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The Montana Conservationist

The Montana Conservationist

Welcome to the Veteran’s Day edition of The Montana Conservationist.

We’ll start with a great article by the Great Falls Tribune about an Air Force veteran who realized during his service that all he wanted was to return to his family’s Montana ranch—and the various programs that are helping other veterans transition to careers in agriculture.

After that, Clain Jones has information on cover crops in Montana; the Board of Revenue is making it easier to report and make livestock payments online; it’s time to break out your favorite lentil recipes, as the UN declares 2016 “Year of the Pulses”; and hang tight a little pat-ourselves-on-the-back moment when we review last week’s Soil Health Workshops (over 600 attendees!).

Finally, the ever-wise Jane Mangold discusses “The Enemy of the Enemy”, or, the parasitoids that attack the biocontrol agents that you’re hoping are attacking your (neighbor’s) knapweed.

Read all the way to the end for an opinion piece about how the agriculture community can change our message to better connect with consumers—the kind of advice we all need now and then.

It’s all in (you guessed it) this week’s edition of The Montana Conservationist.

Kate Arpin

Kate is the Communications and Technology Manager for Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.

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