Delta County Economic Development will hand off its administration of the soil health program to two local conservation districts next year, the Orchard City trustees were told on Oct. 9.
Delta Conservation District and Shavano Conservation District will assume joint administration after DCED's three-year term at the program's helm, explained DCED vice president Tom Huerkamp at the Orchard City Town Board regular meeting.
Huerkamp's remarks came as he made a presentation to town trustees asking for continued support for DCED in the town budget. The town gives $1,000 to the organization each year.
Huerkamp said DCED will stage its third annual soil health conference in January featuring numerous hands-on demonstrations and equipment displays. There were two previous soil health conferences prior to DCED assuming administration of the program.
DCED had to contribute $30,000 cash to administer the soil health grant program which offers to pay ag producers for implementing soil health programs in their operations. Significant funding for that expense came directly from DCED members Foster Farms and DMEA, Huerkamp reported.
A second DCED initiative, called the RuralTrac program, is also under way. The organization has been working for three years with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Huerkamp said the goal is to develop a program that would bring third-year medical students and other health care-sector students to Delta County for one-month preceptorships (a type of on-the-job training or internship). Some students have already been in the area on the program.
A second health care improvement program DCED is backing would identify local students with aptitude and desire for careers in the medical field. Locally funded scholarships would pay their post-graduate studies in return for a commitment to practice here for five years.
Huerkamp also made a presentation and request for funding at the Cedaredge Town Board meeting on Oct. 17.blog comments powered by Disqus