Greetings, readers! I hope all is well with you, and that the sun is shining on your spring plantings. We have a great issue of TMC for you this week:
- First up, Sonny Perdue was finally confirmed and sworn in this week as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture.
- USDA is reporting that the number of certified organic operations continued to grow in 2016
- Momentum is building for the Young Farmer Success Act, which would add farmers to an existing Student Loan Forgiveness program for people who work in public service for 10 years.
- MTPR writes in on Indian Paintbrush, which it turns out is a parasitic plant that steals water from its neighbors. What a scandal!
- A scientist who spoke recently in Missoula says that the Western US is entering an ‘era of megafires,’ and that we need more prescribed burning to control it (in other words, now would be a good time to decide that you like the smell of smoke)
- The EPA Water office is asking for feedback on how they can reduce regulatory burdens
- Plus, as the 65th Montana legislature wraps up Saturday, a look from the UM Community News Service on how the big issues shook out (though there are a few still shaking *cough* bonding)
All of that and more! Read the Montana Conservationist this week: TMC 2017-04-27
PS: We are always looking for content from the Montana conservation community. So if you’re doing something awesome and want to tell me about it, or your neighbor is doing something awesome and you want me to torture them with an interview, here’s my email: firstname.lastname@example.org (easy, right?)