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MSU Extension offers wildfire and drought resources

August 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - With experts predicting Montana's wildfire season will extend through September and drought conditions in the state expanding, Montana State University Extension is continuing to offer webinar sessions and online resources to assist ranchers, businesses and families struggling with wildfire and drought.

The fifth session in the webinar series will begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m. James Robb, director and senior agricultural economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center, will provide insight into current market conditions for both cattle and feed. The presentation includes time for questions and answers.

The interactive webinars address topics relevant to those impacted by the current fire and drought environment. Archived sessions include: "Minimizing Potential Wildfire Damage," "Drought Management Strategies for Beef Cattle Producers," "Managing Stress during Natural Disasters," and "Variability in Stock Water Quality and Changes Due to Drought." These free sessions can be viewed via www.msuextension.org/wildfire at any time.

To participate in Thursday's live and interactive webinar, visit, http://www.msuextensionconnect.org/fire. Select "Enter as Guest," type your full name in the text box, then click "Enter Room."

The Montana State University Extension Fire and Drought Webinar sessions will be held each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 13. The remaining schedule is as follows:

Sept. 6 - "Rangeland Recovery," presented by Jeff Mosley, MSU Extension range specialist.

Sept. 13 - "Managing Weeds After Wildfire," presented by Jane Mangold, MSU extension rangeland weed specialist.

In addition, MSU Extension has been updating a list of online fire and drought resources, including guidelines for home evacuations, and cost-effective and immediate actions that can be taken to increase chances that a home will survive a wildfire, and tips for managing livestock in drought conditions. The resources are located online at www.msuextension/wildfire.

For more information about the MSU Extension Fire and Drought Webinar Series, contact Jodie DeLay at (406) 994-2502 or jdelay@montana.edu.