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Senate Ag Chairman Steve Bair Requests Full Funding For 2-to-1 Match

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) wrapped up their budget presentations today with a handful of reports from the Senate and House committee chairmen.  Today’s hearing started promptly at 8:00am with Senate Agricultural Affairs Chairman Steve Bair (R-Blackfoot) discussing the budgets his committee had reviewed.

Bair said they had reviewed the Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s budget, and referenced the two-to-one match was $209,700 from being fully funded.  IASCD and the SWC presented to the Senate Ag Affairs Committee on February 14th, 2013 and discussed the importance of a fully funded match.

Chairman Bair let JFAC know that districts use match funds to leverage grants from the Office of Species Conservation, Bonneville Power Administration, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and even private grants.  He also said that local soil and water conservation districts can play a great role in reducing the TMDL in Idaho’s streams and rivers.  Therefor, the Senate Ag Committee recommended an additional $209,700.

The date for JFAC to hear the SWC’s budget isn’t known at this time, but we will share it with you as soon as it is set.

Thank you Chairman Bair for your strong support!

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Confirmation Hearing for Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner Norman Wright

Early this morning, the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner H. Norman Wright.  Chairman Steve Bair started the hearing promptly at 8:00am, and asked Commissioner Wright to share his qualifications.

Commissioner Wright is an Idaho native, a Boise State alum, and currently serves on the American Falls City Council.

“I have learned a lot on the Commission over the last year,” Wright said.  “It’s different being involved, rather than observing.  I was a loan officer with FSA, and as you know the SWC runs an active loan program.  We have looked at ways to streamline the RCRDP loan program, and try to find more people for it to continue.”

Chairman Bair asked Commissioner Wright what has surprised him most during his service on the Commission.  Commissioner Wright said he “didn’t know they had a loan program [RCRDP loan program].  It was a well-kept secret, and I don’t want the RCRDP to be a secret anymore.”

Chairman Bair thanked him for his service, and then called on the Commission and IASCD to give their annual presentation.

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January/February 2013 eNewsletter

We just put the finishing touches on our latest eNewsletter, and have posted it here for you to read.

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Upcoming Soil Health Meeting Hosted By Lewis & Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Lewis Soil Conservation District (LSCD) and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District (ISWCD) are hosting a soil health educational and informational meeting with guest speakers Dick Johnson, NRCS Nutrient Management Specialist, and Marlon Winger, NRCS State Agronomist.

Key topics targeted will be soil health problems occurring in Northern Idaho on cropland and what best management practices are beneficial for sustainable agriculture in our area. Information about soil pH, soil compaction and dry land cropping rotations within the Camas Prairie will also be addressed. A visual hands-on demonstration of soil aggregate stability will be presented.

The meeting will be January 16, 2013 at the Greencreek Community Hall in Greencreek, Idaho.
Registration at 8:30 am, the meeting begins at 9:00 am.
Lunch will be served by the Altar Society at noon.

****Please RSVP by January 9, 2013 *****
Lewis Soil Conservation District: 208-937-2291 ext 3
or
Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District: 208-983-1046 ext 3.

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Idaho Dryland Farmer Finds Wildflower Seed Niche

On December 19th, Capital Press published a fantastic article about our very own Delbert Winterfeld.  For those who may not know Delbert, he a supervisor on the East Side Soil and Water Conservation District and has been involved with IASCD for over thirty years.

SWAN VALLEY, Idaho — Delbert Winterfeld has never been one to follow the lead of other farmers.

Having given up on barley, he’s among Idaho’s few dryland grass, forb and wildflower seed producers.

His farm has helped the U.S. Forest Services’ Boise-based Rocky Mountain Research Station in establishing a new crop — a white wildflower called deustus that thrives in volcanic soils, likes hot climates and requires little water.

The full article is well-worth the read, so please click here to be taken directly to the story.  And don’t forget to send a copy to Delbert!

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Our November/December 2012 eNewsleter Has Been Posted

We just finished and posted our November/December 2012 eNewsletter.  Please click here to read it!

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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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