Wisconsin: 2015 Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings scheduled

The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting December 1 through December 10. The purpose of these meetings is to provide research updates in the field of soil fertility, nutrient management, soil and water conservation, and water quality. Read more

Minnesota NRCS Announces Early EQIP Signup for FY 2016 Funding

Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign-up early for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding.  Cathee Pullman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by November 20, 2015, for funding in 2016.

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Spring Tillage Transect Results Released: Indiana Farmers Plowing Less and Saving Top Soil

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October , 2015 – The 2015 Spring Tillage and Cover Crop Transect shows that Hoosier farmers continue the trend of plowing less and using sound conservation practices that preserve and build valuable topsoil.

Each spring the members of Indiana’s Conservation Partnership (ICP) load up their vehicles to conduct a field survey of tillage methods, plant cover, and crop residue in their county. A tillage transect is an on-the-ground survey that identifies the types of tillage systems farmers are using and long-term trends of conservation tillage adoption using GPS technology, plus a statistically reliable model for estimating farm management and related annual trends.

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Soil Health Conference: Strategies for Building Healthy Soils

This conference is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service. The goal of this conference is to increase awareness and understanding of soil health as pivotal to sustainable agriculture and environmental quality in Iowa and the Midwest. Healthy soils create healthy landscapes, which support healthy communities. Understanding soil health is essential for enhancing food security, providing resiliency to climate variability, protecting environmental quality, and preventing soil degradation for soil security. Read more