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NACD Blog: SWCD fighting forest invasives through Good Neighbor Authority

The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and the U.S. Forest Service to manage invasive species through Good Neighbor Authority (GNA).

NACD Blog: Mushroom workshops help engage landowners

Forester Nia Becker with the Clare Conservation District (CD) in Harrison, Mich., is using her expertise in cultivating mushrooms to increase landowner interest in land management and district programs in Michigan.

NACD Blog: Would we still have food if the pollinators disappear?
By Diana Blackwood

What do tomatoes, basil, coffee and alfalfa have in common? On the surface, it appears to be very little. However, there is one thing they do share: They all owe their existence to the service of pollinators.

BARN: Inside the BARN with NACD President-elect Michael Crowder

Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, First Vice-President Michael Crowder discusses several issues pertinent to the agriculture, locally-led conservation efforts and to NACD.

Southeast AgNet: NACD Requests Additional Support for Conservation Districts in Next Stimulus

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) sent a letter to Congress requesting additional funding and legislative support for the nation’s nearly 3,000 conservation districts in the next stimulus bills.

THE BLADE: Coronavirus makes a 'real hard time' for agriculture much worse
By Tom Henry

The multitude of questions raised by the coronavirus pandemic has almost made people forget how near-daily downpours last spring kept many farmers from planting their crops on time — if at all — and how the entire Midwest was devastated by fields holding too much water.

The Washington Post: Expanding efforts to keep ‘cows over condos’ are protecting land across the West
By Jennifer Oldham

(Subscriber Only) “There are a lot of communities in the state…reaching that economic tipping point,” said Tony Caligiuri, president of Colorado Open Lands. “If we can’t guarantee a certain amount of land will remain in agriculture, the whole area around it will start to evaporate.”

E&E News: Lawmakers mull adding Chesapeake Bay to NPS roster
By Tamara Ward

(Subscriber Only) Some lawmakers are throwing their support behind an effort to give the National Park Service some oversight over the Chesapeake Bay, but they warn further scrutiny is needed.

Great Falls Tribune: Survey finds strong bipartisan support for conservation in Montana
By David Murray

A recent telephone survey of registered voters in Montana finds that a large majority, regardless of region or political affiliation, support continued or increased protections for existing public lands.

E&E News: These two rivers are America's most endangered — report
By Daniel Cusick

(Subscriber Only) In its updated list of "America's Most Endangered Rivers," American Rivers says marked increases in precipitation across the Upper Mississippi and Lower Missouri rivers, combined with poor floodplain management, have placed millions of people and a multibillion-dollar economy in peril within the two basins.

Phys.org: Study: Warming makes U.S. West megadrought worst in modern age
By Seth Borenstein

A two-decade-long dry spell that has parched much of the western United States is turning into one of the deepest megadroughts in the region in more than 1,200 years, a new study found.

Agweek: On climate and conservation, a ‘generational change in attitude’
By Sara Wyant

(Opinion) Large majorities of farmers already have undertaken many practices that conserve carbon in the soil, reduce inputs, or curb runoff of pollutants that can foul streams and lakes.

ABC News: Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species
By John Flesher

Another $5 million will go to states for projects to reduce nutrient pollution that causes algae blooms, prevent invasions by exotic species including Asian carp, and restore habitat. A program to remove trash from the lakes and shorelines will get $2 million, while $500,000 will support operations at the Great Lakes National Program Office in Chicago.

Phys.org: Returning land to nature with high-yield farming

The expansion of farmlands to meet the growing food demand of the world's ever expanding population places a heavy burden on natural ecosystems. A new IIASA study however shows that about half the land currently needed to grow food crops could be spared if attainable crop yields were achieved globally and crops were grown where they are most productive.

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