Monday, March 30, 2020

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U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Institute for Energy Research says Renewable Fuel Standard will hurt corn farmers

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has not been advantageous for consumers, and it doesn’t bode well for corn farmers either, according to Robert L. Bradley Jr., founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston.
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Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine to Upper Peninsula Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties

Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine to Upper Peninsula Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties
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USDA releases National Organic Farming Handbook

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a new Organic Farming Handbook for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff members who are working with organic producers and farmers looking to get into organics.
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USDA announces $350 million in funding for agriculture easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that landowners on key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands throughout the country may be eligible to receive some of the $350 million in funding available through the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
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USDA details efforts to protect country's water from harmful runoff

USDA has invested $370 million toward water quality projects in U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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USDA to invest $30 million to protect wetlands in six states

Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Nebraska to receive funds.
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USDA awards $30 million for wetlands protection and restoration

Six states to receive funds as part of the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership.
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Federal officials visit Mojave Desert for land management meeting

Accepting an invitation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie joined a public meeting in the Mojave Desert to hear discussions on the management of public lands in the region.
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USDA conservation program aids Chesapeake Bay wildlife amid water woes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (UDSA) Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) said recently that it has been protecting Chesapeake Bay from contaminants such as nitrogen and phosphorus through the establishment of buffers, which also provide important wildlife and aquatic-life habitats.
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USDA, EPA host workshop to facilitate water quality trading markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a joint workshop on water quality trading this week, working together to expand the market and in continuance with the recently announced Conservation Innovation Grants supporting the same goal.
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U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition announces winners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council announced on Thursday the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, both of which will receive $1.5 million to build demonstration projects, one in New York and one in Oregon.
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Cabinet officials urge Congress to boost wildfire-prevention funds

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan urged Congress in a letter on Tuesday to alter its funding approach to wildfires by investing more in forest and rangeland restoration to make these areas less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires and more resilient when they occur.
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USDA announces Conservation Innovation Grants winners

45 applicants will share $20.5 million for projects to promote conservation
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USDA announces state winners of biofuel infrastructure grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 21 states that have won Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) funding to update fueling station pumps for compatibility with biofuels, with a total of $100 million in grants awarded this year.
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