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NACD Blog: Duval SWCD celebrates 66th anniversary
By Josie Fuentes

Despite the warm temperatures, local supporters were not deterred from showing up to celebrate the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 66th anniversary.

NACD Blog: Seeking Leaders in Windy Times
By Sunni Heikes-Knapton and Ray Ledgerwood

When the winds of life blow our way, what do we do? It depends on who you are.

Des Moines Register: EPA, Army finalize repeal of controversial 'Waters of the U.S.' rules
By Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James

(Opinion) The proposal’s new, more precise definition would mean that farmers, landowners, and businesses will spend less time and money determining whether they need a federal permit and more time upgrading aging infrastructure, building homes, creating jobs, and growing crops to feed our families.

Seed Today: Report Analyzes Farm Bill Impact on Soil Health

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today released the Impact of 2018 Farm Bill Provisions on Soil Health, a comprehensive review of each new provision and its role in advancing soil health, the foundation for regenerative and sustainable agriculture. The report also compares funding for soil health in the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills.

The Bismarck Tribune: Ranchers are 'true heroes' of grasslands, conservation leader says
By Jenny Schlecht

Cattle and conservation haven’t always been natural companions when it comes to how to manage grasslands. But the philosophy of how to best care for grasslands and the flora and fauna that call them home is changing.

Environmental Defense Fund: Report: Innovative State-Led Financing Advances Agricultural Conservation

States that embrace innovative new ways to finance on-farm conservation can deliver multiple benefits to farmers, state residents, taxpayers and the environment, according to a new report released today at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Annual Meeting by NASDA and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

The Los Angeles Times: Forest thinning projects won’t stop the worst wildfires. So why is California spending millions on them?
By Bettina Boxall

Four months after the town of Paradise was incinerated in the most destructive wildfire in California history, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation, ordering agencies to thin trees and clear shrubs near some of the state’s most fire-threatened communities.

FOX News: Feral hogs headed for U.S. from Canada; wildlife officials warn of widespread damage
By Nicole Darrah

An underreported threat along America's northern border has U.S. officials and local residents warning of widespread damage due to the reckless invaders: Feral hogs from Canada.

Scienmag: Invasion Of The Japanese Stiltgrass: WVU Biologist Targets Plant That Wreaks Havoc

Japanese stiltgrass, or microstegium vimineum, is anything but harmless in the United States. It’s considered an invasive species, which threaten biodiversity, negatively affect crops, restructure ecosystems, promote disease and damage infrastructure to the tune of $120 billion annually in the U.S.

E&E News: Wild horse herds reach 'devastating levels' across the West
By Scott Streater

(Subscriber Only) There are more than 47,000 wild horses and burros across some 14 million acres of BLM managed herd areas in the Silver State — more than half the 88,000 wild horses and burros on federally managed lands in the West. And that's far more than the land can sustain.

Yellowhammer News: Grants to help conserve Alabama pine forests, coastal habitats for rare species
By Justin Averette

From helping preserve and enhance the state’s longleaf pine forests and coastal habitat, to supporting protection of rare species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, Alabama will benefit from multiple grants just announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Feedstuffs: Alternative forage grasses may handle flooding, drought

Prairie grasses have extensive root systems that help them survive in flood and drought conditions but take longer to establish.

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