The Buzz About Sustainability at #CUTC16

Kelly Marshall

Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn farmer who believes sustainability is more than a buzz word. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference Yoder told AgWired about his involvement with Climate Smart Agriculture, a term coined to describe just what it is growers will have to do to feed 9 billion people while working with what we’ve got. Working with …

Agribusiness, Climate Change, Conservation, CUTC, Sustainability

FB Members Testify on EPA Concerns

Lizzy Schultz

Earlier this week, three Farm Bureau members testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry regarding the involvement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the ongoing Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Richard Ebert, former Ohio Farm Bureau President Terry McClure, and Florida Farm Bureau member Kate English, all testified before the subcommittee that they believe …

Ag Group, Conservation, EPA, Farm Bureau, politics

Celebrating The Bees Behind Craft Beer

Lizzy Schultz

Rogue Ales is celebrating all 7,140,289 of their honeybees with the release of two new products, Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot. Both are made with honey foraged from Rogue Farms spring nectar sources including marionberry, cherry, jalapeño, cucumber, pumpkins and wildflower blossoms. This spring’s honey harvest brought its own unique flavor, and it is highlighted in both beer and braggot. …

Ag Group, Bees, Conservation, Environment, Food, pollinators

CNH Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

Kelly Marshall

 CNH Industrial has proven time and again that they are a sustainable company.  For the fifth year in a row they have been named an Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and Europe Inducies.  They were the 2015 DJSI Capital Goods Industry Group Leader and were included on the CDP Climate A List.  Now the company is …

Agribusiness, Case IH, Clean Energy, Company Announcement, Conservation, New Holland

Illinois HerbFest Celebrates Earth Day

Lizzy Schultz

The Illinois Herb Association will celebrate this month’s Earth Day festivities during the 2016 HerbFest. The event will be held April 16 in Chillicothe, Illinois, at Chillicothe Public Library. “The annual HerbFest was previously held in June and September, but this year will be moving to April in order to celebrate Earth Day and build nature into the program,” said …

Ag Group, Conservation, Environment, Planting, specialty crops, Sustainability

New Insights On Colony Collapse Disorder

Lizzy Schultz

Researchers from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Life Sciences recently discovered that the commonly accepted claim that blames nutritional deprivation for the increasing collapse of honey bee colonies is incorrect. The two studies published by ASU researchers found that the stress of short-term nutritional deprivation as larvae actually makes honey bees more resilient to starvation as adults. The findings …

Ag Group, Bees, Conservation, Environment, pollinators, Research, Sustainability

CTIC Hosting Summer Tour In Idaho

Lizzy Schultz

The team at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) was on hand during the 2016 Commodity Classic, using the event as an opportunity to spread the word about their search for a new Executive Director, as well as their upcoming Conservation in Action Tour. The CTIC board of directors is searching for a new executive director, as former director Karen …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Conservation, CTIC, Environment

Soil Health Partnership Participation Explodes

Lizzy Schultz

Twenty-five more farms have joined in on the groundbreaking research effort from Soil Health Partnership (SHP) that could change the way farmers take care of their land. SHP works to test and measure farm management practices that improve soil health, such as growing cover crops, practicing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till, and using sophisticated nutrient management techniques. The program’s …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Conservation, Environment, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

NCGA Celebrates Soil Health Partnership Progress

Taylor Truckey

The Soil Health Partnership was initiated by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and announced at the Commodity Classic just two years ago. During the Soil Health Summit in Indianapolis last week, NCGA CEO Chris Novak gave us an update on the progress of the Partnership and the impact that it has had within the industry so far. “It’s exciting …

Ag Group, Conservation, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, Sustainability

National Organizations Support Soil Health Partnership

Taylor Truckey

Several national organizations are supporting the efforts of the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). Jim Gulliford with the Soil and Water Conservation Society spoke about their involvement while at the Soil Health Summit in Indianapolis this past week. When asked about the value in supporting the SHP, Gulliford commented on the mutual goals the two organizations share. “Farmers learn from farmers …

Conservation, cover crops, CTIC, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, Sustainability