Conservation, Energy & Environment


Senators Seek Clarification on “Waters of the US”

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, thirteen senators submitted a letter to leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the “Waters of the US” (WOTUS) proposed and interpretive rule.  There has been a lot of attention lately around how the farming community would be […]

USDA Climate Report Misses Sustainable Systems

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, which provides scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is designed to aid […]

Q&A on the “Waters of the US” Proposed and Interpretive Rule

July 25, 2014

There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In an accompanying post, we provided an update […]

Waters of the US: What’s it all About?

July 25, 2014

Learn about EPA’s proposed water rules and what it means for the farming community

USDA Evaluates Environmental Impacts of 2014 Farm Bill Implementation Choices for the Conservation Reserve Program

July 18, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) released its Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  The draft SPEIS seeks to assess the ways in which changes made to CRP in the 2014 Farm Bill will impact vegetation, wildlife, protected species, soils, surface […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Process Starting

July 11, 2014

Farmers and ranchers who enrolled in the the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in 2010 can re-enroll their farms for another five years by submitting a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS).  The window to apply to re-enroll extends from July 11 to September 12. CSP is a comprehensive working lands […]

House Subcommittee Votes to Curtail Environmental Protections

July 9, 2014

On Wednesday, July 9, the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and related agencies in fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014.  The bill cuts EPA funding by $717 million, or 9 percent, relative to […]

Final Week to Submit Pre-Proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

July 8, 2014

Monday, July 14 is the last day to submit pre-proposals to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Through RCPP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with producer associations or cooperatives, units of state or local governments, Indian tribes, water or irrigation districts or utilities, institutions of higher education, or […]

New Report Finds that Wetland and Grassland Destruction is Common

July 3, 2014

On Tuesday, July 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a new report on the status of wetland and grassland loss in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the upper Midwest and Plains States. Wetlands The report finds that between 1997 and 2009, net wetland acreage declined by roughly 6,200 acres per year.  […]

New Beginning Farmer and Conservation Crop Insurance Changes Announced

July 1, 2014

On Monday June 30, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) released an interim rule outlining seven actions it is taking to modify crop insurance inline with the requirements of the 2014 Farm Bill, to increase access for beginning farmers and encourage natural resource conservation.  NSAC supported the inclusion of several […]

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