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NACD Blog: 2014 Farm Bill Expiration: What’s Next?
By Coleman Garrison

The Sept. 30, 2018, expiration date came and went without a new farm bill or extension of the previous bill. As conservation districts interact with landowners in their communities and continue to work with USDA agencies, NACD wanted to provide an update on what to expect.

NACD Blog: NACD Grant Helps Develop Partnerships, Positive Conservation Efforts
By Hunter Slifka

After receiving a technical assistance grant from NACD earlier this year, the Howard SWCD in Cresco, Iowa, is fortifying its partnerships and increasing conservation on the ground. In addition to expanding over 6,000 feet of streambank restoration projects this year, the district has increased its capacity for grassed waterway implementation.

Star Tribune: Several ag programs expire as farm bill talks stall
By Jim Spencer

The failure by a U.S. Senate and House conference committee to agree on a final version of a five-year farm bill leaves dozens of programs in limbo.

Washington Examiner: Senate committee advances bill saving conservation fund for national parks
By Josh Siegel

The bipartisan bill would permanently authorize the fund and make the $900 million in funding for LWCF mandatory every year, so that it is not subject to the regular appropriations process.

AgWeb: No Farm Bill, No New CRP Enrollments
By Anna-Lisa Laca

“Until a new farm bill is passed or the current law is extended, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will not approve any new CRP contracts or process offers for enrollment for all CRP signup types, and they will not authorize any CRP contract revisions or corrections,” he says. “Payments under the CRP program will be issued early this month, but that will be about the extent of what can happen.”

Miami Herald: Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast
By Jenny Staletovich

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials confirmed that low to moderate amounts of the algae that cause red tide have now turned up off three counties along the state’s more densely populated east coast. Blooms were confirmed in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, marking the first appearance of red tide along Atlantic shores in more than a decade.

Agri-Pulse: Arm in arm, farm bill negotiators ‘in this together’
By Philip Brasher

The four lead farm bill negotiators, meeting for the first time since some bickering erupted over the expiration of the 2014 law, declared that they are working together to reach an agreement by the end of the year.

Wallaces Farmer: Planting cover crops for forage? Answer these 5 questions first
By Wyatt Miller

Forage and hay supply is low, and the problem is unlikely to be resolved this year even with favorable weather. While there are several options available, grazing or harvesting cover crops could be an alternative feed option for some producers.

The Hill: Republicans accelerate efforts to overhaul Endangered Species Act
By Miranda Green

The House Natural Resources Committee advanced five ESA-related bills that aim to strip all protections for Gray Wolves in the contiguous United States; give priority to the science submitted by state and local governments over the federal government’s when determining whether a species needs protection; and let the administration more easily de-prioritize certain petitions for protection.

Yale Environment 360: How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies
By Ed Struzik

Just as wildfires can have a regenerative effect on woodlands, so, too, can fires provide some benefits to streams and rivers in burned areas. But intense and repeated fires can damage the ecology of waterways by exposing them to the sun’s heat, exacerbating flooding and erosion along denuded hillsides, and releasing toxins such as mercury that are often liberated from soil and tree trunks.

Poultryproducer.Com: Ag Losses From Hurricane Florence Top $1.1 Billion

Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are expected to be more than $1.1 billion, based on assessments following Hurricane Florence.

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