HWY 85 North towards Ault
Turn Left onto CR 84
First Building on left

8am-9am: Meet at office for registration w/coffee and donuts

9am-12pm: Morning session
· Opening and information on the tour and locations
· Grazing program discussion and pasture tour
· Looking at how grazing can be utilized in revegetation projects and the benefits of grazing

12pm-1pm: LUNCH

1pm-4:30pm: Afternoon session
· Discussion about Thornton Agricultural Stewardship, municipal water uses and revegetation.
· Revegetation farms discussion and tour
· The planning and management of these projects, the successes and challenges of these projects and the various disturbances that have occurred.

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