Water quality has always been a priority for agriculture but in recent years those concerns have escalated because of problems in the Western Lake Erie Basin and the Saginaw Bay. Many have pointed at farming as the primary cause. We in agriculture need to be aware that farming practices do have an impact on water quality, both positive and negative. Nutrient movement off fields is an area where farmers need to take the initiative. There are three key areas where this can be done. Read more
Providing Conservation Practices to Improve Soil Health and Protect Natural Resources
Madison, Wis. – Sept. 2, 2015 − Farmers will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Jimmy Bramblett, USDA−Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by October 2, 2015, for funding in 2016. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin. Read more
The Partnership for Ag Resource Management has a new, updated wallet card available. The wallet card is a small card that is easily distributable to grower clients and other stakeholders. It conveniently summarizes the importance of using products and services for fields with high risk of phosphorus loss. Watershed organizations, SWCDs, and ag retailers can order wallet cards and distribute at meetings and conferences! The best part is that it can be ordered and shipped for free here.
WASHINGTON, August 14, 2015 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region’s farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms. Read more.