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USDA Updates Wetland Determination Guidance to Increase Consistency, Timeliness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is improving the process by which it makes wetland determinations, updating guidance to improve consistency and timeliness as well as to responding to feedback from farmers and other stakeholders.

Secretary Perdue Names NRCS Chief

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Matthew J. “Matt” Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

USDA-NRCS Accepting Public Comment on Soil Health Standard Indicators

A draft Technical Note detailing soil health indicators and associated laboratory methods are in the Federal Register for public review and comment. NRCS is accepting comments on this Technical Note through December 13, 2018.

Tennessee NRCS Welcomes New State Conservationist

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to welcome Mr. Sheldon L. Hightower as the new State Conservationist in Tennessee. Hightower will replace Kevin Brown, who retired in January 2018, as the eighth State Conservationist to serve in Tennessee.

USDA Invests in 22 New Projects to Spur Innovation

USDA will invest more than $10.6 million for 22 new projects that will drive public and private sector innovation in conserving natural resources in 27 states, including Tennessee, through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants program. 

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