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by Carol A. Heiser, illustrations by Spike Knuth
Wild in the Woods
U.S. Department of Energy
You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.
USDA - NRCS
The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) is a competitive grants program that helps states and Indian tribes increase public access to private lands for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting, fishing or hiking.
Qualified reforestation expenditures (or afforestation in the case of planting or seeding nonforested land) paid or incurred in a tax year to a maximum of $10,000 per qualified timber property (QTP) can be immediately deducted by all taxpayers, except trusts.
U.S. EPA Office of Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing revised guidelines to states, territories, and the District of Columbia (hereinafter referred to as “states”) for the award of § 319 grants under the Clean Water Act for the implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) management programs.
U.S. EPA State-EPA NPS Partnership Grants Management Work Group
This manual provides an overview of federal grant requirements that will guide state and territory nonpoint source agency staff when applying for and administering grants awarded under the Clean Water Act Section 319.
Denise Keehner, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, U.S. EPA
This May 9, 2013 memorandum issues guidance on grants streamlining specific to the national Clean Water Act section 319 Nonpoint Source program and provides national program expectations regarding the rate of expenditure of funds by the states.
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.
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.
Parady, K., J. Lovato, J. Wolf, D. Hulme, I. Burke.
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).
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.
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.
National Corn Growers Assn.
Ethanol and petroleum are compared in a side by side scientific evaluation for environmental impacts.
Michelle Banks; NRCS
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.
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.
Chandler Van Voorhis
With GreenTrees, participating landowners now have the potential to sit back and watch their forest grow while revenues increase.
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.
U.S. agriculture consists of more than 2 million farms that collectively manage more than 922 million acres of cropland, grassland pasture, and range.
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.
Clint Thompson, University of Georgia
Beets are producing “sweet” results with researchers at the University of Georgia.