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Lara Bryant is NWF’s Agriculture Program Coordinator. She is supporting NWF’s Agriculture Program in promoting sustainable biofuels and cover crop use. Lara has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee.
Corn stover is a potential source of biofuels, but there are environmental risks if too much residue is harvested. Photo: Lara Bryant

Can Corn Stover Really be a Sustainable Biofuel Source?

4/23/2014 // By Lara Bryant

What are the best ways to help us replace our reliance on fossil fuels without causing unsustainable damage to land, climate, water, or wildlife? The question remains unanswered because almost every means of energy production has both benefits and drawbacks, […] Read more >

Male Sage Grouse, credit Rob Crow/Flickr

Victory! The New Farm Bill is a Major Win for Wildlife

2/4/2014 // By Lara Bryant

Today, the farm bill passed the Senate by a vote of 68-32, its final major hurdle to becoming law for next five years. The White House reports that President Obama will sign the bill, so after a long, long wait, and […] Read more >

A ruddy duck in Henry’s Lake, Idaho. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Gerlach.

5 Ways the New Farm Bill is Good for Wildlife

1/28/2014 // By Lara Bryant

The 2014 Farm Bill is closer than ever to becoming law; yesterday, House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders agreed on a final version of the farm bill that is a good compromise between the different versions of the farm bill […] Read more >

This Upland Sandpiper wants to know, why won't Congress put a national Sodsaver provision in the Farm Bill? Photo: Stephen Rossiter

Will Congress be Naughty or Nice to Grassland Wildlife?

12/17/2013 // By Lara Bryant

After two long years of trying to pass a new Farm Bill—a giant, 5 year piece of legislation that funds everything from food stamps to agriculture subsidies to conservation programs—members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee have assured us that […] Read more >

Whether it's their home or a pit stop on the way south for the winter, many wildlife depend on working farm land. Photo: Ryan Stockwell

Last Call: Who Wants a Farm Bill that Works for Wildlife?

10/29/2013 // By Lara Bryant

Sisyphus was a king from Greek mythology who was punished by the gods by being forced eternally to push a massive boulder up a hill; each time, as the boulder nearly reached the top, it would roll back down. For […] Read more >

Cover crops make bees happy. Photo: flick user steveburt1947

What do Cover Crops have to do with Wildlife?

10/3/2013 // By Lara Bryant

National Wildlife Federation has been working hard for the past few years to overcome barriers and support champions of cover crop adoption. In fact, we just released two new reports on cover crops: Counting Cover Crops and Clean Water Grows. […] Read more >

Vernal pool. Photo courtesy of flickr user marymactavish

Buy California Wine, Kill an Endangered Species

6/26/2013 // By Lara Bryant

This is part 2 of a blog about the recent farm bill debacle.  See part 1 here. And now, the story of a wealthy specialty crop lobby who publicly promote sustainability, but privately lobbied against one farm bill amendment so […] Read more >

What Went Wrong with the Farm Bill?

6/21/2013 // By Lara Bryant

After the Senate easily passed a Farm Bill earlier in June, many thought the House of Representatives had the votes in the bag to pass their own version. For 2 years, I’ve been working on farm bill policy, and I’ve […] Read more >

"Grasslands to cashlands?" Tell that to this black-footed ferret.  Corn fields don't make good wildlife habitat.  Photo: J. Michael Lockhart, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Disappearing Grasslands are No Joke

4/4/2013 // By Lara Bryant

We wish this opinion piece in Ethanol Producer magazine was actually written for April Fool’s Day. Mike Bryan, CEO of BBI Biofuels, criticizes a recent study by researchers at South Dakota State University, which found that more than 1.3 million acres […] Read more >

Lest we forget floods, another potential result from changing weather patterns due to climate change.  Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Drought, Fire and Freeze: Lawmakers Consider Impacts of Extreme Weather on Agriculture

2/15/2013 // By Lara Bryant

The votes are in and the winner for Most Arresting Title for a Senate Committee Hearing goes to the Agriculture Committee for yesterday’s hearing, “Drought, Fire and Freeze: The Economics of Disasters for America’s Agricultural Producers.” But seriously folks, I […] Read more >