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Workshop 24 June: Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass

  • Date:
    Mon, 05/01/2017 to Sat, 06/24/2017
    Category:
    Training
    WORKSHOP 24 June Lopez Island, WA Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass   Woody biomass in densely stocked San Juan forests may present an opportunity to support local energy needs. This workshop will discuss examples of community-based energy projects from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the cost-effective methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our h...

15th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/10/2017 to Thu, 05/04/2017
    Category:
    Training
    15th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop Scheduled for May 2–4, 2017, the 15th annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) will bring together climate researchers, information producers, and users to share developments in the research and applications of climate predictions for societal decision-making.CPASW 2017 will be held in Anchorage, the largest city...

Workshop San Juan Islands, WA

  • Date:
    Sat, 04/01/2017 to Sat, 05/06/2017
    Category:
    Training
    WORKSHOP 6 May San Juan Islands, WA Biochar 101: Making Biochar from Woody Biomass Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop wil...

WORKSHOP on Poplar Trees on 25 April. Toward Renewable Energy and Ecosystem Services

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    Thu, 03/30/2017 to Mon, 04/24/2017
    Category:
    News
    Workshop on Poplar Trees on 25 April. Toward Renewable Energy and Ecosystem Services by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Register here. Strategies for addressing climate change, water quality, and other environmental issues are needed in the PNW. The primary focus of the meeting is to explore using poplar tree plantings as a means of linking bioenergy and biomass production with ecosystem ser...

Wildfire Reports :L Senator Roberts: Picturesque Kansas Prairie Reduced To Blackness And Dust

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the News Wildfire Reports Kansas | Sen. Roberts: Picturesque Kansas Prairie Reduced to Blackness and Dust OFFICE OF SEN. PAT ROBERTS U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts today [March 9] surveyed damage from historical and unprecedented wildfires in Southwest Kansas. “I met with Vice President Pence yesterday and briefed him on the unprecedented amount of destruction Kansans have suffered, especially our...

Oklahoma | Inhofe Holds Press Conference Addressing NW Oklahoma Wildfires

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the News Wildfire Reports Oklahoma | Inhofe Holds Press Conference Addressing NW Oklahoma WildfiresOFFICE OF SEN. JIM INHOFEU.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe addressed wildfires affecting northwest Oklahoma at a press conference this morning [March 9] after surveying the damage caused by the fires. In his remarks, Inhofe said, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation S...

Photos & Video: Wildfires Scorch Hundreds of Square Miles in Kansas, 3 Other States OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    Wildfire Reports Photos & Video:Wildfires Scorch Hundreds of Square Miles in Kansas, 3 Other States OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Ranchers Assess Damage after Wildfires

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the News Wildfire Reports ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Ranchers Assess Damage after Wildfires Kansas rancher Greg Gardiner got into some of his scorched pastures for the first time Wednesday and surveyed what he likened to a battle zone: carcasses of dead cattle everywhere. “It’s pretty much a catastrophe,” Gardiner said as he looked out on his ranch near Ashland, charred by wildfires that have bu...

Nebraska | Relief Efforts Head Toward Wildfire Areas

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Wed, 04/26/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsWildfire Reports Nebraska | Relief Efforts Head Toward Wildfire Areas AG UPDATEWhen disaster hits America’s ranches and farms, relief efforts aren’t far behind. Burt County, Neb., residents were among the scores of individuals and groups reaching out to help farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires in Kansas and beyond.

USDA Allocates $6M to Help Wildfire Victims in Western KS, OK and TX

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsWildfires HAYS POST | USDA Allocates $6M to Help Wildfire Victims in Western KS, OK and TX U.S. Senator Jerry Moran announced today [March 21] that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $6 million to help farmers and ranchers impacted by the wildfires which burned across western Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas this month. The funding, which is being made available through the...

How and Where to Help with Wildfire Relief

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Tue, 05/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsWildfire Reports BEEF PRODUCER |  Here’s How and Where to Help with Wildfire Relief If you want to help folks who have lost livestock, equipment, homes and lives in this spring’s huge round of wildfires, here's a list of access points for you.

Kansas | 3 Types of Wildfire Cattle: Healthy, Dead, or Need to Be Euthanized

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsWildfire Reports KansasAGWEB  | 3 Types of Wildfire Cattle: Healthy, Dead, or Need to Be EuthanizedVeterinarians and livestock producers are assessing more than antibiotic use in southwest Kansas where a blaze swept through the high plains earlier this month. Dr. Randall Spare, president of Ashland Veterinary Center, Inc., believes there were 3,000 to 6,000 cattle that died in his...

Post-Brushfire Strategies Offered

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsWildfire Reports Post-Brushfire Strategies OfferedWESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN Shocking images of brushfires tearing across the West recently are a vivid reminder that dry conditions can create big troubles — and losses — for farms and ranches. As farmers and ranchers pick up the pieces, Colorado State University Extension offers some tactics to help keep that land productive, these inc...

Audio: Another Way to Grow Crops — By Laying Down the Plow

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    Kansas | Audio: Another Way to Grow Crops — By Laying Down the PlowPRIAt a time when many modern farmers face problems like soil erosion, nutrient loss and drought, the black dirt on Doug Palen’s family farm is a field apart: Its health and texture just keep improving. Palen’s soil secret? He doesn’t till the fields on his Glen Elder, Kansas, farm.

OBTW . . . Video: Drone Video of Kansas Harvest to Premiere at Festival

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Wed, 04/26/2017
    Category:
    News
    OBTW . . . Video: Drone Video of Kansas Harvest to Premiere at Festival THE ASSOCIATED PRESSA Kansas filmmaker’s drone video of the Kansas wheat harvest will premiere next month at the New York City Drone Film Festival. Doug Armknecht’s video, “Beauty & Bounty,” show the 2016 harvest at his wife’s family’s farm in Osborne County. He says the aerial shots give unique views of the farm and allow...

Interior Secretary Zinke rides horse to work on first day

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
      NRCS in the News Interior Secretary Zinke rides horse to work on first dayAG DAILYSporting a cowboy hat and blue jeans and riding a horse through the streets of the nation’s capital, this is the kind of public official we can get behind. It was the first day of work of new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and he was clearly showing his Montana roots and pride right from the start.

House Agriculture Subcommittee Receives Testimony from National Association of Conservation Districts

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    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    House Agriculture Subcommittee ReceivesTestimony from National Association of Conservation Districts INSURANCE NEWS NET The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry issued this testimony by Lee McDaniel, past-president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, at a hearing entitled "The Next Farm Bill: Conservation Policy."

Thune Unveils New Farm Bill Conservation Proposal

  • Date:
    Sun, 03/26/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
      NRCS in the NewsThune Unveils New Farm Bill Conservation Proposal AG WEB South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune is introducing a measure which gives producers another conservation option as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Thune is introducing the Soil Health and Income Protection Program, also known as SHIPP. It’s a voluntary program tackling both soil health and farming of less-productive land. Thune...

Joel Larson Joins Southeast Hub as Acting Director

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    Thu, 03/23/2017
    Category:
    News
    Joel Larson has joined the USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) as its Acting Director. Larson will lead the SERCH team while Director Steve McNulty pursues a one-year research sabbatical.                   Larson comes to SERCH from the USDA Climate Change Program Office, which coordinates the Department’s responses to climate change, focusing on implications for agriculture, forests, gra...

Midwest Focus Climate Update: Spring 2017

  • Date:
    Tue, 03/21/2017 to Sat, 04/15/2017
    Category:
    News
    Midwest Focus Climate Update:  Spring 2017  Updated: 21 March 2017 The new outlooks from NOAA were released last week. They have seen much social media traffic in the agriculture community due to the proximity to planting season and the potential for allowing or slowing spring progress across the Corn Belt and northern plains and also for the impact on areas listed on the US Drought Monitor. Let’...

Recent Pacific Northwest Agricultural blog posts

  • Date:
    Thu, 03/16/2017 to Fri, 03/31/2017
    Category:
    Other
    Recent blog posts on Pacific Northwest Agriculture from AgClimate.net Large Storms May Help Snowpack Summarizing scientific knowledge about Agriculture and Climate Change in the Northwest and plotting a roadmap for the future What Does Global Change Mean for Local Agriculture? A Case Study from the Winegrape Industry

Risk Management for Alaskan producers: Setting the stage for long-term sustainability

  • Date:
    Thu, 03/16/2017 to Thu, 03/23/2017
    Category:
    Webinar
    AgriLogic Consulting is putting on a Risk Management Webinar focused on crop insurance programs available to Alaska agricultural producers. Items covered: eligibility, deadlines, coverage levels, subsidies, and next steps for those who may be interested in purchasing a crop insurance product for their farm. All agricultural industry personnel who wish to learn more about crop insurance are invited...

Forest Service Funding Opportunity

  • Date:
    Mon, 03/13/2017 to Mon, 04/17/2017
    Category:
    News
    There is a new funding announcement from the Forest Service-Washington Office to support the USDA Climate Hubs. This funding supports syntheses, tools, or best management practices to forest and rangeland managers including the National Forest System. Please see the attached Request for Proposals for Climate Hub Projects. Projects must focus on decision support for forests and grasslands (rather t...

Best of the West: Plains wildfires set grim records, Alaskan eruption, wind's growing power

  • Date:
    Fri, 03/10/2017 to Mon, 04/10/2017
    Category:
    News
    The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are the western stories for the week starting March 6, 2017, that you don't want to miss. Wildfire north of Hutchinson, Kan. (Associated Press   Six people have died in this week's plains wildfires: 4 in Texas, 1 each in Oklahoma and Kansas. At least 1,500 cattle were killed in the Panhandle. Kansas officials say total...

Join National Climate Assessment Listening Sessions: Portland and Boise

  • Date:
    Wed, 03/08/2017 to Fri, 03/31/2017
    Category:
    Meeting
    Registration is now open for listening sessions for the PNW National Climate Assessment!  There are four participation options:(a) in person, Portland March 21(b) online with the Portland meeting, March 21(c) in person, Boise March 23(d) online with the Boise meeting, March 23 These Northwest Regional Engagement Workshops are an excellent opportunity to provide early and timely input to the NCA4 d...