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NACD Blog: Did You Know? Soil and Water Conservation Commission Implements Pilot Program to Train Supervisors
By Bryan Evans

In 2016, North Carolina passed state legislation that requires soil and water conservation supervisors to obtain six hours of continuing education hours annually, referred to as Supervisor Training Credits (STCs).

Agri-Pulse: SCOTUS decision on WOTUS delivers uncertainty
By Steve Davies

Current and future court challenges to the “waters of the U.S.” rule must be heard in federal district courts, not circuit courts of appeals, the Supreme Court said Monday in a unanimous decision that ultimately could lead to lawsuits filed all over the country.

Des Moines Register: After years-long debate, water quality legislation is headed to the governor
By Brianne Pfannenstiel

A bill committing $282 million to water quality initiatives will head to the governor's desk, the culmination of a debate that spanned three legislative sessions and two governors.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer: USDA's Farm Bill Principles
By Chris Clayton

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue laid out a four-page set of principles for the farm bill Wednesday during a trip to Pennsylvania. The summary of principles are largely broad in scope and would leave much of the nuts and bolts of a farm bill up to Congress.

MSU Today: $2.5M grant to help improve agricultural consumption of water, energy
By Layne Cameron, David Hyndman, Bruno Basso

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to better manage these resources and define more sustainable ways for irrigated agriculture to meet current and future demand for food.

Chicago Sun-Times: Tracking path of the 2018 Farm Bill: Chances and meanings in this political year
By Dale Bowman

“The House will move on something in the next eight weeks, by the middle of March,” said Steve Kline, director of government relations for TRCP. “There is a commitment from [Speaker Paul] Ryan to move the bill when it comes out of the committee.” The Senate will take longer on the Farm Bill. Kline suspects it will be sometime in May.

KUAR: A Look Ahead to the 2018 Farm Bill: Food, Farms and Forests
By Ann Kenda

Arkansas’s forestry leaders are also looking to this year’s Farm Bill for financial and technical assistance for forests, the vast majority of which are privately owned and operated in Arkansas.

The Sacramento Bee: This amphibian – loved for its legs – threatens its California cousins
By Jane Braxton Little

The problem is not just non-native bullfrogs eating Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, a federal endangered species, and foothill yellow-legged frogs, under review for listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are also consuming the tadpoles that dragonflies feed on and negatively affecting a wide range of species.

Lancaster Farming: Three Key Factors Could Influence Adoption of Cover Crops in 2018
By Steve Groff

(Opinion) I’m sure we’ve all heard various prognosticators’ expectations for the new year, but did you hear anyone predict the influences that may affect the growing cover crop movement in the year ahead? As I thought about this, I identified three key factors that will undoubtedly influence cover crops in the year ahead.

Ionia Sentinel-Standard: State awards $3.6M in grants to fight invasive species

The Michigan departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development announced Thursday 23 projects will share $3.6 million in state grants through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. The program, launched in 2014, is an initiative to help prevent and control invasive species within the state.

Phys.Org: Study may improve strategies for reducing nutrient runoff into Mississippi River

The three state strategies analyzed in the study, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota, included science-based assessments of various conservation practices: things like cover crops, conservation tillage, bioreactors, modifications to nitrogen application rate, and more.

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