NCBA, PLC Voice Opposition To The Administration’s America The Beautiful

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with the Public Lands Council, are criticizing the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful campaign that includes an emphasis on wilderness designation. NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources, Kaitlynn Glover, said one of the goals of the Administration is to conserve 30% of  public lands by 2030 and she noted […]

USDA Accepts Over 2.5 million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup

The USDA accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s goal of four […]

PNW Producers Encouraged To Sign Up For EQIP Now

NRCS is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program [EQIP] for fiscal year 2022. Assistant Washington Conservationist for Programs, Keith Griswold, said the voluntary program allows local producers to solve problems on private land. “Landowners come in and tell us about the problem with the resources they have on their property and we go […]

WSU To Launch 12 Week Series Focused On Sustainable Farming

Farmers interested in sustainable small scale farming and ranching are encouraged to participate in Washington State University’s 12 week Cultivating Success which starts in late September. WSU’s Kate Ryan, said the course is great for anyone unsure how to approach being a farmer or rancher. “Trying to impress upon students that it’s a whole lot more […]

NRCS Local Input Key For Climate Smart Agriculture

NRCS likes to say they adapt their programs to address the situation on the ground. “Years ago when we were created, it was recognized that local people actually know best how to solve problems on their property,” said Jimmy Bramblett, NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs. He noted there are stark variations in landscape. “You think […]

NRCS Trying To Encourage Farmers To Pursue Climate Smart Practices

NRCS continues to seek ways to encourage farmers to pursue climate smart practices good for the farming industry and for the environment. “One of the things we often say is farmers are often the best environmentalists out there across the landscape,” noted NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs Jimmy Bramblett. “And within NRCS we work with […]

Vilsack: Climate Smart Ag A Priority For Farming Community

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the USDA is encouraging climate smart farming on many fronts including programs already familiar to the farming community. “We’re going to enlarge our CRP Program, which is our Conservation Reserve Program. We’ve added four million acres of opportunity there with a focus on climate, and climate smart solutions.” Vilsack […]

USDA Looking To Expand CRP Participation

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program is expanding from its cap of 25 million acres. “Currently we’re four million acres below the goal for 2021 and the cap is going to increase to 27 million acres by 2023,” noted FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “In addition, there’s another three million acres that are going to be exiting CRP […]

Newhouse: Conservation Bill Supports Work Farmers Are Already Doing

Earlier this spring, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse introduced House Resolution 2613, better known as the Conservation and Innovative Climate Partnership Act of 2021. The legislation will allocate funding for land-grant institutions to partner with local farmers to boost conservation innovative climate practices. Newhouse said farmers understand the importance of healthy land and taking care of […]

USDA Initiative to Quantify Climate Benefits of CRP

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of CRP contracts. The multi-year effort will enable USDA to better target CRP toward climate outcomes and improve existing models and conservation planning tools while supporting USDA’s goal of putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address […]