FY 2016 budget for EPA includes Clean Power Plan

President Obama released his nearly $4 trillion federal budget for Fiscal Year 2016. $8.6 billion of that is discretionary funding for the Environmental Protection Agency.  EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg says the request is about $450 million above this year’s enacted amount and represents the Administration’s “commitment to protecting public health and the environment.”… Read more »

House Ag subcommittees named

The House Agriculture Committee has announced the subcommittee appointments for the 114th Congress:   General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies… Read more »

Groups want EPA to control air around CAFOs

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups has filed two lawsuits demanding the Environmental Protection Agency do something about controlling air pollution from large farms. The group says there are more than 20,000 large farms housing billions of animals in the U.S. which “release noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic… Read more »

Wisconsin DNR to assess frac sand mines

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek public input on industrial sand mining. The effort will be part of a broader agency strategic analysis to update a 2012 report on sand mining in the state.  DNR staff will collect input in February and March as to what topics should be addressed in the report. … Read more »

Wisconsin groups want Congressional action on gray wolf

A collection of farm and other groups called “The Wisconsin Coalition to Delist Gray Wolves” is asking Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-R) to help remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Last month a U.S. District Judge overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife order which delisted the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan… Read more »

RCPP important step for Lake Erie

Ohio’s 9th District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the $17.5 million dollars awarded as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to the Tri-States (Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan) provides the opportunity to fix the cause of nutrient loading and algae blooms in Lake Erie. Kaptur says the conservation focus of the Tri-State proposal is… Read more »

Cover crops as a nitrogen source

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Managing nitrogen was the focus of the recent conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms. Farmers, crop consultants and others learned about nitrogen use, efficiency and retention.  UW Discovery Farms co-director Amber Radatz says one of the things they talked about was cover crops. More from the conference available here:

Implementing the Tri-State RCPP

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $17.5 million to the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Phosphorus Reduction Initiative. The funding is part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program established in the 2014 Farm Bill. Terry Cosby, State Conservationist in Ohio says the next step will be for Ohio, Indiana and Michigan to… Read more »

Historic investment in Lake Erie

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in Toledo on Friday, January 16, says the $17.5 million dollars awarded to the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is a big deal for agriculture. “It will help farmers practice the conservation practices that many are practicing now, it will enhance them, it will give incentives for… Read more »

The People Remember Project

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As we go about our busy lives, seldom do we take time to contemplate how we got here and the people who went before us. Over the years, Ed Janus has been a dairy farmer, a journalist, an author, owned a minor league baseball club and built a successful brewery.  His audio features have been… Read more »