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Agronomist touts economic, environmental benefits of cover crops

A conservation agronomist says cover crops have helped some farmers improve profitability. Ryan Johnson with the Iowa Soybean Association says cover crops can offset higher costs by reducing inputs and increasing cash crop yield. “Interest rates are going up and that really has an effect,”... Read More.

Study captures environmental impact of precision ag adoption

A new study by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers evaluates the environmental benefits of precision agriculture. Senior vice president Curt Blades tells Brownfield the report focused on widely adopted row crop production technology. “When you use technology to do your job better, whether it’s applying... Read More.

Raising more pork with less environmental impact

Like other segments of the ag industry, pork producers have been working to improve their environmental footprint.  Jamie Burr is the chief sustainability officer for the National Pork Board.  He tells Brownfield one of the biggest success stories for pork producers is the improvement... Read More.

Environmental assessment required for FSA loans

A federal district court judge says medium sized concentrated animal feeding operations are required to have an environmental assessment if they want a loan from the Farm Service Agency.  Michael Formica, the chief legal strategist with the National Pork Producers Council, says this could make it more... Read More.

Michigan Cattlemen discuss potential environmental issues

The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association says environmental issues outside of their control are causing concern. Policy committee chair Matt Germane, a producer from mid-Michigan, tells Brownfield producers are worried about what proposed standards on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances or PFAS at the state and federal could... Read More.

Minnesota train derailment expected to have minimal environmental impact

The director of the Minnesota Biofuels Association suggests Wednesday’s train derailment in west-central Minnesota will have far fewer environmental consequences than a derailment that occurred in Ohio two months ago. Brian Werner tells Brownfield the ethanol that spilled near Raymond is flammable, but essentially... Read More.

Environmental Defense Fund and Danone tackle dairy methane

The Environmental Defense Fund and Danone, one of the world’s largest dairy companies, are partnering to reduce methane emissions on dairy farms by 30 percent by 2030. John Tauzel, Senior Director of Global Agriculture Methane for the Environmental Defense Fund, tells Brownfield the partnership... Read More.

USDA APHIS to issue environmental impact study on HPAI

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced its intent to publish an environmental impact study on the impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The agency says the study will examine the effects of its response to virus outbreaks in commercial and... Read More.