“Karl (Elmshaeuser) brings valuable experience in local, state, and federal programs."
The story of the summer and fall in Washington, D.C., is a tale of two bills.
Growing organic since 2008, a South Dakota farm couple couldn’t resist the opportunity to take part in a program that incentivized their conse…
|A northern spotted owl pursues a mouse in Deschutes|
National Forest in Oregon. (AP photo by Don Ryan)
"Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging," Matthew Brown and Gillian Flaccusreport
for The Associated Press. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision made five days before Trump left office to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl."
|Northern spotted owl habitat|
(American Bird Conservancy)
Investing in soil health on the farm through implementation of conservation practices helps build resiliency in the face of our changing clima…
|Lisa Schulte Moore|
|A prairie strip on an Iowa farm (Iowa State University photo)|
Schulte Moore said, "I think of my work as putting together a puzzle, and I’m always looking for the missing puzzle piece. Where do I have to go or what do I have to learn to get the next piece? I’ve found that sometimes you have to build and paint the puzzle piece yourself, and that’s part of the fun of science."
|Fireflies at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. (Washington Post photo by Travis Dove)|
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Researchers released the first-ever comprehensive study of firefly tourism this year. They found that about 1 million tourists across the globe travel to witness firefly-related phenomena each year. That includes the famous synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains; that's been getting increasingly popular for years, but the pandemic may have boosted its popularity even more this year as cooped-up tourists flocked to outdoor spots felt to be safer than indoors. Read more here.
|The gorgeous but unwelcome spotted lanternfly|
(Associated Press photo by Matt Rourke)
However, in news of less-desirable insects: A boy's bug collection at the Kansas State Fair last week
included a spotted lanternfly, which has triggered a federal investigation. The invasive species has been devastating trees and crops throughout the Mid-Atlantic states for years, but Kansas is more than 850 miles west from its nearest known location.Read more here
Few hospitals in Maine, the most rural state by percentage of population, are complying with a federal rule requiring them to publish detailed prices of medical procedures for insured and uninsured patients. Are your local hospitals complying? Read more here.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administration may restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western U.S. after laws in some states have made it much easier to kill the predators. USFW has begun a year-long biological review to determine if such a step is necessary. Read more here.
In its first meeting last week, the White House Competition Council discussed advancing right-to-repair laws that would bar companies such as John Deere from blocking customers or independent repair shops from fixing tractors and other machinery. President Biden called for the formation of the council in a July order aimed at increasing economic competition. Read more here.
The Agriculture Department "accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program signup," Ximena Bustillo reports for Politico's Weekly Agriculture. "This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP sign ups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s 4-million-acre goal. Producers and landowners submitted offers for nearly 4 million acres in Grassland CRP, the highest in the signup’s history. The top submitters included Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico." Read more here.
Restaurants and businesses are asking Congress for more pandemic aid, but it could be a long shot since Congress is mostly occupied on hashing out the infrastructure package and a Democratic health-care, education and climate bill. Read more here.
As Republican lawmakers in Ohio work to limit drop boxes and early voting, rural voters in Ohio—and likely elsewhere—said in a poll that they want expanded voting options. Read more here.
Appalachian musicians are tackling the complicated topic of coal—and trying to inspire change—through song. Read more here.
Many rural regions that rely on tourism and drive-through visitors are finding it beneficial to install charging stations for electric vehicles. Read more here.
With 1.4 billion cows on earth, cow waste—from both ends—adds up to become a significant driver of climate change. But scientists in Germany and New Zealand have an innovative solution: potty-trained cows. A German herd has been successfully taught to relieve themselves only in a designated area nicknamed the "MooLoo." Read more here.
The House Agriculture Committee approved part of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill Monday, minus Biden's plan to change a tax law that helps farmers keep land in their families.
For details of the bill or to watch a video of its hearing, click here. A section-by-section analysis of the tax proposals by the Ways and Means Committee is available here.
URBANA, Ill. — Ask a farmer, a scientist and a conservation professional to define soil health, and you might come up with three rather differ…
The 2021 Nebraska Grazing Conference is back as an in-person event after going virtual in 2020 due to the challenges of COVID-19. This year’s …
LACLEDE, Mo. — Matt Lambert’s conservation efforts were a way to protect the resources on his farm.
ALLEMAN, Iowa — To improve Iowa water quality, it does take a village.
Joshua Divan is a precision agriculture and conservation specialist with Pheasants Forever in Iowa.