NRCS Adds Gypsum to List of Conservation Practices

Kelly Marshall

Earlier this week, director of research for GYPSOIL Division of Beneficial Reuse Management, Ron Chamberlain explained the NRCS program to ag writers and broadcasters at Ag Media Summit.  The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has added gypsum to the list of conservation practices, making it possible for farmers in a growing number of states to receive financial assistance to amend …

Ag Group, NRCS, Nutrient Management

Monarch Collaborative Urges Farmers to Build on Progress

Kelly Marshall

We’ve seen progress on behalf of promoting the conservation of monarch butterflies and expanding their habitat, but improvement still needs to be made, says the Monarch Collaborative. The 2016-2017 overwintering population estimates done by the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas show a decline of nearly 27 percent in the number of eastern monarch …

Government, pollinators

$41 Million Invested in Water Quality for Lake Erie Basin

Kelly Marshall

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA‘s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be putting $41 million into a three-year program designed to help farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.  The initiative hopes to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) with science-based conservation measures designed to reduce runoff. The invested will offer opportunities to farmers and …

Conservation, USDA, water

USDA Invests in Western Lake Erie Basin Water Quality

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region’s farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the targeted funding will …

Conservation, Nutrient Management, USDA, water

USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is providing more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production. “The future of America’s food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve the health of honey bee populations,” …

Bees, pollinators, USDA

New Water Quality Improvement Projects

Melissa Sandfort

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $8.4 million in financial assistance is available to support 23 new partnership projects in several Mississippi River Basin states under USDA’s Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). These projects will fund producer activities that will avoid, control and trap sediment and nutrient runoff from agricultural lands, improving water quality throughout their operations. On …

Audio, Conservation, CTIC, USDA

Conservation Making Improvements in Great Lakes Region

Cindy Zimmerman

A new USDA study shows that farmers using combinations of erosion-control and nutrient-management practices on cultivated cropland are reducing losses of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous from farm fields and decreasing the movement of these materials to the Great Lakes and their associated waterways. “The Great Lakes Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) study confirms that good conservation planning and implementation have …

Conservation, Nutrient Management, USDA

Precision Farming And Water Quality Efforts

Kurt Lawton

Precision agriculture is more than just right source, right rate, right time and right place. It’s also about responsible conservation measures to help reduce nutrient and soil loss. It’s anyones guess if the EPA will try to regulate farm field runoff. But irregardless of that, there are good programs in place now to help farmers pay for sound conservation practices …

Conservation, Education, Fertilizer, Industry News, Resources, sustainability