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 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 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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