Farmers have long been stewards of the land, quite often serving as its most steadfast guardian, and the benefits of farmland conservation are numerous.
Farmers have just over a week to get eligible land enrolled in the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) this year. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers that the deadline to sign up is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. “Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Fordyce. […]
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN has acquired an Iowa-based software company whose soil health and conservation planning software is already helping the company lead the way on innovative conservation stewardship. The Agren business and tools will be operated by the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN division. Land O’Lakes, Inc. has held minority equity in Agren since 2016, teaming with […]
Minnesota landowners are being told they need to be cautious when buying and planting seed, especially for conservation plantings. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has encountered several issues with seed sold in the state. In 2016 and 2017, the highly invasive weed Palmer amaranth was introduced through conservation seed mixes. The department found seed […]
In the spirit of Earth Day, Wrangler jeans has released a report highlighting how much of an impact sustainable cotton farming has on the environment. Wrangler evaluated 45 scientific reports to conclude the practices of conservation tillage, cover crops and crop rotation result in the removal of three times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions […]
Late last week, Iowa’s Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as well as Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) introduced the Give our Resources the Opportunity to Work Act or GROW Act. The act would maintain funding and acreage levels for the farm bill’s three largest conservation programs: the Conservation […]
It was his dedication to keeping the land productive into the future that earned Joe Breker recognition from the National Corn Growers Association for Good Stewardship during the recent 2017 Commodity Classic convention and trade show. Breker says learning and adopting conservation practices isn’t a decision so much as it is an ever evolving process […]
Sometimes it just takes a little financial nudge to get the ball rolling. The USDA recently announced the investment of $26.6 million into 45 projects that will spur innovative water quality and conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farm across the country. With matching contributions from public and private partners, the total pot comes […]