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NACD Blog: Conservation district interns bring technical assistance to urban Colorado

Recently, Jefferson Conservation District began offering an urban agriculture internship to help expand the efficacy of the district’s urban agriculture program and provide hands-on agricultural experience to interested interns.

NACD Blog: New Hampshire CD offers technical assistance to community-based farms

The Hillsborough County Conservation District recently launched a new initiative to provide technical assistance to refugees, who want to grow their own food, but aren’t familiar with farming in colder climates or urban settings.

NACD Blog: New educational coloring book features tiny superhero of the soil

The creators of a new soil health-themed coloring book believe “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale” will encourage the next generation of real-life hero farmers, conservationists, and scientists to further unlock the secrets in the soil.

NACD Blog: New bill supports NACD policy on CRP grazing

Farmers with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may now have a new environmentally beneficial option for satisfying their contract requirements.

Rural areas at risk as water levels drop in massive aquifer via ABC News

The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central U.S. is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops.

New research could predict La Nina drought years in advance via Phys.org

Two new studies have significantly improved scientists' ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Niña - a recurrent cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Their findings, which predict that the current La Niña is likely to stretch into a second year, could help scientists know years in advance how a particular La Niña event is expected to evolve.

'Super Invader' Tree Hits South, but Flea Beetle May Be Hero via U.S. News and World Report

Southern states appear to be losing ground to the Chinese tallow, a highly invasive tree overtaking forests from Texas to Florida. Scientists are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the possible release of a beetle that eats tallow roots and leaves and spends its entire life cycle on the tree.

A Very Good Dog Hunts Very Bad Ants via The New York Times

Tobias is a Labrador retriever with one job: sniffing out invasive Argentine ants wherever they hide.

Interim committee will push Legislature to fully fund water conservation, cleanup plan via The Topeka Capital-Journal

The water plan has not been fully funded since 2008, and the state didn’t allocate any resources toward it between July 2015 and June 2017. The plan is supposed to receive $8 million each year from the state general fund and lottery revenues.

Turkeys a conservation success story in Massachusetts via The Enterprise

For more than 100 years, there were no wild turkeys in Massachusetts. Hunting and increased development completely wiped out the wild turkeys, but in the past few decades, the large birds have rebounded in a big way.

Bills take different tacks to covering wildfire costs via Blue Mountain Eagle

Walden, Oregon’s lone Republican congressman in Washington, D.C., has called fire borrowing an “endless cycle,” while Wyden, a Democrat, recently described it as a “broken system.” Both men are calling for a permanent fix to the problem, albeit through clashing proposals, where the similarities end.

Does Army Corps Invasive Species Strategy Go Far Enough To Protect Great Lakes? via WUWM

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a plan to stop silver and bighead carp moving from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes. Cheryl Nenn with Milwaukee Riverkeeper calls the proposal a starting point, not a solution, because multiple aquatic invasive species are threatening both the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin.

Feds must bolster resources to eradicate invasive snakes: Our View via Pacific Daily News

(Opinion) The federal government needs to significantly ratchet up its efforts and its funding to eradicate the brown tree snake on Guam. The invasive species decimated the island’s indigenous bird population, causing the extinction or near extinction of a number of species.

Big tract of habitat in Big Stone County is snarled in feud via Star Tribune

It’s not often in Minnesota that conservationists argue among themselves about exactly which types of habitat should be established to help restore populations of ducks, pheasants, songbirds and pollinators. But in Big Stone County, in the far western part of the state, and one of the most fertile areas of Minnesota both for farming and wildlife, that’s what’s happening.

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