Great Lakes Assurance Act models Michigan program

Michigan Representatives are introducing legislation into the U.S. House to encourage more farmers to protect the Great Lakes. Representative Candice Miller says her legislation is modeled after Michigan’s voluntary environmental stewardship program. “Michigan has had incredible success with this MAEAP program.”  She tells Brownfield, “It is totally voluntary and it has farmers utilizing best conservation… Read more »

New development in Iowa water quality dispute

There’s a new development in the water quality dispute between Des Moines Water Works and Iowa farmers. The Greater Des Moines Partnership says it wants to help find a solution to the dispute.  The business group wants to bring together business, farming, water, environmental and legislative leaders to find long-term solutions to Iowa’s water quality… Read more »

Wisconsin sweets & treats

Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland Teyanna Loether is travelling the state this month talking about sweets & treats.  Honey, maple syrup and ice cream. Wisconsin has 35 ice cream plants producing 19 million gallons per year.  Loether says the best way to make sure it is Wisconsin ice cream is to look the Wisconsin Dairy logo. … Read more »

WLEB Initiative at MSU

Michigan State University Extension has started an initiative in the Western Lake Erie Basin to help farmers improve water quality. Senior Educator Marilyn Thelen says they’ve partnered with conservation technicians in the region to offer field days, webinars and online resources. She tells Brownfield to help keep phosphorus in the field and out of water,… Read more »

Sustainability matters to agriculture

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Farmers and agribusinesses are taking a better look at sustainability. Chuck Lippstreu with Agricultural Leaders of Michigan says they’re asking ag leaders how the industry can come together and continue down the sustainability path. “Sustainability really is an issue that’s front and center for agriculture here national and around the world, it’s one that we want… Read more »

Water sampling in WLEB

A water sampling project in the Western Lake Erie Basin is helping to identify best management practices to control nutrient runoff. Allison Dauer is a conservation district technician in Hillsdale County collecting samples at tile outlets for the project.  She says the thanks to a grant with the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Natural Recourses… Read more »

Final Clean Water Act could harm Hoosier agriculture

Monday Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Indiana would be joining the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Water Act ruling. Zoeller says the practical impact to farmers in the state of Indiana would be huge. “The delay that it would cause for farmers to try and go to Washington to get… Read more »

Dairy farmers to learn about new manure law

Ohio’s new manure application law and how it pertains to dairy farms in the Western Lake Erie Basin will be the focus of a series of meetings. Scott Higgins, CEO of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association (ODPA) says while the law affects all livestock operations, this series of meetings is specific to dairy farmers. “Throughout… Read more »

Better management practices improve water quality

The new Tri-State Regional Conservation Program in the Western Lake Erie Basin will help farmers improve water quality.  Steve Shine with the Michigan Department of Agriculture says Michigan’s environmental assurance program walks farmers though identifying risk areas. “By identifying those gaps or weaknesses, we can put in place or recommend to the producer practices that… Read more »

Court upholds EPA plan for Chesapeake Bay

A federal appeals court has upheld the EPA’s water clean-up plan for the Chesapeake Bay, a plan opposed by a number of national agriculture groups. The court says the agency was acting within its legal authority when setting the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on pollutants a body of water can hold and still meet… Read more »