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2011 South Dakota Society for Range Management annual meeting held in Wall

Tate Lantz, USDA-NRCS Rapid City FSO

The Annual South Dakota Society for Range Management (SRM) meeting was held Oct. 12-13 in Wall, SD, in conjunction with the South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Producers, agency and academia from across the state attended to share ideas about range, soil and water management.

Wednesday began with registration and a welcome from Jessica Michalski representing the South Dakota SRM and Tom Martin representing the South Dakota SWCS. The rest of the day was full of presentations on pollinators, water resources, salt cedar, prairie dogs and the geology of the local area. These talks were given by experts in those fields to provide an educational aspect to the meeting. Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Entomologist; Matthew Rigge, SDSU graduate student; Sara Brunette, U.S. Geological Service and SDSU; Michelle Ohrtman, SDSU; Randy Griebel, U.S. Forest Service; and Roger Assmus, Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist provided these educational talks.

A banquet and awards presentation was held that evening where Excellence in Range Management Awards were presented to the Valburg Limited Partnership in Jones County; Dan and Sharon Anderson in Perkins County; Evenson Ranch in Corson County; and Mike and JoAnn Deurmier in Campbell County east of the river. These winners received a plaque and will host a tour during the summer of 2012 to showcase their operations.

Macayla Heisler from Newell, SD, gave her High School Youth Forum speech that she will present at the International SRM meeting held in Spokane, WA next February. Heisler’s speech centered on sage grouse habitat and what we can do to preserve it. Awards were also presented to the South Dakota SRM Outgoing President Jessica Michalski and Outgoing Director Mitch Falkner. The South Dakota SRM would like to thank these individuals for their dedication to the range resource in the state. The night was capped off by a crazy auction that raised money to help support both organizations to fund scholarships to South Dakota youth to attend college and to further range, soil and water education throughout the state.

There was a tour on Thursday to SDSU crop research facility near Wall where John Rickertson discussed their ongoing crop rotation trial. Tour participants then traveled to the Badlands National Park where Roger Assmus from the Natural Resources Conservation Service discussed geology formations and soils in the park. Pat Johnson from SDSU discussed her research on range recovery after prairie dog removal. Next stop on the tour was Cottonwood Research Station east of Wall, where Roger Gates discussed long-term grazing trials held at the Station. The last stop was Pat Guptill’s ranch to discuss mob grazing practices.

The 2012 annual South Dakota SRM meeting will be held in the Black Hills area the beginning of October. Please plant to attend.

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The Annual South Dakota Society for Range Management (SRM) meeting was held Oct. 12-13 in Wall, SD, in conjunction with the South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Producers, agency and academia from across the state attended to share ideas about range, soil and water management.

Wednesday began with registration and a welcome from Jessica Michalski representing the South Dakota SRM and Tom Martin representing the South Dakota SWCS. The rest of the day was full of presentations on pollinators, water resources, salt cedar, prairie dogs and the geology of the local area. These talks were given by experts in those fields to provide an educational aspect to the meeting. Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Entomologist; Matthew Rigge, SDSU graduate student; Sara Brunette, U.S. Geological Service and SDSU; Michelle Ohrtman, SDSU; Randy Griebel, U.S. Forest Service; and Roger Assmus, Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist provided these educational talks.

A banquet and awards presentation was held that evening where Excellence in Range Management Awards were presented to the Valburg Limited Partnership in Jones County; Dan and Sharon Anderson in Perkins County; Evenson Ranch in Corson County; and Mike and JoAnn Deurmier in Campbell County east of the river. These winners received a plaque and will host a tour during the summer of 2012 to showcase their operations.

Macayla Heisler from Newell, SD, gave her High School Youth Forum speech that she will present at the International SRM meeting held in Spokane, WA next February. Heisler’s speech centered on sage grouse habitat and what we can do to preserve it. Awards were also presented to the South Dakota SRM Outgoing President Jessica Michalski and Outgoing Director Mitch Falkner. The South Dakota SRM would like to thank these individuals for their dedication to the range resource in the state. The night was capped off by a crazy auction that raised money to help support both organizations to fund scholarships to South Dakota youth to attend college and to further range, soil and water education throughout the state.

There was a tour on Thursday to SDSU crop research facility near Wall where John Rickertson discussed their ongoing crop rotation trial. Tour participants then traveled to the Badlands National Park where Roger Assmus from the Natural Resources Conservation Service discussed geology formations and soils in the park. Pat Johnson from SDSU discussed her research on range recovery after prairie dog removal. Next stop on the tour was Cottonwood Research Station east of Wall, where Roger Gates discussed long-term grazing trials held at the Station. The last stop was Pat Guptill’s ranch to discuss mob grazing practices.

The 2012 annual South Dakota SRM meeting will be held in the Black Hills area the beginning of October. Please plant to attend.

The Annual South Dakota Society for Range Management (SRM) meeting was held Oct. 12-13 in Wall, SD, in conjunction with the South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Producers, agency and academia from across the state attended to share ideas about range, soil and water management.

Wednesday began with registration and a welcome from Jessica Michalski representing the South Dakota SRM and Tom Martin representing the South Dakota SWCS. The rest of the day was full of presentations on pollinators, water resources, salt cedar, prairie dogs and the geology of the local area. These talks were given by experts in those fields to provide an educational aspect to the meeting. Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Entomologist; Matthew Rigge, SDSU graduate student; Sara Brunette, U.S. Geological Service and SDSU; Michelle Ohrtman, SDSU; Randy Griebel, U.S. Forest Service; and Roger Assmus, Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist provided these educational talks.

A banquet and awards presentation was held that evening where Excellence in Range Management Awards were presented to the Valburg Limited Partnership in Jones County; Dan and Sharon Anderson in Perkins County; Evenson Ranch in Corson County; and Mike and JoAnn Deurmier in Campbell County east of the river. These winners received a plaque and will host a tour during the summer of 2012 to showcase their operations.

Macayla Heisler from Newell, SD, gave her High School Youth Forum speech that she will present at the International SRM meeting held in Spokane, WA next February. Heisler’s speech centered on sage grouse habitat and what we can do to preserve it. Awards were also presented to the South Dakota SRM Outgoing President Jessica Michalski and Outgoing Director Mitch Falkner. The South Dakota SRM would like to thank these individuals for their dedication to the range resource in the state. The night was capped off by a crazy auction that raised money to help support both organizations to fund scholarships to South Dakota youth to attend college and to further range, soil and water education throughout the state.

There was a tour on Thursday to SDSU crop research facility near Wall where John Rickertson discussed their ongoing crop rotation trial. Tour participants then traveled to the Badlands National Park where Roger Assmus from the Natural Resources Conservation Service discussed geology formations and soils in the park. Pat Johnson from SDSU discussed her research on range recovery after prairie dog removal. Next stop on the tour was Cottonwood Research Station east of Wall, where Roger Gates discussed long-term grazing trials held at the Station. The last stop was Pat Guptill’s ranch to discuss mob grazing practices.

The 2012 annual South Dakota SRM meeting will be held in the Black Hills area the beginning of October. Please plant to attend.

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