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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
April 4, 2013 – Mitko LLC has been named the mid-states dealer for RWF Bron add-on drainage plows. This new partnership will see Mitko LLC immediately offer sales, parts, and service on Bron add-on plows. Located in New Hampton, IA, Mitko LLC (formerly B and J Construction) has been involved in sales and service for the drainage industry for more than 40 years. For more information on Bron add-on plows, contact Larry Heying at Mitko, at 641-394-3141, or visit
April 2, 2013, Quebec – Soleno is investing $4 million to update one of its production lines in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC.The company says the updated production line will help consolidate existing jobs while creating new business opportunities in the future. Soleno is also transferring an existing production line in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to its factory in McAdam, NB, with a goal of increasing production capacity in the Atlantic provinces and creating new jobs and business opportunities.The facilities will be updated and transferred over the coming months.
April 1, 2013, Ohio – Baughman Tile Company, Inc., a manufacturer of corrugated polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and fittings, is celebrating its 130th year in business.
April 1, 2013, Sibley, IA – Timewell Drainage Products is expanding with the addition of a new manufacturing facility in Sibley, IA. The company says the expansion will allow Timewell’s agricultural division to better serve Northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. The new facility will initially manufacture three feet through 15 feet single-wall drainage tile for the agricultural market.The new plant will open this spring. “Crews are hard at work prepping the existing building for the delivery of our production equipment,” said Darren Wagner, Timewell's agriculture sales manager, in a press release.In addition to their corporate offices in Timewell, IL., the company also operates a manufacturing plant in Western Kentucky.
April 1, 2013, Iowa – Jon Christie and Megan Kauffman-Christie are the new owners of Dayton Farm Drainage, writes | READ MORE

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