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New Farm Bill Program Helps Habitat from Sea to Shining Sea

7/3/2014 // By Lara Bryant

For your Fourth of July celebration, are you planning to get outdoors, and enjoy picnics, fireworks, and maybe some good music? Music was always a big part of the Fourth of July for my family. Songs like “America the Beautiful” […] Read more >

Radish cover crop growing in winter wheat residue (Sept. 2013) provided lasting wildlife benefits.

Evidence Builds: No Till and Cover Crops Make Working Lands More Wildlife-Friendly

5/20/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

In late April, when the snow finally receded (I didn’t think spring would ever get here), I decided to take a walk through my field that was winter wheat last year.  As you may recall from a previous post, last […] Read more >

Photo Courtesy of Kent Solberg

Meet the Cover Crop Champions

5/16/2014 // By Lara Bryant

Last year NWF began a new program for cover crop expert farmers and agricultural professionals, called the “Cover Crop Champions.” The champions receive small grants to pay the cost of their travel, time, and various expenses to share their expertise […] Read more >

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 >

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COP 19 Update: Delivering the Message

11/25/2013 // By Ethan Spaner

This weekend marked the official end of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Governments have agreed on a text after working through Friday night and into midday Saturday. Civil society spread its […] Read more >

Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

Having Lost Thousands of Cattle to the Blizzard, Northern Plains Ranchers Need a Farm Bill

10/16/2013 // By Ben Larson

The recent blizzard in western South Dakota didn’t just dump up to four feet of snow in the Black Hills, northwestern Nebraska and northeastern Wyoming. In killing thousands of cattle, it piled another hardship on ranchers, who in recent years […] Read more >

Photo courtesy USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Thinking of the Future at America’s Grasslands Conference

8/12/2013 // By Ben Larson

Like a herd of cattle heading to a stock tank, leaders in grassland conservation from all over the country are convening today in Manhattan, KS for two days of reflecting and sharing on how America’s remaining grasslands can be conserved […] Read more >