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The United States Department of Agriculture will fund $7.6 million worth of improvements to two Arkansas watershed districts to help reduce flooding of cropland and grazing land, as well as improve water quality.
Springfield Plastics looks to raise money to support cancer research at the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. The company first launched the "Drain for the Cure" campaign in 2014 and have continued to raise more than $114,000.
The Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy was recently awarded a grant of $451,960 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund with the aim of increasing agricultural conservation in the area.
Drainage districts, once the target of a Des Moines Water Works lawsuit, could be part of the solution to cut high nitrate levels in Iowa's lakes, rivers and streams, according to a new report.
A retired BYU professor and Utah Lake expert recently dropped a water bomb on a legislative committee, imploring lawmakers to put a halt to upgrades at sewage plants to tackle nutrient pollution.
Researchers in Minnesota are fine-tuning ways to rid field runoff of unwanted nutrients before they hit lakes and streams by creating a next generation bioreactor.
As the prevalence of smart phones and tablets continues to grow, mobile technology is also becoming an emerging tool in the fight to reduce farm nutrient runoff, which causes Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms.
The algae bloom in nearby Lake Erie has made phosphorous reduction a key priority, according to Katie Stammler, Water Quality Scientist with the Essex Region Conservation Authority. She credits local cash crop farmer Henry Denotter with helping to bring a Priority Subwatershed Project (PSP) to the Wigle Creek area.
In Alberta, tile drainage systems — like all drainage or water diversions — are regulated under the Water Act and enforced by Alberta Environment and Parks, which classifies water bodies according to their permanence as well as specific soil and vegetation characteristics.
The Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR) has been selected to receive a $1 million research grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) to study the impact suites of 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices have on the movement of nutrients in corn and soybean cropping systems. The grant is matched with $1 million in funds from the 4R Research Fund.
In parts of northeastern Saskatchewan, excess moisture and high water tables have prevented some growers from seeding certain fields in the Melfort area over the past few years. Water table levels have been monitored in the area since an observation well was installed in 1967, with the highest levels ever recorded in 2014. Water levels declined consistently from the mid-1970s until 2004, when they began to rise significantly through 2014. With the high cost of cropland, growers can't afford to not crop all of their acres. | READ MORE
'The Extent of Tile Drainage in Wisconsin,' a new publication from the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms, is now available at UW-Extension's Learning Store. The project highlights the extent of tile drainage in Wisconsin, how the total number of tile drainage acres vary by state, the differences in estimates across different data collection methods and possible trends over time. | READ MORE
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. has announced several leadership changes that will come into effect on Sept. 1. In accordance with its previously communicated succession plan, the company’s board of directors has named Scott Barbour to serve as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Joe Chlapaty, who has served in that capacity since 2004.
Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.The study found that that depending on the type of terrain, efforts to reduce algae-causing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from reaching water sources such as the Great Lakes and can take decades to bear fruit.
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) hosted a grand opening event for its new manufacturing plant in Harrisonville, MO, on Aug. 9.
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