08/10/2021 1:30 PM Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that healthy soils play an essential role in productive agricultural systems. Soils are foundational to the food we eat and fundamental to life on earth. Focusing on sustainable soil management has shown to increase farm and ranch profitability, improve crop yield and provide other critical services related to water, air and climate. SARE’s newest book, the fourth edition of Building Soils for Better Crops, provides rich detail on ecologically…
WISCONSIN DNR, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON DIVISION OF EXTENSION AND COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES ANNOUNCES NITRATE WEBINAR SERIES
July 30, 2021 12:00 pm Groundwater pollution from human activities and natural sources occurs across Wisconsin, which is particularly concerning for the 70% of Wisconsin residents who get their drinking water from groundwater. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the launch of a virtual webinar series focused on nitrate in Wisconsin. The series will touch on the science and economics around a number of workable approaches for farmers shown to minimize nitrogen losses to groundwater. The webinars will…
USDA: Producers Can Now Hay, Graze and Chop Cover Crops Anytime and Still Receive Full Prevented Planting Payment
July 23rd, 2021 1:30 PM The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has added this flexibility as part of a broader effort to encourage producers to use cover crops, an important conservation and good farming practice. Cover crops are especially important on fields prevented from planting as they help reduce soil erosion and boost soil health. Read more.
July 22nd, 2021 11:00 AM Studies show that farmers learn best through in-person, face-to-face educational programs. But learning opportunities often miss the mark due to content choice, disorganization or lack of understanding of participants’ learning styles. Educators that use best adult learning practices have a greater effect on participants’ learning and retention, and empower farmers to make sustainable changes to their operations. Read more.
July 21st, 2021 8:00 AM The non-profit Soil Health Academy (SHA) today announced that it has received a $1.2 million grant from global food company General Mills to provide education and assist wheat and oat producers in targeted regions of the U.S. and Canada as they transition from conventional agricultural practices to soil health-focused regenerative agriculture systems. The grant also funds a regenerative dairy project for several dairy producers in Wisconsin that supply to General Mills. Read more.