Mosaic reaches settlement with EPA/DOJ

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The EPA and Department of Justice say they’ve reached a settlement with one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers. The agencies accused Mosaic Fertilizer of improper handling of hazardous waste at eight of its plants in Florida and Louisiana. The EPA says the violations threatened groundwater. The agency says waste piles from fertilizer production at… Read more »

High producing cows are better for the environment

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that not only are high-producing dairy cows more profitable, they are better for the environment as well. Dr. Victor Cabrera talks about his study.

MABA awards Green Agribusinesses

The Michigan Agri-Business Association recently awarded 97 companies with Green Agri-Business Awards, the most ever. President Jim Byrum says the awards recognize agribusinesses that have embraced sustainability and are reducing carbon footprints. He tells Brownfield one of the places many companies start to be green is by undergoing an energy audit, “To make sure they… Read more »

Soil temps should dictate when to apply fall fertilizer

A soil scientist with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says soil temperatures should dictate when to apply fall fertilizer. Russ Derickson is based in Redwood County. “We’d like to see farmers start applying nitrogen, or any type of nutrient source, after the soil has reached 50 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.” Waiting until soil temperatures are… Read more »

Minnesota Corn Growers president says more blender pumps are coming

The leader of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association says a USDA grant will make it possible to add several hundred blender pumps statewide. Bruce Peterson tells Brownfield Minnesota Corn partnered with the Department of Ag and American Lung Association two years ago to start putting in pumps offering various blends of ethanol. “We’ve already got… Read more »

Great Lakes Crop Summit set for January

Coordinators say the Great Lakes Crop Summit offers educational resources for all crop farms. Natalie Rector spearheads the summit which is coordinated by the Michigan corn, soybean and wheat checkoffs. She says this year’s event will address the many different parts of a farm. “Farmers have to cover an awful large gamut of topics to… Read more »

Practice good safety on the road

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This is National Farm Safety and Health Week, Tom Thieding with the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says it is a very busy and hectic time of the year as farmers harvest the summer crops. A few words of caution for when moving machinery on roads. For farmers, make sure farm implements are clearly marked with… Read more »

Chesapeake Bay farmer encourages others in Western Lake Erie

A Chesapeake Bay farmer says farmers in water quality sensitive areas should be part of the solution. John Swaine III has been farming in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for more than 40 years. During a recent event in the Western Lake Erie Basin, Swaine shared his experiences with farmers facing similar challenges on initiatives to… Read more »

Mixed reactions to sage grouse announcements

It’s a mixed reaction from two national ag groups to this week’s sage grouse announcements from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) say they’re pleased with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. NCBA… Read more »

Beekeeper says EPA needs to follow its rules

The past president of the American Beekeeping Federation says he’s pleased a federal appeals court has ordered the EPA to remove approval of some Dow crop chemicals until more tests are done and additional data is submitted. George Hanson, a commercial beekeeper in Oregon, tells Brownfield the EPA should have never given Dow the go-ahead… Read more »