Federal Lawmaking

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 →

Did You Know? How to be a high-achieving district

By Mike Brown Our heritage began over 75 years ago, and the accomplishments achieved by conservation districts have been nothing short of remarkable. We have transformed the American landscape from barren wastelands of the Dust Bowl era to productive working lands that support healthy wildlife populations, protect water quality, and invest in the future by…… Continue reading →

Q&A with Keith Argow

By Mike Beacom Keith Argow has been actively involved in national forestry issues for more than 50 years. He received undergraduate degrees from Colorado College and the University of Michigan, and holds a PhD in forestry and political science from N.C. State University. He was a district ranger and research forester for the U.S. Forest…… Continue reading →

Sentinel Landscapes designated in Fl., Minn., & N.C.

By Jaime Simon WASHINGTON, July 24, 2016 – The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DoD), and the Interior have designated Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, Camp Ripley in Minnesota, and 33 counties in eastern North Carolina as the newest Sentinel Landscapes. Sentinel Landscapes are places where preserving the working and rural character…… 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 →

Happy Birthday to the Soil Conservation Act!

Happy 80th birthday to the Soil Conservation Act! This ground-breaking legislation created the Soil Conservation Service, now the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and kicked off the conservation district movement in the U.S. So what happened roughly 80 years ago that spurred Congress to take action to protect our nation’s soil? In the early…… Continue reading →

Honoring Honest Abe: A President’s Legacy

One hundred and fifty years ago today, one of the greatest and most revered Presidents of the Unites States was committed to the ages.  On April 15, 1865 at 7:22 am President Abraham Lincoln died in the Petersen House across the street from Ford’s Theater where he spent his last night alive.  The assassination of…… Continue reading →

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