Manito Transit Joins @EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Joanna Schroederclimate, Energy, environment, Growmark, sustainability

Manito Transit has become a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership program. A subsidiary of GROWMARK, Manito Transit transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks throughout the Midwest. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. “This partnership reinforces … Read More

ASA Wants to Hear Your Conservation Story

Joanna SchroederAgribusiness, ASA, environment, Soybeans, sustainability, Video

The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to hear your story about conservation. Farmers willing to share their stories about how conservation is a part of daily farm operations have a chance to be the next winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The program is designed to showcase farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both sustainable and profitable. … Read More

Climate Smart Agriculture at #CTUC16

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Audio, climate, Conservation, environment, sustainability

Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn farmer who believes sustainability is more than a buzz word. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference Yoder told AgWired about his involvement with Climate Smart Agriculture, a term coined to describe just what it is growers will have to do to feed 9 billion people while working with what we’ve got. Working with … Read More

American Ethanol Launches NASCAR Sweepstakes

Kelly MarshallCorn, Energy, environment, Ethanol

NASCAR will soon surpass 10 million miles of racing on American Ethanol E15 blended fuel.  This year will also mark the expansion of E15 availability at fuel pumps across the nation.  To celebrate both of these milestones, American Ethanol is holding a sweepstakes contest to send two lucky winners to the ultimate NASCAR experience. American Ethanol and NASCAR have been … Read More

WinField Releases Latest Answer Plot Data

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Crop Protection, environment, Fertilizer, Nitrogen, Research

Results have been released from the 2015 Answer Plot Program by WinField, and the data shows a positive yield response to split-season and late-season nitrogen applications made at critical corn growth stages. In the study, researchers compared the results of three different application scenarios. The two split applications observed in the study were made with the 360 Y-DROP applicator for … Read More

One Year Results for Building Blocks for Climate Smart Ag

Kelly Marshallclimate, Conservation, environment, Government, USDA

One year after the unveiling of the Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is sharing the results.   He also announced an additional $72.3 million investment in carbon storage in healthy soils. “American farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners are global leaders in conserving rural America’s natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vilsack. … Read More

Bio-Based Oil Being Tested in Federal Vehicles

Kelly Marshallbioproducts, environment, Government, renewable energ, Research

According to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) the Department of Defense is now testing bio-based oil in federal vehicles, reports the American Soybean Association. Currently tests include oil made from a 25-40 percent mix of products derived from canola or soybean oil, as well as animal fat.  Tests are being conducted at four Air Force bases and a Department of … Read More

EPA Moves to Cancel Flubendiamide

Cindy ZimmermanAgribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Crop Protection, environment, EPA, Insecticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week issued a notice of intent to cancel all flubendiamide products “that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments.” Flubendiamide is an insecticide marketed commercially by Bayer under the trade name Belt, and also by Nichino America as Tourismo and Vetica. Both companies rejected a recent … Read More

WOTUS Strikes Back

Jamie JohansenAFBF, Ag Group, environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, water

Farmers and ranchers will need the force to be with them as the EPA has struck back with an even more extreme version of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS). Known as the Chesapeake Blueprint, the new rules will severely regulate and burden farms, possibly removing thousands of acres from production agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Federation is once … Read More

Landowners Seek Balanced Environmental Regulations

Taylor TruckeyAFBF, Agribusiness, environment, Government, Policy

In already tough economic times, confusing environmental laws can mean even greater challenges for producers. Navigating the intricacies of environmental laws can leave farmers and ranchers in perilous positions. A more balanced approach to environmental regulations was the topic of a workshop last week at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. “Environmental law can be harsh, especially for everyday … Read More