Irish Biotech Company Reduces Crop Pollutants while Increasing Soil Health and Yield

MicroGen Biotec, a company based out of Ireland, is reducing pollutants found in crops, increasing yield, and improving soil quality through the introduction of microbes into the soil. The goal of the company is to restore depleted or polluted agricultural lands. MicroGen was awarded the Thrive Sustainability Award at the 2017 Forbes AgTech Summit. Read the full article.

Practices that Offset Extreme Weather Events

The Upper Midwest is experiencing severe droughts with devastating effects on agriculture. Agronomist Andrea Basche states there are methods that can be implemented on fields to retain moisture, “[By] shifting the most-erodible or least-profitable regions of Iowa to systems using perennial and cover crops, farmers could reduce rainfall runoff by up to 20 percent in flood events and make as much as 16 percent more water available to crops in droughts.” Read more.

North American Manure Expo August 22-23

The North American Manure Expo is taking place August 22-23 in Arlington, Wisconsin. Join AgSource Laboratories at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station to get more information on manure analysis packages, nutrient management planning, soil sampling, mapping, and precision ag. This year’s expo features an industry trade show, manure technology demonstrations and tours, and industry presentations. The expo is offering up to 12 CEU’s for attending industry presentations. There is only a fee for the tours, all other events are free of charge! Find out more. Get the speaker schedule.

Become a 4R Advocate

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 4R Advocate program which recognizes farmers and retailers who are who are leading the way when it comes to implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship on the farm. Lara Moody, TFI’s Vice President of Stewardship and Sustainability, states, “Our team of 4R Advocates help us demonstrate what using the 4Rs in the field looks like and shows other farmers tangible benefits that can result.” Nominations are due by October 31, 2017. For program details and application forms, click here.