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Cover Crop Champions Seek Innovative Outreach Methods

By Jessica Espenshade, agricultural program coordinator, National Wildlife Federation District program coordinators across the country have noticed a trend - agricultural outreach is relying on traditional field days to bridge the knowledge and action gap in the farming community, and attendance is increasingly a challenge. Outreach specialists need to think outside of the box to…… Continue reading →

Oklahoma RCPP Project Promotes Healthy Soils

[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS] By NACD Intern Katrina Vaitkus In Oklahoma, a state deeply affected during the Dust Bowl, erosion is a major concern. Since the region's soil is highly erodible, farmers must consider soil health practices that will reduce erosion and preserve water quality. Sarah Blaney, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), has…… Continue reading →

Celebrate Pollinator Week – Five Ways You Can Help Today

By NACD Communications Manager Sara Kangas As spring concludes and summer finally arrives, you're likely seeing more critters around your garden hard at work. Today marks the beginning of National Pollinator Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the animals and invertebrates that make our ecosystems function. In addition to graphics on NACD's social…… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts and the Sustainability Puzzle

Editor's note: This blog is the second part in a series. Click here to read the first installment. By Laura Demmel Agricultural sustainability could be defined as “natural resource stewardship practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1” Conservation districts work toward this goal…… Continue reading →

NACD Soil Health Champions Network Reaches 200 Members

By Beth Mason This month, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Soil Health Champions Network surpassed 200 members across the United States and is still in the process of confirming more members every day. Since its inception in 2015, the NACD Soil Health Champions Network has brought together landowners and operators that not only…… Continue reading →

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 →

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