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NRCS OFFICIAL: AG CONSERVATION FUNDING TRAILS DEMAND

Popular USDA conservation programs are underfunded and oversubscribed, the deputy chief of programs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service told the Senate Agriculture Committee at its latest farm bill hearing Thursday. The increasing popularity of federal programs as risk-management tools leads to long waiting lists of farmers who want to sign up. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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CSP UPDATE

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says its plan to have a new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program up and running by January has been delayed and the CSP’s new features won’t be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2017.

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SET-ASIDES IN CHINA

China’s ruling Communist Party has for the first time proposed to let land lie fallow in some areas to ease pressure on exhausted water and land resources while grain stocks are near record levels, state media reported on Wednesday.

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FUNDING CRUNCH FOR SWCD

Abbie Sperry, a resource conservationist with the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District, says helping maintain the state’s soil, and educating others on its importance, are key missions for soil and water conservation districts statewide. Their efforts could be washed away in the ongoing budget battle. “It takes 500 years to grow one inch… read more

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ADM AND FORESTS

ADM “offered a brief outline” of its plan to conserve forests threatened by expanded production of palm and soy oil, according to the New York Times. The company says it will announce details at its annual meeting on May 7.

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EWG RETURNS

Genetically engineered crops get undue credit for reducing soil losses on cropland, says the Environmental Working Group. In a three-page analysis, EWG says the credit really should go to so-called conservation compliance and the Conservation Reserve, both created by the 1985 farm law.  

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CONSERVATION SPENDING

USDA is spending $328 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical wetlands. The Mississippi River basin is one of the targeted areas.

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Women Caring for the Land Program

Women who own or manage farmland in and around McLean County are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour at the Lexington Community Center, 207 W Main Street on August 28. The program is called Women Caring for the Land. Women Caring for the Land offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format… read more

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