New Enrollment Open for Conservation Stewardship Program

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. […]

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Degrees of Alienation: Invasive Species Defined

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. […]

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Does BIG Farming have to mean BAD Farming?

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 […]

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Cover Crop Demonstration Plot 2013

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) […]

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Stop the Mudness

*Mud is the largest non-point pollution problem facing our lakes, rivers and streams.* When soil gets washed into our waterways, it smothers fish habitats and also carries dangerous pollutants that threaten our water quality. Soil erosion (Mud) occurs when wind or water washes away the topsoil from an area of land. Some erosion is natural, […]

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