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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 >

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A Tale of Two Sportsmen’s Bills

2/11/2014 // By John W. Gale

With Congress these days, it can seem like the best of times and the worst of times. After years of relatively little legislative success, members of both chambers and on both sides of the political divide managed to construct and […] 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 >

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Weekly News Roundup- January 31, 2014

1/31/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week?   Sportsmen to President Obama: Public lands a worthwhile legacy Jan 29- With members of Congress at loggerheads on many issues, President Barack Obama can take the lead and fully implement promised […] 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 >

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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 >

Sandhill crane and chick (also called a "colt"). Photo by Lauri Griffin. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.

The Farm Bill Expires Today, and So Do Wildlife Protections

9/30/2013 // By Aviva Glaser

While most people are probably aware of the looming potential government shutdown, there is another deadline today that is getting much less attention: the Farm Bill expires. So what does that mean for conservation and wildlife?  In a nutshell, critical […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup- September 20, 2013

9/20/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Once a parking space, now a public park (well, for a few hours at least). NWF joins in for DC’s Park(ing) Day 2013 ! Colorado’s biblical flood. Flood of `Biblical Proportions’ Leaves […] Read more >