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Honeybee Soil Health Project Announces Batching Date

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Kyle Monteith, District Conservationist
(605) 532-3686, Ext.3 | kyle.monteith@usda.gov

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., September 7, 2021 –  The Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) Honeybee Soil Health Project will soon be underway in the townships of Richland, Hague, and Rosedale in Clark County, South Dakota, serving the community and improving land quality. This 3-year project is one of 16 selected in Fiscal Year 2020 and federally-funded through the NRCS' conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. The purpose of this project is to improve the overall performance and resiliency of pollinators through soil health practices that will be implemented by the NRCS in collaboration with farmers, ranchers and landowners. Farmers, ranchers, and landowners within the project areas are eligible to apply for financial assistance. The batching date deadline for applications is October 31, 2021.

The NRCS' conservation specialists and partners are coordinating these projects throughout the state. Through collectively focusing expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas, CIS projects can yield the most impressive returns. Collaborative funding and support from other agencies and groups create a coordinated community effort and focus on mutual issues of concern.

The Honeybee Soil Health Project partners with producers to directly benefit pollinators and soil health. Project sponsors identified Soil Quality Limitations, Terrestrial Habitat, Field Pesticide Loss, Livestock Production Limitation, and Degraded Plant Condition as resource concerns and developed this CIS project to address the situation. “Nearly one-third of all food consumed by Americans is produced because of the action of pollinators. Academic studies have shown that increases in soil health, such as increasing crop rotations, cover crops, and conservation cover have a positive effect on the health and vigor of honeybees,” says Kyle Monteith, District Conservationist, NRCS, Clark.

To apply to be a part of this project, find and contact your local NRCS Service Center at www.bit.ly/contactnrcssd, or contact Kyle Monteith at kyle.monteith@usda.gov or (605) 532-3686, Ext. 3. For more information on the CIS in South Dakota, or if you have ideas for a project, visit www.bit.ly/SDNRCS-CIS, or contact Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at jeffrey.vanderwilt@usda.gov or (605) 352-1226.

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