Monthly Archives: November 2012

West Side SWCD Applies For Conservation Innovation Grant

Today’s Capital Press had a great article on the West Side Soil and Water Conservation District’s effort to obtain a federal grant intended to entice more local growers to plant their fields in fall cover crops.  West Side is seeking $214,000 over three years in Conservation Innovation Grant money for projects that promote water conservation.

From the article:

Rick Passey planted his farm’s first cover crop this fall to provide extra feed on cattle pasture, given the high price of hay. The grant would allow farmers to graze livestock on their cover crops. Passey, who serves as the soil and water conservation district’s chairman, said limited water availability for irrigating cover crops could pose a concern for would-be participants.

Nonetheless, he predicted, “I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting the money spent if we get the money.”

He said other growers will likely apply to prevent wind erosion from fields. Interstate 15 north of Idaho Falls has closed several times in recent years due to blowing dust, he said.

“We’ve been trying to find a solution to that,” Passey said. “The one thing we have to impress on (growers) is once dirt blows away, it’s never coming back.”

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Election Results From 2012 Fall Division Meetings

We wrapped up fall division meetings last night with a great Division IV meeting in Burley, Idaho.  Thank you to all the hosting districts for your hospitality!

Elections for IASCD division director and IASCD alternate director were held in Division II, IV, and VI.  All divisions nominated and elected supervisors to the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s Technical Assistance Working Group (TAWG) and District Allocations Working Group (DAWG).  The ISWCC Commissioners asked each division to select a supervisor to serve on next year’s TAWG and DAWG, rather than have the commission select individuals from divisions.  Finally, each division elected a supervisor to the IASCD Resolutions Committee.  The results of each division election are below.

See you all in Idaho Falls in just a few weeks!

Division I

TAWG: Billie Brown

DAWG: Tom Daniels

Resolutions: Dale VanStone

Resolutions Alternate: Fran Hughes

Division II

IASCD Division Director: Steve Becker

Alternate IASCD Division Director: Bob Reggear

TAWG: Kyle Wilson

DAWG: Steve Becker

Resolutions: Cody Anderson

Division III

TAWG: Art Beal

DAWG: Julie Burkhardt

Resolutions: Kirk Vickery

Division IV

IASCD Division Director: Rick Rodgers

Alternate IASCD Division Director: Aaron Andrews

TAWG: Richard Kunau

DAWG: Roy Belnap

Resolutions: Joe Pavkov

Division V

TAWG: Terry Lebrecht

DAWG: Kevin Koester

Resolutions: Kevin Koester

Division VI

IASCD Division Director: Lynn Bagley

Alternate IASCD Division Director: Matt Woodard

TAWG: Matt Woodard

DAWG: Richard Jacobson

Resolutions: Rod Robison

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