Michigan Corn reminds farmers of FSA deadlines

Conservation Compliance forms need to filed for farmers using crop insurance this year.  Angel Jenio, Communications Specialist for Michigan Corn, reminds farmers to apply by June 1 to meet the deadline.  She says farmers can contact the local Farm Service Agency for more details. AUDIO: Interview with Angel Jenio (1:59 mp3):

Pesticide safety and stewardship

Farmers can learn more about pesticide safety and handling as part of the cropping system with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.  Brian Rowe with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says the program also helps farmers with proper storage of pesticides. AUDIO: Interview with Brian Rowe (1:59 mp3):

$21 million in new water conservation investments

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $21 million dollars in 8-states experiencing drought conditions. Ag Secretary Vilsack says the funding will be available to help farmers implement targeted conservation practices to better deal with the effects of drought in their operations. “Resources will be used from this money for prescribed grazing approaches,… Read more »

Conservation compliance deadline approaching

The USDA’s Conservation Compliance deadline is a few weeks away.  Chris White, Michigan Farm Service Agency State Executive Director, says farmers who have never filed for Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification, and only have crop insurance need to apply. “If you purchase crop insurance and you have never filed an AD-1026, please… Read more »

Cleaning the farm shop

As the farm grows, so do the amount of odds and ends acquired in the expansion. Bern Kroupa farms just north of Traverse City with his wife at the Old Mission Fruit Company.  He says over the years they’ve bought a few farms that have brought with them chemicals and fertilizers which need to be… Read more »

Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee makes some budgetary changes

The Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee took action on some ag-related budget items on Tuesday. The JFC approved $250,000 annually for a farmer-led watershed initiative to reduce nonpoint source pollution.  Farmers would be able to voluntarily work together to create watershed projects and implement conservation practices.  Grants will be available for up to $20,000… Read more »

Nobis Dairy receives sustainability award

The Innovations Center for U.S. Dairy has recognized Nobis Dairy Farm as one of three Outstanding Sustainability Farm Award winners.  Ken Nobis farms with his brother Larry in St. Johns, just north of the state Capitol.  He says on their 1,050 cow dairy they’ve tried to do what is right, including conservation tillage. “We’ve always… Read more »

Parasite claims five transplanted elk in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says five of the elk brought in from Kentucky in March have died.  The elk have been under quarantine in Jackson County since arriving in the Badger State.  In April, one cow and four calves died from acute Babesiosis, a disease caused by a microscopic tick-borne parasite that attacks… Read more »

National Geographic editor @animalag: farms must be more efficient

The first program feature of the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit in Kansas City was a presentation by the executive editor of National Geographic about feeding the planet. Dennis Dimick told those attending the Stakeholders Summit that civilization depends on soil.  That’s only one of the facets of the ongoing series by the widely circulated… Read more »

Trees for a better tomorrow

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts is planting 50,000 trees this year thanks to Consumers Energy and Michigan International Speedway.  Doug Tamboer, Consumers Energy’s sustainability director, says the effort is part of the company’s commitment to sustainability.