Benefits to No-Till

Melissa Sandfort

As Ann Perry reports: Wheat farmers in eastern Oregon and Washington who use no-till production systems can substantially stem soil erosion and enhance efforts to protect water quality, according to research by USDA scientists. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydrologist John Williams led a study that compared runoff, soil erosion and crop yields in a conventional, intensively tilled winter wheat-fallow system …

Research, Tillage, USDA

Alabama NRCS Offers Precision Ag Incentive

Cindy Zimmerman

The Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging growers to sign up for the Precision Farming Incentive under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). According to State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett, the Precision Farming Incentive is designed to encourage the adoption of variable-rate application of nutrients and pesticides and promote the use of GPS-enabled precision agricultural technology and equipment. …

General, USDA

USDA to Hold Series of Forums on Conservation Policies

John Davis

The USDA, with some help from our friends at Farm Foundation, is holding a series of forums across the across the country to discuss natural resource conservation policy issues. The first forum by the Ag Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is this coming Thursday, March 3rd at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois: The regional forums are opportunities for the …

Conservation, USDA

Deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently extended the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to tomorrow, January 21. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS Office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2011. CSP is offered in all 50 states, and …


Nebraska Ag Tech Conference Gears Up

Kurt Lawton

Don’t miss the upcoming February 9-10 NeATA conference in Grand Island, Neb., as it promises a technology extravaganza, along with other valuable topics such as precision Nitrogen management, social media, building consumer trust and much more. The Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association (NeATA), founded in 2001 by innovative Nebraska farmers, ranchers, agribusiness representatives and the University of Nebraska Extension, has compiled …

Education, Events, Guidance, Harvesting, Irrigation, Planting, Research, Resources, Retailers, Satellite, seed, Spraying, sustainability, University, USDA, Variable rate

USDA Launches CropScape Data Service

Cindy Zimmerman

To provide easier access to geospatial satellite products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has just launched CropScape, a new cropland exploring service. CropScape provides data users access to a variety of new resources and information, including the 2010 cropland data layer (CDL) just released in conjunction with CropScape. The new service offers advanced tools such …

Aerial Imagery, USDA

USDA Improves Online Carbon Management Tool

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released an enhanced and expanded online tool that helps producers estimate carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions associated with a variety of on-farm management practices. NRCS Chief Dave White says COMET-VR 2.0 is a very user-friendly tool for farmers and ranchers. “Once producers have a better sense of their carbon footprint, they can …

Conservation, USDA

USDA Floating on Microsoft Cloud

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that it is on the verge of going live with a commercial cloud service offering for its Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS) which includes email, web conferencing, document collaboration, and instant messaging. USDA is the first cabinet-level agency to move its e-mail and collaboration applications to the “cloud,” a rapidly growing …


USDA Data Collection Goes Hi Tech

Cindy Zimmerman

Straight from the USDA Blog we find out that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin using iPads to collect data in 2011. They have already been testing them in the field, as NASS interviewer Don Phillips is pictured here using an iPad for data collection for the September Agricultural Survey. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will take …

Data Collection, USDA