New York Funds Water Quality Projects on Farms

New York State recently awarded $20 million to agriculture projects that address water quality. The focus of the funding is to assist large livestock farms to comply with new regulations on manure management. The Department of Agriculture and Markets will provide an additional $15 million in 2018 and 2019 for water quality projects on farmland, and will be accepting applications. Get the funding details here! To get more information on applications, click here!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WANTED TO LEAD POTATO SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

The Executive Director will direct and manage the Potato Sustainability Initiative, an innovative, growing collaboration of North American potato buyers, processors and growers initiated in 2010 to continuously improve all aspects of sustainable potato production.

“Participation in the Potato Sustainability Initiative is a systematic approach to demonstrate to our customers and consumers that the food we are producing is being grown in a sustainable manner,” reports Vernon Campbell, who grows potatoes at Mull Na Beinne Farms, his family operation located on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Campbell serves on the Potato Sustainability Initiative governance council along with other grower and processor representatives.

The collaboration includes more than 500 growers, McDonald’s, Sysco, the National Potato Council, the Canadian Horticulture Council, Basic American Foods, Cavendish, Kraft Heinz, McCain Foods, Lamb Weston, Simplot and the IPM Institute of North America. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the governance committee and the IPM Institute director to set and implement strategy; manage key participant and vendor relationships; develop, maintain and meet timelines and budgets; ensure cost-efficient operations; and direct and manage an internal support team to ensure operational excellence and continue to grow impacts and membership including financially supporting members.

More information on the Initiative and the position is located at www.potatosustainabilityinitiative.org

Conservation Funds Available for Michigan Farmers

EAST LANSING, Dec. 14, 2017 – Farmers and forest owners are encouraged to submit applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation assistance by Jan. 19, 2018. Conservation financial assistance is available for implementing a wide variety of practices to reduce soil erosion, improve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and manage private forest land. Read more

Next Generation Variable Rate Technology Presented at the AgTech Expo

This week, the AgTech Expo in Indianapolis showcased “next generation” variable rate technology called Sympas from AMVAC Chemical Corporation. The new technology prescriptively applies micronutrients, fungicides and insecticides at a low concentration. Currently, this prescriptive technology does not exist on the market. Click here to watch a one-minute video on Sympas. You can also read more about Sympas here.