The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
by Elton Robinson
There was so much interest in the first Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference that organizers decided to do it again.
The 2014 Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark.
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You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system. On Feb. 18, locations in every state across the country will host Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums where farmers will have the opportunity to learn from one another while exploring local and national perspectives on cover crops.
by Pattie Thomas, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Bremmer family has raised cattle and grown crops in northwestern Illinois for more than a century. Over time, they’ve found ways to improve their operation — the latest improvement is the use of cover crops.
By Larry Steckel
Judging by phone calls this fall, there is now widespread interest in cover crops here in Tennessee. This interest in cover crops really started last year. This was pointed out to me by the couple hundred folks that attended the University of Tennessee grain conference in Dyersburg, Tenn., last February where 50 percent of the attendees in a survey at that conference indicated that they had utilized a cover crop at least to some extent on their farms in 2012.
Agriculture research and education were not spared when the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee passed a FY2012 budget plan May 23. Tasked with drastically cutting programs under its purview, the subcommittee came up with $17.2 billion in proposed spending for fiscal year 2012.