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Ag groups outline conservation, infrastructure appropriations priorities via Agri-Pulse

Capitol Hill appropriators received a pair of letters outlining funding priorities for conservation and waterway infrastructure. One letter was signed by more than 220 ag, wildlife, and conservation groups; the other by 22 farm organizations.

Anderson: With some reservations, Stearns County buffer law compliance widespread via Minneapolis Star Tribune

In Stearns County, where about 94 percent of waters that require buffers under the new law already are protected with grassland borders, implementation is seen, generally, as a good thing.

White House Wants USDA—Not EPA—to Reduce Agricultural Runoff via Bloomberg

The White House wants the Agriculture Department—instead of the EPA—to address runoff from farms and ranches, according to a directive. But the switch could prove to be another battle for the Trump administration, as it would require congressional approval.

Flooding overwhelms North Idaho drainage districts via Capital Press

Growers who work the roughly 45,000 acres of rain-fed agricultural land in the Kootenai Valley face a unique infrastructural challenge. Earthen dikes block most of the mountain streams — which are routed into drainage ditches across their farms — from the river. This spring, however, the pumps haven’t kept pace with the runoff, which has inundated vast expanses of farm ground.

Wolf spotted in Nevada is first in nearly a century via The Oregonian

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has confirmed the first sighting of a wolf in the state in nearly 100 years.

Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture gives hog traps to conservation districts to curb feral hog problem via KFOR

It's a billion dollar problem some are hoping can be fixed with the help of state lawmakers. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture is providing free hog traps to conservation districts across the state. Officials say the conservation districts who did not receive traps will have money made available to create or buy their own traps.

Freezing temperatures led to less honey production in 2016 via The Washington Post

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that 2016 honey production from producers with five or more colonies totaled 190,000 pounds. That’s down 17 percent, or 38,000 pounds, from 2015.

Senate Ag Committee Approves Perdue via DTN The Progressive Farmer

As expected, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to send President Donald Trump's nomination of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture secretary to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.

Birch tree bandits cut and run in Minnesota and Wisconsin via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Thieves are illegally cutting down thousands of birch trees in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to make a quick buck off city dwellers who love the paper-white logs, limbs, and twigs in their home decor. The thieves are leaving gaps in the northern landscape that will take at least a decade to refill with birch.

It's official: Manatee no longer listed as endangered via CNN

Florida's growing manatee population is a "dramatic turnaround" from the 1970s, the federal government said as it officially removed the aquatic creatures from the endangered list.

Destructive weed threatens U.S. corn fields via Reuters

A U.S. government program designed to convert farmland to wildlife habitat has triggered the spread of a fast-growing weed that threatens to strangle crops in America's rural heartland. The weed is hard to kill and, if left unchecked, destroys as much as 91 percent of corn on infested land.

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