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NACD Blog: NACD Soil Health Champions Network Reaches 200 Members
By Beth Mason

This month, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Soil Health Champions Network surpassed 200 members across the United States and is still in the process of confirming more members every day.

NACD Blog: Conservation Districts Key in the Agricultural Sustainability Conversation
By Laura Demmel

From the farm level to the retailer, companies and organizations are assessing how to best measure the sustainability of food and agricultural products produced at every point in the supply chain. Conservation districts have the opportunity to enter into the conversation on the farm and ranch level.

The Washington Post: House spending bill would increase funding for national parks and wildfire suppression
By Darryl Fears and Dino Grandoni

The spending bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday would increase funding the National Park Service needs to address its nearly $12 billion maintenance and repair backlog. In addition to more funding for the Park Service, the bill would provide new funding to the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department to fight wildfires.

Agri-Pulse: Conaway ready to move farm bill without Democrats
By Philip Brasher

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said he is “going forward” with moving a new farm bill next month despite the refusal of Democrats to negotiate over provisions expanding work requirements and reworking eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

AL.com: Feral hogs are all over Alabama. How do we get rid of them?

Hogs are present in all 67 counties in Alabama. Adult wild hogs eat 3 to 5 percent of their body weight daily, so, 100 hogs can eat 600 pounds of food daily or 110 tons each year.

The Washington Post: Wyoming considers grizzly hunt after Trump team took bear off endangered list
By Dino Grandoni

In the wake of a Trump administration decision last summer to remove the bear from the endangered species list, Wyoming is considering allowing hunters to kill up to two dozen Yellowstone-area bears.

AZ Central: Department of Agriculture names 12 Arizona counties as natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the re-designation of 12 Arizona counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by recent drought.

The Washington Post: Taming the Mighty Mississippi
By Todd C. Frankel

The Mississippi runs the spine of America, touching 10 states and draining waters from 21 more, a vast waterway with a rich mythology, a sometimes powerful beauty and an always alarming propensity to flood. Now, with President Trump’s push for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, there are hopes of billions to fix up the Mississippi.

U.S. News and World Report: Forecasters Warn of Fires, Crop Damage Across US High Plains
By Susan Montoya Bryan

The amount of moisture received across the United States' southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to stubble across several states.

Phys.Org: Soil fungi may help determine the resilience of forests to environmental change
By Jennifer Mcnulty

A major new study reveals that soil fungi could play a significant role in the ability of forests to adapt to environmental change.

WZZM 13: Invasive species threatens native Michigan trees
By Nina DeSarro

Michigan has more than 170 million hemlock trees. They can live for more than 300 years and are found across the state. But because of an invasive species that was introduced to the U.S. more than 60 years ago, Michigan's Hemlocks are at risk.

Port Clinton News Herald: Lawmakers unveil $500M plan for Lake Erie
By Jon Stinchcomb

State Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, and State Rep. Steve Arndt, R-Port Clinton, proposed a plan that would increase funding for efforts to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie by up to $500 million over five years.

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