Illinois Senate passes new fertilizer legislation

The Illinois Senate passed HB 5539, which makes substantial changes to the Illinois Fertilizer Act. Having already passed the House, the bill is now headed to Governor Quinn. FULL STORY »

Time to consider water quality and economic good

North Dakota has had an abundance of resources and relatively few people. Because of this, the state generally has favored policies that support economic growth and has had less concern for environmental protection than other, more populous states. Three recent developments give reason for increased concern. FULL STORY »

USDA invests millions in Mississippi River water quality projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners will invest nearly $32 million this year in financial and technical assistance for five water quality and wetlands improvement projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states. FULL STORY »

NFU: Climate change adaptation key for ag success

National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week regarding the agency’s Draft National Water 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change. FULL STORY »

Missouri River among America’s most endangered rivers

American Rivers has named the Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers, shining a national spotlight on outdated flood management practices that are threatening public safety. FULL STORY »

Fertilizer limits could cost billions

The lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over fertilizer runoff in the Mississippi River Basin could have a costly impact on farmers and ag retailers. Daren Coppock, president and CEO of Agricultural Retailers Association, and Richard Gupton, vice president of legislative policy and counsel for ARA, discussed the implications with Mike Adams on Monday’s AgriTalk radio program. FULL STORY »

Scientists urge action on world's biggest problems

Scientists from across the globe are calling for a focused political response to looming shortages in water and energy supplies, and that they should be treated as a single issue. FULL STORY »

Managing livestock odors

Animal housing, manure storages and land application make significant contributions to on-farm odors, but when addressing total farm odor livestock farm managers need to consider feed storage and mortality management. FULL STORY »

USDA advances water quality conservation across the U.S.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative. This initiative provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers and is committed to improving impaired watersheds in every U.S. state and territory. FULL STORY »

Potential implications of Mississippi River lawsuit

The lawsuit brought by several environmental advocacy groups against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even broader implications for the industry than the EPA's efforts to impose numeric nutrient criteria in the state of Florida, according to the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). FULL STORY »

Water for Food Conference features global perspectives

More than 40 speakers from around the world will offer diverse perspectives on water and food security at the fourth global Water for Food Conference, May 30-June 1, in Lincoln, Neb. FULL STORY »

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