California Dairy Farmer Protects Blackbirds

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A dairy farmer from Tipton, California was recognized for his work in protecting the Tricolored Blackbird. Frank Mendonsa is the President of Western United Dairymen and the owner of the silage fields that became a temporary nesting grounds for the emergency-listed birds. Mendonsa delayed his harvest to allow the birds to raise their young. “When the birds first appeared on …

Conservation, Dairy, environment, NRCS

Senators Introduce WOTUS Rewrite Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill Thursday that calls on EPA to develop a new “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposal. The senators, including John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), jointly introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, directing EPA and the U.S. …

Audio, environment, Government, legislation, Water

Chicken Litter – A Hot Commodity

Jamie Johansen

Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator for University of Maryland in Queen Anne’s County and local poultry farmer, was asked to attend the 2015 Chicken Media Summit to talk about chicken manure. For her first 10 years in extension, Jenny wrote nutrient management plans. These plans are state mandated and any farmer meeting it’s requirements must have one for their operation. “In …

Ag Group, Audio, Chicken, environment, Fertilizer, National Chicken Council, Poultry, US Poultry

2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, honored the 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards at the 2015 National Pork Industry Forum held in San Antonio, Texas, last week. The award, in its 20th year, recognizes producers who are dedicated to safeguarding the environment and contributing to their local communities. The 2014 award recipients are: • Bruce …

Ag Group, award, environment, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Apply for USPOULTRY’s 2015 Clean Water Awards

Jamie Johansen

USPOULTRY is accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Water Awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance of wastewater treatment plants that operate at poultry or egg processing facilities. Winners will be announced at USPOULTRY’s 2015 Environmental Management Seminar to be held Sept. 24 – 25, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla. Awards are presented in …

Ag Group, award, environment, Poultry, Water

Nominations for NCBA Environmental Stewardship Awards

John Davis

Cattle producers who protect the environment while operating a profitable cattle business are encouraged to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 25th annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program. There will be seven regional winners and one national winner chosen by a committee of representatives from universities, conservation organizations, federal and state agencies, and cattle producers. “Environmental stewardship and conservation have …

Ag Group, Beef, environment, NCBA

Milk Producers Ask for Changes to WOTUS Rule

John Davis

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) wants some changes to the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation. This news release from the group outlines what it wants the Environmental Protection Agency to do about the controversial proposal that could greatly expand the waterways subject to regulation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). NMPF, the voice of more than …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Government

Poultry Producers: Waters of U.S. Rule Would Burden Ops

John Davis

Poultry producers are warning that the controversial proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would significantly burden their operations. In a news release, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed rule developed by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ …

Chicken, environment, EPA, Poultry, US Poultry

Florida Dairy Honored for Environmental Leadership

Cindy Zimmerman

Okeechobee dairy farmers Sutton and Kris Rucks have been been honored by the state of Florida as one of this year’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award winners. The award recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting environmentally innovative farming practices. Nominees were reviewed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as industry and …

Dairy, environment

Family Dairy Farm Wins Legal Fight, Can Expand Responsibly

John Davis

A family dairy farm in Wisconsin has won a legal battle and can expand its operation responsibly. This news release from the Dairy Business Association (DBA) says that after protracted litigation, Kinnard Farms is allowed to expand without changes to its facility designs or nutrient management plan. The Kinnard brothers … now milk over 700 cows, which by law classifies …

Dairy, dairy farming, environment