Food, Conservation Groups Invest in Soil

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Some major consumer and conservation organizations are working together to help create better soil health and enhance farm sustainability. A $2 million investment from General Mills will provide tools and resources for The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute, and Soil Health Partnership to use in working with farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to create healthier soil while providing food …

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Syngenta, No-Till Farmer Seek No-Till Leaders

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Syngenta and No-Till Farmer are looking for nominations for the 2017 No-Till Innovator Award. The honor recognizes farmers, researchers, organizations, or others who have found ways to no-till more effectively, economically, and with better impact on the environment. “We’re proud to partner with No-Till Farmer again to seek out a new class of innovators of sustainable farming methods,” said Melissa …

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USDA Offers Renewal for Expiring CSP Contracts

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Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young has announced that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering contract renewal sign-ups for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). NRCS made several updates to the program last fall to help producers evaluate the benefits of conservation options on their land. “The changes made to CSP are providing even greater opportunities for stewardship-minded …

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Making Conservation Work in the Farm Bill

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As part of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit, Sara Wyant moderated the panel “Conservation- What Works, What Doesn’t.” Panel participants included: Tina May, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes; Eric Lindstrom, National Manager of Agriculture Policy, Ducks Unlimited; Suzy Friedman, Sr. Director of Agriculture Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund; Dave White, Co-Founder/Partner, 9-B Group; and Anne Simmons, Democratic Staff Director, House …

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Chairman Roberts Highlights Need for Conservation

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-Kan), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, spoke with members of the National Association of Conservation Districts, highlighting the importance of voluntary conservation programs in the upcoming farm bill. “The conservation districts are the perfect example where we see coordination in government working at its best – bringing together federal, state, local …

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Conservation District Officials Take on Capitol Hill

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The National Association of Conservation Districts took on Capitol Hill just days after President Trump’s disappoint budget proposal. Members of the group addressed conservation programs in the farm bill, funding of conservation program, technical assistance for conservation efforts, as well as voluntary conservation as they made their visits. “Today our members will hit the halls of Congress to meet with …

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Van Dyke Assumes Head of NACD

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Brent Van Dyke was sworn into the position of president of the National Association of Conservation Districts at their recent annual meeting. Van Dyke was elected to serve one year as president-elect in 2016 and now begins his two year term as president. “Brent knows conservation – he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to …

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Smartphone App Balances Conservation and Production

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The LandPKS suite of mobile apps provides specific information about soils to anyone with a smartphone, says USDA soil scientist Jeff Herrick. LandPKS, (Land-Potential Knowledge System) is made up of the LandInfo and LandCover modules, including cloud computing, digital soil-mapping data, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to give information about the sustainable potential and future climate of a piece …

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Agren & Land O’Lakes Provide Precision Conservation

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Land O’Lakes is partnering with a small business from Central Iowa focused on offering sustainability solutions to agriculture. Agren‘s technology platform will be used to deliver scalable, geo-spatial tools to find highly-erodible areas in a field and create a plan to protect the soil and improve water quality. The program, branded as SoilVantage, will be the first to offer precision …

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Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality

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In parts of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas the loss of topsoil leaves growers to work with difficult claypan soil, but researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are hopeful about a solution.  Studies show switchgrass, a perennial plant commonly used for biofuels, can build up the soil quality on farms that have …

Conservation, erosion, Research, Soil