Working Together On Water Conservation

Lizzy Schultz

Water conservation was the focus of the latest installment of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) series of Food Dialogues, held this week in Minneapolis, and for panelist Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner for Water Policy at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), protecting our water supply is at the heart of her entire career. Flood oversees MPCA’s programs and …

Ag Group, Audio, Conservation, environment, sustainability, USFRA, water, Water Management, Water Quality

Turf Feeding Systems Making Jatropha More Sustainable

Joanna Schroeder

Jatropha has been a crop in and out of favor as a feedstock to produce advanced biofuels such as biodiesel and biojet fuel. One criticism of the crop is that it is difficult to produce sustainably. Mexican company Zphere Works is launching a project in the Mexican Yucatan to produce 30 million gallons of biojet and biodiesel fuel using jatropha …

agronomy, Energy, Soil, water

MN #Water Topic of USFRA Dialogue

Joanna Schroeder

Water is a hot issue this year and makes it the perfect topic for the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). The organization is partnering with the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota to  host a Food Dialogues next week in Minneapolis called “A Celebration of Minnesota’s Waters.” “We’re addressing this as a celebration of water but also working to …

Agribusiness, Audio, Education, USFRA, water

Water Quality Topic at Upcoming USFRA Dialogue

Joanna Schroeder

Water quality is the topic of an upcoming Dialogue hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota. “A Celebration of Minnesota’s Waters,” will take place Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with a focus on water quality and surrounding issues. The goal of the Dialogue is to share successful tools and tactics being …

Agribusiness, Education, environment, USFRA, water

.@Iteris_ClearAg Launches Next Gen WeatherPlot

Joanna Schroeder

Iteris has launched its next generation of WeatherPlot, a precision weather and soil analytics mobile app developed for seed and crop protection companies. The mobile app, designed for use in the field, provides the user with key environmental information. WeatherPlot is available in English and Spanish and can be used on iOS devices, Android devices and mobile web browsers. Built …

agronomy, Apps, Crop Protection, environment, Software, Soil, water, weather

Land Stewardship Launches Cover Cropping Calculator

Joanna Schroeder

Research is showing that cover crops such as perennial grasses can improve soil health, reduce run-off and potentially offer growers additional revenue opportunities all while improving the ag operation’s sustainability. But how can a grower better assess what the financial bottom line actually is should cover crops be implemented? This question now has an easier answer thanks to the Land …

Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Soil, water, Water Quality

USDA Awards $44.6M For Wetland Projects

Joanna Schroeder

The USDA is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 projects in 12 states on private tribal agricultural lands. Receipts are providing matching funds totaling more than $4.3 million. In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds across the United States. “USDA is committed to protecting …

Agribusiness, NRCS, USDA, water

Cover Crops Council Hires Program Manager

Joanna Schroeder

Anna Morrow, a Purdue Extension educator, has joined the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) as program manager. In her new role, that began on July 1, 2016 as as staff member in Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, Morrow will assist MCCC in meeting its goals of facilitating widespread adoption of cover crops across the Midwest for purposes of soil health, …

agronomy, Conservation, Cover Crops, Soil, water

AFBF Pleased with Supreme Court Ruling

Kelly Marshall

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling was handed down yesterday.  The law of the land says landowners may challenge the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers over improper regulations designed to protect water. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps rulings known as jurisdictional determinations, but the government successfully argued that those determinations were not “final agency actions” …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, water

Land O’Lakes Partners to Improve Water Quaility

Kelly Marshall

Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski are working together in a new public-private partnership on behalf of water quality in Minnesota.  The innovative project is the first of its kind, partnering the state with Land O’Lakes, as well as local farmers to improve and protect the water on their farms. “I thank Land O’Lakes …

Agribusiness, Land O'Lakes, water, Water Management