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NACD Blog: Tomatoes: The Secret Recipe

You can’t beat a homegrown tomato, so I’m going to let you in on a little secret so you too can grow the BEST tomatoes!

NACD Blog: Women4theLand provides resources

Women4theLand aims to provide information, networking, education, and resources. The objective is to empower them to make good science-based land use and land management decisions that lead to more viable communities and stronger farm enterprises while improving and sustaining the quality of natural resources.

NACD Blog: Districts can make connections

When Linda Brownson relocated to New Hampshire from Texas in 2003, she realized she needed help managing her 200 forested acres.

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA’s rural, farm, and trade wings via Agriculture.com

Two weeks into the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed the first reorganization of USDA since 1994, a rapid start to President Trump’s instructions to the cabinet to increase federal efficiency.

Irrigation law changes risking prairie wetlands get tucked into Minn. environmental bill via StarTribune

Tucked away in the massive environmental bill that the Minnesota Legislature will send to Gov. Mark Dayton in coming days are a couple of tweaks to state irrigation law that could imperil a collection of delicate prairie wetlands known as calcareous fens.

States need more say in ESA implementation, wildlife agency heads tell EPW via Agri-Pulse

States need to have a larger role in implementing the Endangered Species Act, three heads of state wildlife agencies told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing.

Trump Executive Order Promises to Slash Farm Regulations via Civil Eats

(Opinion) If the Trump administration has its way, deregulation in the farm industry lies ahead. Whether the Trump administration’s agricultural and rural policy directive—which includes priorities of increased energy production, private access to public lands resources, and estate-tax scrutiny—will actually help most farmers and rural residents is up for debate.

Roberts Sees Tighter Budget for Next Farm Bill via DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts cautioned that he believes there will not be more money for the next farm bill. Members of the panel suggested allowing haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land, access for additional groups to the Connect America fund, combining local, regional, and urban agriculture programs, and more cooperation among providers of food aid to low-income people might all make the farm bill more efficient.

Products containing certain neonic insecticides should be subject to ESA analysis, judge finds via Agri-Pulse

The Environmental Protection Agency may have to assess the effects on endangered species of 59 products containing clothianidin and thiamethoxam, two neonicotinoid insecticides.

The Crop That Ate America via Bloomberg

Farmers who had long rotated plantings among a diverse group of grains are increasingly turning to a single one. Corn will make up 68 percent of this year’s projected harvest of major U.S. grains and oilseeds.

Will CRP acres increase in the 2018 farm bill? via Successful Farming

At its field hearing in Michigan over the weekend, the Senate Agriculture Committee heard calls for an expansion in the reserve, now limited to 24 million acres, its smallest size since 1988.

Trump's Budget Would Eliminate A Key Funder Of Research On Coastal Pollution via NPR

(Opinion) Sea Grant funds support more than 800 projects around the country. The Trump administration plans to zero-out funding by the start of 2018.

Florida On Fire: 125 Blazes, ‘Worst Wildfire Season’ via Tampa Patch

With more than 125 active wildfires burning across Florida, including one that spanned more than 2,200 acres in Pasco County, state officials issued a plea to residents and visitors, urging caution.

Report: Chesapeake Bay health improves, but long way to go via The Washington Post

Boosted by stronger fish populations, the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay improved some last year, but the annual report card for the nation’s largest estuary says there’s still a long way to go.

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