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NACD Blog: Team effort in Oklahoma promotes conservation education

Teamwork and community partnerships have propelled a team of high schoolers in Oklahoma to the highest levels of the international Envirothon competition.

NACD Blog: Putting Firewise to work in Washington

Trilogy at Redmond Ridge, an active adult community of more than 1,500 homes, lies next to extensive forested areas in eastern King County, Washington. A group of Trilogy homeowners came together in 2015 with a goal of reducing the risk of wildfire to their homes and lives.

NACD Blog: Conservation Client Gateway available to more producers than ever

A key gateway to NRCS and conservation district services just got bigger. Conservation Client Gateway, the secure online web application for landowners and land managers, is now available to business entities in addition to individual landowners.

Water quality funding bill gets Iowa Senate OK; fate uncertain in House via The Des Moines Register

Legislation to significantly increase state funding to clean up Iowa's waters was approved by the Iowa Senate, although it faces an uncertain fate in the Iowa House with time running out in the 2017 Legislature's session. When the plan is fully funded in 2021, the $27 million would be matched with about $23 million already being appropriated annually for water quality projects, providing a total of about $50 million per year to clean up the state's waters.

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. via Los Angeles Times

The trees that shade, cool, and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound, and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

USDA To Weigh In On Whether Organic Farming Means Using Soil via Forbes

USDA's National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) will decide whether hydroponic and aquaponic techniques to grow produce can continue to be eligible for the USDA-organic label. The outcome will determine whether these farmers can target the $39 billion market for organic produce.

ND makes desperate attempt to keep sage grouse in state via WDAY

Sage grouse are being airlifted into southwestern North Dakota with high hopes that this native bird can be saved. The once plentiful bird has declined to near extinction in the state.

These policy changes will help California prepare for the next drought via The Sacramento Bee

(Opinion) Gov. Jerry Brown has declared the drought over. What did we learn from more than five years of drought that could help us better manage the next one?

USDA announces $6.3 million in available funding on resilient agroecosystems via Science Magazine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $6.3 million in available funding for projects to support resilient agriculture and forestry production systems.

Genetically-Engineered Moths Spark Debate Over Biotech Bugs via Bloomberg News

Upstate New York is closer to seeing the release of moths that have been genetically engineered to produce non-viable larvae. The goal is to reduce populations of the diamondback moth, a pest that has caused significant damage to certain food crops.

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal, Doubles Number of Certified Conservation Sites via KTIC

Monsanto Company announced that it has reached key milestones in protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, two major components of its biodiversity strategy. In fiscal year 2016, Monsanto established 72 habitats at company sites across the U.S. for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Pests, weeds, crop diseases arriving early via Feedstuffs

A warmer-than-usual winter and wet spring are ushering in some crop diseases and weeds early in the season and could trigger more pest problems this summer.

In South Florida, green iguanas spread into suburban scourge via Associated Press

Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels. The damage, cleanup, and health concerns associated with iguanas, as well as their dramatic population growth, has prompted state officials to start thinking about management strategies.

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