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Neighboring districts have developed a cooperative agreement to expand the delivery of conservation services in Oklahoma by utilizing strong relationships and building on their mutual understanding of the roles tribal conservation districts can play in meeting local conservation needs.
Hydroponic producer Tami Purdue grows a long list of microgreen crops, but that’s not all she grows. Purdue also helped cultivate an urban farm community in Wake County, North Carolina, with a CropBox system.
Because we’ve had several years now of atypical federal appropriations cycles, it’s not clear exactly how the FY 2018 cycle will play out.
NACD Blog: Did You Know? NACD has a new logo
NACD may have a new look, but our identity remains rooted. We support and promote this nation’s 3,000 conservation districts.
The National Conservation Planning Partnership is excited to introduce a new peer-to-peer web conference series to support conservation planning staff and partners.
The $50,000 grant will also help the conservation district with urban projects in other parts of Sebastian County by providing more staff support for technical assistance like those on high-hoop tunnel gardening and rain barrel workshops. At the Discovery Garden, the grant funding will allow for more workshops on food production and conservation.
A punishing drought that stretches across much of the U.S. Northern Plains could cause farmers to lose 64 million bushels of wheat production this year. That dire projection comes as northeast Montana experiences the worst drought in the country, with similar dry conditions in neighboring North Dakota and South Dakota. The federal government has declared numerous counties in the three-state region to be disaster areas and authorized haying and grazing on land meant for conservation to help alleviate the conditions.
WOTUS withdrawal: EPA, Corps publishing proposal via Agri-Pulse
The Trump administration’s effort to write new “waters of the U.S.” regulations takes a big step forward with publication of a proposed rule to withdraw the Obama administration’s 2015 rule. Pruitt has said he wants to propose a revised rule by the end of this year, which could be a tall order with a comment period that extends into late October or later.
Crops hit with triple threat: heat, drought, weeds via The Des Moines Register
One of the few perks of this dry heat wave is little incidence of foliar, or leaf-related, disease. They’re caused by fungi or bacteria that prefer moist, cool conditions. Weeds and insects are another matter. Spider mites and grasshoppers both do well when it’s hot and dry. Water hemp “tends to thrive no matter what,” and is becoming resistant to herbicides.
A new generation of farmers are making agriculture more compatible with wildlife. They're adopting irrigation methods that provide habitat for waterfowl, help keep chemicals out of the wildlife refuges, and give growers a premium price for their crops. And they're helping push the entire Klamath Basin toward a more sustainable agricultural system.
Pigweed prevalent in birdseed, pollinator mixes, says MU researcher via Hannibal Courier-Post
University of Missouri researchers are finding that pigweed seed is popping up in birdseed in alarming numbers. A pound bag alone had 8,000 seeds. Given most birdseed sells in 50-pound bags, that is a lot of pigweed.
After a wet and snowy winter, wildfires rage across the West via Los Angeles Times
The unusual amounts of snowfall and rain across the West this last winter helped facilitate tall grass and more vegetation — creating conducive conditions for large fires once the hot and humid months of summer rolled around. Lightning strikes have sparked many of the fires and some blazes have been burning for weeks. Wildfires remain active in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
Hot, Dry Pattern Locked In: Drought Easing Not Expected via DTN/The Progressive Farmer
NOAA's August forecast features above-normal temperatures for all but the southwestern U.S., and precipitation showing "equal chances" for above, normal, or below-normal amounts for all but, again, the southwestern U.S. In other words, very warm to hot and dry conditions appear to be locked in through the rest of the corn pollination and filling stages, along with soybean pod-setting and pod-filling stages.
The fact of the matter is that Texas is not only stuck with its feral hogs, it can only make a dent in their numbers. Hunting and trapping certainly helps: An A&M study found the combination reduced annual damage by as much as 66 percent. But such techniques have to be deployed widely and consistently. Clear the hogs from one patch of land and they’ll flow in from another; stop hunting them and their numbers will rebound in a year. But consistency is difficult to accomplish in Texas.
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