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NACD, state associations, local districts celebrate annual Stewardship Week

By Diana Blackwood The week of April 30 to May 7, 2017 marked NACD's 62nd annual Stewardship Week. Thousands of dedicated conservationists celebrated the 2017 Stewardship Week theme “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” by holding or participating in field days, soil health workshops, and other conservation outreach events throughout the country, helping to raise awareness about soils…… Continue reading →

April is National Garden Month: Know the difference between ‘non-native’ and ‘invasive’

By Sara Kangas April is National Garden Month! While you’re welcoming spring and the return of pollinators, make sure you’re not introducing invasive species inadvertently. Recently, Cheerios launched a #bringbackthebees campaign in partnership with Veseys Seeds. The campaign distributed 100 million seeds packets (that’s over 1.5 billion seeds!) nationwide as part of an effort to…… Continue reading →

Conservation Client Gateway available to more producers than ever

By Bill Berry A key gateway to NRCS and conservation district services just got bigger. Conservation Client Gateway, the secure online web application for landowners and land managers, is now available to business entities in addition to individual landowners. So, if your family-owned farming operation is a limited liability corporation or another business entity consistent…… Continue reading →

Soil Health PSAs: A great way to spread the message

By Beth Mason The Redlands Community College (El Reno, Oklahoma), USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, and Oklahoma NRCS recently teamed up to produce three public service announcements (PSAs) on soil health. These made-for-radio PSAs will be broadcast to promote soil health practices as a cost-saving strategy that helps farmers and ranchers mitigate the effects of extreme…… Continue reading →

NACD participates in Field to Market meetings

By NACD Staff "Continuous improvement" is a term often used to describe the sustainability pathway advocated by members of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The term also applies to the work of committees seeking to continuously improve the Field to Market sustainability platform and draw attention to the work of the organization.…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

By Mike Beacom Gerry Gray and Paul Ries serve as co-chairs of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC), whose mission is to “increase tangible support for urban forests on a national and local level; educate diverse audiences (from policy makers to the public) about the value and need for healthy urban forests; and network and…… Continue reading →

Districts a key windbreak partner across Great Plains

By Mike Beacom Conservation leaders from eight states gathered in Manhattan, Kansas, earlier this month for the Great Plains Windbreak Initiative, a three-day meeting designed to advance the “research, understanding, and use of windbreaks in the Great Plains.” [caption id="attachment_7770" align="alignright" width="640"] In additional to mitigating hazardous winds, these windbreaks in North Dakota save energy…… Continue reading →

New Mexico celebrates 15 years of collaborative conservation

By Jeff Burwell and Whitney Forman-Cook The New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD) is celebrating 15 years of Restore New Mexico, a conservation effort that has made a measurable difference in rangeland and forest health in the state. NMACD and the other partners of the Bureau of Land Management's Restore New Mexico initiative started with an ambitious…… Continue reading →

Chesapeake Bay district partners to accelerate conservation adoption

By Bill Tharpe and Jackie Koehn [caption id="attachment_7370" align="alignleft" width="363"] The Thomas Run project created three shallow water wetland developments and restored and forested approximately 12 acres of wetland, providing habitat for waterfowl and allowing landowners to lease their property for hunting rights.[/caption] The Harford Soil Conservation District in Maryland is working with a private sector…… Continue reading →

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