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NACD Blog: Sherburne SWCD expands EAB detection partnerships

The Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with new agencies and using the power of volunteers to ensure forest health in Minnesota.

Phys.Org: The dirt on soil loss from the Midwest floods
By Jim Ippolito and Mahdi Al-Kaisi

As devastating images of the 2019 Midwest floods fade from view, an insidious and longer-term problem is emerging across its vast plains: The loss of topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.

Pipestone County Star: SWCD asks for better planning on wind turbine access roads
By Debra Fitzgerald

Wind turbine companies are planning and designing their access roads in a way that damages existing conservation practices or creates new natural resources concerns, according to a letter drafted by the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). These access roads are “often a secondary thought with little to no consideration given to the potential soil erosion issues created.”

CBS News: Common Ground: How an environmentalist and a logger came together to save Arizona's forests

After decades of distrust, Aumack and Tenney and dozens of other stakeholders started hammering out a deal to restore the forests. They agreed that the forests were far too thick with trees and needed to be thinned. So, they set out to restore 2.4 million acres of dense national forests.

The Conversation: As climate change erodes US coastlines, an invasive plant could become an ally
By Judith Weis

(Opinion) The common reed Phragmites australis is a tall perennial grass with long leaves that invades fresh and brackish wetlands. It builds and stabilizes marsh soils, which store carbon; it also protects tidal marshes from erosion associated with sea level rise.

AP News: Trump signs Colorado River drought plan
By Jonathan J. Cooper

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.

E&E News: Removing rotten trees killed by beetles could cost over $1M

(Subscriber Only) Removing beetle-infested spruce trees at state campgrounds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to keep them from falling and harming campers could cost more than $1 million, according to state parks officials.

ScienceDaily: Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland

Farmers can't predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. Not only will this save them time and money; it will solve one of the most widespread environmental problems facing crop-producing regions -- nitrogen loss.

AgUpdate: Researchers hope grazing can increase yields of new grain crop
By Andrea Johnson

As a perennial crop, Kernza can grow 2-3 years without any sort of tillage. “We’ve been looking at it from a ‘dual-use’ type system, where we can graze it, get some forage off the land for livestock, and also harvest the Kernza for grain, and maybe get some straw off the land,” Heins said.

Duluth News Tribune: Walz declares Minnesota’s commitment to pollinators
By Michael Brun

An executive order by Gov. Tim Walz affirmed the importance of pollinators for the state and directed agencies to support pollinator habitat and promote the careful use of pesticides.

FeedNavigator.org: Camelina cover-crop use may support pig growth, soil health
By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

Camelina may provide a partial alternative to soybean meal use in swine diets at low levels while promoting soil health as a winter cover crop.

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