A new study of 30 geographically diverse farms shows that growers who consistently employ soil health management practices such as cover crops and reduced tillage spend less on inputs and make more money.
In this opinion piece, Kim LaFleur with the National Association of Conservation Districts stresses that the farm bill must provide an effective conservation delivery system that relies on grassroots, locally led and voluntary initiatives.
The Agriculture Department is working with groups involved in the $3.1 billion Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program to provide flexibility to farmers on how they plant cover crops, in order to ensure enough farmers sign up for the projects.
The Agriculture Department is stressing safety as it moves toward completing the transition of office staff back into their physical workplaces, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh says in an Agri-Pulse Newsmakers interview.
Producers, lawmakers, and administration staffers all agree on the benefits of the technical assistance provided by Agriculture Department conservation officials. The only issue is getting the funding – and the people – to make it happen.