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Federal & State Conservation Programs Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, on the coast, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you. We'll also help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both the federal government and the state of Mississippi have a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

USDA - NRCS Programs USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP Organic Initiative
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI)
Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
Mississippi Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Mississippi Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
Mississippi Conservation Stewardship Program
Mississippi Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative
Mississippi Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
National Water Quality Initiative
Small scale solutions for your farm
The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center (LAPMC)
The Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center (MSPMC)
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
Working Lands for Wildlife

Federal & State Conservation Programs Conservation Districts
There is a Soil & Water Conservation District in every county in Mississippi. Among other things, these Districts' ongoing and future efforts are to:
  1. Implement farm conservation practices to keep soil in the fields and out of waterways.
  2. Conserve and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.
  3. Protect groundwater resources
  4. Plant trees and other land cover to hold topsoil, purify the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods and public areas.
  5. Help developers and homeowners manage the land and water in an environmentally sensitive manner.
  6. Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation in generations to come.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Mississippi are subdivisions of state government that are responsible for helping landowners in the wise management of land and natural resources by offering technical assistance and information for the natural resources within their county. The districts, along with nearly 3,000 conservation districts nationwide, provide assistance to its citizens through cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, businesses and civic organizations.

Conservation districts usually have a governing board comprised of local citizens who volunteer to represent farmers, landowners, educators, businesses, land users and all citizens, young and old, in the district. The boards ensure a local voice in natural resource issues.

District activities include technical field assistance, urban development projects, environmental education and information programs and recognition programs to acknowledge people who practice land stewardship, along with a variety of other services.

Federal & State Conservation Programs Cooperative Extension
Extension Service logo The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Extension's overall purpose is education -- education that will empower people to make intelligent decisions relating to their vocations, their families, and their environment. Extension's unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians.

Mississippi State University Extension Service is, and will continue to be, a leader for positive change for individuals, families and communities through the following ways: by providing research and education in a practical and applicable way; by using the latest technology and teaching techniques to serve clients; by developing and using volunteers to help disseminate programs and information; by cooperating with other groups and agencies; and by maintaining a culturally diverse staff responsive to the needs of various audiences at all socio-economic levels.

We believe that agriculture and its related enterprises are of major economic importance in Mississippi, and we will direct programs and resources to reflect this importance. We also believe that quality of life is affected by the reciprocal relationship between people and their environment and will continue to emphasize environmental issues. We recognize the critical need for human resource development and will continue to search for ways to help families and youth cope with an ever-changing society.

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Conservation Organizations Join Forces to Support Conservation in the Prairies

The Prairies Conservation Campaign aims to bring public attention to grassland and wetland conversion to cropland in the priarie pothole region.

A Peaceable Solution for the Range War Over Grazing Rights

PERC released an article on how free market environmentalism has been used to avoid situations like those with Cliven Bundy.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces New Report on Scientific Breakthroughs from USDA in 2013

New USDA Discoveries Led to 180 New Inventions, Include Flour that Prevents Weight Gain, Protections from Disease for U.S. Troops, Turning Grass Clippings to Energy

On Earth Day, U.S. Forest Service Seeks Applications for Wood to Energy Projects

Announces New App -- Part of the Obama Administration's "All of the Above" Energy Strategy

USDA Awards Research Grants to Address the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture Production

Conservation efforts target women landowners

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network provides women with the information and confidence they need to take action and improve the soil and water conservation on their farmland.

USDA-APHIS declares war on national wild hog problem

The first-ever federally authorized feral swine management and control project  includes the participation of local, state and federal agencies.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers

Required Reporting of Cases Latest Measure to Slow Disease Spread

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

The USDA announced its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the availability of $66 million in grants to help support specialty crop growers.

Shortage of Farmers Creates 'Dangerous Situation' for U.S.

According to the USDA, 15 percent of all jobs created in the U.S. between 2010 and 2015 will be in agriculture and forestry production. But the USDA expects fewer commercial farm and ranch operators to be in existence by 2015 than there are now — and a majority of jobs will be along the lines of agriculture specialists and crop management consultants.

Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation

Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.

Sens. King, Collins & Reps. Michaud, Pingree Fight USDA Plan to End Valuable Resource for Maine Farmers

The USDA has proposed to close or consolidate 250 FSA offices around the country. Legislators from rural states, including Maine, have signed a letter opposing the restructuring.

USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

USDA announced the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, a program that will help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers. Applications due June 12.

Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season

The National Cohesive Wildlife Fire Management Strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal, and local community partners and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.

EPA Awarding Close to $13 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the United States

The EPA is awarding grants to help private well owners improve small system operations and management practices

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs

Estimated ACRE Payments for 2013

This article by Gary Schnitkey from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois predicts ACRE payments for the 2013 crop year.

National effort to reduce damage caused by feral swine

Feral swine are in 17 to 39 states and have cost over $1.5 billion in annual damage. In response, the USDA has announced a national effort to reduce damage caused by these invasive animals.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Significant Action Taken on All Bill Titles in First Eight Weeks Since Enactment

USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs

Conservation Grant Helps Rice Growers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

USDA is helping to provide rice growers in California and the Midsouth with new opportunities to voluntarily execute conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while cultivating a new income stream.

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for April 2014

White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

Environmentalists have been pushing the Obama administration to crack down on methane emissions for some time, arguing that they drive global warming and pollute the air and water. Now the White House has proposed to cut methane emissions from dairy, agriculture, and the oil and gas industries.

USDA Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Feedstock Flexibility Program Plans

The CCC announced that it will not invoke the use of the FFP at this time.

USDA Announces the Extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract Program for 2014

The MILC program has been extended- protecting diary farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1 2014.

The man who helped save a billion lives

Norman Borlaug earned the nickname “Father of the Green Revolution,” a term used to refer to changes in agricultural practices that increased food production from the 1950s forward.

Subcommittee Examines Costs Associated With Lawsuits Filed Against the U.S. Forest Service

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the impact of the Endangered Species Act and related legislation on the U.S. Forest Service.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

Farm Loan Program Modifications Create Flexibility for New and Existing Farmers and Ranchers Alike

USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures Thursday that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

Agribusiness Friendliness Index

The Agribusiness Friendliness Index represents an attempt to quantify the various factors that influence the business climate for agribusinesses in each state.

New subsurface poultry litter works for no-till corn

A new poultry litter application method injects dry litter directly into the soil by using a subsurface litter application implement developed by USDA-ARS.

Net Farm Income Forecast To Fall in 2014

The ERS report forecasts a decline in net farm income in 2014.

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.

USDA Announces Support for Innovative, Sustainable Wood Building Materials to Protect Environment and Create Jobs

Secretary Vilsack: One of the world's oldest building materials is now also one of its most advanced

Pork producers blasted by new virus, PEDv

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, continue to slam U.S. pork producers, including Ohio farmers.

EPA Asks Americans to Join the Race to Stop Water Leaks

WaterSense celebrates Fix a Leak Week Beginning March 17

State Wildlife Directors Approve NBCI Implementation Plan for State-Level Bobwhite Restoration

 ‘Most ambitious collaboration in bobwhite conservation history’ provides specific guidance for states to show sustainable success in 5-10 years'

Prairie strips aid production, conservation

Photographs, infographics and interviews paint a full-color big picture view of prairie strips in a new publication from Iowa State University’s STRIPS team and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Fast Internet in Rural America?

Google may eventually have the answer with the expansion of it's Google Fiber project.

Young Farmers Remain Concerned About Land Availability

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

Quiet business is international firm dealing in agriculture and soils

Perry Agricultural Laboratory is an international soil testing, farm consulting, agricultural law business that has been serving producers for decades.

Southwest water deficits could be Southeast agriculture’s gain

Alabama and other Southeastern states could gain an advantage by increasing their irrigation capabilities and by wisely managing their water resources.

Conservation Agriculture: A powerful tool for the future

Conservation agriculture offers a powerful option for meeting future food demands while also contributing to sustainable agriculture and rural development. CA methods can improve the efficiency of input, increase farm income, improve or sustain crop yields and protect and revitalise soil, biodiversity and the natural resource base.

USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

Comparison of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has produced an easy to navigate, side-by-side comparision of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bill Programs.

Livestock Producers Affected by Severe Weather Urged to Keep Good Records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, today repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

How one family maintains a diversified, sustainable farm

Producer Annie Dee explains importance of cover crops, irrigation, soil health.

Broadcast Recording Available from National Cover Crops Conference

The conference recording features a discussion of how cover crops can improve soil health and the major barriers to their increased adoption, and was led by Buffett and fellow panelists Jason Weller, chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ray Gaesser, Iowa farmer and American Soybean Association president.

Climate Change and Agriculture in the Northwest: Challenges and Opportunities

Climate change impacts to agriculture in the Pacific Northwest are detailed in the recent report, Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities.

Press Release: Wall Street Banks Eye American Farmland, Threaten Future of U.S. Agriculture

Forest Assessment After an Ice Storm

Winter Storm Pax killed three people in northern Texas and two in Mississippi, but the storm’s destructive freeze seemed to get worse for trees as it moved east the week of Feb. 9-15.

USDA Announces New Grants to Help Communities Meet Water Challenges in Coming Years

$6 Million in Fiscal Year 2014, Up to $30 Million Over Next Five Years Available

Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers

The Panoche Water District and WaterFX have developed a solar thermal desalinization plant, which if proven commercially viable could relieve drought pressures on western farmers.

USDA Announces No Storage Deficit Areas for the 2013-Crop Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Program

USDA Announces 2014 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rate

Commodity Credit Corporation Executive Vice President Juan M. Garcia today announced the marketing assistance loan rate for 2014-crop base quality upland cotton.

Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

'Climate Hubs' will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President's Climate Action Plan

Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back Pollinators

Across the world there has been a notable decline in pollinators, which can have catastrophic impacts on agriculture and ecosystems.

The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022

The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.

Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit

The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

NRCS and Forest Service Partner to Improve Forest Health

San Bernardino and Riverside County, California Among Areas Targeted to Reduce Wildfire Risk

USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources

The Scott River Water Trust: Improving Stream Flows the Easy Way

A PERC case study on the Scott River Water Trust shows how a trust has pioneered the use of low-volume, low-cost water leases to enhance environmental flows. The trust pays farmers to leave water instream for salmon and steelhead.

Year's First National Water Forecast Predicts Limited Supply West of the Continental Divide

NRCS NWCC data predicts a limited water supply west of the Continental Divide.

EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters

Updates would make the next generation of woodstoves and heaters significantly cleaner and more efficient

USDA Announces No Actions in early 2014 under the Feedstock Flexibility Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA does not expect to take any actions under the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP) in the first calendar quarter of 2014.

MSU releases app for beef producers

The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator on Dec. 2 for Apple devices.

USDA Brings Additional Relief to Landowners Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Second Round of Conservation Easement Applications to be Accepted in 2014.

NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast
Funds derived from settlement of DOJ criminal charges against BP and Transocean
 

NBCI's 2013 Almanac Examines Bobwhite Restoration Advancements
While the wild bobwhite quail population continues to struggle, the momentum to restore their populations range wide continues to grow with several important pieces falling into place over the last year, according to Don McKenzie, director of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).

SEAFWA Endorses Full Funding for NBCI by States
The Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) has voted unanimously to endorse member states’ fully funding the core operations of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for an initial three-year period. 

New Campaign Calls for Restoration Projects that Benefit Environment and Economy
October 30, 2013 -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a Gulf-wide effort to spotlight business support for restoration projects that will benefit both the economy and the environment.

Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
Science is connecting hotter, bigger fires and a longer, more intense fire season with changes in the climate.

What Good is Dead Wood?
When you hear a barred owl calling “who cooks for you?” in your woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree.

At trial, BP denies dithering during response to U.S. Gulf spill
Dithering and indecision at BP Plc delayed the capping of its Macondo well and worsened the extent of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to allegations by plaintiffs' lawyers at trial on Tuesday that the British company denied.

QUWF Steps Up Support of Wild Quail Restoration
PORTLAND, OR -- The Buffalo, Missouri-based Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF) stepped up support of national efforts to restore wild bobwhite quail populations recently, signing a formal agreement in support of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) during the annual meeting of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

Deep sea recovery from U.S. Gulf spill could take decades: study
The muddy deep-sea ecosystem around the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could take decades to recover from the effects of the disaster, researchers reported on Tuesday.

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence
Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

'Licence to trash' offsetting scheme set back until Autumn
Government proposals would mean developers would have to pay compensation equal to any damage to habitats

Backyard Conservation: Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard
Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.

Rebel claimants in BP spill settlement get expedited hearing
A U.S. appeals court will hold an expedited hearing for a small group of claimants in a Gulf spill settlement with BP Plc, with oral arguments set for the week of November 4, the court said on Friday.

NBTC Petitions FSA for Addition to CP33 Eligibility

Farm bill and sequestration impacting conservation programs
Farm and nutrition programs are often at the forefront of debate over a new farm bill. But conservation programs are also a vital part of the farm bill mix.

Texas Quail Group Supports NBCI Ag Policy Efforts with $75,000 Grant
The Dallas-based, non-profit Park Cities Quail (PCQ) organization has awarded the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) $75,000 to support its efforts to educate federal agriculture policymakers in the nation’s capital regarding farm policy impacts on bobwhite quail and other wildlife species.

BP sues U.S. government over contract suspensions after oil spill
BP Plc is suing the U.S. government for barring the British oil giant from obtaining new federal contracts after the company pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge orders BP to pay $130 million fees to Gulf claims program
BP Plc must pay $130 million to a court-appointed administrator overseeing payments to thousands of people who claimed they were hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, in a fresh legal setback for the oil company.

Louisiana, Gulf Coast wildlife tourism means billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, study says

Judge denies BP effort to halt Gulf spill claim payouts
A federal judge denied an attempt by BP Plc to suspend payments to people and businesses claiming damages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while an investigator looks into possible misconduct in the payout process.

Row Crop Field Buffers Show Dramatic Increase in Bobwhite Potential in Most Regions
A conservation practice introduced in agricultural row crop settings in 2004 by USDA at the behest of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has resulted in bobwhite populations up to three times greater than those found in traditionally managed crop fields, according to a just-released study of the program’s impacts.

Analysis: Contentious oil spill claims set up BP for long legal battle
Faced with hundreds of damage claims it says are fictitious and inflated, BP must decide whether to dive into a protracted legal battle it had sought to avoid when it settled a class action over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

NEWS RELEASE: Forest Service awards $44.2M to conserve at-risk forests
Colo., Mass., and Ore., among the states granted funds

Sparks relieves Walker as Federal On-Scene Coordinator
NEW ORLEANS -- Capt. Thomas Sparks has assumed duties as the Federal On-scene Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team from Capt. Duke Walker.

USDA and DOI Highlight Successes of Protecting Bird Habitat on Private Lands
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today announced the release of the State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands.

New report on the Lower Mississippi River out for public comment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with several non-government organizations, is currently involved in the Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment (LMRRA), which includes three phases: (1) information for river-related management, (2) habitat needs, and (3) recreation and access needs.

Latest Quail Research Available in New Volume
The latest in peer-reviewed quail research is now available in a 386-page volume, Quail VII: Proceedings of the Seventh National Quail Symposium.

U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon Response transitions to National Response Center reporting
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has announced that the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team has started transitioning back to National Response Center reporting.

NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico - Gulf-Wide Season Set at 28 Days
Earlier this year, NOAA Fisheries published an emergency rule giving the agency the authority to adjust seasons off each Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) state based on whether their state-water seasons and bag limits were consistent with federal regulations.

Vilsack Outlines Vision for Agricultural Solutions to Environmental Challenges
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said that the Federal government must increase collaboration with producers, researchers and industry to develop the next generation of solutions that will help agriculture mitigate and adapt to modern climate challenges.

PRESS ALERT: First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans
Seattle WA - Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. 

Survey of Woodland Owners Reveals Major Challenges
The U.S. Forest Service regularly surveys woodland owners to get information on the land they own, why they own it, how they use it and if—and how—they manage it.

Join AFF's Free the Trees Campaign
Insects, diseases and weeds threaten the future of the woodlands we cherish. Some 58 million acres of forestland in the United States are imperiled by pests and pathogens. More than 500 tree-damaging pests from other countries have become established here, with a new threat introduced every two to three years.

Gov. Bryant Announces $69 Million in Gulf Restoration Projects
JACKSON (May 2, 2013) – Gov. Phil Bryant today announced $69 million in early restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Wetlands clean water, provide homes for wildlife across the nation
Wetlands play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystem by protecting and improving water quality, filtering surface water, storing floodwater and creating or enhancing wildlife habitat.

Successful Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries Conference Brings Together Diverse Voices
Press Release

Feral Swine: Ripping and Rooting Their Way across America
Feral swine have been called the “rototillers” of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike.

As honey bee numbers drop, U.S. sees threat to food supply
Honey bees, which play a key role in pollinating a wide variety of food crops, are in sharp decline in the United States, due to parasites, disease and pesticides, said a federal report released on Thursday.

Grant helps educate tribes on drought management
With the help of a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, the American Indian Inter Tribal Buffalo Council is working to make tribal lands more resilient to drought.

Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff, Streamlined and Accessible
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed a new web-based tool to help producers easily calculate the quality of water flowing off their fields.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council April 2013 Update
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Gulfport, Mississippi, April 15 - 18, 2013, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including several related to the management of red snapper.

Analysis: BP's legal gamble may trim spill bill by billions
BP Plc's attempt to get a U.S. federal court to pin at least a sizeable amount of the blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster on other companies may have saved it billions of dollars.

Conservation and the Fiscal Cliff Deal
Enhanced Tax Incentive & Charitable Deduction Survive

NRDA Group Seeks Information about CRMS
On April 3, 2013, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Greg Steyer was invited by the Deepwater Horizon Restoration Subcommittee of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council to present to them the lessons learned in developing the Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS).

The State of Our Rivers and Streams
A recent EPA survey shows that more than half of the nation’s rivers and stream miles are in poor condition for aquatic life.

Download the Free Federal Fishing Regulations App
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council offers a fishing regulations App for the Android and the iPhone - both are available for download.

Stay in the loop with Gulf Currents
Stay up to date on Gulf of Mexico Fishery issues - visit our blog - Gulf Currents.

Marine Recreational Information Program Update New Public Access Fishing Site Register is Launched
On January 24, 2013, NOAA Fisheries launched a new comprehensive, online database of public recreational fishing sites on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Why does the recreational red snapper season keep getting shorter?
We know you’re seeing more red snapper than ever before, and this is a great indicator that the rebuilding plan is working, but it doesn’t mean that the stock is rebuilt.

New Bobwhite Foundation Gets $1 Million Commitment As a Challenge for Additional Contributions
A bobwhite enthusiast in Texas kicked off fundraising for the new Bobwhite Foundation this week with a $100,000 endowment … and a promise to match up to $1 million in “endowed” donations from any other source within the next two years.

Project Noah
Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world.

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