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  • USDA announces additional 800,000 acres in CRP

    Jun 1, 2015

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that an additional 800,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives. The voluntary CRP allows USDA to contract with agricultural producers for periods between 10 and 15… Full Story »
  • EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

    May 29, 2015

    U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates. The restrictions are aimed at protecting bees from "pesticides that are acutely toxic"… Full Story »
  • Finalized Clean Water Rule released

    May 27, 2015

    Agriculture groups were busy analyzing the impact of new government rules issued May 27 by EPA  and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule to determine whether the Environmental Protection… Full Story »
  • Federal court blocks Obama’s immigration plan

    May 26, 2015

    A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow President Obama's program to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation from going into effect. The decision by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals adds another delay for the undocumented immigrants… Full Story »
  • California farmers agree to water cuts

    May 26, 2015

    The Western drought is proving to be the most dangerous in recent history. Farmers in California — and other areas along the West Coast — are doing all they can to cut back. According to The New York Times, California farmers have agreed to use… Full Story »
  • Potential for late blight from volunteer potatoes in Michigan

    May 22, 2015

    The Late Blight Risk Forecasting (LBRF) website with its 2015 risk estimation for potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan is now available through Michigan State University Extension. During the past three years, the LBRF website has monitored and recorded overwinter soil thermal conditions for… Full Story »
  • RNMF offers $2,500 scholarships

    May 21, 2015

    The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation (RNMF) is offering $2,500 scholarships to students attending agricultural-related programs at post-secondary institutions in the United States during the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships are the result of a cooperative commitment among Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, AgXcel, Ag PhD, Capello USA,… Full Story »
  • NRCS to invest $21 million in drought relief efforts

    May 21, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and long-term effects of drought. These investments will focus financial and technical assistance… Full Story »
  • EPA preparing to publish revised Worker Protection Standards

    May 20, 2015

    According to the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), EPA will publish new Worker Protection Standards in the coming weeks.  According to The Hill, EPA recently sent its final rule to USDA for review. Depending on how long that takes, the new rule could be published in late June. Frank Gasperini, NCAE's… Full Story »
  • Produce Safety Alliance to offer Train-the-Trainer Courses

    May 20, 2015

    The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has scheduled its first two Train-the-Trainer Courses for June 2015. The PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses are for those interested in becoming PSA Certified Trainers or PSA Certified Lead Trainers and who use the PSA standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers… Full Story »

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