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May 16, 2019by ncdea

KANSAS, Harvey County CD – Newton fourth-grade students gathered at the Harvey County fairgrounds last week to participate in the annual Agriculture and Conservation Festival put on by the Harvey County Conservation District. Students learned about conservation and the environment, as well as local wildlife, through the many stations set up as part of the festival — which included an interactive skit about the prairie ecosystem, models illustrating water contamination/pollution and erosion, a walk-through trailer exploring the world of soil and more.

Source: Pride of the Prairie – News – The Kansan – Newton, KS – Newton, KS

May 9, 2019by ncdea

MONTANA, Teton County CD – How long does a honey bee live, which type of soil can easily form a ball, what animal did this fur come from or how do you measure antlers? Fourth graders from around Teton County had these and hundreds of other questions about the outdoors answered when they attended the annual 18th annual Creeks and Critters field day held May 2 in Choteau.

Students from Choteau, Fairfield, Power and Greenfield schools spent the spring day learning about how riparian health affects water, soil, wildlife, weeds, aquatic life, bees and plant life. Presenters used hands-on activities to teach the children rudimentary ecological concepts. Sponsored by the Teton Conservation District, Creeks and Critters field day brought 70 students to a variety of educational stations along Spring Creek and in the Choteau City Park.

Source: 4th graders learn about creeks, critters and more | News |

March 23, 2019by ncdea

NEBRASKA, Papio-Missouri River NRD – Historic Midwest flooding that has busted levees, inundated homes and claimed at least three people’s lives could cost farmers billions of dollars in lost crops and livestock — and the aftertaste of the disaster could linger for years.

“A lot of them have lost the topsoil completely,” said John Winkler, general manager of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District in Nebraska. “I’m not expecting them to recover soon, or ever.”

Inundated cropland — tens of thousands of acres’ worth across Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri — is likely to remain less productive, thanks to compaction and loss of nutrients and oxygen. In some areas, farmers may not plant crops like corn and soybeans again for a generation, agriculture experts said.

Source: AGRICULTURE: ‘I’m not expecting them to recover soon, or ever’ after floods — Thursday, March 21, 2019 —

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