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Capital Press: New market would pay farmers for conservation practices
By Carol Ryan Dumas

The Farm Foundation recently hosted a forum [that] included an evaluation of a study — commissioned by the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium — to assess the value and potential of conservation practices on private agricultural land and the potential demand for carbon and water-quality credits.

Agri-Pulse: Judge halts implementation of BLM sage-grouse plans
By Steve Davis

(Subscriber Only) The Bureau of Land Management did not adequately consider the science behind management plans covering millions of acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in Western states, a federal judge in Idaho ruled Wednesday, halting implementation of the plans.

Civil Eats: Planting Native Prairie Could Be a Secret Weapon for Farmers
By Nathan Beacom

In Iowa, researchers and farmers are discovering that planting strips of native prairie amidst farmland benefits soil, water, biodiversity, and more.

PBS: Can sustainable farming save Iowa’s precious soil and water?
By Mark Bittman, Melanie Saltman and Megan Thompson

Today, there's a growing number of farmers adopting more sustainable practices in a bid to save Iowa's precious soil and water.

ABC 7: Spring, summer rain delaying fall harvest; farmers at risk as winter looms
By Phil Schwarz

Historic rains in spring and summer left many Illinois farmers scrambling to harvest corn and soybeans after they waited for their fields to dry.

Chicago Tribune: Where are all the pheasants? Habitat loss is tied to more farming
By Greg Stanley

Minnesota farmers have withdrawn hundreds of thousands of acres from the government's biggest conservation program in the last decade, shifting land that was set aside for grasses and wildflowers back into corn, soybeans and other crops.

TIME: More Than 75 Million Americans Are Currently in a Drought — and It's Getting Worse

A drought affecting more than 30 million people across the Southeastern United States is getting worse.

AgriNews: Planning for the future of watersheds
By Jennifer Woodyard

In a state where approximately 75 percent of the total land area is farmed, according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, a vital element to incorporate in watershed planning in Illinois is agriculture.

E&E News: Unseen for 13 years, this bee is about to get protection
By Michael Doyle

(Subscriber Only) A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to protect the Franklin's bumblebee has generated remarkably little buzz, in a sign that the rarely seen pollinator will easily alight on the Endangered Species Act list.

Phys.org: Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms

The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes.

The Durango Herald: Groundbreaking forest health program may come to Southwest Colorado
By Jonathan Romeo

Southwest Colorado could be the focal point of a pilot project that seeks to make strides in improving forest health in the face of increasing dangers from wildfire, disease and beetle kill.

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