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NACD Blog: Seeds of Change
By Chrystal Houston

On a hot, dry and extremely windy day in early June, Neal Hentzen 
surveys the dryland field on the edge of Seward, where his corn is ankle-high.

NACD Blog: NACD Examines Executive Order on Bolstering Economic Recovery in the COVID-19 Era
By Mary Scott

On June 4, President Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order (EO), titled “Accelerating the Nation’s Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities.”

NACD Blog: Managed Grazing – A Critical Piece in Marathon County’s Conservation Puzzle
By Katrina Vaitkus

In Marathon County, Wisconsin, the use of managed grazing practices is a critical piece of the conservation puzzle.

The Gazette: Farmers need incentives to plant cover crops, Eastern Iowa farmer tells ag secretary
By Sarah Watson

Hosting Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Tuesday, an Eastern Iowa farmer and ag consultant asked Naig to consider policies — such as a cost-share seed incentive program — to encourage more Iowa farmers to invest in cover crops.

Klean Industries: 'Carbon farming' could make U.S. agriculture truly green

Now, Congress is considering legislation that would make these green practices eligible for a growing international carbon-trading marketplace that would also reward farmers with cash.

The Crop Site: New findings share how prescribed fire, no-till impact soil microbes

Using no-till and prescribed fire management are two potential ways to manage crop residue. Both practices help keep organic matter and nitrogen in the soil. However, research was needed to understand how these two practices can affect long-term soil health.

E&E News: 66 House lawmakers seek $10B for coastal restoration
By Rob Hotakainen

(Subscriber Only) The co-chairs of the House Oceans Caucus led a bipartisan group of 66 lawmakers yesterday in a push to get Congress to approve $10 billion for coastal restoration programs.

AgWeb: Ag Retailers and Conservation: Can They Work Together?
By Noah Baustin

Agricultural retailers have a significant impact on the types of agronomic practices farmers adopt in the communities they serve. 

EcoWatch: Remarkable Drop in Colorado River Water Use a Sign of Climate Adaptation
By Brett Walton

Use of Colorado River water in the three states of the river's lower basin fell to a 33-year low in 2019, amid growing awareness of the precarity of the region's water supply in a drying and warming climate.

Civil Eats: The Lake Erie Bill of Rights is Dead. A Voluntary Effort Will Pay Farmers to Reduce Runoff Instead.
By Nicole Rasul

The H2Ohio program is incentivizing conservation practices. Will it address growing water quality woes and appease continued calls for more direct action?

Baltimore Sun: Got Chesapeake Bay acid? New study finds seagrasses may bring relief.
By Rachel Pacella

Large beds of underwater grass may be just the cure for one of the problems that ails the Chesapeake Bay.

Phys.org: Carbon cycling in wet soils

Under changing, increasingly dynamic climatic conditions, temperate soils are forecast to experience a high degree of variability in moisture conditions due to periods of drought and/or flood. These periodic shifts between well-drained and waterlogged conditions have the potential to enhance carbon cycling by microbes and influence soil quality and land-derived greenhouse gas emissions.

Phys.org: When planting trees threatens the forest

Campaigns to plant huge numbers of trees could backfire, according to a new study that is the first to rigorously analyze the potential effects of subsidies in such schemes.

WZZM 13: State warns of new invasive species that could threaten agriculture, natural resources
By April Stevens

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect and [the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development] said it has the potential to seriously affect Michigan's agriculture and natural resources. A press release about the insect said it could damage or kill more than 70 new varieties of crops and plants, including grapes, apples, hops and hardwood trees.

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