Sunrise Cooperative: Using Precision Ag Technology To Enhance Nutrient Stewardship

It’s fair to question whether 4R Nutrient Stewardship programs would even exist today without the advent of precision farming technology.

Craig Houin, R7/Data Innovation Lead, Sunrise Cooperative (Fremont, OH) and a longtime precision ag advocate, just so happens to know a thing or two about both subjects. He’s part of Sunrise’s Precision Solution leadership team, a team within Sunrise Cooperative’s (which recently completed a highly publicized merger with TruPointe Cooperative) precision farming efforts, a program which includes use of WinField United’s R7 Tool. Read more

NRCS/USDA Wisconsin Announces New Client Gateway

Madison, Wis. – April 7, 2017 – Farmers, and private landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an easily accessible online portal. Recently, entities have also been added as eligible online customers! Conservation Client Gateway gives producer and entities the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. Too busy for an office visit? Read more

Trump seeks $4.7 billion in cuts to USDA discretionary spending

The Trump administration is seeking to cut $4.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s discretionary spending budget, according to a budget outline obtained by The Washington Post, but the administration so far has provided little information about how it will carry out the cuts.

The White House Office of Management and Budget’s 2018 spending blueprint requests $17.9 billion in funding for the USDA, down $4.7 billion from its 2017 funding level, or a reduction of about 21 percent. The programs facing cuts fall under “discretionary” spending, which includes food safety, rural development and conservation funding, research grants and international food aid. The cuts will not affect mandatory spending programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, also known as “food stamps” — and crop subsidies for farmers. Read more

The effect of ‘legacy phosphorus’

MADISON, Wis. — For decades, phosphorous has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of the agricultural nutrient applied to and running off their fields, a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reveals that a “legacy” of abundant soil phosphorus in the Yahara watershed of Southern Wisconsin has a large, direct and long-lasting impact on water quality. Read more