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CONSERVE RANKIN COUNTY: Buffers boast benefits on & off farms

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When you hear the word “buffer,” what do you think of? Maybe it evokes a safety net, a filter, or an area of shrubs and trees. In the landscape context, that’s pretty much what it is.

 

Farmers Themselves Prove to be Best Ambassadors When it Comes to Making the Case for Agriculture

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In the Southeast, we have some of the most thoughtful and intelligent producers in the world, and they’re willing to openly share their views and expertise in a way that reflects well on the entire agricultural community.

 

Invasive plants, energy development threaten Southwest rangeland

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While invasive plants and energy development threaten southwest rangeland, agricultural conversion remains at the top of the list of future threats.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Case: A change in how landowners mitigate development impacts

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In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District the U.S. Supreme Court found that the district's denial of a permit to a landowner seeking to develop wetlands on his property was an unconstitutional taking.

 

Climate Change Reports Warn of Major Agriculture, Forestry Impacts

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The USDA has released two reports on expected effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry. Included is an analysis of potential for adaptation, pest control, fire hazards, and infrastructure changes.

 

Bottom Lines and the Earth's Future

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For those of us who live in market economy cultures, such as the United States, we have long become accustomed to “bottom lines,” the economic or business bottom line in particular.

 

Major Existing EPA Laws and Programs That Could Affect Agricultural Producers June, 2007

This summary, produced by the Environmental Protection Agency Agricultural Counselor Office of the Administrator, provides a succinct, general description of EPA’s requirements, and should be used as a guide or compliance assistance tool.

 

IRS Guidance Regarding Appraisal Requirements for Noncash Charitable Contributions

This notice provides transitional guidance relating to the new definitions of “qualified appraisal” and “qualified appraiser” in § 170(f)(11) of the Internal Revenue Code, and new § 6695A of the Code regarding substantial or gross valuation misstatements, as added by § 1219 of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Pub.

 

Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: a Guide for Landonwers

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Agricultural operations in Wyoming serve as spaces for the production of food and fiber, and are also wildlife habitats, landscapes and spaces that create and accommodate a variety of lifestyles (Taylor 2003).

 

New Study Improves Drought Prediction Methods

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A new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences may well improve the predictability of seasonal droughts and provide a better way for farmers to determine when drought conditions are likely to occur.

 

Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness & the Agriculture Research Enterprise

At a public meeting at the White House, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report entitled, “Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness & the Agriculture Research Enterprise.

 

Ethanol Offers Growing Environmental Benefits

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Ethanol and petroleum are compared in a side by side scientific evaluation for environmental impacts.

 

Wetlands clean water, provide homes for wildlife across the nation

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Wetlands play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystem by protecting and improving water quality, filtering surface water, storing floodwater and creating or enhancing wildlife habitat.

 

Cover crops making a difference at Alabama’s Dee River Ranch

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Annie Dee, an Alabama ranch owner, believes fervently that if her family doesn’t practice sustainability, they won’t stay in the business of farming.

 

The Rise of Natural Capitalism and the New Frontier of the Restoration Economy

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With GreenTrees, participating landowners now have the potential to sit back and watch their forest grow while revenues increase.

 

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options and Costs for Agricultural Land and Animal Production within the United States

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U.S. agriculture consists of more than 2 million farms that collectively manage more than 922 million acres of cropland, grassland pasture, and range.

 

Water Issues Drive Precision Agriculture Solutions in Specialty Crops

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Researchers at variety of universities are working on the Western State Precision Agriculture Water Research Project, which uses drone and other technologies to determine how to use less water to produce more crops.

 

Turning Wine Waste into Profit

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The US wine industry creates an enormous amount of waste from processing more than 4 million tons of grapes a year. Chemists have been working on turning this waste, called pomace, into edible and inedible products.

 

Energy Beets for Biofuel Could be Winter Cash Crop for Southeast Growers

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Beets are producing “sweet” results with researchers at the University of Georgia.

 

Barking Up the Wrong Tree? Forest Sustainability in the Wake of Emerging Bioenergy Policies

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Renewable energy policies generally have assumed that forests can provide a significant source of environmentally-friendly feedstocks for electricity, heat and power generation.

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Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

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