Sept. 28 2017
The use of tile drainage varies across the Midwest
Sept. 21 2017
After it was all said and done, our farm didn’t experience too much serious damage from Hurricane Irma. We were blessed that there wasn’t too much damage
Sept. 7 2017
We live in a time of great divisions, but somehow these natural disasters have people all over the country doing what they can to help others
Aug. 28 2017
Think that all manure is basically the same? Think again. “There’s a lot of variation in manure,” said University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Chris Baxter during his presentation...
June 26 2017
In March 2017, a lawsuit filed against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation claimed that a herd of 200 cows produced the same amount of waste as a city of 96,000 people
Dec. 18 2015
Independent report says the agency illegally tried to shape public opinion about its water rule proposal. The firestorm that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignited last May with a proposal...
Aug. 24 2015
Row upon row of plastic silage bags frame the driveway at the Hoard's Dairyman Farm. Yet, plastic is a double-edged sword. In its many forms, from bunker silo covers to bale wrap, plastic has earned its...
Aug. 10 2015
Courtesy of their rumen microbes, cows produce and release methane. As a ruminant-based industry, it's a reality we cannot escape. It is estimated that a quarter of anthropogenic, or human-caused, methane...
July 20 2015
Gypsum, a product recycled from manufacturing and construction waste, has hit the agricultural scene. When added to the soil, gypsum adds sulfur and calcium while reducing phosphorus runoff. In some situations,...
July 20 2015
by Amanda Smith, Associate Editor Water. To thrive, agriculture needs water. And it's the ingredient that California, one of our nation's most agriculturally productive states, is most severely lacking....
June 15 2015
Leave it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start a firestorm with water - one that is being fanned by nationwide anger, distrust and bitterness. The new "Clean Water Rule" issued May...
June 15 2015
Unless Congressional action is taken to clarify RCRA, the Washington state ruling on manure and its nutrients could forever change livestock production
June 8 2015
Cattle don't compete for human food by Amanda Smith, Associate Editor For years, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the dairy industry have been a source of media attention. In the atmosphere, GHGs enhance...
April 20 2015
Water is the gorilla topic of discussion in California these days, and as supplies keep drying up, just about everyone has an opinion about water use, waste, conservation and government policies. Guess...
March 2 2015
Dairies' first step in settling Washington manure case could ultimately have a huge effect on farmers nationwide. A few answers - and one huge question - have already emerged in the wake of the landmark...
Jan. 19 2015
In a 5-to-1 decision (with one additional justice not participating in the case), the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that when manure enters a groundwater well, it can be considered a pollutant. In making...
Dec. 9 2014
Global warming or not, the world's climate is changing. In the United States, greater variability in precipitation patterns, more pronounced differences in weather between regions, and rising average temperatures...
Oct. 27 2014
A group of six Wisconsin-based environmental groups filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate potential groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County, Wis
Sept. 2 2014
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson (pictured) is not a big fan of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nor is he reluctant to say so, as seen at the Western Land Symposium in Boise last week
Jan. 27 2014
Field runoff volumes have a near equal distribution under frozen and nonfrozen ground conditions, said Kevan Klingberg with University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms at the Midwest Forage Association annual...