Judge says water rule injunction is limited to 13 states

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A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his temporary injunction blocking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) does not apply nationwide, only to the 13 states involved in his initial ruling. “On the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application. On the other hand, there… Read more »

Charter Boat Captain likes what he’s seeing

A Lake Erie Charter Boat Captain is encouraged by what he’s seeing on farms he’s visited. After visiting several livestock operations, Charter Boat Captain Dave Spangler of Oak Harbor, Ohio says he was impressed with what he saw taking place to improve water quality. “I would hope that a lot of the animal operations adopt… Read more »

Manure, not just a waste product

An agricultural consultant says manure is livestock farmers’ most valuable resource. James DeYoung with CJD Farms Consulting in Michigan helps farmers develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, or CNMPs, to properly utilize and manage nutrients.  He tells Brownfield farmers need to see manure not as a waste product, but as a nutrient resource. “It’s no secret… Read more »

USDA using lessons learned to implement wild bird monitoring system

USDA is using lessons learned to implement its wild bird surveillance for avian influenza. Gail Keirn is a public affairs specialist with the department and says during the H5N1 scare in 2006, a large monitoring effort was launched. “At that time, with state partners and federal biologists collecting wild birds, live sampling as well as… Read more »

General Mills reducing greenhouse gases

General Mills says it will cut greenhouse gases from the farm to the landfill by nearly 30-percent in the next 10 years.  In a news release, the company says by 2050, it plans to reduce absolute emissions by 50-70 percent.  The company says it has decreased emissions by 13 percent over the last decade by… Read more »

Illinois Farm Credit gives $100k milestone gift

The two Illinois Farm Credit associations gave $100,000 to Illinois agriculture groups this week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Farm Credit Illinois CEO Aaron Johnson tells Brownfield that they, and 1st Farm Credit Services, distributed the contribution among ten Illinois agriculture groups to celebrate the Farm Credit System’s 100th year. “It’s just… Read more »

Minnesota State Fair “best of” winners announced

The Minnesota State Fair’s “Best of” awards program has named this year’s winners. Spokesperson Brienna Schuette says the annual contest begins with superintendents, organizers and staff experiencing as much of the Fair as possible. “From foods, to attractions, to values, to customer service etc.  So (they) try to gather as much information and cover as… Read more »

New swine virus similar to Foot-and-Mouth

A swine virus that acts a lot like Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) is spreading across the country. Dr. Paul Sundberg is executive director of the Swine Health Information Center. “Seneca Valley virus is in the family of picornavirus, and that’s the same family that Foot-and-Mouth disease is in.  So the signs of Seneca Valley are going… Read more »

Iowa John Deere dealer expands

Van Wall Equipment, based in Perry, Iowa, has announced the purchase of AgriVision Equipment Group dealerships in Knoxville, Indianola and Albia. The acquisition brings to 14 the number of John Deere dealerships owned and operated by Van Wall in central Iowa.  

Being proactive towards water quality

Not everyone is blaming agriculture for Lake Erie’s problems. Ben Moore, who farms near Woodburn, in Northeast Indiana, says it was good to hear from a Charter Boat Captain who isn’t just pointing a finger at agriculture for the Lake’s problems. “He realized it’s several, it’s the dredging, the sewage plants, the urban development,” Moore… Read more »