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Conservation Clip List is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides our members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. If you have a relevant submission, please contact your NACD Communications Team.
Although all of the resources available in the Members Only section are useful tools to help increase your district or state/territory association’s daily operational efficacy, you may find these five documents especially helpful.
House Approves $36.5 Billion Hurricane and Wildfire Aid Package via The New York Times
The House approved a $36.5 billion aid package that would provide hurricane and wildfire relief funding while bailing out the financially troubled National Flood Insurance Program.
Bill would extend regional conservation program via The Detroit News
The bill would double the money available for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to $475 million a year, which would then leverage another $475M for private funding.
(Opinion) We are asking the U.S. Congress to emphasize source water protection in the farm bill’s conservation title. Many existing conservation measures address a host of environmental issues, but the direct connection between these practices and drinking water quality has not been made explicit in previous farm bills.
The State of Trump’s USDA: What You Need to Know via Civil Eats
The USDA has begun making dramatic organizational changes, while also dealing with some high-profile absences among its top leadership—obstacles that could complicate the agency’s need to pass a new farm bill, advocate for a substantial slice of the shifting federal budget, and maintain its work in rural development, conservation, nutrition, and other essential programs that shape what we eat and how.
Wyoming wild horse roundup continues amid counting dispute via Minneapolis Star Tribune
A roundup of wild horses continued Monday in the desert of southwestern Wyoming after a judge declined to stop it during a lawsuit over how the animals are counted. The roundup is going on amid a dispute between horse advocates and federal officials over whether the foals should be included in the total count.
How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse via Los Angeles Times
(Opinion) The Forest Service has no choice but to pay for the assistance by raiding funds from other programs in its budget — many of them oriented toward preventing the very fires it is fighting. Prevention efforts are put aside as dollars are funneled to putting out flames.
It's mid-October and the Lake Erie water temperature is still at a near record warmth of 67 degrees. The very warm lake water can pose some issues, such as allowing invasive species to set up.
Though interest in, and awareness of, healthy food is growing, supporters of urban ag and local foods need to focus on improving the farm bill and making it friendlier to consumers.
The region’s upcoming rainy season can’t arrive fast enough, following a typically rainless summer in largely arid Southern California and recent months of drought across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill to address severe wildfires in the West. The bill provides $100 million to help at-risk communities prepare for wildfires and requires firefighting agencies to use unspent suppression funds for preparedness activities ahead of future wildfire seasons.
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