Mark Adelsperger

Minnesota NRCS Announces EQIP NWQI Signup for FY 2018 Funding

Apply by January 26, 2018 ST PAUL, MINN, January 11, 2018 – Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign-up for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding. Curtis Elke, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) need to apply by January 26, 2018, for funding in 2018. Read more

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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

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Water Quality Progress: Ag Retailers Report Increasing Sales of Products and Services that Address Nutrient Loss

MADISON — Ag retail-serviced acres of variable rate technology (VRT), cover crops, rotational soil testing and other phosphorus-saving strategies continue to grow in the Sandusky River Watershed and the Great Lakes Basin. Sixty-two Great Lakes Basin ag retailers participating in the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM) reported 2016 sales of products and services that help keep phosphorus fertilizer on cropland, and out of waterways. Read more

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Illinois Farmers Tilled More Acres this Year

Farmers in Illinois might be tilling more land, but their interest in cover crops shows a willingness to adapt. Every other year the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA), with help from 97 Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, completes the Soil Erosion and Cropland Tillage Transect Survey to understand farmer practices and preferences. Read more

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