The Montana Conservationist January 4

This week in The Montana Conservationist:

  • Lewis & Clark CD and Upper Musselshell CD team up to remove a damaged diversion dam on the Musselshell
  • USDA is making it easier to take land out of CRP, if that land is being sold or transferred to a beginning farmer
  • Related, Montana’s enrollment in the CRP program continues to drop, although South Dakota and Idaho have increased acreage
  • Laura Lundquist of Montana On the Ground dives into the proposed alternatives to BLM’s ban on mining in sage grouse habitat
  • The EPA now says that hydraulic fracturing can impact drinking water, contrary to what it now calls a “misread” of a 2015 draft report
  • NRCS is using the RCPP program to invest $1.2m in a sustainable agriculture project in the Yellowstone area
  • Iowa State University says wind turbines may help nearby crops (apparently the plants like the breeze)
  • And a preview of the agriculture issues Montana’s days-old 65th legislature will face

All of that, plus the actual facts, in this week’s edition of The Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-01-04