Executive Director Wanted to Lead Potato Sustainability Initiative

IPM Institute is seeking an Executive Director for the Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI). The Executive Director’s primary responsibility includes directing and managing PSI, a growing, pre-competitive collaboration of North American potato buyers, processors and growers initiated in 2010 to continuously improve all aspects of sustainable potato production. See Job Posting

The EPA Announces Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Now Available for Public Comment

The EPA announced the U.S. Action Plan for the 2012 Great Lakes Quality Agreement is now available for public comment until Sept. 29th, 2017. The United States and Canada developed the plan to address phosphorus loading in Lake Erie. Ten joint actions were established to restore the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem which encompasses Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Read the summary here.

Three-Year Study Finds Cover Crops and No-Till Increase Returns by Over $100 per Acre

According to a set of case studies recently released by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Datu Research LLC, soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of more than $100 per acre. The findings were based on a three-year study focused on corn and soybean farmers who experimented with cover crops and/or no-till, and quantified the yearly income changes. Read the full article here.

National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health December 7-8th

Registration is now open for the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 2017 conference on cover crops and soil health in Indianapolis, IN. The conference is intended for anyone that has an interest in cover crops and soil health improvement ranging from contemplation about using cover crops to those that have advanced experience. There are six breakout tracks participants can choose from: basics of cover cropping, advanced cover cropping, insights from farmer experts, diving into soil health, cover crop role in the cropping system, impacts of cover crops on economics/environment, special topics with cover crops and soil health. Get the details here.