Farm and Food News

Down and Dirty on the Clean Water Act

After several hours in the hot summer sun baling hay, running a race, or watching your kids or grandkids in your local parade, nothing quite hits the spot like a cool, clean glass of water. Growing up in Wisconsin, I thought our water tasted the best of anywhere I’d ever been. I’m sure you might say the same about the water in a small town you know.

This is why the Center welcomes clarifications to the Clean Water Act – they help keep our water clean.

No-Till Is No Quick Fix

Are you looking to build your soil carbon? Then you’ll have to do more than simply switch to no-till, research shows.

‘Soil carbon’ refers to carbon held within the soil, usually as organic matter. By increasing the capacity of soil to sequester (or store) carbon, farmers and ranchers can reduce agriculture’s contribution to climate change. Field tillage affects soil carbon by exposing the soil surface to wind and water erosion; exposing buried organic matter to water, air, and microorganisms; and moving surface material below ground.

It’s Springtime in Rural America, and that Means Newborn Livestock!

Spring is a time of growth, renewal, and birth. For many cattle producers, springtime means calving season is underway. It’s when the foundation for the operation’s profitability is laid.

It takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication on the producer’s part to ensure the momma cows are healthy and comfortable. And that they safely deliver a live, healthy calf!

Frequent observation of the cow herd (every few hours) is necessary. Fortunately most calves are born alive and unassisted. But like anything in nature, calving can be unpredictable.

New Grassfed Beef Option for Small Farms

In April, small grass-fed beef producers received some great news. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the creation of a new certification option for smaller, grass-fed beef producers. The Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers arose out of the Grass-Fed Marketing Claim Standard within USDA’s Process Verified Program.


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