Illinois Extension offers online training for TSPs

Training for technical service providers (TSP) is once more being offered through the University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). FULL STORY »

MSU finds way for farmers to participate in carbon markets

Researchers at Michigan State University have helped develop a way for farmers to participate in carbon markets and get paid to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer, which represents one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production. FULL STORY »

EPA withdraws farm database proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew a proposed rule that would have required large livestock and poultry farmers to report information about their operations and undermined court decisions related to producer obligations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

EPA seeks improvements in Iowa CAFO permitting

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial findings from an informal investigation of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) permit program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) disclose several correctable deficiencies. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

Pit foaming research intensifies

Over the last several years, foaming in manure pits has increased in swine barns across the Midwest becoming a serious issue for many pork producers. By reducing pit capacity, foaming poses a serious management problem. FULL STORY »

Irrigation districts water quality project progress report

Alberta has the largest irrigated area in Canada with nearly 680,000 hectares of irrigated land. More than 80 per cent of this area is in 13 irrigation districts. FULL STORY »

Cyanobacteria harmful to livestock, humans

Watch out for green or blue-green scum in livestock water supplies, lakes and other recreational waterways. FULL STORY »

Conservation crossroads

Agricultural conservation programs have provided multiple benefits to farmers, ranchers, wildlife and the general public, but as Congress works to incorporate big spending cuts in the next farm bill, funding for those programs will shrink. To help inform Congress and public about potential economic impacts of conservation policy decisions, the Council on Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics (C-FARE) this week released the “Conservation Crossroads” series of reports from top economists. FULL STORY »

Turn crop practices into carbon credits

Cover crops, reduced nitrogen application and other practices that improve nitrogen use efficiency in crop production could earn carbon credits for your farm. FULL STORY »

Projecting agricultural impacts of climate change

In a summer like this, as we watch crop conditions wither in record-setting heat and dry conditions, we might wonder whether we’re seeing an anomaly or a preview of coming years. And if the climate is changing, how will it affect agricultural production? A new report from the USDA’s Economic Research (ERS) service examines those questions, evaluating how agricultural production could adapt to a range of climate scenarios. FULL STORY »

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