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The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is dedicated to finding practical, affordable drainage technologies that will help prevent phosphorus from entering the Thames River water system. Phosphorus contributes to the growth of harmful algal blooms in the river and in Lake Erie.
Iowa Drainage School has been educating contractors on proper planning and design for over a decade. The school is held annually with the purpose of training stakeholders in subsurface drainage.
Editor’s Note: As land prices rise and sporadic weather wreaks havoc, interest for tile drainage bubbles to the surface in Western Canada, only to be slowed by regulation and lack of knowledge. Drainage Contractor asked Chris Unrau, one of the forerunners advocating for drainage and a streamlined regulatory process, to share some history of drainage in Western Canada and where the industry is going.
What is the public image of drainage? I asked this question to an audience of drainage contractors when I spoke at the 2019 Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO) annual conference during my presentation on social license for the drainage industry.
With the spotlight on surface runoff, contractors can plant riparian buffers in addition to constructed wetlands to minimize environmental impact.
Members of the plastics industry visited Congress to discuss how opening up federally funded infrastructure projects to include thermoplastic pipe can increase the elimination of plastic waste.
The 87th annual Purdue Farm Management tour will take place in Huntington and Wabash counties in Indiana over June 27 and 28 and will show producers innovation that can be applied to their own operation.
The world of building things has a massive people problem, writes Aaron Witt of BuildWitt Media, a marketing company focused on the construction sector. Retirements are accelerating, and there’s no new generation of workers ready to take over. Social media is emerging as a tool to help construction, mining and equipment companies recruit new talent. 
Iowa researchers, farmers, and conservation groups can apply for a grant dedicated to promoting more innovative conservation practices in agricultural production.
Ohio livestock groups voiced their commitment to water quality and questioned the credible science behind the latest report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that blamed animal farms' manure flow into Lake Erie for algae blooms. 
A new study has been released, showing that one of the main contributors to the Lake Erie algae problem may be unregulated factory farms.
On Dec. 12, 2019, at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, England, the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) will be making sure the contracting sector is ready to take on a changing farming industry, both financially, technically and in good health.
A Rock County Board committee is seeking to replace four of the five members on the Rock County Drainage Board, an agency that has had its share of controversy in recent years.
Illinois state lawmakers approved legislation allowing water drainage districts, responsible for keeping small waterways cleared of debris, to be absorbed into the municipality if they're at least 75 percent inside of it, through a court filing process. 
Wet conditions in Iowa have caused issues with the handling of animal waste and increased manure runoff concerns. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is advising producers to be aware of conditions and contact their local DNR field office if they have questions about manure spreading. 

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