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NACD Blog: Did You Know? District Training Needs

As part of a six-month series on district operations, Did You Know? highlights chapters of the NACD District Outlook Task Force report: “Blueprint for Locally-Led Conservation – A Strategy for District Success and Sustainability” (available on our website). This month’s chapter tackles training.

NACD Blog: What does the rollback of BLM’s planning rule mean?

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed House Joint Resolution 44 into law, nullifying “Planning 2.0” – BLM’s most recent revision of its planning process regulation.

Dayton praises farmers on buffer progress, calls on Legislature to keep deadline via AgriNews.Com

Minnesota's buffer law, which has provided no shortage of debate, is scheduled to be implemented Nov. 1. Gov. Mark Dayton recently praised the large percentage of farmers who have come into compliance.

Perdue had a long wait for a short confirmation hearing — and nailed it via Politico

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Agriculture, sailed through his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he intends to hold a business meeting to vote on Perdue’s nomination as soon as possible, with the aim of getting the full Senate to take quick action.

Kansas farmers face debts and drought via Wisconsin State Farmer

It's not just that wildfires scorched more than 700,000 acres and killed thousands of cattle in southwest and central Kansas, amid the return of drought in much of the state. It's that most farmers in Kansas and nationwide haven't been able to make much, if any, money farming for more than two years.

Will Water Works' dismissed lawsuit lift pressure on Iowa farmers? No, officials say via The Des Moines Register

Farmer Mark Schleisman firmly believes that Des Moines Water Works' decision to sue over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River was the wrong way to get more farmers to embrace conservation practices across Iowa's 26 million corn and soybean acres. But Schleisman hopes the dismissal of the utility's lawsuit two weeks ago doesn't lessen the pressure that farmers — or Iowa lawmakers — feel to implement more cover crops, grass waterways, wetlands, and other practices to help prevent soil erosion and nitrogen and phosphorus losses.

1,100 New Hampshire acres donated for permanent conservation via The Washington Post

A New Hampshire couple has donated 1,100 acres to the Upper Valley Land Trust for permanent conservation, the largest donation in the organization’s history. Trust President Jeanie McIntyre says the land is particularly valuable because of the Hills’ sustainable forestry practices.

Many California farms need an upgraded water delivery system via The Sacramento Bee

(Opinion) California is home to many of the world’s most advanced and innovative technology companies. Yet, while Silicon Valley and up-and-coming Silicon Beach are cutting-edge, another critical component of California’s economy – agriculture – is hobbled by outdated systems, particularly when it comes to how water is delivered and used.

EQIP for Plains Fire Victims via DTN/The Progressive Farmer

USDA announced $6 million in conservation program funds has been set aside specifically for farmers and ranchers hit by wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The funding can be used by farmers and ranchers to pay for grazing lands, rebuild fences, and protect damaged watersheds.

Appeals court upholds ESA protections for intrastate species via Agri-Pulse

Landowners seeking to curb federal protections for species that exist solely within one state have lost their constitutional challenge in a case involving the Utah prairie dog.

Trump signs bill to rollback regulations on BLM’s Planning 2.0 via Fox 13

Joint Resolution, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, was signed by President Trump. Some argue the new rule would have reduced the efficiency of resource planning and cause few opportunities for state and local government input.

California snowpack is one of the deepest ever recorded, and now poses a flooding risk via Los Angeles Times

With reservoirs and rivers already full from months of rain, the addition of melting snow will likely push water over the banks in some communities and cause flooding.

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