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We work with ag retailers to improve management of our key soil, nutrient and crop-protection resources by keeping them on our cropland and out of our streams, rivers and lakes.

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Ag retailers are key players in addressing nutrient runoff by ensuring their customers’ dollars stay on the field for crop nutrition, rather than running off into nearby waterways.

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Learn more about the benefits of products and services your facility offers by downloading our free materials and accessing PARM’s interactive tools.

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No-till advocate: Profit drives sustainable farming

January 17, 2020 9:25 am

No-till farming is the key to increased production and sustainability. But it must be driven by profitability.

That is the message Roberto Peiretti makes loud and clear every opportunity he gets.

“Efficiency is the key to the whole thing — maximizing economic profit,” he told farmers at a national no-till conference here. “Otherwise, it will not work in reality.” Read more.

With runoff, timing is everything

January 16, 2020 2:20 pm

The Discovery Farms programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin have collected surface runoff samples representing more than 150 site years and covering 3,285 runoff events. A multistate Discovery Farms Summit was convened in January in Bloomington to celebrate 20 years for the Wisconsin program and 10 years in Minnesota. Read more.

Weaving strips of prairie into a sustainable solution

January 16, 2020 10:20 am

Loss of biodiversity and degradation of farmland has had a significant environmental impact across the United States.

Excess amounts of nutrients have created a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico the size of New Jersey, legal battles have ensued over polluted drinking water, and unsustainable amounts of soil are eroding from row crop acres. Read more.

4 Farm Succession Strategies

January 1, 2020 10:17 am

“As farm operations become more complex and the economy continues to challenge healthy financial performance, it’s more important than ever to talk about the generational longevity of your operation,” says Rena Striegel, president of Transition Point Business Advisors. Read more.

Setting and achieving your cover crop goals

January 15, 2020 9:03 am

Cover crops can be used to benefit multiple aspects of your operation. However, in order to see notable improvement, specific areas you want to progress must be outlined so that a plan of action can be formed accordingly. As we get through the start of the New Year, now is a good time to set goals for cover crop performance and develop a strategic plan to achieve them. Read more.

The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health

January 10, 2020 10:07 am

Today’s report shows that the business case for investing in soils is diverse. It can include maintaining or increasing revenues, reducing or avoiding costs, enhancing reputation, or opening up finance opportunities. Whilst an investment may be primarily focused on one outcome (e.g. for enhancing crop productivity or livelihoods, climate mitigation, improving water resources, or protecting biodiversity), the chapters of the report collectively demonstrate that an investment in soils for any one of these outcomes will deliver multiple benefits. Read more.