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Posts tagged: Louisiana

Farming Together – It’s a Family Tradition

Posted by Natural Resources Conservation Service, Louisiana Public Affairs on July 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM
Kobe Williams, son of Travis Williams, holds an NRCS partnership sign as Elvadus Fields looks on.

Kobe Williams, son of Travis Williams, holds an NRCS partnership sign as Elvadus Fields looks on.

Soil erosion and drainage problems were plaguing Horace Robinson, Calvin Williams, and Travis Williams, a family of soybean farmers in the Mississippi Delta Region of Louisiana. They weren’t quite sure what to do to combat these problems while maintaining a productive farm.  

Enter Harvey Reed and Elvadus Fields. Read more >>

Tags: Louisiana, StrikeForce, EQIP, soil erosion

categories Discover Conservation, Conservation Programs, Farmer & Rancher Stories


Innovative Project Curbs Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Mid-South Rice Fields

Posted by Ciji Taylor, Public Affairs Specialist on May 19, 2016 at 02:26 PM
Monitoring equipment in the rice fields measure gases.

Monitoring equipment in the rice fields measure gases.

Environmental markets—the buying and selling of ecosystem services like carbon credits, water quality benefits and wildlife habitat—is an emerging market opportunity that has seen success in California, Michigan and the prairie pothole region of North Dakota.

The process for generating carbon credits from water and nitrogen management on rice fields provides rice growers with small incentives to voluntarily make management changes that reduce methane and nitrous oxide; both are potent greenhouse gases.  

Thanks to a new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project, rice growers in the Mid-south region will have new opportunities to implement conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while marketing their climate-smart rice under a unique label.   Read more >>

Tags: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, greenhouse gas

categories Science & Technology


Targeted Efforts to Restore Wetlands Helped Louisiana Black Bear Recover

Posted by Justin Fritscher on May 02, 2016 at 10:42 AM
The Louisiana black bear's current range is in Louisiana and Mississippi along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.

The Louisiana black bear's current range is in Louisiana and Mississippi along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.

Louisiana black bears were in trouble. In the alluvial plain along the Mississippi River, highly fertile soil led to the historic conversion of bottomland hardwoods to cultivated cropland during the 1960s and 1970s when soybean prices reached record highs. By 1992, the bear had lost 80 percent of its habitat, and biologists estimated fewer than 200 remained.

But landowners who voluntarily restored wetland habitat on private lands reversed the bear’s downward trend, paving the way for its recovery.

May marks American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate the importance of wetland ecosystems, including the bottomland hardwood forests that the Louisiana black bear needs. Read more >>

Tags: Louisiana, black bear, Working Lands for Wildlife, wetlands, bottomland hardwood, forests

categories Plants & Animals, Conservation Programs, Discover Conservation, Environment, Landscape Initiatives