Hundred of landowners in North Gower are asking Ottawa city council to shut down a proposed $1.5-million upgrade to drainage works in their area. Landowners oppose paying their share of the costs arguing that only farmers will benefit. Read the full CBC report.
A recent study from the University of Iowa shows the pace of nutrient runoff has increased since 1999 and continues to be a large portion of the total runoff to the Gulf of Mexico.
In early May, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff led the installation of a saturated buffer project. This agricultural best management practice (BMP) is aimed at reducing phosphorus and nitrogen delivery to the Thames River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie in Ontario.
AMES, Iowa – The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School to be held on Aug. 21-23 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.
As another toxic algae season approaches, Ohio lawmakers are turning their attention to a pair of bills putting dollars behind the state's efforts to dam the flow of agricultural nutrients into Lake Erie. | READ MORE
Marquardt Farm Drainage is celebrating 50 years of operation in Palmerston, ON. Three Ontario brothers began tiling their farms to gain higher yields and improve their crops in the late 1950s. After seeing the quality work, it did not take long for neighbouring farmers to begin requesting the same for their operations. | READ MORE
Timewell Drainage Products is expanding again, taking steps to open a plastic pipe manufacturing facility in the southern United States. The company has purchased a building at 2 Industrial Parkway in Selma, AL, for the new operation. The 40,000-square-foot building sits on 20 acres in the Craig Industrial Park.
There has been a lot of work in Ontario to establish relationships and partnerships between the drainage community, local agricultural groups and conservation authorities. The intended goals of these partnerships have been to dispel myths about drainage, promote the adoption of innovative drainage techniques, and to use the knowledge and skills of tile drainage and erosion control contractors in achieving improved water quality and soil health.
Like many successful businesses, Bedolli Excavating and Tiling, Inc. in Buffalo, IL, grew out of necessity. Andy and Brittany Bedolli, a husband-and-wife team, started with a backhoe, a bulldozer and an excavator in 2006 when they needed to make improvements to their family’s farm and soon found themselves on neighboring farms repairing tile holes.
Few innovations have contributed as much to the rise of agricultural productivity across the Northern Great Plains as the ability to remove excess water. Drainage, through a combination of underground tile and ditches, has made development for crop production, urban growth and transportation possible in conditions where it would not otherwise be feasible.
There’s a conversation happening within – and about – the drainage community right now, and it’s not necessarily a positive one.
Miles of green, mucky and potentially toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — and the oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lake that come with them — have led Ohio to spend more than $3 billion to combat them since 2011. Michigan has chipped in millions of dollars of its own, seeking to dramatically cut a major source of fuel for the algae blooms: fertilizers that run off farmers' fields into tributaries and on to the Great Lake.
Nutrient runoff increases despite conservation efforts in IowaA recent study from the University of Iowa shows the…
Cover crop grant program commences in MarylandSoil-conservation district offices statewide are open for the annual sign-up…
Study: Nutrient pollution worsens ocean for coral reefsA new study shows nutrient pollution, which includes septic systems…
North Gower landowners disapprove of costly drainage planHundred of landowners in North Gower are asking Ottawa city…
Canada's Farm Progress Show
June 20-22, 2018
National LICA Summer Meeting
July 9-15, 2018
Empire Farm Days
August 7-9, 2018
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage 2018 Conference
August 12-17, 2018
Iowa Drainage School
August 21-23, 2018