Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America’s bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities. Sponsored by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation. Learn more… Continue reading

Corn growers and environmental advocate find ways to work together

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The idea that the National Corn Growers Association would fall in line with the Environmental Defense Fund views seems far-fetched. However, when it comes to soil health, Chris Novak says the two organizations have a common purpose.

Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, says the time has come for farmers and ranchers to have open dialogues with environmental advocates regarding climate change, soil health and sustainability. “We can fight things out in the courts, we can fight things out in Congress — or we can buckle down, sit down at the table together and talk together about the opportunity for voluntary solution, and we can make real progress for our land and farms at the same time,” he says. Continue reading

SARE discusses cover crop survey results tomorrow in webinar

Tomorrow at noon EDT representatives from SARE, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) will host a media call following the rollout of the 2017 cover crop survey report. This marks the fifth consecutive year of the national survey which asks farmers about their views and experiences with cover crops.

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Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species

This webinar is presented by SREF & Forest Service Office of Sustainability and Climate.

What will you learn?

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks). Learn more… Continue reading

Considerations for Transitioning Perennial Production to Organic

Join this webinar to learn about the specifics of transitioning perennial production systems to organic. Learn more…

Presenter(s):

  • David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA

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Webinar: High Tunnel Systems

What will you learn?

Participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management. Learn more…

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Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Efficacy, Non-target Effects, and Best Management Practices

What will you learn?

Participants will learn about the efficacy and nontarget effects of neonicotinoid seed treatments and management practices that should be considered to minimize adverse impacts on pollinators and other nontarget organisms. Learn more…

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology

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USDA Announces $235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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2014 EQIP Conservation Plan opportunities

Enrollment is currently underway for the NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative (OI).  Organic producers who are interested in cost-share assistance for implementing conservation practices to enhance environmental and natural resource quality on their farms should contact their local NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) office to submit an application. Although applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, they are only reviewed during specific application or “batching” periods (dates represent deadlines).

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Trapping Weevils and Saving Monarchs

Ensuring the monarch butterfly’s survival by saving its milkweed habitat could result from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies initially intended to improve detection of boll weevils with pheromone traps.

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