• USDA will provide more than $328 million for conservation funding in an effort to protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.

    Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the initiative will benefit wildlife and promote outdoor recreation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical wetlands and encourage producers to keep lands in farming and ranching.

    Vilsack stated, “these easements are making a dramatic and positive impact for our food supply, rural communities and species habitat." The National Fish and Wildlife Service says this funding will produce $93.2 billion of economic output throughout the economy.

  • The EPA has released a Q&A on the Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

    The seven page document looks at 25 questions and answers to add clarity to their position on the proposed WOTUS rule. The document is available in a PDF format on the EPA’s website www2.epa.gov.