by Carol Dunn
HUERFANO- Twenty-five people met May 1 to discuss the future of the Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers Association. According to Larry Mapes, twenty years ago the family-oriented organization was active, with about 75 members. The membership has steadily declined since then. Larry Fuller summed up the basic reason for the organization’s decline when he said, “There are fewer and fewer people in ag. We need to keep a tradition alive – develop a respect for that tradition.” By a show of hands, those present at the meeting expressed their desire to help grow the organization and revitalize it, and they put their money in to prove it. Membership was increased by twenty-four at the close of the meeting.
“Huerfano County has had a long and colorful history and played an important part in agriculture,” said Max Vezzani. As a rejoinder, Dr. Charles Rowland encouraged the group to develop goals for HBSA and a list of programs that can be sponsored in order to increase participation. Some of those ideas included: marketing strategies; personal property rights; branding; rangeland management; herd health; and pest control. There is also interest in sponsoring school tours to educate youth about ranching.
The next meeting will be held June 5 at 7 pm at the Walsenburg Community Center. Officers will be elected and goals and programs will be chosen. Members of the nominating committee are: Larry Mapes, Larry Fuller, Beaver Edmundson and Dave Stroh.