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NACD Blog: Forestry Notes Q&A: G. Michael Zupko

G. Michael Zupko is the executive director of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), an intergovernmental committee of federal, state, tribal and local officials convened by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Homeland Security dedicated to consistent implementation of wildland fire policies, goals and management activities. Recently, he shared time with NACD to discuss wildfire management.

Farm Progress: Pollinator field day guide now available

Conservation districts are at the forefront of pollinator education in their communities. The National Association of Conservation Districts recently released its new curriculum, “A Guide to Conducting a Pollinator Conservation Field Day.” 

The Lewiston Tribune: General Mills chooses Kansas for three-year restorative farming project
By Alice Mannette

General Mills, with the help of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, selected the 650,000-acre Cheney Reservoir region as the location for a three-year pilot project. The restorative farming project will discover ways farmers can save water, increase soil health and decrease carbon footprints. 

Phys.org: Cooler-climate farmers now have a modified technique to suppress soil pathogens and pests in high tunnels

A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers. That's good news for the growing number of vegetable and small-fruit growers using high tunnel cultivation structures who face difficulties maintaining good soil health long term.

CNN: Put down that veggie burger. These farmers say their cows can solve the climate crisis
By David McKenzie

Calls for plant-based diets to save the planet from the climate crisis are growing louder. But there is another, quieter, revolution reshaping the agricultural world. Farmers like Slabbert and their supporters say that what people eat is not as important as how they farm. They believe cattle and cropland could help save the planet.

Talk Business and Politics: Farmers to face water shortages as new century unfolds
By George Jared

Farmers will deal with a myriad of issues in the coming decades that will impact production in the fields. One problem that has been increasing is the lack of water. From 2020 to 2080, the number of irrigated acres in the U.S. is projected to drop by several million acres, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

AgNet: USDA Investing $1 Million in California Water Quality Improvements and Wildfire Mitigation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be investing more than $1 million in California this fiscal year for wildfire mitigation and improving water quality.

Farm Talk: Farmers gain options for marketing soil health
By Candace Krebs

As soil health takes on a higher profile with food companies and consumers, various avenues are emerging for farmers to collect environmental incentives.

E&E News: FWS softens enforcement of Prairie Pothole drainage
By Michael Doyle

(Subscriber Only) The Fish and Wildlife Service is easing some of the legal pressure on farmers who construct drainage tile systems that affect wetland easements. Pressed by North Dakota lawmakers, among others, FWS issued an "internal guidance" memo yesterday that in part promises a cease-fire so long as farmers cooperate.

The Wall Street Journal: West’s Biggest Reservoir Is Back on the Rise, Thanks to Conservation, Snow
By Jim Carlton

(Subscriber Only) The largest reservoir in the Western U.S., Lake Mead, is rising again after more than a decade of decline. The agency said it has cut total Colorado River water consumption by 25 percent over the past two decades, even as the population it serves has grown around 50 percent.

BEEF Magazine: Calculating the up-front costs of rotational grazing
By Amanda Radke

Ranchers can avoid rangeland degradation with a strategic rotational grazing system. In addition to the environmental impacts, these conservation efforts have had a huge economic benefit, as well.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Why the Trees Outside Forests Count
By Kate MacFarland

Windbreaks and other agroforestry practices provide a wide range of agricultural production and conservation benefits, helping farmers and furthering the goals of U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.

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