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Farm Progress: New oat, wheat markets debut in Iowa
By Alisha Bower

[NACD President Tim] Palmer has raised both oats and rye, and is an avid cover-cropper both after small-grain harvest and in between his corn and soybean crops. He grazes his cattle on cover crops to help fill in forage gaps at key times of the year: late fall, early spring and in the heat of summer.

Fern's Ag Insider: Conservation reserve program is ‘competitive’ this year, despite lower rental rates
By Leah Douglas

(Subscriber Only) Despite lower rental rates, enrollment in the land-idling Conservation Reserve Program is “competitive” this year, a USDA official said at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on Tuesday. The 2018 farm bill raised the cap on the number of acres to be enrolled in the CRP from 24 million to 27 million.

WECT News: Landmark resolution on Gen X passed by county soil and water conservation district

The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors presented a resolution to address GenX and other PFAS chemicals at the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ annual meeting, held earlier this month in Charlotte.

E&E News: Westerman fine-tuning 'Trillion Trees' climate bill
By Kellie Lunney

(Subscriber Only) Arkansas Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman said the math is not quite there yet on a draft bill that aims to tackle climate change by planting more trees.

The Standard: Iowa State survey shows farm owners make small increases in conservation

A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of conservation practices.

The Daily Yonder: Research: To Improve Conservation, Start with Listening to Rural Landowners
By Mary Sketch

(Opinion) With more than 50 percent of the U.S. designated as agricultural land, we are seeing greater emphasis being placed on fostering landscapes where conservation and agriculture sustainably coexist. Achieving long-term conservation gains isn’t possible without involving farmers and ranchers in the process. 

E&E News: Legislation aims to boost oysters and crabs
By Rob Hotakainen

(Subscriber Only) Bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday would reauthorize NOAA's Chesapeake Bay office and increase its funding through 2024. The bill, called the "Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act," would support work to improve the bay's health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award grants to connect students to the bay.

Phys.org: Scientists learn how plants manipulate their soil environment to assure a cheap, steady supply of nutrients

Researchers in Rice University's Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology program detailed how plants have evolved to call for nutrients, using convenient bacteria as a delivery service.

Successful Farming: The Power of Prairie
By Megan Vollstedt

Prairie is an ecosystem powerhouse. It’s no wonder, then, that a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and researchers is harnessing this ecological community to reduce erosion and keep nutrients in fields for the benefit of the environment as well as crop production.

SCIENMAG: Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees

Freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years, according to new research from North Carolina State University.

KMUW: Trees Pose A Growing Wildfire Problem As They Take Over Kansas Grassland
By Brian Grimmett

New research suggests the trees planted by people who filled up Kansas over the last century-plus also made the region more susceptible to hard-to-fight fires.

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