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Conservation Clip List is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides our members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. If you have a relevant submission, please contact your NACD Communications Team.

NACD Blog: What you need to know about funding the federal government

You may be wondering how a government shutdown can affect conservation districts, or even what “continuing resolution” means.

NACD Blog: NACD update on USDA reorganization

Since last week’s announcement that USDA is taking further steps in their efforts to reorganize the department, NACD has received additional information that we wanted to pass along to you, though many details are still to come.

New tool available to help farmers explore alternative ways to comply with buffer law via Albert Lea Tribune

To help farmers find the best strategy to comply with the Minnesota Buffer Law, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources has implemented a tool that will provide farmers with alternative practices specific to their land that can be used instead of the prescribed vegetative buffer.

Can American soil be brought back to life? via Politico

A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government — aren't making it easy.

USDA help available for flood-damaged land via Victoria Advocate

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has established two special Environmental Quality Incentives Program sign ups to help farmers and ranchers that suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Conservation for the Future of the Family Farm via National Geographic

Today, he is focused on long-term thinking – farming sustainably both to help his business prosper now and to care for the land in the long term. Conservation and low-impact farming keep the land healthy for future generations.

Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb via Scientific American

As long as we keep filling up natural wetlands and marshes, building [expensive] hotels and resorts in these areas prone to hurricanes, it’s only a matter of time before a hurricane creates another disaster in this area worse than Hurricane Andrew.

Monarchs in western U.S. risk extinction, scientists say via Reuters

Monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains are teetering on the edge of extinction, with the number wintering in California down more than 90 percent from the 1980s.

Oregon town seeks solutions to wild turkeys, their droppings via The Washington Post

A small Oregon city is asking the state for advice on how to handle a flock of wild turkeys that are ruining gardens and leaving droppings just about everywhere.

Hessian fly is a pest to watch for on cover crops via Wallace’s Farmer

Hessian flies are considered an economic pest in the fall because they can cause significant damage that can stunt or kill plants. Hessian fly is a potentially destructive pest in winter wheat.

US West's wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests via ABC News

Wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at "powder keg levels."

Schumer: $900k to Battle Invasive Species in Finger Lakes via U.S. News and World Report

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Environmental Protection Agency is awarding almost $600,000 to help control a recently discovered Hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lake.

Killing the Pan One Cover Crop at a Time via AgWeb

The eastern half of the U.S. is plagued by 50 million acres of fragipan soil. However, annual ryegrass is showing genuine promise as a battering ram against fragipan, evidenced by yield boosts and sustained success on Upton’s farmland.

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