Tyson Announces Water Conservation Goal

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Conservation, environment, Food, Poultry, sustainability

Tyson Foods officials announced today that the company will be expanding their ongoing water conservation efforts. The announcement accompanies the release of the third installment of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report, which includes information about its environmental stewardship. “We’re setting a 12 percent water reduction goal by the end of 2020 for our direct operations and will talk with our … Read More

13 Universities Set To Improve Equine Sustainability

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Conservation, environment, Equine, Research, sustainability, University

Researchers from 13 land-grant universities have examined equine operations for the development of educational programs to devise sustainable, safe strategies for equine operations. These researchers have formed the Multi-state Research Project NE-1041 “Environmental Impacts of Equine Operations.” Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states alone are home to more than 428,000 horses, ponies, and mules on 65,000 farms, and each horse produces about … Read More

First Eaglet Hatches From DC Eagle Cam

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Conservation, Eggs, usda

The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proudly announced this week that the first of two eaglets from the pair of Bald Eagles that have been nesting in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. has hatched. Viewers from all over the world have watched from the DC Eagle Cam as the wild pair, … Read More

Cattle Industry Fighting BLM Land Use Plans

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, Farm Bureau, Land, PLC, Policy, usda

An amicus brief was filed on Tuesday by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with support from the Idaho Cattle Association, the American Farm Bureau, and the Idaho Farm Bureau regarding restrictive land management plans from theBureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The land management plans, specifically the sub-regional Greater Sage … Read More

Cattleman Testifies to Importance of Voluntary Conservation

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, NCBA

Frank Price, co-owner of Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas, testified on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to the importance of voluntary conservation during the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing “Voluntary Conservation: Utilizing Innovation and Technology”. Price, recipient of the 2014 NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award, told the committee that given the … Read More

Smithfield Partners with United Suppliers

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Conservation, environment, Food, Pork

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and United Suppliers, Inc., have collaborated to advance on-farm conservation practices and to use innovative precision agriculture tools across Smithfield’s sourcing regions in Iowa and Missouri. The goal is to work with farmers along all points of the food supply chain reducing fertilizer runoff, safeguarding the environment and ensuring farm productivity. “At Smithfield, we are committed to … Read More

Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Lock Off 1.8 Million Acres

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Land, legislation, Public Lands Council

The Public Lands Council (PLC) is once again less than impressed with how President Obama has improperly leveraged the Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up millions of acres of the American West. In a press release touting the designation of Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument – a total of 1.8 … Read More

Maggie Creek Ranch Wins Environmental Stewardship

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Audio, award, Cattle, Conservation, environment, NCBA, Ranches

Maggie Creek Ranch and the Searle family of Elko, Nevada, were recognized at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention as the national winners of the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award, created to recognize ranchers for their commitment to outstanding land management practices which create healthy, balanced ecosystems. The ranch had worked in collaboration with several federal agencies and private partners like Trout … Read More

Record Number of Producers Certify Conservation Compliance

John DavisConservation, usda

More than 98 percent of the farmers and ranchers required to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments have done so. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the conservation provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill are expected to cover an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands and 1.1 million … Read More

Ranchers Reject Bureaucrats Answer to Sage Grouse

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Land, NCBA, PLC, Ranches

The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed formal protests after reviewing the plans from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service who recently finalized their Environmental Impacts Statements (EISs) for resources management and land use plans, claiming a need for more restrictive management for sage grouse on federal lands. PLC and NCBA believe this … Read More