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NACD Blog: Vets on the Farm: Conservation Districts Support Military Veterans in Washington
In Spokane, Wash., the Spokane Conservation District (SCD), led by director Vicki Carter, is taking an innovative approach to outreach and education for beginning farmers and ranchers by engaging the high population of military veterans in the area through Vets on the Farm.
Santa Fe New Mexican: On the real-estate value of trees
A recent teaching guide by the National Association of Conservation Districts uses trees to create school curriculum units in language, analytical skills, science and history. For example, their experts claim that one mature tree annually provides savings of $73 on air conditioning, $75 in erosion control, and $50 in air-pollution reduction, in addition to significant environmental benefits.
CNBC: Farmers feel the pain as lawmakers haggle over delayed disaster relief plan
Lawmakers typically work together to send help quickly following a natural disaster. But this time, aid for farmers has gotten tangled up inside a massive $17 billion disaster relief bill that has languished for months on Capitol Hill. The House is slated to tackle the legislation again this week, but Republicans and Democrats remained deadlocked over how much aid should go to Puerto Rico.
PCT News: For Certain Invasive Species, Catching Infestation Early Pays Off
An international research has conducted the first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant.
Houston Herald: It takes ‘corn, patience and persistence’ to fight Missouri's feral hogs problem
In recent years, feral hogs have been a growing problem in Missouri — causing damage to property and farms, competing with native species, and harboring diseases that could threaten domesticated pigs. But the on-the-ground fight to control them is an unforgiving scramble against their smarts, their prolific ability to multiply, and the people who introduce them to the state.
PBS: How scientists are trying to predict wildfire movement
It’s been six months since the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burned 19,000 structures in November 2018. But even at the peak of the inferno, some scientists moved toward it, in an attempt to understand more about the intensity and spread of the flames.
Reno Gazette Journal: Wildfire burn zones depleting snowpack across West, which fuels more fires and snow loss, research shows
Wildfires that increasingly plague the American West are contributing more than previously known to the deterioration of the region’s snowpack, according to newly published research.
The Detroit News: Great Lakes water levels surge; some record highs predicted
Water levels will surge to record highs in some areas of the Great Lakes over the next six months, federal officials predict. The lakes have been rising steadily for five years and are getting an extra boost from recent heavy rainfall and melting snow from the winter.
Cleveland Scene: Reducing Harmful Lake Erie Algal Blooms: What Will It Take?
With the waters of Lake Erie starting to warm, concerns are rising about the possibility of toxic algal blooms over the summer months. There are evidence-based agricultural practices that can reduce the threat, so why are they not widely used? New research of solutions and behaviors found that goals to reduce nutrient runoff linked to algal blooms are feasible, as many farmers are motivated to use best practices.
South Dakota Ag Connection: Kentuckians Step Up to Help After Devastating Nebraska Flooding
In America's breadbasket, where the iconic image is "amber waves of grain," Nebraska grain farmers and livestock producers were instead facing sodden, sand-covered fields, washed-out fencing and a tragic loss of cattle after the worst flooding in 50 years hit their region recently. Kentucky farmers understand what they're going through, and they are rising en masse to send aid through the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
The Washington Post: Study says Hawaii reefs provide $835M in flood protection
Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study. The report by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz established the value that the natural formations provide the islands.
FOX 43: Cooperative effort and farm bill to help contain and eradicate Spotted Lanternfly
Members of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, USDA, and Penn State met Wednesday, to talk all things Spotted Lanternfly, including new permits for truck drivers and a state bill that would help contain the pest. This, on the heels of the first Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the season.
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