Conservation partnership in Michigan

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts President Art Pelon tells Brownfield conservation planning starts with a vision for future generations and a visit to a local conservation district. “The local conservation districts actually are the gateway for the customer to come in and apply, and research the projects that are available through not only through the… Read more »

Conservation discussions starting for 2018 farm bill

Discussions for conservation funding in the 2018 Farm Bill are starting now. Former NRCS Chief Dave White tells Brownfield the same budget climate that surrounded the 2014 Farm Bill still exists and securing funding for conservation will be a battle.  “Agriculture really needs to start letting those members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees… Read more »

Rural Affairs Center: EQIP funding should remain

Senate and House Appropriations ag committees have approved cuts of more than $300-Million dollars to the conservation EQIP program. Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs, tells Brownfield Ag News the program has helped farmers get more than one-and-a-half million acres planted with cover crops and this is very poor timing to… Read more »

Celebrating 30 years of the Conservation Reserve Program

For the last 30 years the Conservation Reserve Program has been helping farmers improve soil and water quality.  Brad Pfaff, Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs for the Farm Service Agency says CRP isn’t a one-size-fits-all program – but there is something available for everyone.  “There’s a number of different practices within CRP that can assist… Read more »

Planting no-till with mixed results

  A central Wisconsin farmer experimenting with no-till says he’s having mixed results. Brad Kramer of Pittsville tells Brownfield he planted about 60 acres of corn into soybean stubble this spring. “I’m a little disappointed in our no-tilling.  I don’t know if it’s anything more than us having a learning curve.  Our stuff that we… Read more »

Minnesota dairy wins national sustainability award

A Minnesota dairy has been recognized with the 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award. Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery, a partnership between two generations of the Jennissen family of Brooten, were selected based on overall environmental effort, including a commitment to water quality. Alise Sjostrum is the daughter of Jerry and Linda Jennissen and operates the… Read more »

USDA working towards carbon sequestration goals

USDA celebrated the one year anniversary of its launch of climate change mitigation goals by investing more than $73 million towards enhancing carbon storage in soils. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said during a panel discussion Thursday at the Center for American Progress that the funding will provide necessary tools and resources called for under the… Read more »

Lower CRP acreage cap will lead to erodible land being farmed

The lower cap on Conservation Reserve Program acres has resulted in fewer bids being accepted for enrollment.  Missouri Farm Service Agency Executive Director Mark Cadle tells Brownfield that out of 122,000 Missouri acres offered, only 21,000 were accepted. “Many of our counties over the past few years have seen an acceptance rate of well over… Read more »

Michigan certifies fertilizer applicators

The Michigan Agri-Business Association says more than 450 ag professionals have enrolled in the state’s first certified fertilizer applicator program. Vice President Tim Boring tells Brownfield participants learn about nutrient stewardship, new technology and safety procedures when applying fertilizer. “It is an issue that certainly that the custom fertilizer folks are going to trainings and… Read more »

OIG says conservation compliance reviews lacking

More oversight of conservation compliance is being called for by the USDA’s Office of Inspector General.  The OIG says the NRCS and the FSA must do a better job on conservation compliance reviews.  In fact, the office says reviews were not conducted in 2015. OIG says the agencies have agreed with its findings. OIG report