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 »

Uncertainty still clouds future of EU biodiesel

Senior European Union officials failed on Wednesday to agree on how to measure the full climate impact of biofuels, prolonging uncertainty in a debate that threatens to wipe out large parts of Europe's biodiesel industry. FULL STORY »

Smithfield CSO delivers Earth Day message

Dennis Treacy, chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods, says environmental sustainability is one of the more important challenges facing all of us today. FULL STORY »

Conservation practices preserve soil, save money

Farm conservation practices not only preserve soil and water, but they also can save growers money, says a Purdue Extension agronomist. FULL STORY »

NFU supports funding of farm bill energy programs

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has joined more than 100 organizations to send a letter asking for reauthorization and funding of energy title programs from the farm bill. FULL STORY »

Some states unprepared for growing water threats

Only nine states have taken comprehensive steps to address their vulnerabilities to the water-related impacts of climate change, while 29 states are unprepared for growing water threats to their economies and public health, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). FULL STORY »

Many Corn Belt states unprepared for climate change

The Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report ranking states in terms of how their governments have addressed the challenges posed by climate change. FULL STORY »

Alltech symposium to navigate regulatory landscape

The regulatory landscape presents a challenge for any farmer or food producer also facing economic woes and unpredictable weather patterns. Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium, planned for May 20 – 23 in Lexington, Ky., will address these challenges FULL STORY »

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