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On Dec. 12, 2019, at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, England, the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) will be making sure the contracting sector is ready to take on a changing farming industry, both financially, technically and in good health.
A Rock County Board committee is seeking to replace four of the five members on the Rock County Drainage Board, an agency that has had its share of controversy in recent years.
Illinois state lawmakers approved legislation allowing water drainage districts, responsible for keeping small waterways cleared of debris, to be absorbed into the municipality if they're at least 75 percent inside of it, through a court filing process. 
Wet conditions in Iowa have caused issues with the handling of animal waste and increased manure runoff concerns. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is advising producers to be aware of conditions and contact their local DNR field office if they have questions about manure spreading. 
A federal district court has granted a temporary injunction on the city of Toledo’s recent action that gives Lake Erie its own legal rights.
There’s still money left unclaimed by farmers who would be part of a project to decrease agricultural runoff in Delaware watersheds.
The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Compeer Financial for the Farm to Faucet education pilot. This new program will lead students to explore the connections between agriculture and watershed health.
Landowners across the Canadian province say they’re facing a situation where provincial regulators have been issuing drainage licences, often to local governments, without fully considering their downstream impact.
Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine asked legislators to set aside $900 million to fund long-term investments in the health of Ohio’s waterways and Lake Erie, which perennially battles toxic algal blooms that five years ago poisoned the city’s water supply.
The provincial government of Saskatchewan will invest $5 million in the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association to advance farm water management in the Canadian prairie province. 
The state announced programs to help northwest Ohio farmers plant year-round vegetation, buy equipment, test soil, and build storage facilities to reduce erosion and fertilizer runoff that feeds chronic algal growth on Lake Erie.
In a special election at the end of February, the majority of citizens of Toledo, OH voted to provide extra protections for Lake Erie through the newly established Lake Erie Bill of Rights. The Bill would allow any citizen to sue anyone who ‘causes harm’ to the lake’s ecosystem.
Hundreds of ag drainage wells built in the early 1900s have been successfully closed with help from the Agricultural Drainage Well Water Quality Assistance fund. The Fund provides a 75 percent cost-share for individual or groups of farmers in drainage districts.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging states to develop water quality trading programs to tackle nutrient pollution, which has become an increasingly visible issue in farm country. Practices such as nutrient and sediment reduction, and more landscape-scale projects, are also being considered.
On December 20, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The Nature Conservancy, an advocacy group for land and water conservation, break down what this law means for conservation practices. The bill will support and fund policies that will help farmers, ranchers and forest owners become more sustainable and productive.

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