The winter seems so harsh on the wild animals and it may be tempting to feed them, but before you do, click here to read an article that gives some light to this seemingly innocent and helpful approach with nature.
The DNR has grassland restoration funds at the State level to develop new or manage existing grasslands (not enrolled in Farm Bill programs). There will be speakers from the DNR, NRCS/USFWS talking about federal programs and a restoration specialist talking about how everything happens.
After winning 1st place at the county level, Josie VanderZwaag from Hamilton was the 3rd place winner in the state wide poster contest. This year’s theme was, “Where Does Your Water Shed?” The poster contest is open to all students who will be entering Kindergarten through 12th grade, with prizes for different age groups. The […]
News release from USDA NRCS Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17 Popular Farm Bill conservation program seeks producer participation WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Starting today through Jan. […]
We all live in a “watershed”. No matter where you are, the land under your feet drains to a ditch, stream, river or pond whenever there is a rain storm or snow melt. A watershed is all of the land that drains into a common body of water. Picture a funnel—anything that you put into […]
MSU EXTENSION FORESTRY ARTICLE From: Bill Cook, MSU Extension Forester/Biologist Date: September, 2013 It’s important, for many reasons, to maintain the health of forests and other plant communities. Part of the definition of health is species composition. Alien species displace native species and disrupt ecological processes. Alien species are also called non-native or exotic species. […]
In high summer, fields of wildflowers bloom at Tony Thompson’s Minnesota farm: gray-headed coneflowers, phlox and white prairie clover. Those plants are designed to do more than just beautify. They prevent water runoff and block nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from spilling into and polluting the Mississippi River. It’s just the kind of farming […]
The 2013 cover crop demonstration plot got some rain last night, looking forward to seeing the plant jump out of the ground. Join the whole ACD crew and special guests for our September 12 open house. Koops Family Farm, Holland, MI 3677 60th St. Holland, MI (AKA Graafschap Rd, South of Blue Star Highway) […]
We have all heard about the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, but many farmers and citizens want to know what we can do to prevent more of them and cure the ones we already have. This article under “Ask Farm Aid” on the Farm Aid website explains in simple terms what dead zones […]