2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winners

Congratulations to the Cammack Family of Union Center, SD for receiving the 2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award!

The video below will show some of the soil health and grassland management practices they have been working on for many years.

Source: SD Soil Health Coalition

THE MINNEHAHA COUNTY FSA OFFICE IS OPEN FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME

The Minnehaha County FSA office is one of about half of the FSA offices nationwide that has been allowed to be open Thursday Jan. 17, Friday Jan. 18, and Tuesday Jan. 22, to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.

“USDA has recalled around 2,500 FSA employees to open offices during normal business hours. Offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.

Certain offices will be able to provide 1099 tax documents to borrowers who need them to file taxes by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline. Staff may also process payments made on or before December 31, 2018, continue expiring financing statements, and open mail to identify priority items.

The employees will not, however, be able to issue new loans, process new applications for the Market Facilitation Program, or certify 2018 production for MFP payments. Disaster programs and the Dairy Margin Protection Program will also be off limits.” — Source: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/11820-usda-to-open-fsa-offices-temporarily

The full list of FSA offices that will be open can be found here: https://www.farmers.gov/sites/default/files/documents/OpenFSAServiceCenters.pdf

 

MERIT OR MYTH?

Does management affect infiltration?
In this video, Soil Health Specialist Jeff Hemenway tests the performance of one soil series under two different management practices.

Here’s the latest edition of Soil Visions from the SD Soil Health Coalition!

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OUR AMAZING GRASSLANDS
Tracy Rosenberg
Abbey Grasslands of the Prairie Coteau
Marvin, 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. Here is the feature video for December.

2017 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
WE’VE GOT A FUN EVENT COMING UP!

For full agenda, registration, and hotel block information please visit www.sdsoilhealthcoalition.org/annual-meeting/. R.S.V.P’s 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 

See you there!

SDSU HAS A NO-TILL EVENT COMING UP!
January 17, 2019
Wall Community Center, 501 Main Street, Wall, SD
9:30 – 4:00 MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME