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NACD Blog: Getting seeds started right

When spring can’t get here soon enough, it’s time to start getting your hands dirty starting some seeds! Seed starting is fairly easy, given the right set-up, a bit of patience, and a bit of diligence.

Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes via ABC News

Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds are forecast to ease from the gusts that whipped the flames. In addition to those four states, conditions were ripe for fires in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.

A new, innovative program to help South Dakota farmers via Rapid City Journal

(Opinion) After months of collecting feedback from farmers and other agriculture stakeholders, Senator John Thune, R-S.D., introduced a new farm bill program that’s intended to protect farmers’ income in these tough economic times. The Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP), is an economic assistance tool that offers several conservation benefits. SHIPP will not compete with or replace the popular Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), but would be a voluntary alternative for farmers who don’t want to tie up their land for long periods of time.

General Mills boosts eco-friendly grain Kernza via Chicago Sun Times

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn’t need to be replanted every year.

Proposed EPA Cuts Could Devastate the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan via Washingtonian

The massive cuts the White House has proposed to the EPA’s budget could cause serious damage to the Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. The proposal would reduce funding for the bay cleanup’s funding by about 93 percent.

6 weeks later, senators question delay on agriculture pick via The Washington Post

President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn’t formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination. The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee needs the paperwork before the chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts, can schedule a confirmation hearing.

Official: California Faces $50B Price Tag for Flood Control via Associated Press

California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams, and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month. Damage to California's highways is estimated at nearly $600 million. Fixing Oroville Dam alone could cost up to $200 million.

First Signs of Dicamba Resistance? via AgWeb

With an increasingly hostile roster of resistant weeds, crops are under constant waves of assault that necessitate a diversified response. The days of polite recommendations to mix modes of action have given way to outright demand: Multiple, effective modes of chemistry are a farming absolute.

Judge won’t stop construction of Dakota Access pipeline via Los Angeles Daily News

A federal judge declined to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as next week. The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois.

From new beans to ancient plants, drought-busting crops take root via Reuters

In recent decades, research has increased to see how food crops cope with dry conditions, and scientists are breeding and crossing seeds to make them more drought-tolerant. But major obstacles exist in scaling up their use.

Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017 via Farm Forum

This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that hopes to show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably. This is the largest farmer-led soil health research project of its kind.

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