Soil Health Institute Endorses 19 Soil Health Measurements

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Precision, Conservation, Soil, soil health institute, Sustainability

After three years of industry collaboration, the Soil Health Institute (SHI) has endorsed 19 national soil health measurements that will help answer the question “Just how healthy (or unhealthy) are the nation’s soils?” “We can’t really know the answer to that question until we have a set of common soil health measurements that scientists and farmers can compare and track …

AgWired Precision, Conservation, Soil, soil health institute, Sustainability

Seven Years of Finding CommonGround

Kelly Marshall Audio, Conservation, Consumers, Farming, Food

CommonGround is hosting their 7th annual National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this week. Members of the organization, which focuses on providing an opportunity for conversations between consumers and farmers, are celebrating seven years of success and planning for the future of the program. Joan Ruskamp is a CommonGround volunteer who has been part of the effort almost from the …

Audio, Conservation, Consumers, Farming, Food

Beef’s Environmental Stewardship Award Finalists

Jamie Johansen Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Beef, Conservation, Environment, NCBA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) announced the six finalists in the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award recognizes the operation’s outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts. This year’s regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in February 2018. Regional Winners: – Flying Diamond Ranch in …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Beef, Conservation, Environment, NCBA

Soil Health Institute Announces Action Plan

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Conservation, Corn, NCGA, Soil

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today unveiled the “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life” Soil Health Action Plan during a National Press Club event. “This is an exciting time to be working in soil health,” said SHI president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt. “The action plan identifies critical goals and priorities. It helps identify key gaps in our knowledge and implementation…and we’ve identified …

Audio, Conservation, Corn, NCGA, Soil

What Works, What Doesn’t in Conservation

Kelly Marshall Ag Day, Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation

As part of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit, Sara Wyant moderated the panel “Conservation- What Works, What Doesn’t.” Panel participants included: Tina May, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes; Eric Lindstrom, National Manager of Agriculture Policy, Ducks Unlimited; Suzy Friedman, Sr. Director of Agriculture Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund; Dave White, Co-Founder/Partner, 9-B Group; and Anne Simmons, Democratic Staff Director, House …

Ag Day, Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation

Ag Coalition Signs Agreement with NRCS

Kelly Marshall ARA, Conservation, USDA

Agribusiness and agricultural associations from across the nation, including the Agricultural Retailers Association, have joined together to promote and expand federal conservation programs.  Members of the group signed a memorandum of understanding with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to expand the reach of technical and financial assistance to extend conservation adoption and increase the overall sustainability of farming, ranching …

ARA, Conservation, USDA

Happy World #SoilDay!

Cindy Zimmerman Conservation, NCGA, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, Video

In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences made a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well being. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made it an annual campaign which aims to connect …

Conservation, NCGA, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, Video

Illinois 4R4U Partnership Launched

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Conservation, GROWMARK, Soil

A partnership has been launched between the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliated county Farm Bureaus, with GROWMARK and a number of FS companies, designed to demonstrate and investigate at the local level the impact and efficacy of 4R nutrient stewardship practices – the right source of nutrient, at the right time, at the right rate, and in the right place. …

Audio, Conservation, GROWMARK, Soil

World Food Day is October 16th

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Company Announcement, Conservation, Events, fao, Food, International, Sustainability

Mark your calendars: Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day 2016, and the theme of this year’s event is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” The day will be one of the most celebrated events on the UN calendar, with over 150 countries recognizing it during various events and ceremonies. Rome is hosting several key World Food Day …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Conservation, Events, fao, Food, International, Sustainability

Report Finds #Ag Can Help Combat Climate Change

Joanna Schroeder Agribusiness, Audio, Climate Change, Conservation, cover crops, Farm Progress Show, Monsanto

Growers to provide feed, fiber and fuel and now according to a new report released during a press conference at the Farm Progress Show this week, farmers, or agriculture, can also help combat climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). ICF International conducted the research entitled, “Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture: Mitigation Potential for Crop …

Agribusiness, Audio, Climate Change, Conservation, cover crops, Farm Progress Show, Monsanto