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10 Broadcaster Press October 30, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com Krista Ehlert Is New SDSU Extension Range Specialist BROOKINGS, S.D. - Krista Ehlert will be serving South Dakotans as the new SDSU Extension Range Specialist. "Krista's research experience will serve as valuable background when helping South Dakota's livestock producers control invasive plant species and maximize rangeland production," said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor. In her role as an Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Range Specialist, Ehlert will work with other faculty and SDSU Extension staff to develop and execute programming that will contribute to sustainability of rangelands and contiguous ecosystems throughout South Dakota and beyond. Ehlert will work with stakeholders throughout the state to improve conservation and natural resource management. "Ninety percent of South Dakota was once rangeland. Today, it's down to 40 to 60 percent. We are losing a key part of what makes South Dakota, South Dakota," Ehlert explained. "I want to help find ways to increase sustainability of rangeland in South Dakota. One out of every five jobs in the state is in the agriculture industry. When you talk about rangeland management, it is integral to the state's agriculture industry." More about Krista Ehlert Krista Ehlert attributes her passion for range management to graduate research she worked on while pursuing a Master's and Ph.D. at Montana State University, which focused on ecologically based invasive plant management. "What I love about range science is it is a hands-on, applied science," said Ehlert, whose research projects focused on enhancing efficacy of herbicides to control cheatgrass on Montana range, pasture and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP); and optimizing efficacy of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass, downy brome) biological control in crops and rangelands. She added that while pursuing advanced degrees, her graduate mentors instilled in her an appreciation for the impact that can be made through Extension programming. "I learned that if you want to understand and solve a range problem, it is important to first connect with the people directly impacted - livestock producers. Ranchers have a direct impact on the land and they want to manage the land in sustainable and regenerative ways," she said. She is also eager to connect with the next generation of South Dakota ranchers through her work with SDSU Extension. "Ranching is part of the legacy of South Dakota. We need to find ways to increase student interest in ranching and range science. I want to work with teachers to increase knowledge and awareness of the importance of protecting rangelands and what careers are available in range science." Before joining SDSU, Ehlert was a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College in Connecticut where she taught undergraduates and conducted research. Leaving It Better Than You Found It By Gov. Dennis Daugaard Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants. That’s a common South Dakota philosophy – to leave something better than when you found it. It’s good stewardship. As with the Mansion, I’ve tried to bring that approach to other state assets. Over the past eight years, we have made improvements to many state buildings, starting with the State Capitol. In 2014, we restored much of the Capitol’s stained glass, preserving it for decades to come. We installed a better fire suppression system and handicapped-accessible restrooms on the third floor, where the legislature meets. And we have planted hundreds of trees on the Capitol complex. Throughout the state, we have increased our annual spending on maintenance and repair of state buildings, with a goal of spending two percent of replacement value each year on maintenance and repair. I strongly believe that “a stitch in time saves nine,” and that this spending will ultimately avoid larger costs down the road. With support from the legislature, we applied the same principle to our state’s roads and bridges. Today our highways are in good condition, and this emphasis on early maintenance will save millions of dollars in the years to come. I have also identified property that the state no longer needs. We first addressed the Human Services Center in Yankton. A number of buildings on the campus were vacant and some were beyond repair. As we started to pursue sales options, we heard concerns from those within the community who stressed the need to preserve the history of HSC. We worked with the Yankton County Historical Society to negotiate a lease-purchase agreement for the historic Mead Building. With the Legislature’s support, we then sold the remaining unneeded 6 3 ????3???3???36???????  3 ???3?37??????34?3?3???35??????????3?????3???????? 1360 Warehouse Worker Open pOsitiOns: • Building Automation System Specialist • Facility Worker (Custodial) - Multiple Shifts Available • Plumber • Building Maintenance Worker For complete detailed descriptions and to apply, go to http://yourfuture.sdbor.edu EEO/AA Full-time • M-F Starting pay $11/hour Come join our growing team at our new Elk Point warehouse. Workers needed inspecting and sorting boxes. $.50 raise after 90 days. Call or email Jeremy: 605-610-2166 burb@helluva.com Join Us For The Human Services Center... 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In each case, we are avoiding the cost of maintaining these properties and, in many cases, the properties have gone back onto the tax rolls. Stewardship is also a principle that has guided our state’s financial management. I am very proud that the South Dakota Retirement System is one of just a few pension plans in the nation that is fully funded, and over the last eight years I have supported numerous proposals by the SDRS trustees to further strengthen that plan. The strength of the retirement system is one reason that South Dakota achieved a bond rating of AAA – the highest available – from all three major rating agencies in the past few years. Another reason is that the rating agencies recognize our state’s prudent financial management. We don’t spend money we don’t have. We use one-time revenues for one-time purposes, and ongoing revenues for ongoing purposes. We maintain a ten-percent reserve fund, but we only spend it for true emergencies, not to perpetuate overspending. 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