The Paris Accord and Agriculture

cindy zimmerman

Unlike everyone else, agriculture interests had very little to say about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The Earth’s …

AgWired Precision, Climate Change, environment, Government, NFU, USDA

Inocucor’s Biological Crop Input is Certified Organic

Kelly Marshall

Inocucor Technologies‘ biological crop input, Synergro, has been granted organic certification for use in Canada. The approval means the product is in compliance with Canadian Organic Standards and the USDA’s National Organic Program. It is one of the first microbial crop inputs to be registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Synergro can be used on high-value produce like strawberries, tomatoes, …

Agribusiness, biologicals, environment, Organic

Everyone Wins with Pastures For Pollinators

Lizzy Schultz

A new clover seed mixture developed by Grassland Oregon (GO) is a win-win for livestock producers and the environment. Pastures for Pollinators is a seed blend including a variety of flowering annual clovers that could help enhance pollinator habitat nationwide, according to GO co-founder Risa DeMasi. “There are 400 million acres of pasture ground in the U.S., and it happens …

Audio, Conservation, Cover Crops, environment, Honeybees, NAFB, pollinators

Field to Market Offers Measurable Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

Addressing the issue of sustainability with international buyers of U.S. grains at the Export Exchange 2016 was Field to Market data and technology director Paul Hishmeh. Field to Market focuses on quantifiable sustainability in agriculture and Hishmeh brought an overview of what that looks like to the conference, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels …

Ag Group, Audio, Energy, environment, Exports, Grain, International, sustainability

CNH Named to Climate A List

Kelly Marshall

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has named CNH Industrial to its Climate A List. The CDP is the only global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, also providing investors and organizations with access to environmental information. Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. CNH …

Agribusiness, Case IH, climate, environment, New Holland

Grassland Oregon Offers Pollinator Seed Mix

Lizzy Schultz

Grassland Oregon has announced the launch of Pastures for Pollinators, a new seed mix that includes a variety of flowering annual clovers to support sustainable livestock farming in the United States and increase pollinator populations. Pollinators across the U.S. have been declining over the last five decades, with habitat loss acting as a major contributor to this issue, which has …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, pollinators, seed

Coalition Urges EPA to Remove Roadblocks

Kelly Marshall

Today agriculture groups have come together as the Biogenic CO2 Coalition to urge the Environmental Protection Agency  to stop blocking the development of emerging bioeconomy. The Biogenic CO2 Coalition is a working group of leading trade associations and companies that support American farmers and the national “bioeconomy” that a new USDA economic analysis estimates to be $393 billion, provides 4.2 million …

Ag Group, environment, EPA

USDA Implements Restoration Strategy for Gulf-area

Kelly Marshall

Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for the USDA‘s Natural Resources and Environment, announced a new restoration strategy following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The program is a three-year, $328 million project that will focus on improving water quality and healing ecosystems in the lands around the Gulf of Mexico.  This strategy will be the guide for the USDA’s efforts on private land. …

Conservation, environment, USDA, Water Quality

NCGA Carbon Research Gets $1.6 Million from Monsanto

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto has announced they will be supporting the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Partnership (SHP)‘s efforts with a $1.6 million investment.  NCGA was recently awarded $1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to help farmers find better solutions for reducing climate change.  Monsanto’s contribution will provide expertise, tools and resources …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, climate, environment, Monsanto, NCGA

Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Launches

Joanna Schroeder

The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative was announced during the 2016 Farm Progress Show this week to add more support to on-farm conservation programs and practices. First out of the gate, the Collaborative will raise $4 million dollars over five years to support the Soil Health Partnership (SHP), a National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) initiative. The Collaborative was created to support, …

Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, environment, Farm Progress Show, NCGA, Nutrient Management, Soil, Soil Health Partnership