Great Lakes Commission Brokers Fox River Water Quality Trade


Madison, Wis. – October 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), along with the Great Lakes Commission offsite link image     (GLC) announced today that the first modern water quality trade between a crop farmer and a waste-water treatment facility in the U.S side of the Great Lakes basin was recently signed. The trade agreement, signed in the Fox River basin, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, was brokered by the GLC and is the culmination of a multi-year project known as Fox P Trade offsite link image    .  During that time, the GLC worked with key stakeholders across the Lower Fox River watershed to test water quality trading as a potential tool to help reduce nutrient loadings into the Lower Fox River, which drains into Green Bay. Brown and Outagamie county land conservation departments partnered to connect the project with local farmers. Funding support was provided by the NRCS through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more

Banding vs. Broadcast: Comparing Strip-Till Fertilizer Application Strategies

As we close in on fall, this is the time of year when combines are getting ready to roll in the field. But farmers are also strategizing for an economical and efficient fertility program for the upcoming year. For many strip-tillers, their annual series of nutrient applications starts after harvest. According to the 3rd annual Strip-Till Benchmark Operational Study, fall strip-till proved to be the most popular timing for the third year in a row, with more than 42% of farmers getting back into the field after harvest. – See more

NRCS Announces EQIP Application Deadlines in Illinois

Champaign, IL—September 29, 2016 – Illinois agricultural producers and forestry managers who want to address natural resources and increase environmental benefits are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State Conservationist, announced that November 18, 2016 and January 20, 2017will be the two EQIP application deadlines in Illinois.  “Producers can sign up for EQIP at any time throughout the year, but to compete for the upcoming funding periods, I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by one of the application deadlines,” Dozier explains. Read more

NRCS authorities add gypsum to list of conservation practices

Crop farmers in a growing number of states may be eligible for financial assistance from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to amend soils with gypsum, says Ron Chamberlain, lead agronomist and director of research for the GYPSOIL Division of Beneficial Reuse Management, Chicago. Chamberlain explained the new NRCS program to farm writers and broadcasters at Info Expo at Ag Media Summit, July 25-26 in St. Louis. Read more