Upcoming Events in February

February is shaping up to be a very busy month.  Below is a list of upcoming events we hope you can attend.

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee will meet on February 8th at 8am in Room C 310 of the Idaho Statehouse. They’ll be discussing the Idaho Soil and Water Commission’s budget. We hope you can come down to listen, but if you cant, keep your eyes on the blog that day. We’ll be doing our best to give timely updates on the hearing.

On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 1:30 pm, the Idaho Council on Industry and the Environment will be giving a presentation to a joint meeting of the Idaho House of Representatives Committee on Resources and Conservation and the Idaho Senate Committee on Resources and the Environment. It’s titled “Bull Trout – 20 years later” and will be in the Senate and House Auditorium (WW02) of the Idaho Statehouse. Presenters include: Brian Kelly: Idaho State Supervisor, Ted Koch: Bull Trout Coordinator of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Nate Fisher: Administrator of the Idaho Office of Species Conservation and Norm Semanko: Executive Director and General Counsel of the Idaho Water Users Association.

On February 10th from 9am to 3pm, IASCD and a number of districts will be on the fourth floor of the capitol rotunda showing off their Legislative Displays. We still have a few spots open if your district wishes to participate. Please let Bret or Nancy know if your district is interested in participating. We will also do our best to do some live blogging that day, and we’ll take plenty of photos for our Facebook page.

As we previously mentioned, registration is ongoing for the 2011 Larry Branen Idaho Ag Summit taking place on Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the DoubleTree Riverside, Boise, ID. This year’s theme is “Advocacy, Ambition, and Idaho Agriculture.” If you’re interested in attending, please click here to register.

The Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission will be meeting on February 15, 2011. This meeting will take place in Boise, Idaho in the Joe R. Williams Building (also known as the Hall of Mirrors), which is directly behind the Capitol building on State Street. The meeting is tentative scheduled for 9:00 a.m. MST but will convene immediately following the adjournment of the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee Confirmation Hearings, which will be held in the Capitol West Wing, Room 53 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Payette and Malheur County Soil and Water Conservation Districts are holding their 2nd Annual “Sustainable Agriculture Symposium” on February 17th. The event will be at the Four Rivers Cultural Center located at 676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, OR. The Symposium will be from 8:30am to 4pm, and registration is $15. This includes lunch! After February 7, registration is $20. They have a number of featured speakers including Lynn Rogers with Microbial Matrix Systems, and Mir-M Seyedbagheri with U of I Extension on organic matter. You’ll also hear presentations on “What a Soil Test Really Says” from Marvin Miller, “No Till Will Work in the Treasure Valley” from Steve Norberg, “Mineral Deficiencies in Crops” from Don Huber, Ph.D, and at lunch, you’ll learn how to grow a giant pumpkin from John Taberna, Sr. You should contact Charlene Wimpy with Payette SWCD if you have questions or would like to register.

Finally, Division III will be holding their Spring meeting on February 22nd in Crouch, Idaho. It will be held at the Garden Valley Senior Center from 9:30am until 3pm. If you wish to attend, contact Sheryl with Squaw Creek SCD no later than February 15th.

Whew! What a month. If you have any questions, or we forgot to add something, please give Bret or Nancy a buzz.

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