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Mississippi River

USDA: Conservation work reduces sediment, nutrient runoff

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that farmers’  and ranchers’ conservation efforts to improve water quality and quantity are working. The report is a culmination of a watershed-wide assessment of the impacts of soil and water conservation work, including methods to manage nutrients and reduce soil erosion on agricultural lands […]

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Wisconsin farmers honored for conservation efforts

Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation selected Jim and Val Hebbe as the recipients of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award. “Jim and Val Hebbe’s commitment to no-till and other conservation efforts that benefit soil and water is exemplary” said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. “Their on-the-farm practices and off-the-farm leadership make them […]

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Guest blogger: Leopold’s philosophy endures

Leopold Conservation Award By Jeanne Byrne, High Ground Ground Organics We have been named one of three finalists this year for the Leopold Conservation Award. The Leopold Award recognizes “extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on the land of exemplary private landowners.” It is given by the Sand County Foundation, in conjunction with the California Farm Bureau […]

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In the field with Kling Farms

Building off of a solid family history of sustainable farming, Steve and Pat Kling purchased their 65-acre farm in Jackson County, Wisconsin in 1981. They credit their transformation to a managed intensive grazing (MIG) program as a primary catalyst for their success. They have found that MIG has helped revitalize their land, while reducing costs […]

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No-till agriculture celebrates 50 years

The first commercial no-till crop was planted 50 years ago this week. It was less than an acre of corn planted by Kentucky farmer Harry Young, Jr. From there, Young and Shirley Phillips, a University of Kentucky field crops specialist, began to champion the benefits of no-till agriculture. Research on the practice had been conducted […]

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USDA report identifies agricultural trends

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture entitled, Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012 examines “trends in economic, structural, resource, and environmental indicators” in the agricultural sector that have developed since the previous report was published in 2006. We are encouraged to see improvements in water efficiency, conservation tillage, nitrate recovery, as well […]

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