Mark Green, NRCS specialist from Missouri will return to Kansas to offer his very popular workshop on electric fencing and livestock watering options September 9, 2014 in Topeka, KS. The workshop will be held at the Topeka Ramada, 420 SE 6th Avenue with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The program lasts until 4:00 PM.

Water availability is the number one limiting factor for grazing possibilities. The addition of electric fencing will increase grazing options that can in-turn benefit range health, the soil, as well as improve production and profitability.

Green will explain electric fence products, the pros and cons of various materials used in electric fence construction, and installation techniques. He will also cover livestock watering topics, water distribution for improved grazing distribution, permanent and portable tanks, above and below ground pipeline, and water sources—wells, streams, springs, and ponds. Fencing and watering needs for sheep and goats will also be included in the workshop.

Producers always enjoy Green’s cowboy humor and expertise from years of experience. He states, “I believe that folks in my line of work should gather information that works and pass it on to the ranchers I work with. What makes me different is that I am not selling anything; I am sharing the ideas I have seen visiting many ranches. Even little things can make a big difference. I will relay what works; as well as things to avoid in water and fencing.”

Cost for the workshop is $30.00, which includes lunch and publications on electric fencing and water development. Please register online at by September 5 or contact Mary Howell by email at or call 785-562-8726.