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Odor Management Plan tool helps farmers deal with farm odor

Odors are customary when raising livestock. Having an Odor Management Plan (OMP) that determines the sources of odors, identifies control practices and establishes a monitoring strategy helps livestock farmers manage the smells associated with their farms. FULL STORY »

Zone tillage company announces partnership

Through the partnership, the companies will provide pork producers with a system for field delivery and soil incorporation of swine manure. FULL STORY »

Live from WPX 2012: Keep an eye on the Chesapeake Bay Play video

National Pork Producers Council President-Elect Randy Spronk, a producer from Pipestone, Minn., says livestock producers should be watching the Chesapeake Bay developments closely. The Environmental Protection Agency’s nutrient regulations for the bay area will be the model for the Mississippi River watershed. Depending on how that unfolds, it could have dramatic impacts on agriculture. FULL STORY »

A clear answer to clean water

How important is water? Well, it’s not a question I have to think too hard about. What I can tell you is that without it, there wouldn’t be any humans or critters roaming the earth. FULL STORY »

U.S. experienced warmest spring on record, NOAA says

On the heels of a historic drought, America experiences the warmest spring on record, and the warmest 12-month period on record. Thirty-one states set temperature records during the March-May period, NOAA says. FULL STORY »

Energy-dense biofuel from cellulose close to being economical

A new Purdue University-developed process for creating biofuels has shown potential to be cost-effective for production scale, opening the door for moving beyond the laboratory setting. FULL STORY »

NFU supports grain sorghum as an advanced biofuel

The National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent publication of data concerning biofuels produced from grain sorghum under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. FULL STORY »

Gov. Brownback completes agenda to conserve water supply

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback completed the 2012 water package last week by signing the final bill in a series of legislation designed to conserve the state’s water supply and extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer. The water legislation package consists of six bills. FULL STORY »

An open letter to Oprah

Dear Oprah: Come to my farm. Visit the land that I’ve worked since I was a boy. See this place so that you’ll never again let bad articles on agriculture tarnish the pages of your magazine or the pixels on your Web site. FULL STORY »

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 »

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