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NACD Blog: NCF #FutureFocused Q&A with Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell, a 2020 Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI) Cohort Member, grew up in Spencer, Okla. After serving in the Air Force for 30 years, Campbell began farming with his family in Luther, Okla. Campbell recently spoke with NACD about NCF and NACD, their goals and their legacy. Below are some of his answers.

BARN: NACD Sends Letter to Biden-Harris Transition Team
By Brian Allmer

[On Thursday], the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, congratulating him on his election to the presidency.

Minnehaha Conservation District: NACD Government Affairs Update On NRCS's EQIP And CSP Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working hard to write the regulations necessary to update its programs and incorporate new provisions from the farm bill ever since it was signed into law.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Congressman Panetta Introduces Save Our Forests Act To Increase Staffing And Decrease Wildfire Risk In National Forests

"The National Association of Conservation Districts welcomes the Save Our Forests Act, which is aimed to ensure the U.S. Forest Service is well-staffed and able to conduct critical work, especially in highly visited and high-risk areas, while continuing to promote the benefits of recreation on public lands,” said Tim Palmer, President, National Association of Conservation Districts.

Sentinel Source: Remembering the Past, Conserving the Future
By Erin Scollans

The Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) epitomizes conservation interests and priorities on a regional and national level. The program is fully vested in conserving and augmenting the role of agriculture in the community.

Manistee News Advocate: Manistee Conservation District awarded over $151K in grants
By Scott Fraley

The Manistee Conservation District has received funding to help implement conservation programs on private lands.

The Standard-Journal: Conservation District to help with Cover Crop Survey
By Matthew Farrand

Sometime in late November, farmers in Snyder County will see vehicles traveling about and stopping along the road looking at crop fields. The Snyder County Conservation District advises farmers not to be alarmed. Teams are conducting a survey on cover crop practices on local farms to help the state count the many farms using this soil conservation practice to improve water quality.

WLKM: Local Conservation Districts Awarded Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Environmental Stewardship Division recently awarded 95 grants totaling $6.5 million to 57 Michigan Conservation Districts – including two locally – for fiscal year 2021. The agency awarded $76,000 to Branch Conservation District and $71,000 to Cass Conservation District.

USDA: USDA Looks to Conservation Finance to Deliver More Working Lands Conservation
By Lucas Isakowitz

“Conservation finance utilizes NRCS conservation delivery tools like conservation practices technical service providers and producer incentives to help advance the agency’s conservation mission,” said Kari Cohen, Projects Branch Chief.

E&E News: Appropriators side with Trump on sage grouse, horses
By Scott Streater

(Subscriber Only) Federal protections for greater sage grouse and wild horses could become major points of contention for Senate and House appropriators working to finalize fiscal 2021 funding legislation in the lame-duck session.

New Straits Times: Natural resource management key to sustainability

There is no standard "one-formula-fits-all" template for any country or community. Ideally, all three pillars or components — the environment, the economy and the social wellbeing — must be balanced to ensure sustainability.

The Guardian: Cash cow: could carbon credits get US farmers to plant trees?
By Lela Nargi

How wildfires can affect water quality are well documented. But increasing—and increasingly intense—Western conflagrations are leading to fears they also could constrict the water quantity available in some of the nation’s most water-stressed areas.

Phys.org: Study reveals patterns that shape forest recovery after wildfires

New University of Montana research suggests recurring continent-spanning drought patterns set the tempo for forest recovery from wildfire.

Earth.com: Increasing plant biodiversity reduces the need for pesticides
By Chrissy Sexton

Plant biodiversity can serve as a natural method to control herbivores and reduce the need for harmful pesticides. A team of researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) has found that plant communities that are rich in species support predators while depriving pests of their main food sources.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Innovation Takes Shape in Great Lakes Region, Helping Solve Solutions Today for Challenges Tomorrow
By Jocelyn Benjamin

Producers in major watersheds across the U.S. are using innovation and technology to sustainably manage their operations, helping to create environmentally sound landscapes that are productive and profitable.

Crosscut: What 13,000 wildfires teach us about Washington forests
By Mandy Godwin

With the help of Angie Lane, [Washington State] DNR’s assistant division manager of plans and information for wildfire, Crosscut took a deep dive into these 13,452 fire records to highlight some numbers that help put this year into context and tell the broader story of [Washington's] fires.

Colorado Newsline: As wildfire threat grows, Colorado has a $4.2 billion forest management to-do list
By Chase Woodruff

As 2020’s historic fires are brought under control thanks to colder, wetter weather, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) on Tuesday released its 2020 Colorado Forest Action Plan, laying out its vision for the future of the state’s 24 million acres of forestland.

Agri-Pulse: NRCS announces WaterSMART funding

(Subscriber Only) The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to roll out $13 million in funding to help producers on private working lands better conserve water resources in coordination with investments made by water suppliers.

Deseret News: Will the West figure out how to share water?
By Sofia Jeremias

As droughts become more persistent and urban growth across the Mountain West continues to skyrocket, agricultural communities are increasingly worried about losing their water to far away cities — turning the towns into dust bowls with few job prospects.

Successful Farming: Woodchip Bioreactors Are At The Forefront Of Conservation Technology
By Megan Schilling

The woodchip bioreactor (or denitrifying bioreactor) is considered a new edge-of-field conservation practice that can reduce nitrate levels by 15-60 percent on 30-80 acres of tile-drained fields.

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