Dairy continues to lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is looking at ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) on the dairy farm. Vice president of sustainability research Dr. Juan Tricarico says the Lifecycle Assessment tool helps researchers better understand dairy’s GHG footprint. “The first study was focused on fluid milk, then the lifecycle assessment of cheese, weigh,… Read more »

Sugar v. HFCS suit settled

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The sugar industry and the corn refiners have settled their lawsuits against each other but details have not been disclosed.  The sugar industry accused the corn refiners of false advertising for claiming high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as sugar.  The corn refiners charged the sugar industry with conducting a campaign of misinformation… Read more »

Liebe takes over the reins at Cooperative Network

Tom Liebe is the new president and CEO of Cooperative Network. The organization has more than 400 member cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  He succeeds Bill Oemichen who retired last month. Liebe has more than 20 years’ experience in government relations, advocacy, and trade association management.  He comes to Cooperative Network from his position as… Read more »

Farm-to-School grants announced

USDA has announced $4.8 million in grants for 74 farm-to-school programs in 39 states. The programs help students learn about where their food comes from while farmers gain the opportunity to sell to the local school lunch program. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 are distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service,… Read more »

Largest game area verified

Michigan’s Department of Agriculture has verified the largest game area in the state for its environmental stewardship practices. The Allegan State Game Area is 50,000 acres in Southwest Michigan and has become the first public lands to be verified with the Forest, Wetland and Habitat System as part of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program…. Read more »

Clean Water Funds to support ag research

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will use one million dollars of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Agricultural Initiative at the University of Minnesota. The research involves multiple departments including plant breeding, agronomy, food science and economics. The money will go towards 11 projects in the state that focus on incorporating perennial… Read more »

Court rules Wisconsin DNR cannot require well monitoring

A judge in Outagamie County has ruled the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources does not have the authority to require monitoring as a condition of a high-capacity well permit. In 2010, a state appeals court ruling gave the DNR authority to consider how high-capacity wells might harm the state’s waters. The State Legislature passed a… Read more »

European group says glyphosate is not carcinogenic

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined the active ingredient in glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Last March the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  The EFSA scientists and risk assessment representatives say the IARC human data and animal studies… Read more »

Wolf legislation introduced in the Senate

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate which would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming. Republican Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming say the wolf has recovered in the four states and no longer needs protection.  The legislation is a companion… Read more »

USFRA offers FARMLAND for the classroom

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is partnering with Discovery Education to launch educational resources based on the documentary FARMLAND. Discovery Education provides digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  The Discovering FARMLAND initiative will allow high school students and teachers to learn about modern agriculture through the eyes of six young farmers and… Read more »