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News and features about soil, water, and wildlife conservation on agricultural lands.

Making Corn More Sustainable By: 05/20/2015 @ 5:18pm

Sustainability has become a well-worn buzzword in agriculture, but for Monsanto it’s a multi-year effort that’s already making a difference, according to the company’s 2014 Sustainability Report released…

Convert a Corner of Your Land for Conservation Payoff By: 05/05/2015 @ 11:51am

For marginal lands, money is available to convert a corner of your farm into other purposes – including habitat.The case for wildlife habitat establishment has turned down a different path in a time of…

Marginal Land Turned Savannah is Haven for Wildlife By: 04/30/2015 @ 12:20pm

There’s an island in the rolling sea of corn and beans that is McLeod County, Minnesota, and it’s where wild things live. It’s an island of switchgrass and big bluestem, mostly, and it’s there on…

Family Revels in Investment to Return Wildlife By: 03/11/2015 @ 12:25pm

If you want to spend time hunting or fishing with Brian Dahl and his two sons, you’d better show up with a shovel. You won’t be digging postholes or scooping manure. Rather, the Rushford, Minnesota…

Urgent Need to Calculate Costs of Soil Erosion By: 03/11/2015 @ 12:03pm

On a flight home from a business trip years ago, I was seated next to a man from Pittsburgh. After some conversation, he asked me about my job. When I said that I wrote for a farm magazine, he exclaimed…

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Senator Grassley and his Mower

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