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After the Fires - Hydrophobic Soils

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

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

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


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

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.


The Quiet Environmentalist - Grazing on Oregon’s Public Lands

If you look at a map, and run your eye along Oregon’s straight-edge southern border to the point where Nevada and California meet beneath it, and then travel slightly north and east, you will see a chain of small, unremarkable dry lakes indicated. T ...


CALFED and the Bay-Delta Accord - Beginnings of an Integrated Approach to Water Policy and Use

California’s water wars are legendary, the stuff of books and the Hollywood drama, Chinatown, and they’ve been fought largely in agricultural ditches and the courts up until the creation of CALFED in 1994.


New Farm Drainage Ditch Design Channels Water, Cuts Maintenance Costs

The new design has a small main channel at the bottom of the ditch (stage one) and raised, grass-covered benches along both sides of the channel (stage two).


Farmer Leaders Call Crop Insurance “Most Important Risk Management Tool”

Farmer leaders from across the country called crop insurance their “most important risk management tool” and said it is essential to keep agriculture strong and bring young farmers into an aging business.


Young Farmers Foresee an Optimistic Future

According to Virginia Ag Commissioner Matt Lohr, 70% of farmland will change hands in the next 15 years, which will require that those getting involved in agriculture today look at problems differently, develop new friendships, and create strong links to the community.


Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

Oil companies are moving into more agricultural areas, however new fracking technologies are challenging a once peaceful co-existence. 


Younger Beginning Farmers Tend To Operate Larger Farms

Younger beginning farmers are more likely to operate large farms than are older operators of beginning farms. These farmers tend to earn more on their farm, and less off their farm, but have more debt than older beginning farmers.

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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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