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USDA Online Energy Estimator Tools

USDA provides tools online for estimating energy and potential savings from Tillage Nitrogen Irrigation Animal Housing

 

What The Heck Is A WASCOB?

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A WASCOB or 'Water and Sediment Control Basin' is a series of embankments that store and slowly release runoff through underground outlets.

 

Amos' Reading List

Take a look through Amos' reading list.

 

FANN launches new program to expand availability of native Asclepias

The Florida Milkweed Project is seeking native Asclepias populations on lands where seed collection can be readily permitted this summer/fall.

 

Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture - Pest-control Services at Risk

Pest-control services provided by insect-eating bats in the United States likely save the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a ...

 

National Forest Management and its Impacts on Rural Economies and Communities

This public hearing by the House Committee on Agricultural discusses national forest management and it's impacts on rural economies and communities.

 

White Nose Syndrome

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White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emergent disease of hibernating bats that has spread from the northeastern to the central United States at an alarming rate.

 

Technology Advances Irrigation and Drought Management

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The Weslaco Extension Center has been awarded a CIG grant to develop technology systems for drought management. 

 

Alfalfa Brings Harvest of Environmental Benefits

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In addition to its over $1 billion value to the state of California, alfalfa provides a host of environmental benefits that are frequently overlooked.

 

For Flood Weary Farmers, a New Way to Stay on the Land

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Roy McCallie was born in Stuttgart during the great Mississippi flood of 1927.  His parents were forced to find a safer area when their hometown of Arkansas City was facing inundation, and it’s a good thing they did: the town was completely destroyed and lay submerged beneath the combined waters of the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers from April through August.

 

The five principles of green building

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Green buildings are designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants and support a healthy community and natural environment.

 

Why are Invasive Species Bad for Mississippi?

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Only a very small subset of species introduced to an area where they are not native will become invasive.  But when the invasion begins, it can be costly.

 

What is a Land Trust?

Land trusts are non-profit organizations directly involved in the permanent protection of land and its resources for the public benefit. A trust may operate on a local, state, regional, or national level.

 

What is Green Building Certification?

Residential green building is no longer a trend — it is the future of building.  According to the National Association of Homebuilders’ Green.

 

Does America Need More Organic Farmers?

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Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over a decade.  After the USDA implemented national organic standards in 2002, certified organic farmland doubled by 2005.

 

After the Fires - Hydrophobic Soils

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Hydrophobic soils repel water. A thin layer of soil at or below the mineral soil surface can become hydrophobic after intense heating. The hydrophobic layer is the result of a waxy substance that is derived from plant material burned during a hot fire.

 

Bird Trails and Important Bird Areas

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A Bird Trail is more than a trail in the literal sense.  It is a “necklace” of sites, usually linked by a physiographic feature such as a river, that are united by the theme of “great for bird watching!”  Birding Trails are essentially driving routes that help you get from one prime birding spot to the next.

 

40 Points of Light - a New Forest Stand Improvement Technique for the Family Forest

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Finding the Lost Forests of the Past in the Grazed and High Graded Hardwoods of Central Minnesota (and Mitigating Global Warming in the P ...

 

Study Documents Conversion of Grassland to Crops

A new study documents a loss of 1.3 million acres of grassland over a five-year period in the Western Corn Belt — a rate not seen since the 1920s and 1930s.

 

Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers

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Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified in the latest survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers and Ranchers program.

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

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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