PLN News: March 2015

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Landowners, State conserve habitat for Sage-grouse in Idaho

"Twenty-six landowners have enrolled 38 ranches in conservation easements supported through funding from Sage-Grouse Initiative...These permanent easements protect more than one-third of the private acres in the [Pioneer Mountain] region..."

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Additionally, "the Idaho Department of Lands has put forward a draft plan to protect sage grouse habitat on state endowment land as part [of] an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act."

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To till or not to till

Healthy soil on a no till farm. Photo: USDA NRCS South Dakota.

"Northeastern Colorado farmer Curt Sayles describes no-till farming as something similar to religion. Just as faith defines the personal philosophy of many, the decision to till or not to till can define a farmer's working philosophy as well."

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Study finds switchgrass removes PCBs from soils

"University of Iowa researchers have found a type of grass that was once a staple of the American prairie can remove soil laden with PCBs, toxic chemical once used for cooling an other industrial purposes."

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Farmers can better prevent nutrient runoff based on land characteristics

"Research shows topography can help narrow field of conservation choices."

"Farmers on a quest to keep more fertilizer on their fields - and out of Iowa's waterways - may have an easier time finding a solution, thanks to new research from the University of Iowa."

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USDA announces available funding for food and ag research, education and extension

Students learn about agriculture thanks to NIFA Funding. Photo: USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Intitute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $160 million in funding for research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture production. NIFA will fund the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Learn more about the program here.
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