The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR NWR) Community Working Group will meet on February 23rd in Malta at the Malta Business Center from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Join us as we hear a presentation by Julia Haggerty, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Earth Sciences Montana State University, on Community Resilience in a Changing Economy: Strategies and Ideas, and explore ways to apply this knowledge to our local communities. Lunch is available for $10.00. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input as the group seeks to influence the vitality and sustainability of the 6-county region surrounding the CMR NWR. For more information, call Rachel Frost 406-454-0056 or visit CM-Russell-NWR-Community-Working-Group on Facebook.
Wednesday, September 7th from 8:15 to Noon. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the west side of Malta High School for the Rainfall Simulator demonstration. From there, tour cover crops and companion crops on the Sims and Mavencamp farm fields. Please call Malta NRCS office at 654-1334 ext. 3 for questions.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR REFERENDUM ON PROPOSED BISON ORDINANCE 2016-1
Notice is given pursuant to 76-15-701 and -702, MCA, that the Phillips Conservation District supervisors will take action on their intent to order a referendum on proposed ordinance number 2016-1 for protection of water and soil from wild, free roaming or domestic bison grazing in Phillips Conservation District. The supervisors will take action whether to order a referendum at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Phillips County Library basement. A copy of the full ordinance being considered can be obtained by contacting Jenifer Anderson, District Administrator at 1120 Hwy 191 S, Suite 2, Malta, MT, by phone at 654-1334 x 101, or by email at Jenifer.email@example.com. A copy of the ordinance can also be seen at www.phillipsconservationdistrict.com or facebook.com/phillipsconservationdistrict. The supervisors will consider final adoption of the ordinance after reviewing the result of the referendum.
We are proud to say that we sponsored two of these Young Couples in Agriculture, Wyatt and Andrea Lien and Kris and Tricia LaBrie! If you or anyone you know is interested in attending next year’s Young Ag Couples Conference in Helena, please contact us! Photo courtesy of YACC Facebook page.
The application period is now open for MACD’s annual scholarships. Two $500 Scholarships are available for Montana students—high school seniors or students who are attending an accredited post secondary institution in Montana may apply. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and enrollment or plans to enroll in a natural resource course of study. Application deadline is February 26, 2016. Visit http://www.macdnet.org/scholarship for more info & the application.
Phillips County Extension, along with Phillips Conservation District will be hosting a shelterbelt workshop on Wednesday, September 23 beginning at 9:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at Dr. Anne Johnson’s clinic off of Hwy 364 south of Malta and at Ron Sjostrom’s, approximately 4 miles east of Malta off of Hwy 2 on Strater Rd. Dr. Peter Kolb will instruct participants on renovating, design and species selection for shelterbelts. Information on weed control both chemical and mechanical will be presented. There is a possibility for Private Pesticide points. Call the Extension office for more information at 654-2543.
The workshop was a success! Click this link to read the newspaper article in the Phillips County News
Ranch Management: Making a Profit in the Cattle Business for the Long Haul
The Four Keys to Better Plant, Animal, Soil,
And Financial Health
It is a great time to be in the cattle industry with unprecedented calf prices, good crops, & good grass. At the same time, now is the time to plan for the future to hedge against unforeseen change. Remember what happened to agriculture in the 70’s, the boom, and then the bust in the 80’? Remember the last drought? Now is the time to take advantage of these good times to prepare your livestock business for the lean times. What can a rancher do to take advantage of this opportunity? This will be a comprehensive workshop for pasture, range, & livestock management & the economics that affect your business!
The Tin Cup, Malta, MT
Thursday September 3, 2015
9:30am to 3:15pm
Matt Ricketts is the former Area Rangeland Management Specialist for South Central Montana and current Montana NRCS State Forester. With over 32 years of experience working with Montana ranchers & rangelands, & a proven track record of success, Matt will share how to increase your profitability for the long haul, decrease your weeds, & help weed & drought proof your range. Forage improvement & grazing options that work will be presented. Nutritional management & supplemental feeding programs will be discussed. What key plants & soils provide the needed protein & minerals (at no cost to you) to your livestock at critical times in the production cycle will also be discussed in order to improve your bottom line, as well as breeding livestock to fit the forage quality environment of Northern Montana. Photo documentation showing dramatic forage change for the better on ranches in Montana will be presented, & what the rancher’s did to achieve those results.
SCHEDULE 9:30-9:40 Introductions
9:40-9:50 Making a Profit in the Cattle Business for the Long Haul
9:50-10:40 Natural Laws of Grazing Management (implications to soil/plant health)
– Matt Ricketts, State Forester/former Area Rangeland Management Specialist, Bozeman
11:00-11:45 Four Keys to Better Plant, Animal, Soil, & Financial Health
1. Use more forage (includes top two profit tips; priority of nutrient allocation in animals; feed less, earn more).
11:45-12:45 LUNCH (on your own)
12:45-1:30 Four Keys… continued
2. Use different forages (includes using forages that retain nutrients with less inputs).
1:45-2:45 Four Keys… continued
3. Produce more forage, more efficiently (ranch planning; grazing systems; fencing-where & when; range & pasture improvement).
4. Use forage more efficiently (includes plant nutritional values; animal nutrition; four physiological stages of a cow; forage value of rangeland by season; matching forage quality with livestock nutritional needs).
2:45-3:00 Nutritional Balance Analysis & Nutritional Monitoring
3:00-3:15 Questions & Answers – Wrap-up
Sponsored by the Phillips Conservation District
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
MACD Scholarships: Due Feb 18, 2015
The Montana Association of Conservation Districts offers two $500 Scholarships to Montana students wishing to further their education. Students may receive a scholarship both as a high school senior and once during their post secondary career. For more information click here to visit MACD’s website.
To download an application click here.