Improving On-Farm Practices for Sustainability

SOLUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES FACING TODAY’S FARMERS

Maintaining and protecting the quality of Iowa’s water supply remains a top priority for area farmers, the fertilizer industry, agricultural retailers and consumers alike. And in a world of $3.50 corn, sustainability needs to be meaningful and profitable for farmers.

To help their Iowa farmer customers, Linn Co-op Oil Company has focused on elevating the sustainable ideas of industry partners who are committed to reducing nutrient runoff. These meetings help Linn Co-op’s customers connect and learn how to implement best practices through programs like Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. Read more

Indiana NRCS Announces EQIP Application Deadline

Indianapolis, IN, December 23, 2016 – Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that January 20, 2017 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we are taking applications throughout the year, the first review of applications for funding will be for applications received by January 20. If more funds are available after this date, there will be another review for additional applications. I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by the application deadline,” Hardisty explains. Read more

USDA Project Multiplies Evidence of Farm Conservation

Denise Coleman, PA NRCS State Conservationist

The saying “everything flows downstream” is especially important in a place like Pennsylvania, where the land-management decisions of farmers and forest landowners are helping send cleaner water downstream to the Chesapeake Bay.

Since 2009, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has worked with partners and producers to install conservation systems on more than 1 million acres in the basin, investing $267 million. Read more

EPA: 4 of 10 lakes have too much nitrogen and phosphorus

A recently released national assessment of the nation’s lakes has found that 4 in 10 lakes have too much nitrogen and phosphorus.

Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degrade habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39% of lakes, but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30% of lakes. Read more