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December 1, 2016, Baltimore, MD – We all try to meet our obligations in life, whether personal or professional. Living up to our commitments builds trust and earns a worthy reputation. That's why it's so disappointing that the Maryland Department of Agriculture is proposing to weaken the ban against spreading…
December 1, 2016, Madison, WI – Following a yearlong effort to analyze staff resources and prioritize core work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced implementation plans for a strategic effort to better align its functions and organizational structure with the changing needs of customers and stakeholders. DNR Secretary…
October 5, 2016, Madison, WI – Miles of phosphorus-laden muck must be removed from stream beds that lead to Madison’s lakes. It’s the most promising and dramatic way to improve the health of Mendota, Monona and the other lakes in the Yahara chain, which has been fouled by heavy weeds…
August 12, 2016, Celina, OH – It wasn’t long ago that Grand Lake St. Marys was the center of controversy due to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). A lot has happened since that time and phosphorus reduction was one of several important topics at the Ohio Dairy Producers Association (ODPA) Summer…
July 18, 2016, Montpelier, VT – New state water quality rules could soon apply to all of Vermont's farms. The rules will cover not just dairy farms, but also other livestock operations, as well as vegetable and crop farms. If the draft rules are approved, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture will…
May 11, 2016, Harrisburg, PA – In a recent briefing to the State Conservation Commission (SCC), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials discussed details of the collaboration between DEP and county conservation districts to conduct farm inspections in the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of the recently announced "Bay…
May 6, 2016, Cedar Rapids, IA – A recent report says Iowa’s regulations on manure spreading are too lax and pose a threat to the state’s water quality. On Wednesday, the non-profit Iowa Policy Project released the report “Saving Resources: Manure and Water,” which argues that Iowa’s current winter manure…
April 25, 2016, Wooster, OH — Three Ohio farms will open part of their operations to test water quality conservation practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Through a partnership of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the three farms will open nearly 700 acres to…
April 11, 2016, Indiana, PA – The Indiana County Conservation District is holding its final manure management workshops for the season April 19 and 26 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in White Township. The workshops are aimed at helping county farmers and equine owners understand regulations that affect them,…
March 28, 2016, Salem, OR – Ten Oregon farms, ranches and stables have been fined for violating their water quality discharge permits. The Oregon Department of Agriculture regulates manure discharges from the state’s approximately 502 confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), such as dairies and feedlots. READ MORE
February 3, 2016, Lebanon, PA – Lebanon County Conservation District will hold a free Manure Management Plan workshop on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center at 2120 Cornwall Road in North Cornwall Township. Every operation in Pennsylvania that produces or applies manure,…
January 25, 2016, Pierre, SD – Manipulated manure should be subject to inspection fees and other state regulations in South Dakota, similar to commercial fertilizer and other soil amendments, the state House of Representatives decided recently. House members voted 67-0 in favor. The measure, HB 1018, now heads to the…
December 21, 2015, Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will start training for all Iowa manure applicators in January. The DNR’s Jeff Prier says they have a couple of times set up. He says they will have a commercial applicator day at county extension offices on…
December 3, 2015, Columbus, OH – State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) is calling attention to a new state agricultural linked deposit program created to assist livestock farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The program, Ag-LINK Northwestern Ohio Watersheds (“Ag-LINK N.O.W.”), provides reduced-rate financing for Ohio farms to help offset…
November 27, 2015, Leduc, Alta – Shooters Hill Livestock, a former hog farm near Calmar, was handed $50,000 in fines in Leduc Provincial Court recently after its owner pleaded guilty to a charge of depositing a deleterious substance into a body of water under the Fisheries Act. The owner appeared…

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