Economist Finds EPA Analysis of Water Rule Flawed

Jamie Johansen

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is rife with errors, lacks transparency and would greatly expand strict federal control over land that was previously not regulated by the federal government, according to a report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sunding. Sunding’s report, Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition …

Ag Group, environment, Farm Bureau, Government, water

IFBF Members Urge Support of Conservation Programs

Jamie Johansen

Iowa Farm Bureau members urge Governor Branstad to sign legislation authorizing additional one-time investments approved by lawmakers this year, including appropriations to the Water Quality Initiative, Soil Conservation Cost-Share Program, and the Ag Drainage Well Closure Program. A commitment to these important conservation programs will leverage private funds and are ideal areas to invest in Iowa’s water quality and soil …

Ag Group, Conservation, Farm Bureau, Soil, water

USDA Helps Ag Producers Improve Water Quality

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. “This targeted approach provides a way to accelerate voluntary, private lands conservation investments to improve water quality and to focus water quality monitoring and assessment funds where they are most needed,” …

Ag Group, NRCS, USDA, water

Hick Chick Chat on Sustainable Farming

Leah Guffey

At the recent Walmart Sustainable Products Expo, Monsanto made two significant commitments to help address critical challenges in the areas of water and nutrient efficiency.  In making the announcement, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant asked a farmer leader to join him and talk about what these commitments mean for the agriculture community. Leon Corzine is an Assumption, Illinois farmer and past National …

Audio, Corn, Hick Chick Chat, Monsanto, sustainability, water

Budding Conservation Practice Helps Farmers

Jamie Johansen

An up-and-coming conservation practice offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers and ranchers manage water on their land, keep water clean and better cope with extreme weather like drought. Drainage water management enables landowners to determine when and how much water leaves farms through underground tiles and drainage ditches. Underground tiles lay beneath fields removing excess water …

Ag Group, Conservation, NRCS, Video, water

Farm Bureau Wants EPA to Ditch Water Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the US” rule was published in the Federal Register last week – all 111,000 words of it. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) responded with just three words – “Ditch the Rule”. AFBF Public Policy Director Dale Moore says the “ditch” part comes from the fact that a reading of the rule indicates …

AFBF, Audio, farm land, General, water

UGA, IBM Work with Farmers on Water Project

Jamie Johansen

Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are teaming up with IBM to work with farmers in Georgia’s Lower Flint River Basin to enhance water efficiency by up to 20 percent. The college and IBM are collaborating with the Flint River Partnership—which includes the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, the U.S. Department of …

Agribusiness, Conservation, water

USDA Helps Landowners in Conservation Practices

Jamie Johansen

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $3.6 million in financial assistance for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota farmers and ranchers to help conserve wetlands and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, control flooding and strengthen rural economies. The finding is available through the Water Bank Program (WBP). NRCS will accept applications from now until April …

Conservation, NRCS, USDA, water