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Petaluma ranch preserved for agriculture via Argus-Courier

A 491-acre Chileno Valley ranch will forever be agricultural land after a $2.23 million easement ensured that a large swath of Petaluma’s southern gateway will remain free from development.

These tax credits make land conservation a steal via CNBC

Michigan farmer Ken Engle wanted to keep his 300-acre spread of vineyards and fruit trees with the exquisite view of Lake Michigan in his family forever. He wasn't sure he could afford it... Yet thanks in part to a little-known federal tax incentive for land conservation donations, ranchers and farmers like Engle can harvest income tax savings on 100 percent of their annual income for 16 years.

NOAA predicts smaller Lake Erie algae bloom, but still concerned via Farm and Dairy

The bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie should be considerably less this year, according to experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and university researchers…This year’s bloom will likely be smaller because of drier weather conditions, and a host of conservation efforts that farmers and non-farmers have put into place.

California water conservation grows to 28 percent in May via Central Valley Business Times

Urban Californians reduced residential water use by 28 percent in May, compared with the same month in 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board says. Cumulatively, local water suppliers have saved 1.6 million acre feet in the 12 months since mandatory conservation for non-farm users began – enough water to supply eight million people for a year.

House subcommittee hears water debate between fish and farmers via USA Today

Whether the temperature management of the runoff of Northern California water reservoirs, including Shasta Dam, results in improved survivability of endangered fish or uncertainty for human water users was debated at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

Western Monarch butterfly population has declined 74 percent in past 20 years via SCPR

The monarch butterflies along the California coast are dying: Their population is down 74 percent from 20 years ago. But because Western Monarchs aren’t nearly as well-studied as their Eastern counterparts, scientists aren’t really sure what’s killing them.

Kellogg Company, United Suppliers and EDF partner to advance sustainable agriculture in Nebraska via The Green Sheet Farm Forum

Kellogg Company, United Suppliers, Inc., and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently announced a collaboration to help growers improve fertilizer efficiency and soil health on their farms while maintaining high yields.

These Two Scientists Just Raised $4 Million To Test Soil Health For Farmers via Forbes

A farmer faces a conundrum – two nearby fields with what appear to be similar soil are growing the same crop. But one crop has far more yields than the other. What gives?

Help wanted: Seniors sought to monitor waterways, improve environment via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indiana County retiree John Dudash has spent nearly two decades monitoring the quality of water in streams and ponds near him, among other volunteer activities that relate to raising awareness of environmental issues. The 79-year-old Homer City resident is president of his county’s chapter of the Senior Environment Corps, made up of volunteers 55 and older who plant trees, clean trails, study wildlife and take on other tasks.

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