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USDA Announces Key Measures to Improve Pollinator Health
The USDA is announcing two initiatives in support of the President’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators, announced just over one year ago. A review of USDA’s most popular conservation program found that farmers and ranchers across the country are creating at least 15 million acres of healthy forage and habitat for pollinators, and the department has also entered into a new partnership with leading honey bee organizations that will help to ensure future conservation projects continue to provide benefits to these important species.

New Reports Reinforce the Value of Sustainably Managed Private Working Forests
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) released two new reports confirming the ongoing relationship between strong markets for wood products and sustainable forestry in the United States. The reports study the 32 most forested states, representing 91.3% of all working forests in the contiguous U.S., 74% of which are privately-owned. 

Challenger 1000 Series Tractors
Challenger introduced a new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations. They are available in four models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower. All Challenger 1000 Series models are equipped with the ISO-compliant AccuTerminal™ for one-stop control of all tractor and implement functions.