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NACD Blog: Forestry Notes Q&A: Will Novy-Hildesley
By Mike Beacom

Will Novy-Hildesley has extensive experience with the forest sector, developing new initiatives and leading multi-stakeholder brand initiatives that bridge for-profit/non-profit and government. Recently he shared some time with NACD to discuss North American Forest Partnership (NAFP)’s mission and its national conference last fall.

NACD Blog: Department of Interior Reorganization
By Chris Heck

This blog covers the timeline of Department of Interior reorganization since President Trump issued Executive Order 13781 in March of 2017.

Noble Research Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health

A national coalition convened by the Noble Research Institute announced its intent to create a new voluntary environmental services market that benefits agricultural producers and improves the environment for society at large. This program aims to incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health on working agriculture lands through the development of a market-based platform.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Kansas Projects Tackle Pesticide, Sediment in Cooperative Effort With Farmers
By Chris Clayton

Wichita, with the help of Kansas State University Extension, uses a couple of payment and trading programs to help reduce atrazine and sediment issues in the Little Arkansas River watershed. Ecosystem service trading programs, as they are called, are becoming more popular. American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Conservation Districts released a white paper last month on environmental markets.

Civil Eats: Trump Budget Would Undo Conservation Gains on Farms and Ranches
By Ashley Dayer and Seth Lutter

Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.

The Sacramento Bee: Facing specter of drought, California farmers are told to expect little water
By Dale Kasler

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta who get water from the federal Central Valley Project will receive just 20 percent of their requested allocation this year. Although the numbers could change and the allocations could increase this spring, the initial figures reflect the abysmal precipitation California has received so far this winter.

Popular Science: You might be inhaling bits of toxic algae
By Kate Baggaley

When waves out on the Great Lakes churn up water during a bloom, they could be sending pieces of algae and their toxins flying. These particles can float off on the wind for miles.

Huffington Post: Trump’s Budget Would End Grant Funding For State Endangered Species Projects
By Chris D’Angelo

The Trump administration is looking to zero out grant funding for state efforts to recover endangered species ― even as it has stressed cooperating with states on conservation efforts.

High Plains Journal: USDA secretary announces infrastructure improvements for forest system trails

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the selection of 15 priority areas to help address the more than $300 million trail maintenance backlog on national forests and grasslands.

Des Moines Register: Iowans deserve healthy working lands programs
By Anna Johnson

(Opinion) Last week, our federal government made a sobering statement: It proposed to eliminate the nation’s largest working lands conservation program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

KTIC: Legislation designed to save pollinators introduced in House
By Chad Moyer

Representatives Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. The legislation is designed to protect the health of honey bees and other critical pollinators.

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