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Text Box:  Missouri Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Text Box:  The Road To Conservation Starts At Home!
Text Box:   MASWCD E-News
Text Box:           Bill Wilson Named Acting Director
Text Box: Citing a career in promoting the wise use and preservation of Missouri’s natural resources, the Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society selected Roger Hansen as its Professional Conservationist of the Year.  He received the award February 5 during a ceremony at the 2009 Missouri Natural Resources Conference in Osage Beach.
 
Diane Bradley, president of the Show-Me Chapter, said “Cooperation with others to achieve more is his legacy,” Bradley says. “He is always seeking a means to create partnerships that would combine dollars, staff and expertise to get more conservation applied to the ground.”
 
Text Box:      Newsletter Spotlight
Text Box:           Roger Hansen Announces His Retirement
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Text Box: It can take up to 50 years for corn-based ethanol to lead to a true reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – depending on the prior use of the land where corn is grown, according to a new study.  In general, the carbon that corn absorbs and uses for photosynthesis is thought to offset the carbon dioxide emitted when ethanol burns.  But the Duke University researchers found that some of the carbon created in the ethanol process is not completely offset by the plants.  
Further, ethanol contains about 70 percent of gasoline’s energy.  Researchers found that farmland conservation programs are a better way to support greenhouse gas reductions.  “One of our take-home messages is that conservation programs are currently a cheaper and more efficient greenhouse gas policy for taxpayers than corn-ethanol production”, said Robert Jackson, a biologist at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the leader of the study.  Click here to read the Duke University study. 
(http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/08-0645.1)
 
Text Box: Roger Hansen, NRCS State Conservationist, has announced his retirement effective June 3, 2009.  He started working for SCS as a GS-3 Soil Conservationist Student Trainee in Maquoketa, Iowa on June 3, 1968.  
 
Forty-one years, ten transfers and seven states later, and over 13 years as State Conservationist of Missouri, he will be retiring from NRCS.
 
Text Box: CLIMATE:  Conservation helps cut GHGs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Text Box: March 11 – Soil and Water Commission Meeting – Jefferson City
March 11 – MASWCD Board Meeting – Jefferson City
March 11/12 – MASWCD Education Seminar – Jefferson City
May 7 – Missouri Envirothon – Camdenton/Lake Ozark Area