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NACD Blog: Conservation Innovation at the Forefront at NACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting
By Laura Demmel

Innovations within the conservation space are happening all the time. From landscape planning tools, agriculture precision tools, remote sensing tools, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and seed and nutrient discoveries, technology is undoubtedly changing the way we deliver conservation on the ground.

Wisconsin State Farmer: Conservationist of the Year grows soil health message
By Tivoli Gough

Nick Guilette, of Casco, Wisconsin, was recently awarded the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award, for his dedication to exceptional conservation delivery and customer service as a leader in the industry.

E&E News: White House starts reviewing WOTUS rewrite
By Ariel Wittenberg

(Subscriber Only) The White House is now reviewing a highly anticipated final Clean Water Act rulemaking that is expected to roll back federal protection of waterways. The Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule will set a new definition of which wetlands and waterways need federal protection.

POLITICO: Broken harvest
By M. Scott Mahaskey

Of all the things that threaten those who plow the fields of America — dwindling commodity prices, a painful trade war — the most enduring is the change to the landscape itself. Extreme weather events have rocked the American Midwest in recent years and hit particularly hard in 2019, drowning agricultural acreage nearly the size of South Carolina and washing away the topsoil that makes land fertile.

Stanford University: Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields, Stanford researchers find
By Michelle Horton

By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, Stanford scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil–a win-win for meeting growing food needs worldwide.

Colorado Public Radio: Congress Wants To Pull The Reins On Accelerated Wild Horse Roundup Plan

Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years.

Science Daily: Trashed farmland could be a conservation treasure

Low-productivity agricultural land could be transformed into millions of hectares of conservation reserve across the world, according to new research. The research team proposed a new way of understanding the conservation value of ''uncontested lands'' - areas where agricultural productivity is low.

Government Technology: Conserving the Floodplains Could Save Billions of Dollars
By Greg Stanley

Buying and protecting undeveloped flood-prone land in key parts of Minnesota — around the headwaters of the Mississippi, on the North Shore and just south of the Twin Cities — would be far cheaper than paying later for inevitable flood damage to homes and businesses that might be built if the land is not protected. 

EOS: A Dirty Truth: Humans Began Accelerating Soil Erosion 4,000 Years Ago
By Richard J. Sima

Recent research combining analysis of carbon dating, sediment accumulation rates, and pollen records from 632 lake beds worldwide finds deforestation tied to increased soil erosion.

Phys.org: Researchers find some forests crucial for climate change mitigation, biodiversity
By Steve Lundeberg

A study by Oregon State University researchers has identified forests in the western United States that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, as well as to enhance biodiversity.

POLITICO: How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change
By Helena Bottemiller Evich

The topic was how to pivot American agriculture to help combat climate change — an issue so politically toxic that the current administration routinely shies away from promoting crucial government research on the issue.

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