February 18, 2020

California’s Dairy Carbon Footprint Down 45% Since 1964

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) per gallon of milk produced by California dairy farmers is down more than 45% over the past 50 years, according to a new study published by the Journal of Dairy Science. “The study documents the productivity, efficiency and overall sustainability of milk production in California and the critical role dairy cows play in…


February 10, 2020 cattle in field

Sustainability Goes Mainstream

Under intense pressure to meet demand for products that measure up to consumers’ personal values, U.S. food companies are feverishly working to rejuvenate their brands with green initiatives. Last year’s IFIC Foundation’s Food and Health Survey found over half of consumers (54%) say it’s at least somewhat important that the products they buy be produced in an environmentally sustainable way.…


February 5, 2020

Wisconsin Crop Adviser Wins NRCS Conservationist Of The Year

Certified Crop Adviser Nick Guilette views helping farmers adopt conservation practices to improve soil, water and air quality as a journey, with progress as the goal year-to-year. The use of no-till and cover crops are two of his go-to practices when helping farmers—who he describes as the “ultimate problem solvers and solution finders”—take their initial steps. The impact from weather…


January 23, 2020

America’s Conservation Ag Movement Names Board and Releases Special Annual Reports

Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative announced the Board of Advisers for America’s Conservation Ag Movement, a broad national effort to help farmers, ranchers and growers continue their journey to conserve our shared natural resources and promote sustainable food production. Additionally, special annual reports on the state of conservation in agriculture and food production were mailed to nearly 600,000 farmers,…


January 15, 2020 consumer-driven demands

2020 Mega Trends: Consumer-Driven Demands

Following a decade with the introduction of societal shifters like the smart phone and rapid expansion of social media, 2020 could be the starting block for the fastest technological race in agricultural history. Combining big data with cutting edge science, artificial intelligence and cloud connected technology has the potential revolutionize farming in ways only dreamed up in movies. We asked…


January 8, 2020

Stewardship Champion: NRCS Chief Matt Lohr

Last spring as farmers in the Mississippi Delta reeled from severe rains, Matt Lohr, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) spent time listening to their stories face to face. He saw 500,000 acres of prime land completely flooded. Yet the fortitude of the producers proved even more striking. “Some of them had lost everything. Their entire operations had…


December 16, 2019

Advancing Soil Health Through the Power of Partnerships

There are more than 2 million farms across the United States, tended by men, women and families who produce the crops that feed, fuel and clothe the world. They care deeply for the lands and waters that sustain their livelihoods, but as the global population continues to grow, our nation’s farmers are under increasing pressure to produce more crops while…


December 10, 2019

Waste Not, Want Not: 5 Ways To Reduce And Recycle Unused Food

As we look ahead to a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. Some choose to eat healthier, to help needy people or to help the environment. One impactful change in your daily routine might be right on your plate or, more specifically, in your trash can. In the U.S., between 30% and 40% of the food produced is…


December 2, 2019

Valent Takes A ‘Microscopic’ Look At Soil Health

Valent BioSciences is launching a biorational soil health initiative following more than four years of strategic investment, including acquiring Mycorrhizal Applications. The company is expanding research and development and business development to enhance its position in biological solutions for ag’s soil microbiome. “Today marks the culmination of one important growth phase for Valent BioSciences and celebrates the beginning of another,”…


November 25, 2019

Milton Ranch Receives Montana Leopold Conservation Award

Milton Ranch has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Montana Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. Bill and Dana Milton of Roundup, Montana, were presented with $10,000 and a crystal…