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MSU’s conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

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• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

Researchers collaborate to help Carolina cotton growers conserve soil

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Earth’s population is expected to increase by more than 2 billion people by 2050 and, to help ensure there is enough food and fiber to go around, keeping soils healthy is crucial. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil nutrient management specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, believes using cover crops and conservation tillage in cotton may be just what the ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »

Consumers are driving move to more sustainable cotton in California

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Consumers who purchase luxury cotton textiles want more than cool, soft, absorbent fabric. Increasingly, they demand clothing made from fiber grown using ecologically sound practices and they’re willing to pay for it, said speakers representing the textile industry at a University of California Cooperative Extension webinar on Healthy Soils for Healthy Profits. A recording of the three-hour Sept. 17 webinar ... Read More »

Behind The Scenes With ‘Mr. No-Till’

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My association with cotton began when I was born wearing 100% cotton cloth diapers and duck head safety pins. Cotton production has been one of my passions in life. In my early years, my father was an Extension agent in West Tennessee, and I tagged along to a lot of cotton farm visits. When I was home, I “farmed” with ... Read More »

Registration opens for the 2020 virtual UT Milan No-Till Field Day

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COVID-19 has changed how the world is doing business and presenting education, and the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is no exception. The 2020 event will be hosted entirely online beginning July 23, and registration is now open. Presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the now biennial field day has offered the most cutting-edge research and ... Read More »

NRCS sets deadlines to sign up for EQIP in Texas

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has set the first funding application deadline of April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. If additional financial assistance funds are still available, a second funding application deadline will be scheduled for May 15. Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. ... Read More »