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NACD Blog: Grazing Assistance and Youth Outreach in Washington County, Tennessee
Through NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grants, the Washington County Soil Conservation District in Tennessee has been able to boost its technical assistance programs to landowners, improve its office functions, and continue work on its outreach programs.
KSIR: KSIR Interview with NACD President Tim Palmer
On Tuesday, KSIR Reporter Lorrie Boyer interviewed NACD President Tim Palmer as part of the radio station's Daily Ag Interview.
Farm and Dairy: Embracing backyard conservation
(Opinion) Based on Backyard Conservation: Lawns and the Environment, a collaboration between Scotts Miracle-Gro and the National Association of Conservation Districts, here are some suggestions [for backyard conservation].
The Hill: Bill aims to help farmers sell carbon credits
The agriculture industry would be able to participate in a growing carbon credit market under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday that would funnel money to farmers who use sustainable practices.
Globe Gazette: Incentives real money to promote more conservation
One of the programs available to producers in Iowa to assist in reducing soil erosion and improving water quality is the Water Quality Initiative (WQI). This program, like all the programs administered by your local Soil and Water Conservation District, is voluntary and incentive-based.
Morning Ag Clips: 23 years of water quality data from crop-livestock systems
Long-term research is important to understand how land management impacts runoff and erosion, which pose serious threats to soil and water quality worldwide. To better understand these processes in agricultural landscapes of the southern Great Plains of the United States, eight 1.6 -ha watersheds were established and instrumented in 1976 at the USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma.
E&E News: Grant to improve soil conservation after legal settlement
A $500,000 grant is expected to increase the number of soil conservation practices in Indiana and improve water quality in watersheds across the state.
A bipartisan bill introduced [last Thursday] in the Senate will provide technical assistance for the agriculture and forestry sectors to improve their ability to reduce air pollution and remove carbon from the atmosphere through natural processes, such as storing it in the soil.
Farm Progress: Researching mysteries hidden in the soil
The mysterious capillary fringe has huge effects on the soil, and new research tells us how it works.
Scientific American: Green Infrastructure Can Be Cheaper, More Effective than Dams
Hundreds of studies on nature-based solutions to extreme events show that “green infrastructure” is often cheaper and more effective than engineered projects like dams, levees and sea walls, according to a new analysis.
Agri-Pulse: Researchers take aim at the “Murder Hornet’, threat to bees
(Subscriber Only) USDA staff at the Agricultural Research Service are searching for the Asian giant hornet (AGH) in hopes of preventing a serious threat to the U.S. beekeeping industry.
WTOP News: Good news for shellfish: Aquatic grasses fight acid in Chesapeake Bay, study finds
Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay have made a comeback in recent decades, and a new study, from scientists including researchers from the University of Maryland, finds that they’re helping fight one of the effects of fossil-fuel use.
The growth in cover cropping may soon hit a ceiling: Planting millions of acres of cover crops will require huge extensions of land to produce cover crop seed. Between three and six percent of the 92 million acres of cropping land currently used for corn (maize) in the U.S. may be required to produce cover crop seed for that land area.
Phys.org: Bedrock type under forests greatly affects tree growth, species, carbon storage
A forest's ability to store carbon depends significantly on the bedrock beneath, according to Penn State researchers who studied forest productivity, composition and associated physical characteristics of rocks in the Appalachian ridge and Valley Region of Pennsylvania.
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