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NACD Blog: Alaska’s Fairbanks SWCD educates residents, creates two community gardens

The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD) is working with its partners and utilizing a grant awarded through NACD’s Urban Agriculture Initiative to teach Fairbanks residents how to grow their own food in their own “grocery store outside their door.”

NACD Blog: Conservation in Montana: Cooperation and Trust Conquer Weeds in Sweet Grass County

Ranchers Leo and Lois Cremer grew up in the area and were certainly acquainted with knapweed and leafy spurge. But it wasn’t until they acquired a tract of neighboring rangeland that they had to confront the full scope of the problem.

Report: Spongier Soils Can Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts via KTIC

Farming practices that keep soil covered year-round can reduce the damage caused by both floods and droughts, according to a new study. Widespread adoption of these practices in a state like Iowa could reduce storm runoff by 15 percent and make as much as 11 percent more water available to crops on average through the end of the century.

Sec. Perdue: Trump looks to coordinate permitting process, co-locate agencies via Agri-Pulse

The Trump administration is considering co-locating some local offices of agencies in the Agriculture Department, Interior Department, and Army Corps of Engineers with an eye toward streamlining permitting processes, says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Iowa GOP leaders call for Waters of U.S. rule to be rewritten after Pruitt meeting via The Des Moines Register

Reynolds called the Obama-era rule a "massive land grab" that would hamper farmers through a definition of waters that she considers excessively broad. She also said the Obama administration's language could hurt Iowa's ability to implement a nutrient reduction strategy to improve water quality.

North Dakota Governor Asks for New Federal Help Amid Drought via The New York Times

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is "the epicenter of drought for the nation" because of a rain-free summer. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought.

BP oil disaster fines to pay for 300 new Gulf conservation jobs via The Times-Picayune

Three hundred new conservation jobs will open up in the next few years in states along the Gulf of Mexico, funded by about $7 million in BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster penalties.

Montana conservation group hits 1 million-acre mark for easements via Eastern Arizona Courier

These particular million acres are not one contiguous landscape and did not come in one fell swoop. It took four decades and more than 800 negotiations across the state of Montana.

Artificial Light Deters Nocturnal Pollinators, Study Suggests via NPR

Think of plant pollination and you probably think of bees, summer flowers, and bright sunshine. But nocturnal insects such as beetles and flies also play a key role in the process. A new study sheds light on a previously unknown problem for these lesser-known pollinators, namely artificial lighting.

Farmers are 'boots on the ground' taking action now to preserve our soil and water via The Des Moines Register

(Opinion) Farmers once plowed and cultivated their fields because there was no other way to control weeds. Annual soil losses of 20 tons per acre were common, and it ended up as silt in our rivers. On my farm today, cover crops and no-till systems have reduced soil losses to a small fraction of that.

Farm bill requests abound at California listening session via Agri-Pulse

Virtually all the speakers at Modesto Junior College sought more funding for programs or pressed for solutions in areas critical to the farm economy, such as trade, conservation, and immigration.

Hogan launches pilot program to dredge Conowingo dam via The Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is moving forward with his goal of reducing sediment overflow from the Conowingo Dam. The plan, which would involve removing about 25,000 cubic yards of sediment from an estimated buildup of 31 million cubic yards, could help determine whether a more expansive dredging operation could improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Michigan officials send warning about crawfish, call them 'invasive' via KPRC 2 Houston

State officials have issued an invasive species alert about crawfish. They dig deep burrows near lakes and rivers and can spread quickly over land. Such burrows, which can be more than 3 feet deep, can cause damage (through bank destabilization) to infrastructure such as dams, levees, irrigation systems, and personal property.

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