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NACD Blog: DOI review of designations under Antiquities Act underway

Local communities should have the opportunity to review and comment on national monument designations prior to any designation being declared. National monument designations can sometimes inadvertently lead to the creation of permanent “museums” where conservation and effective natural resource management is excluded.

NACD Blog: April is National Garden Month: Know the difference between ‘non-native’ and ‘invasive’

April is National Garden Month! While you’re welcoming spring and the return of pollinators, make sure you’re not introducing invasive species inadvertently.

NACD Blog: The importance of Section 319 grants

In the administration’s justification for eliminating 319, it suggested all voluntary, nonpoint source conservation efforts should be conducted through USDA. This rationale ignores the unique and complementary role the Section 319 program plays in helping local communities address nonpoint source pollution from urban stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage, sediments from construction sites, and so many other non-agricultural sources.

NACD Blog: Did You Know? District Structure and Governance

This month’s chapter from the NACD District Outlook Task Force Report tackles conservation district structure and governance.

General Mills commits millions to soil health initiative via Star Tribune

General Mills is committing $2 million over three years to help improve soil health. This new funding will help The Nature Conservancy, along with the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership, implement plans outlined last fall.

Trump orders Agriculture Dept. to end unnecessary regulations, help farmers via Fox News

President Trump signed an executive order telling the Agriculture Department to identify and eliminate potentially unnecessary regulations that “hurt farmers and rural communities.” The order also establishes a task force that will review policies, legislation, and regulations that potentially hurt agricultural and economic growth.

Sonny Perdue is confirmed by the Senate as the next agriculture secretary via USA Today

After months without a secretary of agriculture, the Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the post. Perdue was sworn in as the 31st secretary of agriculture on Tuesday.

Wolves Returned to State Management in Wyoming via Tri-State Livestock News

The Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., entered its final order upholding Wyoming's wolf management plan, which confirms Wyoming's management of wolves.

Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments via NPR

President Trump signed an executive order that could end up shrinking — or even nullifying — some large federal national monuments on protected public lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the order will direct his department to review all national monument designations on federal public land since 1996 that are 100,000 acres or more in size.

Florida wildfires: More than 100 fires burning, thousands evacuated via WCVB

Thousands of Floridians are under mandatory evacuation orders as more than 115 wildfires scorch the state. Nearly 30,000 acres of the Sunshine State have burned.

Conservationists say honeysuckle is their top foe via SFGate

Honeysuckle, particularly bush or Amur honeysuckle, is public enemy No. 1 of conservationists and naturalists. Honeysuckle not only keeps other species from blooming and growing properly, it has little benefit.

Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off via The Washington Post

Feral hogs are believed to cause $76 million or more in damage across the state every year, but in recent years, a small Louisiana slaughterhouse has begun butchering the hogs and selling the product to grocery stores and restaurants as part of an effort to help control the hogs’ numbers.

Some high plains farmers struggling after fires, drought via Chicago Tribune

Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months.

Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use? via NPR

Some places in the U.S. are already using digesters to capture the energy potential in food waste. Only about 200 farms in the U.S. have a digester, but the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 8,000 farms could have them.

Opinion: Crop insurance rules hinder soil health via Agri-Pulse

(Opinion) To be eligible for crop insurance, farmers who use cover crops must meet specific management rules. These rules force many to choose between soil health and crop insurance coverage, posing three significant barriers.

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