Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations…. Read more »

USDA funds rural water system improvements

The USDA is providing more than $350 million in loans and grants for rural water and wastewater system upgrades to help ensure access to clean water. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative today (Thursday) at a speech in Anchorage, Alaska.  In making the announcement, Vilsack said the projects are critical to address the… Read more »

Pence joins Governors in opposition of WOTUS

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined eleven other governors in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. In a statement released Thursday, the Governor said, “Congress did not intend for the Clean Water Act to apply to every instance where a drop… Read more »

Wisconsin water use declined in 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says surface and groundwater use declined six percent in 2013 compared to 2012 reaching a three-year low.  The Department’s annual Wisconsin Water Use and Withdrawal Summary cites cooler temperatures and more normal rainfall as the main reasons for the decline compared to the drought of 2012. A total of… Read more »

Pesticide drift rating available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program for pesticides.  The goal is to reduce pesticide drift, reducing costs and protecting neighbors.  EPA says up to $640 million is lost each year to pesticide drift. With DRT, manufacturers can test technologies including nozzles, spray shields and drift reduction… Read more »

Too wet in most Wisconsin fields last week

Not a lot of progress in Wisconsin fields last week after heavy rains swept across the Badger State dropping 1-to-2.5 inches the first few days.  Door County reports 3.25 inches.  Some were able to get back into the fields late in the week.  Topsoil moisture is listed as 78 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus…. Read more »

USDA increases effort against resistant weeds

USDA is taking several steps to address the increase of herbicide-resistant weeds in U.S. fields.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for herbicide-resistant weed control practices which use Integrated Pest Management. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will actively promote the use of best… Read more »

EPA to register Dow Enlist Duo

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is registering Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo herbicide containing 2,4-D and Glyphostate. The product is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered to tolerate those herbicides. The EPA says the product has met safety standards for registration and there is “reasonable certainty of no harm” to human… Read more »

FSA’s Dolcini on ARC/PLC

A reminder from USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini regarding the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill: In August, farmers should have received notices in the mail with information on their base acres and planting history. These letters are an important part of… Read more »

AgSource opens Marshfield lab

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  Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Larson presides over the festivities AgSource cut the ribbon on their new laboratory in Marshfield, Wisconsin on Thursday.  The new location provides three-times the space of the former Stratford lab.  The lab does milk and dairy analysis, food and product analysis, food and environmental analysis and water… Read more »