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NACD Blog: Mississippi districts, NWTF help to educate the next generation
Mississippi conservation districts are working with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to educate youth and encourage conservation measures and interest in wildlife habitat management.
NACD Blog: Wyoming district helps restore streambank, improve fish habitat
Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Conservation District and the Brush Creek-Hayden U.S. Forest Service Ra’nger District have been working with other agencies and organizations to improve aquatic habitats by removing or modifying in-channel barriers and stabilizing riverbanks.
NACD Blog: With help from DNR grant program, Michigan districts improve deer habitat
Michigan conservation districts are partnering with local hunting groups, schools and private landowners to fill in forestry gaps and improve deer and other wildlife habitat through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deer habitat improvement grants in the Upper Peninsula.
NACD Blog: Clackamas SWCD using Community Forest Program to enhance habitat
With a U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program grant, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to acquire 319 acres of forested land to protect and improve for wildlife habitat.
NACD Blog: Wyoming district and partners work to reduce fuel loads
Campbell County Conservation District (CD) is partnering with the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address two key issues: thinning forests to make stands more resilient to insects and diseases, such as the mountain pine beetle, and reducing fuel loads to restrict wildfire damage and improve wildlife habitat.
NACD Blog: House Subcommittee Evaluates USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held its first hearing of the new Congress, welcoming Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matt Lohr and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce to review the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm bill conservation programs.
The Washington Post: Farms are suffering from climate change and Trump’s trade war. Here’s how to help.
(Opinion) Instead of writing a $15 billion check for trade-disaster aid, the government could put the money toward paying those farmers to capture carbon from the air and bury it in the soil by planting grass or small grains such as rye in rotation with corn. The mechanism exists through the Conservation Stewardship Program, which pays farmers for conservation practices on working lands.
Cover Crop Strategies: Carbon Credits by 2020 for No-Till, Cover Crops? It Could Happen This Time
Last March, a coalition of environmental organizations and food companies — the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium — announced efforts to build a market that would pay farmers for carbon sequestration and cleaner water. The program would give farmers credits for their efforts to sequester carbon or protect water quality, and then companies could buy those credits to reach their own sustainability goals. They plan to build the market by 2022.
Forbes: Soil Erosion Washes Away $8 Billion Annually
Soil isn't the only thing that we are losing from erosion. A new study estimates $8 billion in global economic losses caused by soil erosion reducing crop yields and increasing water usage.
NPR: Senate Reaches $19 Billion Deal For Disaster Aid Without Border Wall Funding
The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.
The Gazette: For Iowa farmers, profiting from cover crops may unlock potential
As the government spends tens of millions of dollars subsidizing cover crops, farmers and experts wonder if they instead should encourage offseason cover crops that can be harvested for a profit — not just killed off before the traditional cash crop is planted.
Minnesota Public Radio: Farmers testing new fertilizer alternative: bacteria
The bacteria, which have been genetically modified, will help the corn plants convert nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form the corn plants can use as fertilizer. The idea is to eventually replace synthetic nitrogen fertilizer with microbes.
University of California-Merced: Lengthy Study Shows Value of Soil Health and Forest Restoration after Damaging Events
A nine-year experiment by a UC Merced Department of Life and Environmental Sciences professor and his colleagues is illuminating the importance of soil carbon in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems because of its influence on the microbial communities that live in soil.
The New York Times: Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. Or, in Washington State, You Could Now Be Compost.
For most Americans, there are two main choices after death: burial or cremation. But now people in Washington State have a third legal option: They can have their bodies turned into soil.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Officials warn of potentially historic flooding as Arkansas River swells
Weather officials on Wednesday warned people along the Arkansas River to brace for severe flooding and fast river speeds as projections show potential to break long-set historic records following a rainy late-spring here and in Oklahoma.
The Newsstand: Cover crops can increase soil moisture by as much as 10 percent
South Carolina soils are old and weathered, and Clemson University researchers are working with the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to teach the public how growing cover crops can help rejuvenate and put some life back into the state’s soils.
The Kansas City Star: Flooded farmers along Missouri would get more say in river management under Hawley bill
Farmers along the Missouri River, some plagued by flooding this spring, would get more of voice in how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the river under a bill introduced Tuesday by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. Hawley’s new legislation would create an advisory council with two members from each the seven states along the river: North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Montana, Iowa and Nebraska and Missouri.
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