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USDA funds new Working Lands for Wildlife projects

By Eric Hansen USDA is expanding its Working Lands for Wildlife program, an NRCS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiative that has been instrumental in conserving at-risk wildlife habitat on working lands. Through Working Lands for Wildlife, NRCS focuses financial and technical assistance on private lands that support seven target species: the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, gopher tortoise, New England cottontail,…… Continue reading →

The truth about wild horses in the American West

By Lee McDaniel and Brent Van Dyke As you may have heard by now, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended last month that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) humanely euthanize or sell (without restriction) unadoptable wild horses and burros on the western range. Perhaps you heard an activist group claim that…… Continue reading →

EPA’s 319 grants help put voluntary conservation on the ground

By Coleman Garrison The Environmental Protection Agency released a national snapshot of its Section 319 grants program last week to highlight the voluntary program’s many conservation successes in recent years. This week, NACD is joining the celebration. Technical and financial assistance allocated through the Section 319 grant program, also called the Nonpoint Source Program, helps…… Continue reading →

Clinton, Trump policies on conservation, ag laid out side-by-side

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The presidential debate night started well before the general election candidates took stage yesterday. Earlier that morning in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton surrogate Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy agriculture secretary, went head-to-head with Sam Clovis, Donald Trump’s senior agriculture advisor, at a Farm Foundation Forum on their…… Continue reading →

NACD takes on the West’s wild horses, burros problem

By Emma Shumway WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 – Together with other members of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition (NHBRMC), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) held a briefing for congressional staffers Wednesday to shed some much needed light on the mismanagement of wild horses and burros on federal lands. Keith Norris,…… Continue reading →

What Will Congress Do in 2016?

In 2016, Congress will have a lot on its schedule, especially in the area of agriculture. The first issues that Congress will probably address first are ones that were not completed last year, including School Nutrition Reauthorization, preemption or GMO labeling, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reauthorization. Congress completed the fiscal year 2016 appropriations…… Continue reading →

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