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Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them via The Washington Post
Not only does prairie, with its deep-rooted plants, soak up farm wastewater that pollutes rivers, it also enriches soil… It could slow soil erosion that costs farmers more than a billion dollars per year in lost yield and lower water pollution from fertilizers and chemicals.
Could No-Till Farming Reverse Climate Change? Via U.S. News and World Report
Along with putting carbon back into the ground… no-till farming decreases the evaporation in the soil system that's common after extreme droughts or flooding.
Researchers suggest that increasing the adoption of no-till practices may increase the numbers [of ground-dwelling bees] since tillage can destroy their nests. This could potentially help soybean farmers, as previous studies have shown that unmanaged bees can increase yields by as much as 6 percent.
Just days after the Bureau of Land Management finalized two forestry plans for Oregon, conservation and timber interests have each filed lawsuits in federal court… In their lawsuit, eight conservation groups accuse the BLM of violating federal environmental law and backtracking on watershed protections.
Plans for major water storage expansion via Morning AgClips
Florida Senate President-Designate Joe Negron (R-Stuart) today announced plans to pursue funding to add 120 billion gallons of new water storage south of Lake Okeechobee… The estimated cost of reservoirs on 60,000 acres of land providing 120 billion gallons of storage in the area south of Lake Okeechobee is roughly $2.4 billion.
Millennials Look to Job Opportunities in Farming via U.S. News and World Report
There's a future for Millennials in farming... because of the growing food-to-table movement, which relies on locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy products and protein.
Fire From the Sky: University of Nebraska Engineers Develop Drone to Ignite Prescribed Burns via DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Ranchers who use prescribed burns to control invasive plant species on their pastures could soon receive some help from above. Researchers … have developed a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle -- commonly called a drone -- capable of safely igniting prescribed burns.
Polluted Stormwater Isn't Owned by Bay Area Cities, Monsanto Says via Courthouse News Service
The three Californian cities argue that cities, as storm-water regulators, have a stake in the rain as it passes through their systems and if that rain is contaminated by a chemical created by Monsanto, they have the right to sue as a public nuisance.
How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All via National Geographic
Some 500,000 coyotes are killed each year, many shot to death from small planes and helicopters. Yet the coyote has survived all attempts to eradicate it, spreading from its original territory west of the Rockies to the East Coast, where it has now found a safe, new refuge in cities like Chicago and New York.
Larimer pays $8.4 million for farm, water rights via Reporter-Herald News
Larimer County now officially owns the 211-acre Malchow farm south of Berthoud and its associated water rights — a unique agreement that includes a water sharing component.
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