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News of the Day — 3/10/2020

OUR AMAZING SOILS

Storing carbon and increasing the organic matter in our soils is an extremely important part of ensuring its health and productivity long term. Watch as Dennis Hoyle of Roscoe, explains how he is working to do just that in our latest “Our Amazing South Dakota Resources” commercial. Catch it on a variety of stations across the state!

The “Our Amazing South Dakota Resources” campaign was created in 2018 with the goal of better communicating the importance and value of grasslands and soil resources throughout the state. This campaign strives to better show what South Dakota farmers and ranchers are doing to protect and enhance these resources. Each thirty second video was created utilizing footage from interviews with South Dakota farmers and ranchers and showcases footage of their farming and ranching operations.

SOURCE: USDA NRCS South Dakota

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.

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News of the Day — 3/6/2020

WHAT’S GOING ON
IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY
?

Here’s the latest edition of “Conservation Clips“.


Conservation Clips is a weekly collection of articles distributed by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) that provides our members and partners with the latest news in what’s driving conservation. These articles are not indicative of NACD policy and are the opinions of their authors, unless otherwise noted. If you have a relevant submission or need assistance with accessing articles, please contact the NACD Communications Team.

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News of the Day — 3/3/2020

2020 SOIL HEALTH CONFERENCE SESSION VIDEOS

If you missed this year’s event, take some time to watch the keynote speaker videos listed below. Also, visit the SD Soil Health Coalition website to view breakout sessions and an additional speaker panel.




These sessions were videotaped at the SD Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) 2020 Soil Health Conference & Annual Meeting in Watertown, South Dakota. The conference was sponsored by many exhibitors and sponsors. This video recording was made possible through an agreement between the SDSHC and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, under agreement 68-6740-17-010. Through this agreement the SDSHC and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service are delivering the latest soil health and productivity technology to South Dakota farmers and ranchers, through these local events held across the state.

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News of the Day — 2/28/2020

SDACDE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees started a Memorial Scholarship fund in 1995 to honor the memory of past employees and their passion, dedication and commitment to the conservation movement.

The SDACDE is offering three (3) – $500 scholarships.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage those students concerned with conserving their natural resources by furthering their education in an agricultural/conservation related field.  The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a 4-year college or a vocational school.

 

SDACDE Memorial Scholarship Criteria

SPONSOR: South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees (SDACDE)

QUALIFICATIONS: The recipient will be a current year graduate of a South Dakota High School. The recipient shall have graduated in the upper 50% of the class. Students must be going into an Agricultural/Conservation related field and attending a South Dakota College or Vocational School.

PAYMENT: Three (3) $500 Scholarships Offered. Payment will be rendered to the recipient.  The amount of the scholarship is $500 to be paid upon completion of 2nd semester registration. The scholarship money will be used for buying books or any other college use.

PRESENTATION: The award will be presented at the recipient’s annual school awards program.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

1. Personal (employment, extra-curricular, honors, community service)  –  40%
2. Brief description of education and career goals  –  30%
3. Academic (grades)  –  10%
4. Letters of recommendation (2)  –  10%
5. Financial Need  –  10%

Information and a copy of the application form can be obtained below.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POST-MARKED ON OR BEFORE MARCH 31.

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News of the Day — 2/21/2020

TIME TO GET OUTSIDE!

With the warmer weather this weekend (YAY!!!!) we want to encourage you to get outside and visit our Dewey C Gevik Outdoor Learning Area! There is a ton out there to see, like wildlife and walking trails and signs that explain everything you’re looking at. We wanted to share this photo with you, courtesy of Mick Zerr. What an awesome way to show some of what the Gevik site has to offer! Thanks, Mick!

PS — while your furry kids are welcome to walk with you at the Gevik site, remember that they have to be leashed at all times. The critters who live there will be grateful! Thanks for your understanding and compliance!

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News of the Day — 2/18/2020

A FORWARD THINKING APPROACH TO GRAZING
LITTLE (1/6)

‘We really wanted to get cattle integrated into our cropland and put more into the soil [so that it] will give back to us.’ See how these forward-thinking, South Dakota farmers started experiencing the benefits of soil health through a change in their approach to grazing.

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News of the Day — 2/15/2020

SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR KRISTI NOEM
HAS PROCLAIMED FEBRUARY 21st, 2020
TO BE SOIL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY

Join us and our partners in raising awareness about this extremely important resource.
  • Agriculture is the economic driver of South Dakota, contributing 132,105 jobs, 11.2 billion dollars in total value added, and 32.5 billion dollars in total output.
  • Farmers and ranchers have seen a need to increase awareness of the importance of our soils as a state resource, promoting management practices that increase its health and productivity.
  • Healthy soil can create many advantages including improving water infiltration and retention to better manage the effects of flood or drought, filtering and cleaning water that moves through it, decreasing soil loss due to erosion by wind or water.
Interested in materials to promote the day? Access a Media Kit here, contact us, or visit the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition website at  www.sdsoilhealthcoalition.org

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