2018 FARM BILL 

Are you interested in what the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) thinks of the 2018 Farm Bill? How are NACD’s priorities doing so far? What might this mean for you and your business? YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.

SENATE PASSES 2018 FARM BILL

The Senate voted 87-13 today to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. A House vote is expected yet this week.

In addition to maintaining funding for the Conservation Title, this farm bill keeps the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) functioning as separate programs; allows more grazing opportunities and acreage to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP); makes reasonable reforms to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) without converting the program away from its intended function; and supports forestry management by promoting reductions of hazardous fuel loads to prevent wildfires.

“The best parts of both bills are reflected in this final product—including the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) primary legislative priorities,” NACD President-elect Tim Palmer said. “Successful implementation of on-the-ground conservation is made possible through conservation districts and the locally-led conservation model. Investing in conservation is an investment in the nation’s future, and this agreement continues to make that a priority. We are thankful our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners can continue to execute sustainable practices with the support of this bipartisan legislation.”

The NACD wrote a detailed analysis of the farm bill as a blog article, which can be found here.

The official site of the 2018 Farm Bill IS HERE.

2019 SD SOIL HEALTH COALITION
Soil Health Conference and Annual Meeting
January 22-23, 2019
Brookings, SD

For full agenda, registration, and hotel block information please visit www.sdsoilhealthcoalition.org/annual-meeting/. RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes. This event is FREE to all 2019 SD Soil Health Coalition Members. The cost for non members is $25 which includes a 2019 membership. Please RSVP to (605) 280-4190 or sdsoilhealth@gmail.com.

CCA/CEU Credits Available For Attendees Of This Event 

We thought maybe you’d like to see the November edition of the SD Soil Health Coalition’s newsletter, “Soil Visions“. Lots of good information in there about the upcoming annual meeting for the Soil Health Conference, an update on Grow by FarmHer, an article about how soil health affects crop resiliency, and more! We hope you enjoy it!

MERIT OR MYTH: A Brighter Future With Soil Health
FIVE MINUTE READ: No-till farmer Matt Bainbridge of Davison County, SD, was asked if he would take $50 an acre to till his land. See his response (and more) in this blog from Merit or Myth

OUR AMAZING GRASSLANDS:
Mimi Hillenbrand, Hermosa, SD

The SD Grassland Coalition partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the grassland planner with a release of a video each month during 2018 promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems.

Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, American Bird Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, SD Game, Fish and Parks, SD Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and SD Grassland Coalition.

MERIT OR MYTH:
A Minute with Jeff Hemenway

The bad news: management plays a crucial role in soil degradation. But is there good news? Yes! Management also plays a crucial role in soil restoration, and we can measure both.