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Agri-Pulse: Senate confirms Northey for top USDA post, ending 4-month delay
By Philip Brasher

The Senate confirmed Bill Northey as USDA’s undersecretary for farm programs after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dropped a hold he had kept on the nomination for four months.

The Olympian: US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington’s power
By Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed that he’s revamping a sweeping overhaul of his department that’s supposed to speed up permitting for development on public lands.

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: What’s the Future for CSP?
By Bruce Knight

(Opinion) I think the future of CSP is a bit unclear as we move toward the next farm bill. And I have mixed feelings about that. But one thing I am certain of. Now is the time for anyone who’s been seriously thinking about applying for the current Conservation Stewardship Program to sign up.

The Washington Post: Maryland is bracing for an invasion of lanternflies, and racing to slow their spread
By Jonathan M. Pitts

But Malinoski has never seen anything like the spotted lanternfly, a leaf-hopping pest that recently overran southeastern Pennsylvania and is poised to invade Maryland for the first time this spring.

Pacific Daily News: Our View: U.S. must bolster, not reduce, invasive species funding

(Opinion) The federal government needs to increase funding to efforts to fight invasive species on Guam to better protect our environment and native plants and animals. These invaders threaten not only our environment, but our economy as well.

High Plains Journal: Biological inputs assist in farm health
By Larry Dreiling

Third-generation potato farmer Brendon Rockey is showing producers across the globe how to improve farm health with biotic methods.

The Tribune: Beech booming as climate changes, and that's bad for forests
By Patrick Whittle

Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them.

The Washington Post: Spring is running 20 days early. It’s exactly what we expect, but it’s not good.
By Angela Fritz

For the second year in a row, spring has sprung early. Spring is running 20 days or more ahead of schedule in parts of the Ohio River Valley and the Mid-Atlantic. That will soon be the case in the Midwest and the Northeast.

Santa Fe New Mexican: Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers
By Susan Montoya Bryan

Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state.

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