WINTER WONDERLAND — Combine a little humidty and a batch of cold air and presto, you have a scene that looks as crisp and clean as this. I-O Photo by Barb Endler
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reports that as of Feb. 1, mountain snowpack was below average and below last year, following the third month in a row with below average mountain precipitation.
January mountain precipitation west of the Divide was 57 percent of average and east of the Divide was 60 percent of average.
Roy Kaiser from the NRCS in Bozeman says, “The first of February is when we are at 65 percent of our seasonal snowpack maximum west of the Divide and 63 percent of our season snowpack maximum east of the Divide.”
Winter meetings in Conrad, Cut Bank and Fort Benton will help grain growers learn the basic elements of a marketing plan and how to build relationships with their elevator managers.
“Grain marketing has been a focus here in the Triangle for decades. Even with all the groundwork laid, there is still a huge need to understand the principles that lead to effective grain marketing,” said Mark Major, Montana State University Extension agent in Teton County.
The meetings are organized by MSU Extension agents from the Golden Triangle to give producers a better understanding of basic marketing principles. The target audience is young couples and individuals that are seeking a basic understanding of common grain marketing philosophy.
Children need two doses of vaccine to be fully protected from the 2009 H1N1 virus, state public health officials said this past week.
Department of Public Health and Human Services officials are encouraging parents, guardians, and physicians to be sure children aged six months through nine years are properly vaccinated. “Most children who have already had one dose of vaccine will need a second dose,” said DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell.
She went on to add, “The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first vaccination.”