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The Montana Conservationist February 1

In what may come as no surprise, politics dominate this week’s edition of The Montana Conservationist. We take a look at how the national stage may affect our local efforts:

  • Who is Sonny Perdue? Northern Ag introduces us to the former Georgia governor who is the President’s pick to lead the USDA
  • Montana NRCS has announced conservation initiatives for 2017, and it’s a broad list.
  • BeefProducer.com gives us yet another reason to build soil organic matter: it can *literally* make it rain.
  • The rusty patch bumblebee is the first in the continental US to receive ESA listing, following 7 flying species listed in Hawaii
  • Montana is searching for an Ag Education Specialist to work at OPI, and apparently that’s a hard person to find (know anyone?)
  • In a deep cut from Ag Research Magazine, scientists discover a surprising source of deep soil carbon.
  • Montana’s Ryan Zinke is one step closer to confirmation as the next Secretary of the Interior
  • Meanwhile, Steve Daines is set to chair the National Parks Subcommittee, meaning we have two contacts working in the Nat’l Park arena
  • And a new Executive Order meant to reduce regulation may actually slow down the delisting of Grizzly bears from the ESA
  • Plus, we introduce you to Ian Cavigli, the new Big Sky Watershed Corps Member in the SWCDM office.

All of that, plus more workshops than your wildest dreams (what’s that? You don’t dream about attending workshops? Just me then…). It’s The Montana Conservationist for the first day of February: TMC 2017-02-01

Kate Arpin

Kate is the Communications Director for MACD. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.