Chadron State College will be the host site for the 2017 Nebraska section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) annual meeting starting Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Dr. Anthony Perlinski, assistant professor of agriculture and rangeland management at CSC, serves as the president elect for the Nebraska section of SRM and has worked with 20 students from the CSC Ag Club to prepare for the meeting.

According to its website, the SRM is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. The website also states the SRM was established in 1948 and has more than 4,000 members in 48 countries. Nebraska’s section of SRM was founded in 1952.

The event will bring members from around the state to Chadron, including student Ag Club divisions from both CSC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Graduate students from UNL will both attend and present, according to Perlinski.

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CSC previously hosted the meeting in 1976 and 2000.

The event begins with an evening advisory council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17. The section meeting will be followed by a high school youth forum presentation, demonstrations in the Coffee Agriculture Pavilion including the application of unmanned aerial vehicles to rangeland management by Jason Rust of Mid-West Vegetation Management and low stress animal handling basics by Ryan Sexton.

The agenda also includes a social, auction, banquet and awards presentation. The final day includes a field tour led by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service focusing on the challenges of public land management.

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