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NACD Blog: 2017 End of Year Congressional Update

As Congress wraps up its work for 2017 and NACD looks ahead to the new year, we wanted to let you know where things stand on a few topics.

USDA adding 30 watersheds to National Water Quality Initiative via Agri-Pulse

USDA plans to add 30 new watersheds in 2018 to its top water quality initiative, which helps landowners improve water quality while strengthening agricultural operations. In all, the department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest more than $30 million in 201 high-priority watersheds across the country.

Destructive, deadly California wildfire now largest in state history via Chicago Tribune

The fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties had scorched 273,400 acres, or about 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest.

Sage grouse numbers expected to decline next year via Casper Star Tribune

Sage grouse numbers are likely to decline next year, part of a downswing in the bird’s population that happens about every decade.

Montana wildfire repayment delayed in disaster bill deferral via Missoulian

Unfortunately, all those local firefighting accounts must wait until 2018 after Congress failed to pass a supplemental $81 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Administration and related disaster managers.

Wisconsin farmers hope new techniques will slow soil erosion via Star Tribune

Students at a working farm and hands-on classroom in Wisconsin are learning about the benefits of stopping soil erosion.

Severe Wildfires Bring A Welcome Landscape For Native Bees via KUOW

In these places where more than 50 percent of the canopy burned, it’s also warmer and there’s potentially more nesting habitat. These aren't hive-dwellers; these bees look for mineral soil to burrow into.

Kansans recognized for conservation efforts via High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

The Division of Conservation in the Kansas Department of Agriculture recognized Lazy VJ Farms near Fredonia as the recipient of the 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award and Andrew Larson Jr. of Finney County as the recipient of the 2017 Don Rezac Memorial Award.

Funding for grassland and pollinator habitat development available via The Tribune

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Fish & Wildlife has secured funding to contribute to a new grassland and pollinator habitat development program that will benefit private landowners.

Test puts nitrate monitoring in farmers’ hands via Iowa Farmer Today

Unlike soil erosion, which can be observed, nitrate loss isn’t visible, so on-farm testing is one way to detect loss or measure practice effectiveness.

Genetically Engineered Insects Next For Agriculture? via AgWeb

The arrival of GE insects in farming could usher in a new wave of pest management, based on species-specific tools targeting pest insects, and result in a significant reduction in broad-spectrum insecticide applications.

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