Conservation Fair to be Held in VC Jan. 16

The First Conservation Community Fair is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club Riverside Room.

Representatives from the Barnes County Soil Conservation District; Barnes County 319 Watershed Project; NRCS (programs, soil health and range), FSA,North Dakota.

Stockman’s Association, North Dakota State University Livestock Specialists, Barnes County Rural Water, Ducks Unlimited, North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers, Pheasants Forever, Barnes County Wildlife Club, North Dakota and United States Fish and Wildlife, Rural Development, South Central Dakota Regional Council, Central Valley Health, Valley City Chamber of Commerce, Sheyenne Valley Growth Alliance and the Barnes County Housing Authority will be set up to answer questions.

Free sloppy Joes will be available from noon until they are gone.
Lori Frank, Barnes County Watershed Coordinator, organized the event for residents to have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from various agencies.

“Oftentimes people are hesitant and leery of speaking in front of a big group of people about their issues. This way they can do it privately,” said Frank.

At first, Frank organized the event, which was modeled after a similar event in Dickey County, for her own organization and it just grew, she said.

She would like for the fair to become an annual event.

“You always experiment with ways to reach the public,” added Frank.

During the event, the Barnes County Soil Conservation District plans to present some demonstrations, while other organizations will present brochures and videos. Also, an NRCS representative will teach tree planting.

NRCS will also talk about soil health and range management, while NDSU has a unique manure testing program and will test manure for free because they want to get a nutrient baseline for North Dakota.