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NACD Blog: Celebrating bats: Unexpected pollinators
Bat Week is held each October 24 – 31 and raises awareness for how integral bats are to our ecosystems. Bats are some of America’s best pollinators, but they’re often shrouded in mystery!
The Iosco Conservation District (ICD) is proving a little forestland can have a large impact on the surrounding community.
USDA suspends offers for enrollment in Conservation Reserve Program via Herald Mail Media
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
Senators voted 82-17 on the House-passed measure, which includes help for the response to a string of wildfires and trio of hurricanes. That includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund, $16 billion to address national flood insurance program debt, and $576.5 million for wildfire recovery efforts.
USDA nominees advance, though legal glitch ensnares Northey via Agri-Pulse
The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the nominations of Bill Northey and Greg Ibach to serve as undersecretaries at USDA, but a potential legal snafu could hinder Northey’s initial work at the department. A nominee cannot serve in a position that is different from the one for which he or she was confirmed.
California's deadly wildfires have resulted in more than $1 billion in property losses so far, placing them among the costliest disasters the state’s history. The wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of land in several counties across northern and southern California.
Thune and Noem lead effort to expand sodsaver initiative via High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
A bipartisan group of House and Senate Agriculture Committee members has introduced new sodsaver legislation, which would save more than $50 million over 10 years and would disincentivize the conversion of native sod to cropland by closing a crop insurance yield substitution loophole in all 50 states.
Iowa farmers lack market for oats despite large cereal plant via Cedar Valley Business Monthly
Developing markets for alfalfa, oats, and other small grains could help Iowa farmers address some significant environmental problems, including degraded soil and water quality and increased weed resistance to herbicides.
A panel of Western stakeholders told the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday that a sage grouse conservation plan needs to allow for more state input. The witnesses said the unique geographies in the Western U.S. and the differences in land ownership should serve as caution against a blanket approach to the entire region.
Cool roofs have water saving benefits too via Phys.org
A new study by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that cool roofs can save water by reducing how much is needed for urban irrigation. Berkeley Lab researchers found that widespread cool roof adoption could reduce outdoor water consumption by as much as nine percent.
The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Thousands of Jobs Depend on the Wine Industry's Uncertain Recovery via The Atlantic
Compounding the already tremendous losses of life and property in Northern California is the fires’ blow to the region’s most vital industry, which now faces crop loss, and, in some cases, harvests tainted by exposure to smoke.
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