Conservation funds for Red River Basin

Up to $50 million dollars of conservation funding from the Farm Bill has been targeted for the next five years for the Red River Basin in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  The objective is to minimize flooding, improve soil health and water quality and enhance wildlife habitat in the 25-million acre watershed. The funds… Read more »

Beware of flooded wells

With the recent heavy rains in some areas there is increased danger of private wells becoming contaminated. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages well owners, especially in flooded areas to monitor their water closely. Any change in the color, smell or taste of water could indicate a problem. Flood waters and runoff contain bacteria… Read more »

Improving water quality in Lake Erie

To help farmers in the Western Basin of Lake Erie and those in the Blanchard River watershed with conservation assistance to improve Lake Erie’s water quality, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has funds available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). “The goal of this initiative is to restore, protect and preserve that eco-system,” said… Read more »

Wisconsin DNR to sell 10,000 acres

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board has approved the first phase of a plan to make 10,000 acres of DNR land available for sale. The plan, a directive from the state legislature and included in the 2013-15 state budget specifies that the proceeds from the sale be used to repay outstanding public debt related… Read more »

CSP sign-up in Wisconsin

Wisconsin farmers who were the first to enroll in the USDA Conservation Stewardship Program back in 2010 may now renew those contracts. The original agreements were for 5 years, producers may extend the contracts through 2019. Renewal starts July 11th and runs through September 12th. New enrollments will also be accepted, details are available from… Read more »

Another $8 million for bee habitat

The USDA is committing $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives to establish honey bee habitat in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. More than half of the commercially-managed honey bees are in these five states during the summer. Disease, parasites, loss of habitat and other factors have contributed to a significant… Read more »

EAB found in Door County, Wisconsin

Add Door County to the list of counties in the state with Emerald Ash Borer. The tree-killing insect was found south of Fish Creek in the Town of Gibraltar last week and confirmed by USDA on Tuesday. The discovery was really no big surprise given the amount of tourism in Wisconsin’s “thumb”. As a result,… Read more »

RCPP informational meetings

Informational meetings to explain the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) are being held in Indiana. Hosted by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), the meetings will provide landowners with information about the program and the funding available. Meetings will be held – June 11, Tippecanoe Co…. Read more »

Loss of milkweed means loss of Monarchs

A new study says the loss of habitat in the United States, not wintering grounds in Mexico is the reason for the significant decline in Monarch butterfly population. The study from a research team at the University of Guelph in Ontario says the loss of milkweed especially in the cornbelt has been the culprit. Monarchs… Read more »

Mixed opinions on Obama’s carbon plan

Reaction rolling-in to President Obama’s proposal announced Monday to reduce the carbon emissions from the nation’s fossil-fuel-fired power plants by 25 percent by the year 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. According to the Energy Information Administration, 19 states get more than half of their electricity from coal-fired power plants. Kentucky and West Virginia get… Read more »