No-Till November – Leaving Stubble to Protect the Soil

🕔Nov 20, 2018No-till November, a national campaign of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and others, encourages farmers to park their tillage implements each fall. It all started, says Neil Sass, an NRCS […]

Conservation: How Cost Efficient Are N Loss Reduction Practices?

🕔Nov 15, 2018Subsurface tile drainage networks significantly underpin agriculture across the US Midwest with Illinois alone possessing nearly 10 million tiled acres. However, nitrogen that leaves Midwestern fields in tile drainage water […]

Indiana: Certified Crop Adviser Conference, Indianapolis, Dec. 18-19

🕔Nov 7, 2018Certified crop advisers, consultants, farmers, agribusiness professionals and students will learn from top experts about crop, nutrient and pest management, and soil and water conservation during the 2018 Indiana Certified […]

“High Yield” Farming – More “Eco-Friendly,” International Study Indicates

🕔Nov 6, 2018Agriculture that appears to be more eco-friendly but uses more land may actually have greater environmental costs per unit of food than “high-yield” farming that uses less land, a new […]

Farm Policy: Expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill, CRS Report

🕔Oct 19, 2018Late last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled, “Expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill,” which stated that, “The current farm bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014, […]

Farm Bill Stalemate: Conservation Concerns

🕔Oct 18, 2018The conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation is part of the […]

Texas: CRP Risk Management Decision Aid Available

🕔Oct 15, 2018As Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, contracts expire, landowners must decide if they should re-enroll acreage, convert it back to farmland or leave it in permanent cover for wildlife and/or […]

California Invests Over $100 Mln in Ag Conservation in 2018

🕔Oct 15, 2018California invested just over $100 million in a broad diversity of conservation contracts with farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners through the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in the […]

USDA Issues $4.8 Bln in Farm Safety Net, Conservation Payments

🕔Oct 12, 2018Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United State Department of Agriculture continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this […]

Texas: Soil Health – 5 Common Misconceptions

🕔Oct 10, 2018This week I was in Mitchell County, Texas to talk about cover cropping (see companion article in this month’s RCNL). As cover cropping has become a national topic of interest […]

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