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NACD Blog: SHI’s action plan has goal of making soil health ‘cornerstone’ of natural resources policy

The Soil Health Institute unveiled its soil health action plan aimed at “driving advancements” in soil conservation nationwide. Among the plan’s goals is to make soil health “the cornerstone of natural resource management policies throughout the nation.”

NACD Blog: A winning partnership: Conservation districts and the NRCS Watershed Stewardship Program

Conservation districts have been a major player throughout the history of the Watershed program, primarily as local sponsors of the flood control projects constructed under the program.

NACD Blog: NACD’s newest Tribal RPG publishes first success story

The Tribal Outreach and Partnership RPG’s first success story comes from Washington state, where the North Yakima Conservation District (NYCD) and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (Yakama Nation) collaborated to implement a stream restoration project on Ahtanum Creek, an important tributary to the Yakima River in central Washington.

Perdue defends USDA reorganization plans, outlines agency priorities via Agri-Pulse

Making his first appearance before lawmakers since he took office last month, Perdue enjoyed friendly give and take, easing any concerns among House Agriculture Committee members about his reorganization proposal to create a new undersecretary for trade and eliminate the undersecretary for rural development.

Delaware Farmer Comes Full Circle on Cover Crops via Lancaster Farming

The 36-year-old farmer has been using cover crops and no-till for years, and it’s finally paying off. By using cover crops such as rye and hairy vetch, and no-tilling, Baxter has been able to cultivate healthy, dark soil full of earthworms, nutrients and pores for rainwater to reach his main crops.

USDA invests $17.5 million for rural communities and a sustainable agriculture economy via Science Magazine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 47 grants totaling nearly $17.5 million to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

Take care of the dirt, the soil takes care of you via Times Record News

(Opinion) These techniques aren’t ground-breaking; farmers have known how to care for their dirt for centuries. But the value of the soil-health initiative is two-fold: It argues that farmers who use soil-enhancing techniques can compete in economic terms with industrial-scale, monoculture agriculture.

Is this popular gardening material bad for the planet? via The Washington Post

For horticultural use, the extraction of peat requires the removal of a bog’s living surface to reach the partially decomposed layers beneath. It grows at a mere sixteenth of an inch a year, and its mining removes layers that take centuries to develop. “Peat is the best vegetative carbon sink we have on the planet. Why dig it up?”

Groups Press Lawmakers to Oppose USDA Rural Development Change via Bloomberg

More than a dozen groups are calling on Congress to prevent the Agriculture Department from eliminating the undersecretary of rural development position.

Sid Miller, recorded: Some feral hog bait safeguards ‘not doable’ via Austin American-Statesman

Miller has heavily promoted Kaput Feral Hog Bait as an antidote to a Texas scourge — the fast-growing hog population is responsible for millions of dollars in damage to Texas farms and golf courses annually.

County may press for quarantine of an organic farm via Capital Press

Sherman County may order owners of a 2,000-acre organic farm to spray noxious weeds or face a possible quarantine. Local wheat farmers say weeds spreading from Azure Farms, on the outskirts of Moro in north central Oregon, cost them money in the form of additional herbicide control.

Soil Health Institute Announces Action Plan via AgWired

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) unveiled the “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life” Soil Health Action Plan during a National Press Club event.

Fieldwork Roundup: Stalled Farmers Pin Hopes on Drier Weather Ahead via DTN/The Progressive Farmer

A bout of hot, dry weather will do miracles on these sun-starved acres, many growers predicted. Already, a lot of Illinois corn is perking up and turning green after two hot days. Although fields remain wet, some growers found themselves in the odd situation of actually needing a shower to soften crusted soils so planted corn and soybeans could emerge.

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