Tag Archives: NRCS
Mississippi River

USDA: Conservation work reduces sediment, nutrient runoff

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that farmers’  and ranchers’ conservation efforts to improve water quality and quantity are working. The report is a culmination of a watershed-wide assessment of the impacts of soil and water conservation work, including methods to manage nutrients and reduce soil erosion on agricultural lands […]

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Farm pond in Virginia

NRCS launches website to measure quality of field runoff

As technology continues to play an increasing role in agricultural operations, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) launched the Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag), which helps producers calculate how much impact their agricultural and conservation practices are having on water quality. Producers input information about a given field, such as slope and soil characteristics. They […]

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Al Montna

Private-public partnership benefits rice crop and waterbirds

A private-public partnership is working to improve rice productivity, as well as enhance waterbird habitat in California. Montna Farms, owned by Al and Gail Montna enrolled in the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP), which pays incentives to landowners who implement pro-wildlife habitat practices on their land. The rice belt, where Montna Farms […]

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Lesser prairie chicken in New Mexico

Federal plan aims to help wildlife adapt to climate change

Wildlife habitat across the United States is being adversely affected by climate change, so the federal government has introduced a plan that includes the development of “corridors” to help wildlife migrate to more hospitable habitat. Called the “National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy,” the strategy aims to roll out several tactics, the corridors […]

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A vision for 2050

A recent report states that agricultural producers in the United States are capable of meeting the world’s growing need for food, as well as enhance natural resources, by 2050. But, the authors stress that changes must be made in our nation’s approach to land management. The report, titled Developing a New Vision for United States […]

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Dust storm in Idaho

New government program targets wind erosion in Idaho

Farmers in Idaho who are looking for government assistance to help curb wind erosion have typically been passed over in favor of producers who submitted applications that included efficient irrigation elements. But, wind erosion has become such an issue in the state that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new assistance program, […]

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