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The Montana Conservationist July 11

Greetings readers! It is July 11, and instead of free slurpees we’re serving up another edition of The Montana Conservationist full of great conservation news. (A slurpee sounds darn good though). This week:

  • Did you miss the Riparian Grazing Workshops last month? Don’t fret! We’ve got a run down of three great days of learning, plus links to resources.
  • The Prairie Populist recently highlighted the Ag Research Center, an important service for Montana
  • The Water Policy Interim Committee will be reviewing seven draft bills at their meeting this month. Procedures, deadlines, stream gauges, and distribution lists are on the docket.
  • A recent tour in Winnett highlighted the work to protect sage grouse in Montana; the Billings Gazette covered the tour and the work
  • The new pulse crop processing facility in Cut Bank has broken ground, and will be a huge boon for pulse growers in north central Montana.
  • It’s time for conferences to begin work reconciling the House & Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. We’re keeping a close eye on the proceedings, as the CSP and EQIP programs are hanging in the balance.
  • No-till farming can help save water say proponents in a recent article by Capital Press. Just one more reason to make the switch!
  • And finally, MSU Extension’s Monthly Weed Post took a look at the effectiveness of control methods for Canada Thistle across 45 different studies. They found that mowing is equally as effective as herbicide, but that the two combined are even better! Which makes sense.

All of that, and more, in this week’s edition of The Montana Conservationist. So sit down with a cool beverage and read on: TMC 2018-07-11

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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