PLN News: May 2017

About the Private Landowner Network

"This Friday, we visit rice and crawfish farms in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana where four farmers are providing much-needed habitat for the whooping crane, one of the continent's rarest birds." Read their story here.

A Climate Change Solution Beneath Our Feet

Skyelark Ranch uses rotational grazing while raising sheep in Northern Calif. This can benefit plant growth, drought resistance and the climate. (UC Davis)
"There's too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the ground where it's useful. Healthy soil can help flip the picture." Learn more here.

Sage Advice for Young Farmers

"I'm making a living growing healthy, nutritious food for the community, using sustainable and environmental practices that work with nature and foster the health of the world around us," writes Richard Wiswall, co-owner of Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Learn more here.

For Rangeland Cattle, Think Smaller

"A new multistate study offers some cow insight that may surprise some ranchers. In dry and dusty conditions, smaller cows may be the best way to get the most from your herd." Read the article here.

The Trump FY18 Budget - Its Message to Farmers

The proposed budget would place "restrictions on new (Conservation Reserve Program) sign-ups, freezing new enrollments under the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminating the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCP) while bolstering funding for the Environmental Quality Program and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program." Learn more here.
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Farm Dreams is an annual workshop series for aspiring farmers to discover what it would really take to start your own farm business.
The next workshop is:

June 5: Blue Yonder Farm, North Salem, IN 5:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Learn more here.
10th Annual Private Lands Partners Day Announced
PFC just announced that this year's Private Lands Partners Day will be hosted right in RFF's own backyard in Bangor, Maine Oct. 3-5. Learn more here.
Complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture
"Every farmer has a reason to participate...If we don't know you're out there, important programs may not be created to assist your particular rural community needs." Learn more here.
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