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Farm Progress: $1 million in urban ag conservation funding announced

The National Association of Conservation Districts announced $1 million in urban agriculture conservation funding for 21 conservation districts across 13 states.

High Plains Journal: NACD announces district grant recipients

National Association of Conservation Districts Second Vice President Kim LaFleur announced recipients of the inaugural Friends of NACD District Grants program.

Farm Progress: NACD recognizes 2019 winners

The National Association of Conservation Districts recognized winners of its national service awards at the organization’s 2020 Annual Meeting.

Capital Press: Ranch manager new president-elect conservation district group

Michael Crowder has been named president-elect of the National Association of Conservation Districts.

AgriMarketing: Field to Market Announces New Officers

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced today the election of new officers for the organization's Board of Directors. The board selected Brandon Hunnicutt of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as chair, Jeremy Peters of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) as vice chair, Diane Herndon of Nestlé Purina as secretary and Michelle French of ADM as treasurer.

Civil Eats: Two States are Leading a Cover Crop Revival
By Lisa Held

Farmers in Maryland and Iowa are investing in crops that improve water quality, soil health, and build resiliency in the face of climate change.

Colorado State University: Animals large and small once covered North America’s prairies – and in some places, they could again
By Joel Berger

Land conservation in the heartland has been underwhelming. According to most estimates, less than 4 percent of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered some 170 million acres of North America is left. And when native grasslands are altered, populations of endemic species like prairie dogs shrink dramatically.

Phys.org: As groundwater depletes, arid American West is moving east

Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater—about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter of Lake Erie, a first-of-its-kind study has shown.

Capital Press: Diversity has the power to regenerate farmland
By Carol Ryan Dumas

America’s original prairies were once vibrant with flowers, forbs and grasses, supporting the health of the soil beneath. But in the conversion to agricultural land, they lost the diversity that promoted productivity and protected against pests and disease.

The Washington Post: The Energy 202: Trump administration considers changing way it decides how to use public lands
By Dino Grandoni

The Trump administration is considering rewriting the rules on how it decides which public lands can be used for mining, drilling and grazing -- and which to preserve for recreation and conservation.

Phys.org: Study: Effectiveness of program that pays farmers to conserve water
By Jon Niccum

Crops need water. And in the central United States, the increasing scarcity of water resources is becoming a threat to the nation's food production.

Crosscut: WA lawmakers want to fund solutions for healthier soil — and less gassy cows
By Katherine Long

Bipartisan proposals before the Washington Legislature would help scientists learn about storing carbon in agricultural soils and invest in GPS-guided tractors and climate-friendly cattle feed.

Colorado Sun: Work to reduce wildfire risks in Colorado, other Western states has economic benefits, report says

Projects to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect water sources in the U.S. West have created jobs and infused more money in local economies, researchers say, and they were funded by a partnership between governments and businesses that has become a model in other countries.

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