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The Montana Conservationist January 24

Greetings, TMC readers! We’re hoping you haven’t fallen victim to the shutdown, or flu season. Either way, if you’re upright enough to read this, a little conservation news might be just the medicine you need for this exxxxtra special January. This week:

  • Our Soil Health workshops last week were attended by over 500 Montanans. Don’t let anyone tell you that Soil Health isn’t hip. We’ve got proof.
  • Want more proof of how on fleek Soil Health is? Check the new farm bill, which includes benefits for no-till practices, strip-tilling, cover crops, and carbon sequestration.
  • In Missoula, a cohort of organizations including the Missoula Conservation District is planning the removal of a series of crumbling dams on Rattlesnake Creek, with channel restoration and a green belt along the creek to follow.
  • The new farm bill also legalized hemp production, which is likely to be the next cool crop across the nation. Successful Farming has answers to all your questions about growing hemp. Meanwhile, Senator Tester is worried that the government shutdown could jeopardize the growing plans for Montana hemp farmers who rely on BoR water.
  • Did we mention that the government is shutdown? Maybe you hadn’t heard. Now that you’re out from under your rock, here’s something else it’s impacting: preparations for the coming wildfire season. Trainings are being cancelled, and the hiring process is being delayed for the nation’s firefighting corps.
  • Meanwhile, officials are hoping that a funding fix will keep the forest service from borrowing money from other projects to fight fires during extreme fire seasons. Pending the government being actually funded, of course.
  • Finally, USDA is getting in on some January seed catalog hype (it’s real, I’m a victim). They studied the best commercially available wildflower mixes for pollinators. You needed that.

All of that, plus did I hear two pages of Opportunities this week? Sure did. Read it now: TMC 2019-01-24

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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