USDA Grants Include Climate Smart Ag for Low Carbon Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. The projects include a $7.5 million investment in the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)-led Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project to secure farmers premier access to low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) markets based on their adoption of …

ACE, Audio, Biofuels, carbon, climate, Conservation, Corn, Ethanol, USDA

Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy

Cindy Zimmerman

The Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy was the theme for the closing panel of the 57th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau meeting held virtually Thursday. The panel included Bruce Knight, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC; Callie Eideberg, Environmental Defense Fund; Jonathan Coppess, University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; and Josh Tonsager, National Association …

Audio, CIRB, climate, Conservation, Crop Insurance

Water for Food Podcast – Episode 4

Cindy Zimmerman

The fourth episode of the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast features a woman who is literally in the backyard of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Meghan Sittler is Director of the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, located about 15 minutes from downtown Lincoln, which focuses on conservation of the tallgrass prairie …

Audio, Conservation, Farming, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food

Conservation Goals Unite Livestock and Sporting Groups

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Monday with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Safari Club International (SCI) with a commitment to conservation of natural resources through sustainable multiple use. The MOU outlines these groups’ efforts to cultivate healthier ecosystems, wildlife populations, and economies through active management. Hunting, fishing, and …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Conservation, Hunting, Livestock, NCBA

NCGA and EDF Launch Success in Stewardship Network

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association and Environmental Defense Fund have joined forces to launch the Success in Stewardship Network to celebrate and accelerate the use of agricultural conservation practices on U.S. corn farms. The network will showcase success stories from the many farmers and state-level programs putting stewardship into practice, starting with the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program and the …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Commodity Classic, Conservation, Corn, Environment, NCGA

Friday is Deadline to Schedule CRP Signup Appointment

Cindy Zimmerman

Tomorrow is the deadline for agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to make an offer of acres or schedule an appointment to do so with their local USDA service center. The general signup is available to producers and private landowners who are either offering for the first time or re-offering acres …

Conservation, USDA

ZimmCast 622 – Future of InfoAg Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program I speak with Quentin Rund, PAQ Interactive and Lara Moody, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). Quentin has been involved with organizing and running the InfoAg Conference since it started in 1995. He talks about this year’s conference which is doing very well on attendance in spite of the challenging planting season the midwest has had. Lara talks …

Ag Groups, Audio, Conservation, Info Ag, Soil, ZimmCast

Soil Health Rooted in Data

Cindy Zimmerman

The theme for the 2019 Soil Health Summit was “Rooted in Data, Growing Success” and gathering data about soil health practices has been the focus of the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) since the beginning. SHP lead scientist Maria Bowman presented some of the latest data they have gathered. “A lot of our farmers are improving their soil organic matter and …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Conservation, cover crops, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, Sustainability

Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

Cindy Zimmerman

Five dedicated leaders in soil health received “Seeds of Change” awards at the 2019 Soil Health Partnership Summit this week in St. Louis. The awards highlight those participants in the program who have gone above and beyond to promote soil health throughout the year. The five award recipients are (pictured left to right) Exceptional Educators: John (and Joan) Maxwell, Donahue, …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Conservation, Soil, Soil Health Partnership