Conservation funds for Fox River Watershed

U.S. Department of Agriculture has conservation funds available to farmers in the Lower Fox River watershed in eastern Wisconsin.  The funds can be used to install conservation systems to reduce phosphorus runoff and soil erosion.  Wisconsin will receive $800,000 to help farmers with waste storage facilities, crop residue management, nutrient management, cover crops, grassed waterways… Read more »

Farming more like nature

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Ray Archuletta, conservation agronomist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was on the program at the recent Ohio No-till Field Day where he talked about farming more like nature, taking a systems approach to using cover crops in a farming operation. Archulleta says it begins by changing the way you think. Audio: Ray… Read more »

Wood County to host 2018 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Wood County will host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2018.  The county was awarded the bid at the WFTD annual meeting Wednesday.  Wood County U.W. Extension Agent Matt Lippert along with representatives of the Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids Chambers of Commerce and Visitors and Conventions Bureaus made the presentation. An executive committee will now be… Read more »

Farmers implement sustainable practices

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is helping farmers improve sustainability on the farm.  Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Jim Johnson says sustainability on the farm will only continue to be important. AUDIO: Interview with Jim Johnson (3:32 mp3):

Governor orders 25% water use cut in California

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California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across the state.  The Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory 25 percent reductions in water usage in cities and towns. Agricultural users which have already idled thousands of acres will be required to report more water… Read more »

ACEP funds available for Indiana farmers

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced over $330 million in funds available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Jane Hardisty, Indiana state conservationist says the easement program provides long-term protection for America’s farm, ranch, grass, and wetlands. She says over $3 million will be available in Indiana.  “For this year, we’re receiving about $2.7 million… Read more »

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program funding

The USDA has announced $332 million in funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  Jason Weller, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says these conservation easements are an important tool.  “These conservation easements are a critical tool that we use with our land trust partners, state agency partners and other conservation organizations to… Read more »

Senate passes WOTUS clarifications

The U.S. Senate passed a budget bill early Friday morning after a marathon voting session. The packaged passed on a 52 to 46 vote with all Democrats and Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voting against it. The bill includes amendments which state the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules do not apply to… Read more »

Climate change caused $11 billion in soybean losses

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have determined climate change has cost U.S. soybean growers $11 billion over the last 20 years. U.W. Extension soybean and wheat specialist and agronomy professor Shawn Conley says they used data gathered from variety field trials in many of the states involved in the study.  That gave them reliable,… Read more »

Kentucky elk arrive in Wisconsin

Twenty-six elk from Kentucky have arrived in Jackson County, Wisconsin. These are the first of an expected 150 wild elk to be delivered to the Badger State over the next five years.  More elk will be delivered to Jackson County and in the Clam Lake area. The elk were quarantined in Kentucky for 45 days… Read more »