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February 9, 2012

Listed below are recent articles related to soil and water conservation. If you are interested in receiving e-mails with more articles like these, subscribe to the Conservation NewsBriefs by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.


Soil Conservation Threatened by Herbicide Resistant Weeds

“A new Issue Paper from Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Herbicide-resistant Weeds Threaten Soil Conservation Gains: Finding a Balance for Soil and Farm Sustainability, examines the impact of certain weed management practices on soil conservation objectives and addresses ways to mitigate negative effects.”

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Fertilizer bill dies under pressure from local communities, environmentalists

“A hotly contested bill that would have allowed certified landscaping professionals to ignore local fertilizer ordinances died in a Tallahassee committee yesterday, despite being passed unanimously by past committees.”

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Ag runoff center of water quality debate

“Everyone on the Central Coast seems to want cleaner water but can’t agree on how to get it. That message was clear at a public debate on water quality Wednesday night at Salinas City Hall. The Central Coast Water Quality Control Board forum came in advance of a March 15 hearing in San Luis Obispo, where the board will consider controversial agricultural runoff rules, known as the agricultural order.”

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Federal Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandates irk officials in Augusta County

“When the Augusta County’s Agricultural-Industry Board held its first meeting of the year on Jan. 24 in the basement of the Agriculture Extension office at the Augusta County Government Center, the agenda was mostly housekeeping items like budget votes, election of officers and summer agriculture festivals. What started as routine officer elections, budget approvals and discussion of upcoming agriculture events became consumed for more than an hour in an intense, lively discussion, dire warnings and defiance about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan — the Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL pollution diet that mandates watershed states and Washington D.C. reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment flowing into rivers that empty into the bay.”

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