Soil Health

Conservation field day sparks stewardship in New York

By Caitlin Stewart Earlier this fall, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) in upstate New York hosted its 38th annual Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day to encourage fifth and sixth graders to become the future stewards of our natural resources. The event drew 72 area students from Lake Pleasant, Wells, Long…… Continue reading →

New bill supports NACD policy on CRP grazing

By Edward Hutschenreuter Farmers with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may now have a new environmentally beneficial option for satisfying their contract requirements. On November 9, Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri introduced the “CRP Grazing Flexibility Act” (H.R. 4298), which would allow farmers to graze livestock on their enrolled CRP acreage as an…… Continue reading →

New educational coloring book features tiny superhero of the soil

She’s a wee bit smaller than your typical superhero. But 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. The 24-page coloring book is produced by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation…… Continue reading →

Farmers broadcast soil health PSAs across the Southern Plains

By Beth Mason The USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, in partnership with Redlands Community College and NRCS, has developed a series of radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for farmers on the benefits of using soil health practices. This outreach effort also includes The Southern Plains Podcast; recent episodes share information on USDA's response to Hurricane Harvey and…… Continue reading →

VESP means good stewardship in Vermont

By Bill Berry What good things are there to say about the Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP)? Let us count some of the ways. The program will be piloted this year and next on 10 to 12 farms. It is an example of cooperative conservation at its best with roles for federal, state, and local…… Continue reading →

Conservation in Montana: Cooperation and Trust Conquer Weeds in Sweet Grass County

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MDNRC) has recently published three stories on Montana farmers and ranchers who have devoted a great deal of time and energy to conservation work. NACD would like to thank Linda Brander, a resource specialist for the Conservation Districts Bureau within MDNRC, for the opportunity to republish this story on our blog. Story by John Grassy…… Continue reading →

County-level conservation department, tribe in Wisconsin partner to expand access and delivery on Indian lands

Tribal Outreach and Partnership Success Story: Oneida Tribe and Outagamie County Land Conservation Department in Wisconsin By Dave Vogel In Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe has been an active participant in conservation programs implementing buffers, restoring native prairies, and eliminating fish blockages throughout the Lower Fox River Watershed. Most recently, the Oneida Tribe established a cooperative agreement with the…… Continue reading →

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