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Are Your Taxpayer Dollars Helping to Destroy Wetlands?

6/20/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

The Senate passed a 2013 Farm Bill that would stop this unbridled wetland drainage, but the House just refused to follow suit. Call your representatives and insist on wetland conservation compliance in the final 2013 Farm Bill. The Prairie Pothole […] Read more >

Credit: Ohio Sea Grant September 10, 2009.

Heavy Rains, Runoff, Toxic to Wildlife

5/2/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

Lake Erie is experiencing a one-two punch of heavy rains and excess farm runoff that influences the magnitude of algae toxic to wildlife and humans. In a recent report: Taken by Storm: How Heavy Rain is Worsening Algal Blooms in […] Read more >

Pintail ducks in flight (Photo: USFWS Pacific)

Is One of Our Country’s Greatest Conservation Achievements at Risk?

2/26/2013 // By Aviva Glaser

If I asked a group of people what this country’s greatest conservation success in last 25 years was, I might expect to hear stories about the protection of national forests, the recovery of endangered species, or maybe even the Conservation […] 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 >

Wildlife like these Sandhill cranes forage through crop residue in late spring.  No till and cover crops not only protect water quality and improve soil health and productivity, but provide vital habitat and forage for wildlife.

What I Learned About My Farm from Two Minutes in the Rain

8/6/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

Driving home one evening earlier this summer, I noticed a lot of water in roadside ditches after a sizable storm rolled through the area.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if there were any visible differences […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – June 8, 2012

6/8/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Celebrate Get Outdoors Day With Help From National Wildlife Federation June 8 – In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day […] Read more >

Black-footed ferret. Photo by Ryan Hagerty for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

How many grassland animals do you know?

5/4/2012 // By Lara Bryant

Last week the 2012 Farm Bill began its long journey through Congress in the Senate Agriculture Committee, where it passed 16-5. While we think it is a good starting place, there are still critical protections for wildlife that are missing. […] Read more >

Two Greater Prairie Chickens dance on a lek on Gracie Creek Ranch, Nebraska. Photo by Aaron Price

Be My Wingman – Dance of the Greater Prairie Chicken

4/4/2012 // By Lara Bryant

“The sound is just a long drawn out ‘boom’; you can just tell it’s a very old song that’s been going on for thousands of years. Kind of like an alarm clock in spring telling you to wake up; it’s […] Read more >

More Ways to Protect Wildlife Habitat in the 2012 Farm Bill

3/15/2012 // By Lara Bryant

As the Senate and House Agriculture Committees begin work on a new farm bill, one major question they should consider is “how can we make sure that farm bill dollars are used wisely?” Earlier this month I blogged on why […] Read more >

Greater Sage Grouse, credit USFWS/Stephen Ting

What Does the Farm Bill Have To Do with Wildlife?

2/23/2012 // By Lara Bryant

That’s what my family and friends ask me when I try to describe my work at National Wildlife Federation.  This is what I tell them: The Farm Bill is one of the most important laws helping farmers protect and enhance […] Read more >