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NACD Blog: 2017 fire season costs exceed $2 billion

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the 2017 fire season burned more than 8 million acres, or 2.5 million more acres than an average fire season. But the word “average” means less year after year when it comes to wildfire figures.

NACD Blog: Farmers broadcast soil health PSAs across the Southern Plains

The USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, in partnership with Redlands Community College and NRCS, has developed a series of radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for farmers on the benefits of using soil health practices.

USDA invests $150 million in watershed improvements via Western FarmPress

USDA plans to invest in 48 new, multi-year projects that aim to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources in 20 states or territories through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. NRCS will invest $150 million in these 48 new projects, through which NRCS works with project sponsors, such as conservation districts, local governments, and American Indian tribes.

Farm safety net, conservation payments top $9.6B via Journal-Advocate

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that over $9.6 billion in payments will be made to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs.

Weed war may wound beneficial soil bacteria via American Agriculturist

As you battle aboveground weeds, you may inadvertently cause underground casualties — beneficial bacteria. Cornell University researchers recently found negative consequences of glyphosate on a soil-friendly pseudomonas bacteria.

After Hurricane's Wrath, Puerto Rico's Green Forests Turn Bare Brown via NPR

One of the most dramatic sights left by Hurricane Maria is the denuding of Puerto Rico. The lush forests for which this island is famous were stripped bare by the cyclone. Now, much of the island's vegetation has been obliterated.

We need help fighting invasive mussels in Green Mountain Reservoir, Colorado’s congressional delegation tells Trump administration via The Denver Post

Nearly every member of Colorado’s congressional delegation has signed a letter to the Trump administration asking for help with the emerging crisis of tiny invasive mussel larvae found in Green Mountain Reservoir.

Miles of Algae Covering Lake Erie via The New York Times

A potentially harmful algae bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of Lake Erie last week, turning the lake bright green and alarming residents and local officials.

Feral Hog Eradication Task Force Seeks Input on Bait via ArkansasMatters.com

The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is seeking input regarding the registration and potential restrictions on authorized uses of Kaput Feral Hog Bait as a viable method of control in eradication efforts.

Watershed conservation key to solving California’s water problems via San Francisco Chronicle

(Opinion) Watershed conservation is also one of the least expensive solutions to ensure greater water quantity, quality, and security.

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions via Phys.org

Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop's harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface.

Prairie strips: A viable conservation practice via Wallaces Farmer

The Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project involves converting 10% of a row-cropped field to strategically placed prairie strips. The practice has been shown to keep soil in place, improve soil quality, and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus from entering streams, rivers, and lakes. And it enhances wildlife habitat.

Cool, damp weather brings relief to US wildfire outlook via Capital Press

Cool, damp weather has brought relief from wildfires in the northwestern U.S., northern Idaho, and western Montana, but the fall fire season is getting underway in Southern California.

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