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USDA to Expand Investment in Water Quality within Western Lake Erie Basin

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.

PARM Cover Crops Webinar a Success in the Great Lakes Region: Ag Retailers Show Interest in Being Part of the Water Quality Solution

Great Lakes Ag Retailers show great interest in “Increasing Cover Crop Sales for Ag Retailers Opportunities for Revenue, Soil Health and Water Quality”, a recent webinar presented by the Partnership for Ag Resource Management(PARM). Ag retailers representing all of the Great Lakes states plus Ontario, Canada participated.

Get proactive on water quality

Iowa farmer Blake Hollis prefers to be part of the water quality solution. While the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit on farm-sourced nitrogen in watersheds that lead to the Raccoon River have drawn controversy, efforts to the east where Hollis farms are drawing praise…and money. Read more

New 5-Year Study Details Strip-Till Benefits

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success? The blades on a till don’t simply chop up soil and move it around. They blend dead plant material left from harvest into the soil. They also expose wetter soil to the air and loosen it. Read more