Archive for November, 2017

News of the Day — 11/27/17

Soil Health Annual Meeting

January 17, 2018
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Lake Area Technical Institute, 1201 Arrow Ave NE, Watertown, SD
RSVP to Cindy Zenk, Coordinator

Click on the picture below to download and print the flyer

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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News of the Day — 11/27/17

On Sunday evening we lost a part of our SD Soil Health Coalition family — Al Miron, a friend and one of our founding directors.

Al generously gave his time and talents to assist others in every aspect of his life, including sharing his love of improving the health of the soil, the substance for all living things.

He was the true meaning of a gentleman and a scholar. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

SD Soil Health Coalition will be honoring Al’s mission of improving soil health by providing the opportunity to contribute to the Al and Joan Miron Scholarship fund at SDSU. Al had arranged this scholarship years ago. Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund on behalf of Al’s soil health efforts can join us.  Contributions can be made payable to SDSU Foundation for Al and Joan Miron Scholarship.

Joan will be provided a list of contributors names.

You can send your contribution directly to SDSU or to SD Soil Health Coalition at the addresses below:

Mike Barber
Development Director — College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
South Dakota State University Foundation
Lohr Building
815 Medary Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006

Cherish your family and friends!

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News of the Day — 11/13/17

2017 End User Seminars

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch is provided


Please join us for a day of learning, compliments of Van Diest Supply Company. We’ll be discussing new and improved formulations, plus the latest in application sites and techniques for your turf, ornamental golf course, right of way, and vegetation management sites. Everything is free, including lunch!


This event will be held at the Ramkota Best Western Plus Convention Center, 3200 West Maple, Sioux Falls, SD / I-29 Exit 81. RSVP is requested. Call Van Diest Supply Company at 1-800-652-9306 to let them know how many will be attending.



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News of the Day — 11/9/17


DECEMBER 1, 2017


NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D. November 7, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials announce December 1, 2017 as the deadline for applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

South Dakota landowners interested in enhancing their property through a Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) have several options to consider, one of those being the component of Reserved Grazing Rights. Through WRE Reserved Grazing Rights, NRCS partners with landowners to protect, restore and enhance enrolled lands, while retaining the rights to graze the offered area following a NRCS approved grazing plan.

Brandon Kottke, NRCS Easement Program Manager says, “There are two easement options available with Reserved Grazing Rights, a 30-year easement and a permanent easement. With the 30-year option, NRCS will pay 75 percent of the restoration cost. With the permanent easement, NRCS will pay 100 percent of the restoration.” Kottke said, “Through both options landowners retain the rights to graze; however, they must follow an NRCS approved grazing plan.”

Restoration plans work to restore the enrolled wetland and upland areas to the native vegetation community. Landowners interested in exploring USDA NRCS easement options are encouraged to apply early. Kottke said December 1, 2017 is the deadline for applications for Fiscal Year 2018 funding consideration. Applications are available online or at any USDA Service Center.

For information about technical assistance and conservation programs, visit For more information about the ACEP or to apply, please contact your local NRCS office or visit


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News of the Day — 11/3/17



Pre-registration is ending next week for the Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, being held December 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, November 7th


After November 7th, the conference registration price goes from $150 to $200 for ag professionals (including university, agency, NGO and agribusiness staff). The farmer pre-registration fee is $90 and student fee is $50. Each of those will increase by $25 after November 7th.


Information about the conference, which is being organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society, is at:


This conference is only being held every three to four years, so now is your chance to hear the latest and greatest on cover crops and soil health!


Special topics being addressed at the conference this year are:

  • Planting green – strategy of planting commodity crops into living green cover crops before termination of the cover
  • Adjusting nutrient management when using covers
  • Best strategies and timing for terminating cover crops
  • Grazing approaches for cover crops
  • Using cover crops as part of a strategy for controlling herbicide-resistant weeds
  • Environmental impacts of cover crops
  • Latest insights on soil health testing and soil biology
  • And much more on soil management, policy, and economics!


This 1.5 day conference has many of the leading farmers and cover crop researchers speaking, along with a number of soil health experts. Several SARE grantees are speaking, including keynote speaker Keith Berns, a Nebraska farmer who started a cover crop seed business with his brother after researching cover crops through a SARE grant. There will also be exhibitors on cover crops and soil health and optional farm bus tours right after the conference in the Indianapolis area.


Hope you can attend!


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