Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2, 2016

 

Contact: Sam Fettig

651-201-3408 desk

612-214-2886 cell

sam.fettig@state.mn.us

 

Notice of Appointments by Governor Dayton

 

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection, created to advise the Governor, the Environmental Quality Board, the Interagency Pollinator Protection team, and participating agencies on pollinator policy and programs, and to promote statewide collaboration on pollinator protection.

Erika Bailey-Johnson – Bemidji, MN - Sustainability coordinator at Bemidji State University 

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

James Calkins – Minnetonka, MN - MN Nursery Landscape Assn

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Steve Ellis – Barrett, MN - commercial beek

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

David Flakne – Minnetonka, MN - Syngenta

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Sarah Foltz Jordan – Princeton, MN - Xerces

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Lex Horan – Minneapolis, MN – Pesticide Action Network

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Robert Koch – St. Paul, MN - University of MN – IPM focus

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Daniel MacSwain – Shoreview, MN - Washington County 

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Kevin Paap – Garden City, MN - Farm Bureau

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Erin Rupp – Minneapolis, MN -= Pollinate MN

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Dan Schutte – Two Harbors, MN Soil and Water Conservation District

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Marla Spivak – St. Paul, MN - UMN 

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Ted Suss – Lucan, MN MFU member, farmer

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Brian Thalmann – Plato, MN family seed company – Thalmann Seeds

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

Term Expires: April 7, 2019

 

Yao Yang – St. Paul, MN - Hmong American Farmers Assn

Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection

Member

Effective: December 6, 2016

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

BHA in the News:

-Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ Statement on the U.S. Election Results: http://www.ammoland.com/2016/11/backcountry-hunters-anglers-statement-u-s-presidential-election-results/#axzz4PYsNPSvb

-Sportsmen’s groups don’t endorse political candidates: http://www.wyomingnews.com/opinion/sportsmen-s-groups-don-t-endorse-political-candidates/article_a618e764-9c07-11e6-b38b-3fdf2fc3e111.html

-Tawney: Public lands unite us as Americans: http://trib.com/opinion/columns/tawney-public-lands-unite-us-as-americans/article_f63879e9-07c1-5ce1-8627-dfd59e963777.html

-Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ Response to Aquittal of Bundy Brothers, Others in Malheur Takeover: http://flyrodreel.com/backcountry-hunters-anglers-response-aquittal-bundy-brothers-others-malheur-takeover/

-Teddy’s turning in his grave: http://www.hatchmag.com/articles/teddys-turning-his-grave/7713952

 

-Hundreds gather in Casper for lands rally: http://www.wyomingnews.com/news/hundreds-gather-in-casper-for-lands-rally/article_1d5a2340-a3e4-11e6-b409-8701a35f675d.html

-Hundreds rally for public lands in Wyoming: http://www.kbzk.com/story/33653021/hundreds-rally-for-public-lands-in-wyoming

-Federal land transfer bill a “red herring”: http://www.wyofile.com/critic-federal-land-transfer-bill-red-herring/

 

-Hunting And Fishing Group Opposes State Land Sales: http://wxpr.org/post/hunting-and-fishing-group-opposes-state-land-sales

-Smith: NRB approves final phase of public land sales: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2016/10/26/smith-nrb-approves-final-phase-public-land-sales/92763002/

-Wisconsin to start third phase of selling DNR lands: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/wisconsin-to-start-third-phase-of-selling-dnr-lands/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-ram-11.9-elk&utm_term=Elk

-Inside the Fall Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal: http://www.ammoland.com/2016/10/inside-the-fall-issue-of-bhas-backcountry-journal/#axzz4OI8IYhiF

 

BHA Events/Member-Chapter Action/Tips:

-On November 15th BHA is hosting a chapter meeting at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.): https://www.facebook.com/events/1071842602931069/. You can also contact BHA Upper Great Lakes Coordinator, Will Jenkins (willejenkins@gmail.com), for additional information.

-We have a booth with Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters at the Hardwater Ice Fishing Expo (November 18-20). If anyone can put in some time at the booth, contact BHA’s Upper Great Lakes Coordinator, Will Jenkins: willejenkins@gmail.com

-Thanks to MN BHA’s AdultLearn to HuntWhitetail Deer program instructors (Erik Jensen, Aaran Hebeisen, Mike Kallok and Brent Rivard)! http://www.thewilltohunt.com/2014/11/minnesota-new-adult-hunter-program/

 

-BHA 2016 Hunting Photo Contest: http://www.backcountryhunters.org/2016_hunting_photo_contest

-BHA 2016 Hunting Gear Giveaway: https://backcountryhunters.nationbuilder.com/sweepstakes_2016

-BHA is pleased to announce our newest membership level, for military members and college students (a 40 percent discount off standard individual membership rates!): https://backcountryhunters.nationbuilder.com/student_membership?utm_campaign=beat_sep2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=backcountryhunters

-Mark your calendars for BHA’s 2017 Rendezvous: http://www.backcountryhunters.org/rendezvous_2017

 

Sulfide Mining:

-PolyMet submits application for permit to mine: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/mining/4151253-polymet-submits-application-permit-mine

-Protect the Boundary Waters: http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/action-alert-protect-boundary-waters/#dgpK0evw0Dbwg7xO.97

-Veterans for the Boundary Waters: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/veterans

 

Public Lands/Waters/OHVs/Trails:

-Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example: http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-malheur-invasion-and-its-unfortunate-legacy?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

-Malheur Verdict: A Slap in the Face to Law and Order: http://www.bendsource.com/bend/opinion-11-3-11-9/Content?oid=2768094

-Where You Can Hunt on Public Lands, with Randy Newberg: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/where-you-can-hunt-on-public-lands-with-randy-newberg/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-ram-11.9-elk&utm_term=Elk

 

DNR/Legislature/Fish/Big Game/Upland Game:

-Deer harvest up 10% across Northeastern Minnesota: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/outdoors/4154986-deer-harvest-10-percent-across-northeastern-minnesota

-DNR: For first-time deer hunter, big buck is only the beginning: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2016/10/20/for-first-time-deer-hunter-big-buck-is-only-the-beginning/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=#more-18604

-High temps turn down deer harvest on opening weekend: http://www.startribune.com/high-temps-turn-down-deer-harvest-on-opening-weekend/400474381/

Other News/Events/Updates:

-Outdoor News Editor Rob Drieslein explains why the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund needs support from sportsmen (from 2014, but still applicable in 2017): http://www.outdoornews.com/2014/10/23/outdoor-news-on-mn-bound-federal-land-and-water-conservation-fund/

-Here’s What the Trump Administration Means for Outdoorsmen, Straight From Donald Trump Jr.: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/donald-trump-jr-exclusive-indiana-turkey-hunting-bob-knight-and-what-a-trump-administration-means-to-all-outdoorsmen/

 

-How to Quarter and Pack Game Out of the Backcountry with Steven Rinella: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/quarter-pack-game-backcountry-steven-rinella/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-11.1-main&utm_term=WOS%20Main%20Production

-Clean and Quick Guide to Deer Processing: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/clean-and-quick-guide-to-deer-processing-video/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-ram-10.31-elk&utm_term=Elk

-Quarter a Moose in Under 6 Minutes: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/can-you-quarter-a-moose-in-under-6-minutes/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-10.11-knives&utm_term=Knives/Survival

-How to European Mount Your Deer Skull: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/how-to-european-mount-your-deer-skull-start-to-finish/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-10.17-hogs&utm_term=Hogs

 

-Replacement Blade Knives: Fad or Function? http://www.wideopenspaces.com/replacement-blade-knives-fad-or-function/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-10.17-hogs&utm_term=Hogs

-These are the Knives Randy Newberg Uses in the Field: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/these-are-the-knives-randy-newberg-uses-in-the-field/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-ram10.29-knives&utm_term=Knives/Survival

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Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

“The Dirt” on Wadena and Otter Tail SWCDs

Helping farmers master the science of irrigation

Irrigated crop fields are a common sight in the sand plains of Wadena, Otter Tail, Hubbard, and Todd Counties. The high concentration of irrigated fields and coarse soils requires a commitment to help producers irrigate efficiently. As a result, providing irrigation water management tools to local producers is an important priority to help protect the quantity and quality of the local groundwater.

Farming in these coarse soils can be challenging because of its low water-holding capacity. The water in the soil can quickly be used up through evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration or ET), and if not replenished through rainfall or irrigation it can hurt crop growth and yield. When there is too much water applied, either through rainfall or irrigation, the water collects agricultural chemicals and fertilizers from the soil on its way to the groundwater. This can pollute the groundwater and raise environmental concerns for all water users. This endless balancing act creates ongoing headaches for area farmers who are constantly trying to answer the question: How much and how often should I irrigate?

The soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) in Wadena, Hubbard, and Todd Counties desired to help local landowners navigate these challenging soil conditions by adopting an irrigation scheduling program similar to what the East Otter Tail SWCD has been doing successfully for several years – but they lacked the manpower.

Thanks to funding recently provided by the State of Minnesota, these SWCDs were able to work together to hire an irrigation technician. This expert, Wade Salo, spends most of his days during the growing season working with local farmers to provide advice on irrigation strategies and techniques. Wade works with each landowner to track rainfall and irrigation totals, measure moisture levels using a soil probe, and provide scientific recommendations on how much and how often to irrigate.

Wade’s work has been instrumental in helping local farmers irrigate their lands with the right amount of water to maintain a healthy crop without exposing groundwater to nutrients and chemicals due to over irrigation. His efforts have also helped decrease water usage in the area as farmers are no longer using more water than necessary.

In a 2014 Minnesota Public Radio story about the irrigation scheduler program, a local producer said, “It’s easy, it gives you peace of mind and you feel good when somebody is double-checking what you’re doing and making sure you’re doing the right thing.”

The SWCDs have built a relationship of trust with these producers which make it easier to talk to issues with them. The landowners that Wade works with are grateful for his service – not to mention the soil, crops, and groundwater in West Central Minnesota!

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Pictured: Wade Salo from the Wadena SWCD is checking soil moisture in field that is enrolled in the district’s Irrigation Scheduling Program. Using a soil sampler, he determines the soil moisture that he will enter into the computer to determine the next irrigation application.

 

Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

www.maswcd.org

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