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June 11, 2013, Indiana – Indiana Farm Bureau’s Drainage School, a seminar focusing on Indiana drainage issues, will take place on Aug. 28 at IFB’s home office in downtown Indianapolis, writes Hoosier Ag Today. | READ MORE
June 7, 2013, California – The area of study in California's San Joaquin Valley undertaken by the U. S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service was practically a wasteland before the drainage was installed. But as Don Curlee writes in the Hanford Sentinel, parts of California's San Joaquin Valley have responded to soil drainage like a dog to a bone. | READ MORE
June 5, 2013, Iowa – Drainage systems are working against the favour of Iowans as nitrate in water is reaching levels never seen before in the state. As Newser.com writes, a deluge of rain from a particularly soggy spring has caused fertilizer to be washed off farms into rivers that provide drinking water for the state. The problem is not new, but is made worse by last summer's drought, and by drainage tiles installed beneanth many farms to channel excess water away from fields and intro streams. | READ MORE  
May 31, 2013 – Drainage Contractor magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, and to celebrate, we're taking a look back at what made the headlines 40 years ago with Forty-year flashback, a series of articles from the magazine's first few editions.
May 28, 2013 – The Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association recently hosted a conservation show and tell day at the association farm near Melbourne, demonstrating what farmers are doing to manage nutrients and control erosion, writes AgriNews.com. | READ MORE
May 27, 2013, Ohio – Drainage water from 30 Ohio fields is being tested by a team of scientists from Ohio State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to measure how much phosphorus it contains, writes The Columbus Dispatch. | READ MORE
May 24, 2013 – LICO is planning a summer tour to view the major drainage works project being conducted in the Holland Marsh, north of Toronto, Ont, on Monday, July 15. The tour will be done by bus, which will pick up the participants at 10 a.m. at the commuter parking lot, southwest corner of Hwy 400 and 9, and travel through the Holland Marsh lands with commentary by Frank Yonkman, drainage superintendent for Town of Bradford, West Gwillimbury. Lunch will be provided. The bus will return to the parking lot by 3 p.m. The cost of the tour is $40.The Holland Marsh is a 23,000 acre polder that was drained and cleared for farming over 100 years ago.  Since that time it has been a major source of vegetables for the Toronto market. The last major upgrade of the drainage works followed the major flooding caused by Hurricane Hazel (1954). Over time the canals have silted in and today are unlikely to be able to contain a 25 year event storm. Furthermore, there is a concern over road safety where a number of traffic deaths have been due to the close proximity of the roads to the canals.The Holland Marsh Drainage System Canal Improvement Project is the largest drainage project in Ontario being done under the Drainage Act. The 28 kilometres of existing canal will either be fully relocated or widened and deepened. Construction began in 2010 and is likely to be completed this year, three years ahead of schedule.The new canal system will have many environmental features: littoral shelves, varying gravel substrates, root masses and tree trunk placement all to improve fish and turtle habitat and tree and grass plantings where the canals have been moved. Once the project is complete there will be a measurable improvement to the habitat.To attend this event, e-mail Franklin Kains, LICO Conference Co-ordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 519-742-4591.   
May 23, 2013 – Springfield Plastics, Inc. (SPI) is celebrating its 35th year of manufacturing, marketing and distributing drainage pipe to farmers and commercial contractors. SPI, based in Auburn, Ill., is a Midwest manufacturer that has created plastic pipe solutions for people in the agricultural, residential/building, commercial and highway markets since 1978. The company was started by a group of local investors headed by Roy Baker, Wayne Baker and Glen Brandt. Wayne Baker retired in 1997 and his son, Steve Baker, took over the operations. The company continues its support for the farm drainage industry while gradually branching out into other areas associated with its product lines. In addition to celebrating its 25th anniversary, this is the 13th consecutive year SPI has received certification for use of 100 percent virgin resin in drainage pipe. “Serving our customers for 35 years is quite a milestone. We thank our loyal customers and continue to strive to be the best solution for your drainage needs,” Steve Baker, president, said in a press release.
May 13, 2013, New York – The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has announced 23 on-farm research, outreach, and technical assistance projects that are currently underway in several counties, including a focus on enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship with the use of tile drainage systems, reports the Madison County Courier. | READ MORE
We are living in an era of constant learning. New technology is popping up, research projects are being conducted, and there is an endless need to network and self-educate to stay on top of your game. It’s hard to find time to dedicate to education – especially as the spring and summer months approach. Rob Burtonshaw, a British drainage contractor, hit the nail on the head when he said, “As drainage contractors, we often work with our heads down and forget about the bigger industry picture.”
April 30, 2013, Sault St. Marie, Ont. – An agricultural engineering analysis and development strategy for agricultural tile drainage is underway in the Algoma District of Ontario, according to Local 2 Sault Ste. Marie. | READ MORE
April 23, 2013, Nebraska – The Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association (NLICA) members met in Kearney, Neb., on Jan. 17 for their annual convention to elect a new president and new council members, and to award those who previously have served for their years of dedication and excellence to the association. Norma Lashley made history, becoming the first woman president of the association. Lashley said that during her presidency she plans to increase state membership and expand the educational programs that are designed to give contractors a better understanding of their industry. Lashley gave previous president of the NLICA Jim Wemhoff a past-president pin during her inauguration. Jim and Reta Bodwell were named Contractor and Mrs. Contractor of the year. The couple’s business, Bodwell Construction Inc., has been a part of the NLICA since 1985. Tim Haakenstad was given the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Dedicated Service Award for his many years of service to the conservation field. He has been with the NRCS for 33 years and has experience working in many different parts of the agency. The Associate Excellence Award went to DK & B Construction Specialties in recognition of 23 years of helping sponsor and support the NLICA’s conventions. Dean Rasmussen was presented the Natural Resources District (NDR) Outstanding Leadership Award for his commitment to the field of conservation and years of service to the NDR. The NLICA’s new council members include Ray Clooney as vice-president, Matt Pruss as Area I director and Steve Kriewald as director at large.
April 16, 2013, Winkler, MB – AccuPipe Inc., which started operations in Winkler, MB, in 2011, is set to begin selling and distributing Prinsco products.AccuPipe was founded by Chris and Charlotte Unrau, who also own and operate Precision Land Solutions. The pair say the new collaboration with Prinsco will enable AccuPipe and Precision Land Solutions to fully meet the needs of their clients with HDPE pipe and fittings. AccuPipe will begin warehousing and distributing Prinsco products immediately, keeping stock at their Winkler location.“We are excited to partner with Prinsco to help meet the needs of our clients, and to bring our mutual passion for landimprovement and sustainable water management to emerging markets in Western Canada,” Chris Unrau of AccuPipesaid in a press release.
April 15, 2013, Scotland – A Forth monitor farm meeting recently held in Scotland discussed the importance of good drainage, writes The Scottish Farmer. | READ MORE
April 5, 2013, California – Studies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that examined the long-term sustainability of degraded water reuse have demonstrated that irrigation wastewater can be used to revive non-productive saline and sodic soils in California's San Joaquin Valley. The USDA has full details on the study. | READ MORE

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