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NACD Blog: Roberts-Ratliff takes pride in inspiring others to become good stewards

Vickie Roberts-Ratliff is using personal experiences as a sixth-generation Mississippi landowner to assist small property owners in Georgia’s Fulton and Cobb counties. All her efforts are working toward empowering landowners and helping them identify and implement long-range plans that fully utilize agroforestry and land management practices.

NACD Blog: NACD’s Take: The 2018 House Farm Bill
By Coleman Garrison

On Thursday, April 12, the House Ag Committee released its 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and the legislation passed out of Committee on Wednesday, April 18. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared.

The Virginian-Pilot: Chesapeake Bay grass surpasses 100,000 acres for "first time in modern history"
By Katherine Hafner

Underwater grass covered nearly 105,000 acres of the Chesapeake Bay in 2017, marking the third time it’s set a record in as many years. That’s almost 15,000 acres more than the Chesapeake Bay Program’s target for the year, and 57 percent of the amount it ultimately wants to reach.

Forbes: Inside An Epic Experiment: Where The Buffalo Roam, Texas Agriculture Thrives
By Maggie McGrath

Today, this piece of Texas Hill Country is in recovery—all thanks to the bison, which have been reintroduced to the area as part of an agricultural experiment. True to their hypothesis, the addition of animals—and particularly, large grazing animals like bison—has done wonders for the land.

Indy Week: Urban Agriculture Could Potentially Produce a Tenth of the World's Food. Is Grass Really the Best Use for Your Yard?
By Amanda Abrams

There are roughly forty million acres of lawn in the U.S.—three times more acreage than any other irrigated crop. That's a lot of land, and an enormous amount of lost potential.

Farm Forum: MN Dept. of Ag releases proposed groundwater protection rule

The proposed rule, which is based on the input of the farmers and landowners who the rule would apply to, would regulate the use of nitrogen fertilizer in areas of the state where soils are prone to leaching and where drinking water supplies are threatened.

Tri-State Livestock News: Oklahoma fires seen from space, more than 400,000 acres lost and counting
By Lindsay King

Over a third of the state, 52 counties, are in a state of emergency due to the weather conditions and fire danger. The two largest fires are located in northwest Oklahoma: Dewey County, known as Rhea, and Woodward County, known as 34 Complex. The Rhea fire has burned 289,078 acres while the 34 Complex fire has burned 62,089 acres.

Hoosier Ag Today: Indiana Remains a Top State for Cover Crops

Indiana farmers planted 970,000 acres of cover crops in 2017, according to a recent survey. Cover crops are now the third-most planted crop in the state, next to corn and soybeans.

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Earth Day calls for conservation that starts from the ground up - literally
By Moira McDonald

(Opinion) This Earth Day, it may be the earth right under our feet that matters most. Healthier soil means healthier crops, and for farmers, healthier profits.

Des Moines Register: Iowa, other Midwest states see resurgence of predator animals such as bears, bobcats and wolves
By John Kruse

Bobcats, gray wolves and mountain lions are among the predators that are expanding into Midwest territory they have not inhabited in years.

U.S. News and World Report: Michigan Develops Plan to Battle Land-Based Invasive Species

Agencies have developed a plan to prevent land-based invasive plants, animals, insects and tree diseases from reaching Michigan, while limiting the damage caused by those already in the state.

Delmarva Now: Chesapeake Bay funding for agricultural cleanup could land in Farm Bill
By Jeremy Cox

A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Senate Agriculture Committee to ratchet up funding for cleaning up farms that discharge nutrients and other pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay.

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