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State soil bill moves ahead in House

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Bozeman 4th graders from Longfellow Elementary are behind SB 176 to establish an official state soil Bozeman 4th graders from Longfellow Elementary are behind SB 176 to establish an official state soil
HELENA - A bill brought forward by Bozeman elementary students is one step closer to becoming reality.

The House Agriculture Committee passed Senate Bill 176 unanimously Tuesday afternoon on a 22-0 vote.

The measure would establish Scobey soil as the official Montana state soil. 

Dozens of 4th graders from Longfellow Elementary school in Bozeman testified before lawmakers Tuesday in Helena.

The students banded together and gave members of the House Agriculture Committee several reasons why Montana should recognize the Scobey soil as a state symbol.

The Scobey series of soil is unique to Montana, existing on more than 1.2 million acres, mainly in the Golden Triangle and Hi-line area of the Treasure State.

The Scobey soil was named for the town of Scobey. It's also recognized as being the first soil survey of the northern plains of Montana in 1929.

The students testified about its productive quality to nurture dry land farmers. Others brought up the fact that 21 states have designated a state soil. Proponents say it's about acknowledging the role soil plays in the economy and the environment.

"We have researched the geological history and characteristics of Scobey soil series and believe it to be worthy of designating a state soil," said student Ursula Vlases.

"The Scobey series is a very productive soil that can grow rich high quality wheat without irrigation water," said student Simon Mitchell.

"Believe in the soil. Kids are your future. The future depends on you. Make it better," said student Klara Dumbrovska.



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