Urban Agriculture Conservation Grants Awarded

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, has awarded $1 million in grants to 19 conservation districts in 14 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects. “Our work as conservationists has evolved since the Dust Bowl when many of our nation’s 3,000 conservation districts were first established,” NACD …

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Putnam Comments Re: Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

Dan Environment, Florida

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement regarding the South Florida Water Management District’s announcement that for the Water Year 2017 monitoring period, the Everglades Water Quality Program achieved a 70-percent phosphorous reduction. “We continue to make headway in restoring the health of the Everglades, and the Everglades Agricultural Area has, yet again, exceeded state-mandated goals …

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EPA Administrator Visits Southeast Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Environment, Georgia, Legislative

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is visiting the Southeast this week, bringing his Back-to-Basics positive environmental agenda with him. He visited Alabama and Georgia, where he was joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Pruitt discusses his trip and Back-to-Basics initiative. “It’s been a wonderful two days,” Pruitt says. He started his trip on July 6 …

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USDA Options for Livestock Producers Dealing With Drought

Dan Cattle, Drought, Livestock

Dry and or drought conditions are nothing new to livestock producers in the Southeast. But this year, some of the areas suffering the most have been in the Northern Plains. And in a story from Rod Bain, we learn more about some of the tools in the USDA tool shed that can assist livestock producers facing drought conditions, particularly from …

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NRCS Alabama Announces Drought Funding

Dan Alabama, Drought, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Alabama has announced the agency is providing funding to assist landowners impacted by last year’s extreme drought. Eligible landowners have until July 28, 2017, to apply.   from USDA/NRCS Alabama Eligible Landowners with Grazing Lands Encouraged to Apply USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama, Ben Malone, announced that the agency is …

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Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it …

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Managed Honeybee Colony Numbers Increasing

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture says the number of managed honeybee colonies has increased over the last decade. While recent public attention has focused largely on colony mortality trends, overall colony numbers have increased since 2006. USDA says the number of managed colonies has increased from roughly two million in 2006 to near 2.8 million in 2016. However, honeybee mortality, as …

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Growers and Beekeepers Meet with EPA

Dan Cotton, Environment

This week has been National Pollinator Week, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. And stakeholders in the cotton industry, along with beekeepers and researchers from several state universities, met with representatives from the EPA and USDA to start the conversation on how to develop and adopt more appropriate steps for assessing …