Phosphorus reduction pledge made in WLEB

Leaders in the Great Lakes have agreed to significantly reduce phosphorus levels in the Western Lake Erie Basin.  The agreement includes Michigan, Ohio and Ontario making a unified effort to reduce phosphorus by 40 percent by 2025.  The phosphorus reduction pledge was made during the Council of Great Lakes Governors meeting in Quebec.  Officials plan… Read more »

“Dead Zones” remain average

Research from the University of Michigan says the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will remain average.  A dead zone is an oxygen-depleted region in a body of water caused by algae blooms.  In the Gulf of Mexico, the dead zone is predicted to be about the size of Connecticut. The U.S. National Oceanic… Read more »

Funding cut would shutter SWCD offices

The latest round of program suspensions announced by the Governor of Illinois includes funding to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). “If our funding is suspended and cut again in Fiscal Year ’16 this could mean that Districts would have to close their doors and no longer offer some of those programs and assistance they… Read more »

Wisconsin Farm Bureau promotes Beaty

Dale Beaty has been named Chief Administrative Officer for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.  Beaty has been the Director of Training and Leadership Development for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau since 2005.  As CAO he will oversee the day-to-day operations and staff for the Madison-based organization starting July 1st. Beaty grew up on a dairy farm near… Read more »

In-season nitrogen recommendations

Consistent and excessive rainfall can impact in-season nitrogen uptake. Bob Weisenberger, Account Manager for DuPont Pioneer in Michigan’s East Central Region, says  overtime soil bacteria can convert applied nitrogen to a nitrate form that can be lost with excessive rainfall.  He says sidedressing provides farmers more flexibility based on weather. “If you are sidedressing your… Read more »

House tanks TPA

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The House has in effect, rejected Trade Promotion Authority for the President.  In a surprise move, House Democrats helped defeat Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for those hurt by trade deals 302 to 126. The House then passed a Trade Promotion Authority bill 219 to 211 but without the TAA provision. The TPA bill would have to go… Read more »

Farm Bureau’s Paap sums up WOTUS in four words

The President of Minnesota Farm Bureau says four words sum up the nearly 300 page Clean Water Rule issued by EPA, calling it “even worse than before.” Kevin Paap tells Brownfield the new rule is even broader than the proposed rule. “The American Farm Bureau (has) identified some serious problems and significant impacts on farmers… Read more »

Corn growers measuring sustainability

National Corn Growers Association is focusing on how to improve sustainability throughout the agricultural supply chain. Through their Field to Market program, NCGA and others have formed an alliance which defines, measures, and advances sustainable efforts in agriculture.  Theresa Sisung with Michigan Corn says the Fieldprint Calculator with Field to Market is used as a baseline… Read more »

Voluntary stewardship critical to farmers

Becoming verified in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program’s cropping system was easy for one Monroe County farmer.  But Doug Darling, a sixth generation crop farmer, says the farmstead verification was a challenge.  This past fall, the farm made the investment to meet the fuel storage standards and become verified in its second system. “There… Read more »

Peterson points to CRP in buffer debate

Congressman Collin Peterson’s solution to the buffer bill proposed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton lies in the federal Farm Bill. Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, says a widely used provision exists that provides federal funding for voluntary buffer strips. “The continuous CRP.  It is available year round.  There’s acres available under… Read more »