Sustainability matters to agriculture

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Farmers and agribusinesses are taking a better look at sustainability. Chuck Lippstreu with Agricultural Leaders of Michigan says they’re asking ag leaders how the industry can come together and continue down the sustainability path. “Sustainability really is an issue that’s front and center for agriculture here national and around the world, it’s one that we want… Read more »

More than 98 percent of farmers make conservation compliance

The USDA says more than 98 percent of producers have met the requirement to certify conservation compliance and will qualify for crop insurance subsidies. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it an overwhelming response. The USDA says the number of those not in compliance may be smaller than the figures indicate.  Among the producers who… Read more »

Another good week for Wisconsin crops

The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service has 29 percent of the Badger State soybeans blooming, up 19 points from a week ago and 9 points ahead of the five-year average.  The beans are rated 82 percent good to excellent condition. The Wisconsin corn crop is 81 percent good to excellent… Read more »

Water sampling in WLEB

A water sampling project in the Western Lake Erie Basin is helping to identify best management practices to control nutrient runoff. Allison Dauer is a conservation district technician in Hillsdale County collecting samples at tile outlets for the project.  She says the thanks to a grant with the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Natural Recourses… Read more »

Better management practices improve water quality

The new Tri-State Regional Conservation Program in the Western Lake Erie Basin will help farmers improve water quality.  Steve Shine with the Michigan Department of Agriculture says Michigan’s environmental assurance program walks farmers though identifying risk areas. “By identifying those gaps or weaknesses, we can put in place or recommend to the producer practices that… Read more »

Updated fees will improve environmental resources

Changes to Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program funding will provide more resources to farmers.  The voluntary program walks farmers though assessments to improve farming practices that protect water quality and the environment. Jim Johnson with the Michigan Department of Agriculture says the Michigan legislature approved fee changes that will expand funding. “There was a lot… Read more »

Taking a negative and turning it positive

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Some areas of the Midwest and especially the Eastern Corn belt has had its share of challenges this planting season. From crops not planted, to planted, only to be flooded out. But Allen Dean, who farms in Northwest Ohio, near Bryan in Williams County, says there may be a way to turn a negative into… Read more »

Division of Soils moves from ODNR to ODA

A provision in the state budget signed by Governor Kasich transfers the Division of Soils to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). ODA Director Dave Daniels says from the agency’s perspective he’s excited. “This is going to give us more of an opportunity to be a resource for more farmers, all across the state,” Daniels… Read more »

Nelson: WOTUS not good for Nebraska

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule is not good for Nebraska, according to Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau.  The state manages its natural resources just fine without federal intervention, said Nelson. “We believe that this is marginally a local issue and we’ve done a good and we just don’t… Read more »

Tri-State RCPP enrollment begins July 1

Farmers in designated watersheds in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana can enroll in the Tri-State Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) beginning July 1.  Terry Cosby, State Conservationist in Ohio says the $17.5 million from USDA will be provide a significant boost to improve water quality in the basin.  “It’s going to give landowners in this region more… Read more »