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 »

Farm Bureau concerned about prairie pothole regulation

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule could be a “regulatory nightmare” particularly for farmers and ranchers in prairie pothole states in the Northern Plains.  The AFBF points to comments from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered at the National Farmers Union convention.  In that speech last month, McCarthy… Read more »

Family farmers needed to feed the world

Wisconsin Farmers Union photo   Recently Wisconsin Farmers Union president Darin Von Ruden along with the state Farmers Union presidents from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana traveled to Rome to meet with representatives of other groups from around the world. Von Ruden and his American counterparts met with represntatives of Caldoritti, Italy’s largest… Read more »

Illinois farmers seek nutrient management advice from Delmarva producers

Nutrient run-off into the Chesapeake Bay is being reduced, but the progress may not be enough to satisfy the non-farm public.  Maryland’s Eastern Shore facing the Chesapeake Bay is home to some 550 million chickens a year.  University of Maryland Agronomist Bob Kratochvil says nutrient run-off resulting from the birds is managed with much more… 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 »

Lawmakers seek EPA documents

The leaders of three House Committees are requesting documents from the Environmental Protection Agency used to determine jurisdiction in its Waters of the U.S. proposed rule. The letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy suggests there was a lack of transparency in the rulemaking process. The leaders wrote, “The American people, including farmers and ranchers, have… Read more »

Wisconsin farmers getting ready

The first day of April has Wisconsin farmers getting a little anxious about starting field work.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor lists all of Wisconsin as “abnormally dry”, U.W. Extension Agent Matt Lippert in Wood County says it was pretty wet last fall so the heavier soils are still ok but “some concern in our… Read more »

Economic impact of avian flu in Minnesota

A third case of avian flu was confirmed in Minnesota over the weekend. Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, tells Brownfield the economic impact of the virus industry-wide has been minimal, but for those infected farms it’s had a huge impact, “The farmer already has a lot of money invested in… Read more »

Big year for ethanol exports

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 826 million gallons in 2014; a 33 percent increase over 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the number is second only to the 1.2 billion exported in 2011. U.S. ethanol imports totaled 73 million gallons in 2014 down 81 percent from the 377 million gallons imported in 2013. The U.S…. Read more »