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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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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Successful Meeting on Farm Bill Programs, Tillage, and Cover Crops

Farmers and resource managers met at the Salem Township Hall on February 12th to discuss farming practices and programs. A variety of speakers were present to share information and discuss Farm Bill cost-share programs, Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), Farm Service Agency programs, Cover Crops, Soil Organic Matter, Managing Crop Residue, and the future […]

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Farm Bill Extension

USA Today – Last-minute action by Congress to extend the expiring farm bill provides farmers and ranchers with a lifeline for this year, but it does little to suppress growing uncertainty in the agricultural community bracing for significant cuts to support programs. The bare-bones extension passed late Tuesday by Congress as part of the package […]

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