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NACD Blog: Soil health workshops for women farmland owners spark conversation

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) promotes outreach to women farmland owners – an audience often overlooked, but significant in terms of their ability to influence conservation practices on their land.

USDA Shuffles Around More Agencies and Offices via DTN/The Progressive Farmer

USDA rolled out some further organizational changes on Thursday, which the department stated would "improve customer service and maximize efficiency." The department noted the changes build on the reorganization announced last May.

Ibach, Northey, Vaden named to USDA posts via Agri-Pulse

Trump tapped Northey, currently serving as Iowa’s Agriculture Secretary, as his pick for Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. The position has jurisdiction over the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.

Oklahoma Leaders Frank Lucas and Mike Sanders Commend Innovative Farm-to-Food Bank Project via Oklahoma Farm Report

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) and State Representative Mike Sanders (HD-59) visited the first "Farm to Food Bank" site in Leedey, Okla. The project utilizes conservation practices that improve the health of the soil to produce edible cover crops for local food banks.

Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics via Seattle PI

Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force. About 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 Western states, up from 5.8 billion five years ago.

Wild Horses: Adored by the Public, but Destroying Water Resources via NewsDeeply

New research on the Modoc National Forest in remote northeastern California shows that growing numbers of wild horses are devastating remote springs that are often the only water supply available to wildlife.

River herring, hurt by dams and climate change, believed to be at only 3% of historical numbers via Press Herald

The federal government is reviewing the status of two river herring species to see if the little fish should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The fish live in rivers from Maine to Florida, and conservationists have long made the case that their declining populations pose a major problem for the health of ecosystems along the East Coast.

Audit: Iowa DNR fails to follow law on wetlands, public works inspections via The Des Moines Register

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has failed to follow state law to identify protected wetlands, inspect local public works projects, and create a clean-air advisory panel, an audit released Tuesday says. Iowa DNR officials said the state laws duplicate other state or federal efforts, are less stringent than federal requirements, are outmoded, or can't be completed because of lack of cooperation from other state leaders.

From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma via Reuters

Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields, and animal herds in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States.

'Highly invasive' Japanese stiltgrass found in Michigan for first time near Ann Arbor via Click on Detroit

Japanese stiltgrass, an invasive plant, was found near Ann Arbor, the Department of Natural Resources announced. It has been on the Michigan invasive species watch list since 2015, but this is the first time it's been detected in the state, the DNR said.

Representative Young hopes to inject precision conservation into Farm Bill via Radio Iowa

Republican Congressman David Young has developed a new plan for distributing a block of federal dollars reserved for water quality improvement projects. Young hopes to tack his idea onto the next Farm Bill and change the way money in the USDA’s already-existing Environmental Quality Incentive Program is distributed.

Invasive quagga mussel larvae found in Green Mountain Reservoir, state steps up boat decontamination procedures via The Denver Post

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has found invasive quagga mussel larvae in Green Mountain Reservoir, prompting aggressive decontamination policies to prevent the growth and spread of the invasive species. The presence of larvae can lead to an infestation that would threaten hydroelectric power generation, water quality, and recreation.

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