USDA Expands CRP and Funds Rural Infrastructure

As President Biden opened a two-day virtual climate summit Thursday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the role USDA and agriculture will play in the administration target calling for U.S. emissions to be 50% to 52% lower in 2030 compared to 2005. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher …

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast – Episode 7

This episode of the Daugherty Water for Food podcast features Nebraska state climatologist Martha Shulski for a discussion on the impact of climate change on society and the environment and how to talk about it. Shulski is also a DWFI Faculty Fellow, associate professor of Applied Climate Science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, director of the Nebraska State Climate Office …

Land O’Lakes Sustainability Business Truterra Launches TruCarbon™, the First Farmer-Owned Carbon Program

TruCarbon Promises Streamlined Experience for Farmers; Novel Approach for Buyers to Incentivize Change at Scale TruCarbon Launching With Microsoft as First Secured Buyer Arden Hills, Minn., February 4, 2021 – Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business and subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, today announced the launch of TruCarbon, a transformational new carbon program that will …

Ag Climate Alliance Unveils Policy Recommendations

A diverse alliance of groups representing farming, forestry, food, government and environment today unveiled a set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy. The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that now co-chair the alliance: American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and National …

New Alltech ONE Virtual Session Focuses on Asia

The Asian Agri-Business session of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience is underway this week. Kicking off the experience today was a young lady with an energetic spirit who began taking positive action to protect the environment before she was even a teenager. Growing up near the rice fields and beaches of Bali, Melati Wijsen saw the impact of plastic waste …

Conservation Goals Unite Livestock and Sporting Groups

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 …

Farm Groups Support Climate Solutions Act

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation designed to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has the support of numerous agribusinesses and farm organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, and …

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. Representatives from five of the FSF founding organizations announced the new coalition in Washington, D.C. …

2019 Soil Health Summit

A Project to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through improved soil health. The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting farmer profitability, a stable food supply, and the environment. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to digital media content available free of charge for digital or print publication or …

Nature Conservancy Backs Farm Bill Conservation Programs

As House and Senate Agriculture leaders keep working toward passing a farm bill yet this year, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is urging Congress to approve legislation that will continue to provide farmers and ranchers with the tools to conserve our nation’s land and water resources, according to Larry Clemens, TNC agriculture director for North America. Soil health is of particular …

Heartland Institute on Climate Accord and Agriculture

The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has generated strong reactions – both positive and negative – but overall agricultural interests have been pretty quiet on the matter. The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank based in Illinois, has opposed the Paris Climate Agreement from the beginning and so considers the U.S. withdrawal a victory. …

Forage Seed Benefits Bees, Livestock & Sustainable Research

In response to America’s urgent needs to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators, announced Risa DeMasi, co-founder of Grassland Oregon and immediate past chairman of the American Seed Trade Association. Proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will …

Ethanol Report on Earth Day

Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, over 700 exhibitors and more than 250 speakers. Even bigger and better this year, the event includes an alternative fuels educational session on Saturday where Renewable Fuels Association Vice …

Trump Signs Executive Order to Review WOTUS

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule under the Clean Water Act. “(This) is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land…it’s been a disaster,” said President Trump during the White …

GRSB Hosts Global Sustainability Conference

The Global Conference on Sustainable Beef was held earlier this month in Banff, Alberta, and the event featured a diverse group of inspiring keynotes that touched on the global commitment to furthering sustainability efforts. Speakers included Dennis Laycraft, president of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB). He explained that the ultimate goal of GRSB is to expand global reach …