Wisconsin increases Ag Enterprise Areas

Wisconsin will hit the 1 million-acre mark with the designation of new and expanded Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEAs) for 2015. Ag Secretary Ben Brancel told the State Ag Board on Wednesday the new acreage will become official on January 1st when two new AEAs will be created and a third will be expanded. The three… Read more »

Chesapeake Bay farmer encourages others in Western Lake Erie

A Chesapeake Bay farmer says farmers in water quality sensitive areas should be part of the solution. John Swaine III has been farming in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for more than 40 years. During a recent event in the Western Lake Erie Basin, Swaine shared his experiences with farmers facing similar challenges on initiatives to… Read more »

Conservation grants announced

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is awarding $20.5 million for 45 projects to develop and advance the conservation of natural resources. The projects include habitat for pollinators, increased access to greenhouse gas markets and making farms more resilient to climate change. Among the grants: $760,000 to Iowa State University to develop and stimulate… Read more »

Ribble tours “Save the Bay” farms

Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-R) visited some Brown County farms on Tuesday which are participating in the Save the Bay effort to improve water quality in Green Bay and the Fox River. The farms are voluntarily using a variety of best management practices including cover crops. Ribble says the farmers visited farms in Pennsylvania to get… Read more »

National Farmers Union calling for CRP enhancements

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on USDA to enhance the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). NFU Vice President Chandler Goule… “We want farmers to be able to enroll that entire field, but as long as 75 percent of the field is actually qualified for CRP.  We also want farmers to be able to transfer… Read more »

United Soybean Board long-term plan prepares for leaner times

With continued lower commodity prices, the United Soybean Board’s long-term strategic plan aims at getting the biggest return on Check Off dollars. While attending the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Minneapolis Thursday, USB director Larry Marek of Iowa said the five year strategic plan takes into account the potential for leaner conditions. “We’re changing… Read more »

Tools for food insecurity

CropLife International says plant science is essential in fighting food insecurity. In a news release, the global network representing the plant science industry outlines five ways farmers can keep up with the growing demand for food. These tools include drought tolerance, no-till farming, nitrogen-use efficiency, crop protection and micronutrients.

Cover crops help repair compaction issues

A central Indiana farmer says cover crops are his solution to breaking up compaction brought on by the wet start to this year’s growing season. Mike Shuter has been no-tilling his ground for over 30 years and says that isn’t changing.  “The cover crop rooting down is going to help break up the compaction caused… Read more »

Manure, not just a waste product

An agricultural consultant says manure is livestock farmers’ most valuable resource. James DeYoung with CJD Farms Consulting in Michigan helps farmers develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, or CNMPs, to properly utilize and manage nutrients.  He tells Brownfield farmers need to see manure not as a waste product, but as a nutrient resource. “It’s no secret… Read more »

General Mills reducing greenhouse gases

General Mills says it will cut greenhouse gases from the farm to the landfill by nearly 30-percent in the next 10 years.  In a news release, the company says by 2050, it plans to reduce absolute emissions by 50-70 percent.  The company says it has decreased emissions by 13 percent over the last decade by… Read more »