Here are some recent headlines coming out of the United States Department of Agriculture that we’d like to share with our colleagues in the agriculture industry:

Enrollment for the 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program began on July 1. The voluntary program allows dairy farmers to decide on a coverage level based on their own margins—or the difference between feed costs and the current price of milk. If the margin falls below the chosen coverage level, farmers receive financial assistance. Read more here.

California organizations are partnering to conserve and restore the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters. The new partnership includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with several other organizations, non-profits and landowners. Overall, these partners will invest a minimum of $210 million into conserving the headwaters, which provides drinking water to 25 million Californians along with a good portion of the water used for irrigating agriculture in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. Read more here.

Three places have been named Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative sites. The California Headwaters, the North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Crown of the Continent join southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region on the list. The Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships work to protect natural resources that are at risk of being damaged due to climate change. Read more here.

USDA scientists have released a chart to help farmers choose the best cover crop. Cover crops generally help farmers protect fields from soil erosions during the off-season. Cover crops are also great for weed control, increasing organic matter and providing forage for animals. The interactive chart helps farmers choose the right cover crop for their operation. Read more here.

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