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Jim Armstrong Retires After 32 Years of Conservation in Spokane County
The Spokane Conservation District will be hosting an open house on November 12 from 3pm-5pm to honor Jim Armstrong's 32 years of conservation and celebrate his retirement. The SCD Board Meeting will be immediately to follow.
-Producer discussion of riparian area management incentives needed for the Palouse
-Examples of current riparian management already underway & programs available
-Next Steps & Close
Follow-up: Once a vision is identified, the conservation district board members and staff can examine various funding sources, revisions and use of current programs, or the development of a new program to match the producer’s ideas for a "Palouse Specific" riparian management incentives and report back to the participants.
Special Meeting Notice
The Spokane Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 5, at 4:15pm.
SCD Board Meetings are held at 210 N Havana St, Spokane, WA unless otherwise noted or scheduled. Meetings are open to the public; members of the public may address the board for three minutes unless prior arrangements have been made. If special accommodations are needed, please call 509-535-7274 at least 48 hours in advance so reasonable and appropriate arrangements can be made. All SCD programs and services are offered without discrimination.
The Board of Supervisors for the Spokane Conservation District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:30pm during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comment on the matter of re-authorization of the special assessment which provides funding for the activities of the District. The special assessment is imposed on behalf of the District by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners and must be re-authorized every 10 years. The assessment was established and rate caps were set by the Washington State Legislature (ref: R.C.W.89.08.400 ) in 1989 and have been collected in Spokane County since 1991. The proposed assessment rates are unchanged from the previous authorization:
CNSV1 - 10 cents per acre per annum on lands with soil classifications 1-4 as specified in the USDA 2012 Soil Survey with a $5 minimum.
CNSV2 – 5 cents per acre per annum on lands with soil classifications 5-8 as specified in the USDA 2012 Soil Survey with a $5 minimum.
More information on this topic can be found by contacting Jim Armstrong, 509-535-7274 ext 218 or email@example.com
Clean water on agricultural lands: The facts about Ecology’s watershed evaluation program
October 30, 2013 - An important part of the Department of Ecology’s work is to find and control sources of pollution that don’t come out of an industrial pipe.
Sometimes these sources of pollution are livestock.
While streams may pass through private property, they belong collectively to all people in the state. We believe that clean water on agricultural lands can be achieved and operations can remain profitable. We do not need to choose between the two. We can and should have both.
Our routine watershed evaluation work in Eastern Washington has been called into question by some. In doing this work, we evaluate and record pollution problems. Then we follow up with landowners to try to find ways to fix the problems with available state and federal funding.
There have been some mischaracterizations of this important watershed evaluation work. We want you to have the facts.
Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers
01/15/2013 12:09 PM EST
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans. Read the full article on the USDA website.
From the Ground Down:
Updated Soil Survey of Spokane County now available!
SPOKANE, Wash. / July 17, 2012
It's not a gossip tabloid, but it sure dishes the latest "dirt" on Spokane County. It's called a soil survey. And thanks to a recent update by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, foresters, farmers, residents, builders, land managers and others will now have the latest information on what lies beneath their feet - the soil.
The Spokane County soil survey area encompasses over 1.1 million acres of agricultural, forest, range and urban lands within three Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA): Palouse and Nez Perce Prairies (MLRA 9), Northern Rocky Mountain Valleys (MLRA 44A) and Northern Rocky Mountains (MLRA 43A).
The updated survey is an extensive revision that will replace the current Spokane County publication released in 1968 that was based on fieldwork from 1955 through 1961 with an agricultural interpretive focus.
Although the soils have not changed over the last 40 years, shifts in land use and management, advancement of soil science, research and technology and an increased demand from customers for current and accurate soil information have dictated the need for up-to-date soil data and interpretations.
"Knowing the physical characteristics and capacity of the soil are integral in making good land management decisions," said NRCS State Soil Scientist Kevin Sullivan. "The updated information in this survey provides more accurate, detailed and accessible soils information for nearly all of Spokane County."
The updated Spokane County Soil Survey is now available online through the Soil Data Mart and Web Soil Survey. This data will also be available at the Spokane Field office.
SCD Soils Lab Open for Business
Did you know that a large majority of all planting problems and failures can be directly attributed to issues with the soil, and many of those problems can be detected and corrected early? The SCD is the perfect place to start when looking to ensure you have healthy soil; we now operate an in-house soil testing laboratory available to the public for both lawn & garden and small acreage. The basic testing includes phosphorous, nitrogen, potassium, pH, and organic matter. The lab fee is $30 and is payable by cash or check only. If you need a more comprehensive analysis done on your soil, your sample can be sent to an independent lab, whose fees vary and will include a shipping cost.
You can download the Soil Sample Request Form to include with your sample and payment; the form provides soil sampling tips & techniques. Contact Eric Choker, soil scientist, to arrange a time to drop your sample off at the District office, and for any soils-related questions.
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