2021 Environmental Stewardship Award Regional Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

Seven of the nation’s top cattle operations were recognized as Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) regional winners for their environmental conservation efforts during the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Houston, Texas this week. The regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be presented during NCBA’s Summer Business Meeting in Reno, Nevada, July 25-28, …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Environment, NCBA

USDA Secretary Vilsack from COP26

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had a busy week at COP26 last week, participating in numerous events to underscore the administration’s commitment to climate action. Vilsack held a media call Friday afternoon from COP26 in Glasgow, UK. He discussed COP26 events, the recently-announced partnership with the EU and the Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate. Taking questions from reporters, Vilsack also …

Audio, Environment, International, Trade, USDA

EPA Administrator Pledges Transparency in WOTUS Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan spoke to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) hybrid annual meeting this morning and pledged to work with them on rewriting the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Normal farming, silviculture and ranching activities, as defined by the Clean Water Act, will not require a permit,” said Regan. “We are pledging …

Audio, Environment, EPA, Farming, Water

NCBA Tackles Environmental Issues

Carrie Muehling

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) continues to advocate on behalf of cattle producers when it comes to environmental policies regarding climate change and the nation’s waterways. “At the end of the day it’s opposing overburdensome regulation of the cattle industry, and supporting the science,” said Scott Yager, NCBA chief environmental counsel. “Making sure we have good common strategy and …

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Colorado Ranch Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Cindy Zimmerman

Beatty Canyon Ranch in Kim, Colo., was named the national winner of the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) on Tuesday evening at the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville. The annual award recognizes the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of cattle producers. Owned and operated by Steve and Joy Wooten and Brady and Arin …

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Global Launch of Agoro Carbon Alliance

Chuck Zimmerman

Just recently Yara announced the commercial launch of the Agoro Carbon Alliance, a global business created for farmers to earn additional revenue through positive climate action. The company held a virtual launch event today which with participants from all over the world. The event featured speakers from all parts of the alliance including farmers who are adopting carbon cropping practices …

Agribusiness, carbon, Environment, Sustainability

ZimmCast 672 – Farmers Edge Smart Carbon Program

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. Carbon seems to be the big (C) buzzword lately. In the last couple weeks I’ve lost count of how many announcements I’ve received on this subject in my inbox. One of those was from Farmers Edge that announced the company’s new Smart Carbon program. You can find the announcement and more about this program …

Agribusiness, Agronomy, Audio, Environment, Soil, ZimmCast

Choose Real Leather to Reduce Waste

Chuck Zimmerman

The Leather and Hide Council of America has just released an infographic that highlights the issue of how the use of products made from plastics and other non-renewable sources is harming the environment. Real leather made from livestock hides is one of the oldest forms of recycling and can help play an important part in solving this problem. Zero-waste pledges …

Ag Groups, Environment, Livestock, Sustainability

Report Shows How U.S. Farmers Can Fight Climate Change

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation finds U.S. farmers have the potential to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become part of the global solution to climate change. U.S. agriculture contributes about 10% of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the entire national economy, but farmers could greatly reduce those emissions if they were provided with the …

Audio, carbon, climate, Environment, Farm Journal, Farming, USDA

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode 8

Cindy Zimmerman

This episode of the Daugherty Water for Food podcast features Qiao Hu, a Ph.D. student studying natural resource sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, who discusses his research using drones (UAVs) and artificial intelligence (AI) for wetlands management. Qiao’s faculty advisor and DWFI Faculty Fellow Zhenghong Tang is a professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program and Landscape Architecture …

Audio, Environment, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food