Archive for April, 2013

News of the Day — 4/24/13

Have you ever wondered what a conservation district really is? What DOES a conservation district do, anyway? What good is a conservation district? Now you can easily find out by reading this article: Conservation Districts.

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News of the Day — 4/19/13

Here are some timely articles to help you properly prune those trees and shrubs that were damaged in the storm last week. Take a look: Pruning Shrubs and Pruning Shade Trees.

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News of the Day — 4/1/13


  • Soil Health Course (Free), March 28, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Emergency Medical Services Building, White River, SD.  Featured speakers: Soil Quality Specialist Jeff Hemenway, Huron and Soil Scientists Nathan Jones and Andy Oxford, both of Pierre. For details, contact Mellette Co. Conservation District at (605) 259-3252.
  • Rangeland Drought Management and Soil Health Workshop (Free) | March 28, 2013 at 1 p.m.  at the Municipal Bldg., Leola, SD.  Featured speakers: State Conservationist Jeff Zimprich, Rangeland Management Specialist Terry Heck and Conservation Agronomist Jason Miller Hosted by McPherson, Edmunds, Walworth, Campbell County NRCS and The Nature Conservancy. 
  • SWCS Northern Plains Regional Meeting, March 28, 2013 at Casper, WY at the Federal Building and also via VTC and ustreamtv.  Learn about cover crops mixes, the basics of soil health and how can you test your soil, what is soil biology, crop diversity and why it’s important to Soil Health, the big picture with soil health thru one of the best producer speakers in the country along with some demonstrations.  Can’t make it to Casper? If you have access to a computer and internet, you can watch via  The presentations will be archived on the SWCS Soil Health Workshops video page.  The NRCS Network VTC access call in number is 71851. 
  • April 2, 2013 Webinar: Integrating Livestock into a Cropping System for Sustainability and Soil Health 2 p.m. CDT with Jay Fuhrer, Bismarck, ND, on | Follow along the Small’s soil health road as the before and after of their recently installed cropping and grazing systems are illustrated. The Small’s started by addressing cropland, rangeland, and hayland resource concerns. Next, they supplied a bridge (cover crops, crop aftermath, etc.) that the livestock are using to connect all the land uses together. Additional topics will include the supporting conservation practices they installed, such as water developments, livestock pipelines, fences, and cover crop combinations. The webinar will conclude with the next steps the Small’s are considering to further strengthen the overall sustainability and soil health of the ranch, which will include wildlife and insects.
  • Hear Soil Health, Noxious Weeds and Ag Updates April 2, 2013 at the Info Show, 5:30 PM at the Ree Heights Auditorium, Ree Heights, SD | Contact: Hand & Hyde County Conservation Districts, NRCS and the County Weed Supervisors. For details, visit:

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