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I can’t think of many things more underappreciated than soil. The earth below our feet is vital for life: the vast majority of our food depends upon it and without it humanity would end. Yet how many people make that association? For example, the vitality of oxygen and water is embedded in our minds as essential to life.
It was recently announced that nearly all producers in Minnesota will now have to install buffers along drainage ditches.
Nine years ago, one of the first bioreactors in Iowa was installed on Mike Bravard's farm near Jefferson, Iowa.
A study of drainage issues was recently completed in Delta, B.C., by researchers from the University of B.C. According to the reasech, during key periods, the drainage systems were not that effective.  
The history of drainage can be traced back to writings as early as 200 B.C., with ancient Romans using brush, straw, poles and even stones to line ditches. In America, John Johnston of Seneca, NY is credited as being the “father of tile drainage” since he was the first to install ceramic tile in 1835.
The 17th annual Drainage Research Forum will provide results and updates on drainage research and farm projects on Nov. 15 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center.
Seven farms in St. Johns County, Florida have been awarded grants for projects to install drain-tile irrigation systems which not only reduce water usage, and thus runoff, but also raise the bottom line for farmers through cost efficiencies.
Dr. Laurent Ahiablame, from the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, at South Dakota State University teamed up with Dr. Srinivas Janaswamy, from the department of dairy and food science.
Almost all Minnesota landowners required to put in 50-foot buffers along rivers and other public waters have installed them or are in the process of doing it as the Nov. 1 deadline approaches.
With increasing demand from its customers to bring quality drainage pipe to the north central Iowa area, Springfield Plastics, Inc. (SPI) is proud to announce it will open a new pipe yard in Humboldt, Iowa in late fall.
Keynote Speaker, Doug Dvorak will speak on business ethics at the LICA winter convention on Friday, February 23 in Charleston, SC.
An Iowa State University research project has found that prairies, known for an abundance of deep roots, don't interfere with tile drainage systems running under them.
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.

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