- Michigan ag chief: Lake Erie 'impaired' listing not important
Michigan's agriculture chief dismissed the state's decision to formally acknowledge the ecological sickness of Lake Erie, saying she doesn't believe an impairment designation made last fall "makes that much difference" toward improving the water quality in the algal bloom-stricken Great Lake.
- Mastering soil health elevates farm productivity, sustainability
It seems in recent years it has become all the rage to make sure that the soil under our feet — and plants or trees — is healthy in order to sustain farming. Soil health is best achieved by minimal soil disturbance, maximizing plant diversity, living roots yearlong and covering soil at all times with plant residue.
- Iowa State scientists add to knowledge of phosphorus dynamics
Iowa State University releases two years of results from a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.
- Constructed wetlands show promise in managing nutrients
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rainforest and coral reefs. Now, modern agriculture is trying to capture some of nature's wetland magic as a means to manage nutrients on the farm.
- Dams: 'Relics' or vital to an 'all of the above' fix?
As the West struggles with climate change, drought and rapid population growth, talk about the region's deepening water woes often boils down to a simple but complicated question. Build more dams and other infrastructure, or ramp up conservation?
- What does the end of the Paris deal mean for agricultural innovation?
No matter your views on climate change, the United States' exit from the Paris agreement could compromise the ability of farmers and agribusinesses to become more resilient in the face of extreme weather events. In the absence of federal leadership, individual farmers, state and national ag associations, food companies, retailers and environmental organizations will need to fill the void.
- Do cover crops tie up nitrogen?
One of the many benefits promised by cover crops is their potential to scavenge nitrogen from the soil in the fall, winter and early spring and in doing so lessen nitrogen (N) leaching. However, covers crops, particularly those high in carbon, can also temporarily tie up nitrogen as their residue decomposes.
- Vermont, New York and Quebec ink lake water quality plan
Officials from New York, Vermont and Quebec signed off June 19 on a five-year plan to improve the Lake Champlain's water quality, and to boost educational efforts to engage the public. The plan's primary goals include water quality, healthy ecosystems and education for the public.
- Environment abuse is public enemy number one
Mukono Resident District Commissioner Major David Matovu has declared people who destroying wetlands and engaged in rampant destruction of forests as public enemy number one. He said destruction of trees and wetlands undermines the catchment areas for water, which is a critical resource for production of food.
- Agricultural group releases first-ever sustainability report
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has released the agriculture industry's first-ever sustainability report, which highlights examples of sustainable practices on farms and ranches across the nation. USFRA is an alliance of agriculture-related advocacy groups and organizations representing both crop and livestock producers. In March 2017 the group surveyed its members to better understand their perceptions regarding environmental sustainability and agricultural practices.