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NRCS and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s New

By Guest Author | December 11, 2019

When a new farm bill comes out, there is often a sinking feeling that it’s going to be a lot to swallow and maybe not all of it will be great tasting. Will the same programs be available? And if so, what will be different about them, if anything? What exactly are the programs again?

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Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council Unveils Innovative Strategic Plan

For Release:  March 25, 2014 The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council (Coexistence Council), an 11-member volunteer group of livestock producers, tribes, environmental groups, and county coalitions, has developed an innovative Strategic Coexistence Plan (Coexistence Plan), to reduce wolf/livestock conflicts and the need for management removals of depredating or nuisance wolves.  The goals of the Coexistence Plan…

USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs

Contact: Isabel Benemelis (202) 720-7809 WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service…

Secretary Jewell Announces Order to Implement Initiative Connecting Millions of Young People to America’s Great Outdoors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Formalizing an ambitious initiative to connect America’s young people to the great outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation’s public lands, including partnerships with businesses and youth organizations to support the Obama…

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

SANTE FE, N.M., March 10, 2014 –Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations. “The recent Census…

Turner Endangered Species Fund and E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Join Forces to Combat Extinction Crisis

The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) have formed a new partnership to combat the worldwide decline of biological diversity. The partnership will serve to support research and education initiatives that inspire a new generation of enthusiastic explorers, environmental policy makers, citizen scientists, and conservation biologists to conserve and…

Critical Habitat Management Portal Online

A new tool for landowners is now available from the Resources First Foundation. “The Critical Habitat Management Portal (CHMP) is designed to help private landowners manage candidate, threatened, and endangered species on their land by providing information on the species, the conservation measures needed to restore and conserve its habitat, and the professionals, organizations, and…

Mike Connor Confirmed As Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded the confirmation of Michael L. Connor to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The U.S. Senate confirmed Connor’s nomination, which President Obama announced on July 30, 2013, by a vote of 97 to 0. “Mike is exactly the right person…

New Career Listings

New career opportunities in ranching and conservation are now posted on our Community Network board. We will also post notices of relevant conferences.

Farmers and ranchers invited to discuss Colorado Water Bank project.

The Colorado River Water Conservation District invites farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agricultural water use to a Colorado River Water Bank Ag Forum on Tuesday, March 4th. The forum will be an opportunity for irrigators to learn about the water bank concept, ask questions, and share their thoughts. Irrigators’ input early on in the…

USDA to Invest in Prairie Pothole Landscape Effort

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that up to $35 million will be provided during the next three years to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region. The announcement was made on the Secretary’s behalf by Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie. Farmers, ranchers…

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