ASTA Support for Cover Crops

The latest Cover Crop Survey released earlier this month will be highlighted at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Farm & Lawn Seed Conference, coming up November 5-6 in Kansas City. Since 2014, ASTA and its members have helped support this important survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with funding from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education …

Soil Health Institute Announces Action Plan

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today unveiled the “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life” Soil Health Action Plan during a National Press Club event. Former USDA-NRCS chief Bruce Knight moderated the unveiling of the plan which was developed from four years of stakeholder input, beginning with the Soil Renaissance in 2013. Agricultural industry thought leaders, farmers, ranchers, scientists, government agency leaders, and …

Soil Health Action Plan Unveiling to be Webcast

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) will unveil the Soil Health Action Plan at 9 a.m., May 18, at the First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045. The event will also be webcast live. To join the webcast, visit https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/219/21021. The nationwide plan evolved after four years of stakeholder input, beginning with the …

Experts to Share Ideas at Water for Food Conference

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference will welcome a record 100 speakers and global experts to share ideas and help find solutions to the world’s pressing water and food security needs. The flagship event of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and …

#ZimmCast With National Stewardship Award Winner

Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, ND was named national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation. Dow Agrosciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation are sponsors of the award which was presented …

Agren & Land O’ Lakes SUSTAIN Partner on Conservation

Carroll, IA- Central Iowa-based small business, Agren, Inc. has partnered with Land O’Lakes, Inc. one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, to use emerging precision conservation technology to help farmers improve soil and water quality. The Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN business unit will use Agren’s technology platform to deliver scalable, geo-spatial tools that are designed to identify highly-erodible spots in …

World Food Prize 2015/Borlaug 101

The 2015 World Food Prize kicked off in Des Moines, Iowa this week. Also taking place is Borlaug 101: Fundamentals of Global Food Security from October 14-15, 2015. To celebrate the 101st anniversary of founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (Green Revolution), and keeping in focus the unprecedented challenge the world faces to sustainably and nutritiously feed 9.7 billion by 2050, …

Agren Introduces New Sustainability Solution

Agren, Inc., the leading provider of sustainability technology to agriculture, unveiled their three-tiered Sustainability Solution for ag retailers today. Agren’s Sustainability Solution provides agribusiness an immediate way to add sustainability to their current precision offering. The platform allows advisors to easily assist growers in their pursuit of more sustainable farming systems through a multi-tiered path from lead generation to full …

NRCS Launches Conservation Gateway

Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new Conservation Client Gateway web portal. NRCS chief Jason Weller says the portal will allow producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance and track payments for …

USDA Announces Conservation Partnership Funds

In Colorado today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of up to $235 million to improve conservation efforts through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Vilsack made the announcement in Denver at a ceremony for the Colorado Pressurized Small Hydropower Partnership Project, a 2015-funded project that focuses on water quantity resource concerns in Colorado. Listen to press conference with …

2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour

The Conservation Technology Information Center held its annual Conservation in Action Tour October 14-15 in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The tour provided an in-depth look at the unique story of the approximately 700,000-acre EAA, located south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Lettuce, sugar cane and owls were just a few of the crops and creatures seen on the tour …

See Everglades Ag Conservation in Action

Lettuce, sugar cane and owls will be just a few of the crops and creatures seen on this year’s Conservation in Action Tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). CTIC’s seventh annual tour showcases innovative farmers and their conservation agriculture successes. This year’s tour will take place Oct. 14-15 and provide an in-depth look at the unique story …

Water for Food Global Conference

Mobilizing new data gathering capabilities to improve global water and food security is the subject of the sixth annual Water for Food Global Conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska in association with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Oct. 19-22 in Seattle, Wash. The event is the premier gathering of …

USDA Conservation Grants Announced

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Moline, Illinois. The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Those receiving the grants …

Conservation Easement Program Investments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical wetlands and encourage producers to keep lands in farming …