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NACD Blog: SWCD shares experiences using FEMA grant

The Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in New Mexico is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) near wildfire-ravaged areas across the state through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

NACD Blog: Washington State district helps update community resource handbook

The Cascadia Conservation District (CD) in Wenatchee, Wash., partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and nearly a dozen other Washington State agencies to update the Chelan County Good Neighbor Handbook, a 36-page guide for property owners, newcomers and residents.

NPR: Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections
By Miles Parks

[King Conservation District], a district encompassing Greater Seattle is set to become the first in which every voter can cast a ballot using a smartphone—a historic moment for American democracy.

Agri-Pulse: EPA replaces WOTUS with new Navigable Waters Protection Rule
By Steve Davies

(Subscriber Only) The Trump administration has released a replacement for the former “waters of the U.S.” rule that significantly reduces federal jurisdiction over streams and wetlands, triggering what almost certainly will be a series of protracted legal battles over the scope of the Clean Water Act.

The Daily Yonder: Investments in Climate Action Could Boost Rural Economies, Research Finds
By Jan Pytalski

Newly released research by the progressive think tank Center for American Progress found that as much as $8 billion could find its way into the rural economy as a result of conservation programs designed to counteract climate change.

Science Daily: New model shows how crop rotation helps combat plant pests

A new computational model shows how different patterns of crop rotation—planting different crops at different times in the same field—can impact long-term yield when the crops are threatened by plant pathogens.

Grist: The Contaminant We Can’t Live Without
By Joe Wertz

In America’s Corn Belt and around the world, some of the fertilizer applied to fields escapes the soil in new forms that contaminate and warm the planet.

Phys.org: Is mowing or close grazing of rangelands as beneficial as prescribed burning?
By Dennis O'brien

When it comes to restoring rangeland habitats, there is no replacement for "prescribed fire," according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) ecologists.

Phys.org: Study finds flooding damage to levees is cumulative—and often invisible
By Matt Shipman

Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with climate change could pose significant challenges for the nation's aging levee system.

Popular Science: Last year’s historic floods ruined 20 million acres of farmland
By Amal Ahmed

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, heavy spring rains across the nation in 2019 caused nearly 20 million acres of farmland to go unplanted.

E&E News: Conservation program marks 30 years, over $6B in grants
By Tamara Ward

(Subscriber Only) The conservation grant program that has helped preserve and restore nearly 30 million acres of wetlands across the continent has turned 30. President George H.W. Bush signed the North American Wetlands Conservation Act into law in December 1989, establishing the grant program as waterfowl populations declined because of habitat loss.

Civil Eats: Can Cover Crops Save Florida’s Citrus?
By Nano Riley

Citrus greening has devastated the Sunshine State’s orange industry. Researchers and pioneering farmers see cover crops as a road to recovery.

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