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Hoosier Ag Today: Senate Ag Moves Farm Bill Forward

The Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday passed its version of the farm bill, sending the legislation on to the full Senate for consideration.

AP News: Agency considers dropping wolf protections
By John Flesher

The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

Fox News: Colorado wildfires spread to ski resort towns, force more evacuations
By Paulina Dedaj and Amy Lieu

The fires began June 1 in the San Juan National Forest and have continued to grow amid dry and hot weather. A severe drought also has hit the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

Des Moines Register: Iowans need strong conservation presence in next Farm Bill
By Vicki Arnold and Joe Wilinson

(Opinion) Some claim the farm bill must prioritize farming; that conservation comes, well, later. Actually, they go hand in hand. When they do, everyone benefits: farmers, the outdoors community and all Iowans. A conservation-focused farm bill is an investment in Iowa that brings returns many times over.

U.S. News and World Report: Farmer-Led Wisconsin Group Works to Improve Water Quality

Cover crops are a key strategy for Pfeuti and the Farmers of the Sugar River. The loosely affiliated network of local farmers is one of 19 producer-led watershed groups getting funding through a state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection program.

Wallaces Farmer: Improve soil biology to ease no-till planting
By Jason Johnson

According to Delaware County farmer and soil conservationist Wayne Brunsman, the key to easing tough no-till planting conditions is improving soil biology.

Inc.: How to Stop the Crab Species Killing the New England Seafood Industry? Deep Fry and Serve Them
By Emily Canal

Green crabs are harming the New England community in a number of ways, preying on such species as soft shell clams--an important export for New England's aquaculture--and destroying coastal shoreline habitats by burrowing and uprooting underwater grass. While the crabs are not new to New England waters, their population is growing due to warmer water temperatures.

The Hill: Congress must work with, not against, tribal communities in crafting Farm Bill
By Hon. Aaron Payment

(Opinion) Native American tribes have a large stake in the farm bill; yet, our relative invisibility can make it easy for policymakers to overlook our critical needs and the prominent role we play in agricultural and livestock production.

The Blade: Farmers growing solutions to help solve Lake Erie water problems

Michigan Cleaner Lake Erie Through Action and Research (MI CLEAR) is a partnership working to improve Lake Erie and the water quality of the Western Lake Erie Basin. Their goal is to improve the long-term water quality through open discussion among regional leaders, support research that builds an understanding of science around water quality issues, and boost actions that bring meaningful change.

Delmarva Now: How the bee decline affects Delmarva agriculture
By Sara Swann

One of Delmarva’s major industries may be at risk due to the declining bee population in the United States. More than half of the species within the native bee population — bees that pollinate but are not primarily honey producers — are declining.

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