TMC November 9

Greetings TMC readers! This week we have some juicy cuts of natural resource news for you:

  • Governor Bullock has called a special session for next week to fix the state’s budget woes
  • A new study shows limited soil compaction after winter grazing, which is encouraging for crop farmers who have been thinking about integrating livestock
  • Montana and British Columbia have been working together to come with a solution to regulate selenium in the transnational Lake Koocanusa
  • In more Canadian news, a dandelion found growing in oilsands tailings could hold a secret weapon for helping cleanup the tailings. Want to know what it is? Here’s a clue: there’s a fungus among us.
  • As farmers across the nation switch from cereal mono-cropping to pea-wheat rotations, Agronomy Journal has an article about how environment can affect pea yield. (side note: is it just me, or does a cereal mono-croppist sound like a dangerous dude?)
  • Just in time for Veteran’s Day, the USDA has launched a website specifically targeted to veterans interested in agriculture, agribusiness, and rural America
  • We haven’t even stuffed the turkey yet, but I’m going to make like a department store and skip straight to Christmas. That’s because this week, the National Christmas Tree was harvested from the Yaak, and began it’s journey to the capitol, and I’m feeling (unreasonably??) proud of my adopted hometown
  • And for the first time, a mule deer in Montana has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

All of that, and the finer points. It’s in The Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-11-09