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Generated 17 hours ago

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  • Sending a man to the moon

    Recently I attended a soil health conference in Ames, Iowa. At the noon lunch, Dr. John Lawrence of Iowa State University, addressed the challenges of improving soil conservation and water quality. Dr. Lawrence commented that achieving the goals of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy are probably equivalent to the difficulty of putting a man on the moon. […] The post Sending a man to the moon appeared...

Agren

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

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  • Considerations in Certifying Sustainable Food

    Guest post by Linda Prokopy and Belyna Bentlage Linda Prokopy is a Professor of Natural Resources Social Science and Belyna Bentlage is a Research Associate in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. They conduct research on how to motivate farmers to adopt sustainable practices. There is an urgent and recognized need to […] The post Considerations in Certifying Sust...

Agren

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Protecting a Million Dollar Investment

    If you owned a beach home valued at $1 million, would you rent your property with no stipulations, no written lease, and no demands on how the renters would care for your investment? That probably wouldn’t make much sense, would it? Yet that’s exactly what’s being done with thousands of acres of farmland owned by […] The post Protecting a Million Dollar Investment appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • Traveling through hyperspace

    “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” Han Solo (A New Hope) I feel like a little boy who is assembling the last pieces of the Millennium Falcon. I have the cockpit, the deflector shield, the retractable landing gear, the quad laser cannon, escape pods, and the hundreds of other cool gizmos ready. […] The post Traveling through hyperspace appeared first on Agren Tools.

Agren

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • See what all the buzz is about

    Whether you are building a pond for flood control, trapping sediment, irrigation, livestock watering, wildlife, or recreation, PondBuilder is your tool. Join me for a webinar on Wednesday, March 1st starting at 9:30 am CST and concluding at 10:30 am CST.  I will be designing a new pond every 10 minutes. At the same time, you will […] The post See what all the buzz is about appeared first on Agren ...

  • A Proud Moment of History…

    For a long time, Agren’s goal has been to partner with a major ag retailer.  For us, we were looking for a partnership that shared our values of soil health and water quality; someone who was committed to delivering added value to farmers. We found the perfect match. Recently Agren partnered with Land O’Lakes, Inc. […] The post A Proud Moment of History… appeared first on Agren Tools.

Agren

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • Flood Control: Cheaper, Faster, and Better

    When I was seven, Dad took me and my six siblings to a local farm pond for some evening fishing.  Fishing in a farm pond was a pretty regular occurrence for us. But this time, the fish were really jumping! In my memory of that night, the bullheads were biting on everything, including bare hooks.  […] The post Flood Control: Cheaper, Faster, and Better appeared first on Agren Tools.

Agren

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • What’s HUD got to do with it?

    From time to time, I trade phone calls with an old acquaintance, Carl Palmquist.  Carl served as a Commissioner of the Soil & Water Conservation District in Woodbury County (Iowa) during the time I worked for the Soil Conservation Service (now the NRCS).  Carl and I often lament the decline of two very important federal […] The post What’s HUD got to do with it? appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • Introduce a Little Anarchy

    Follow along with this narrative:  Installing conservation practices reduces in-field erosion.  Reduced in-field erosion decreases the amount of sediment carried in a stream.  Streams carrying less sediment have more energy.  Streams with more energy result in additional streambank erosion.  Added streambank erosion increases the sediment load in the stream.  Ultimately the sediment load carried i...

  • Trial and Error Conservation is Expensive

    A F150 4-wheel-drive truck…  It was the first truck I owned.  It ran like a top until the convulsions started; driving down the road it would shake violently.  After that happened a few times, I knew I needed to seek professional help.  When I told my mechanic about the convulsions he immediately concluded, “it’s your […] The post Trial and Error Conservation is Expensive appeared first on Agren T...

  • Who should pay?

    Last month, I had one of those aha moments.  A reporter was asking me about my thoughts on Iowa’s water quality and whether I thought shifting rainfall patterns (climate change) could be affecting nitrogen and phosphorus runoff.  I responded that the research on this topic was crystal clear — that over the last 20 years, […] The post Who should pay? appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • The Survey Says…

    Imagine you are on the game show Family Feud where two families compete by guessing the most popular response to a survey question. This week the host asks you to complete the sentence, “Absentee landowners only know how to blank”.  That’s right, it is your job to fill in the blank.  You hit the buzzer […] The post The Survey Says… appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    On Thanksgiving, we give thanks for our abundant soil and water resources. Happy Thanksgiving from the Agren staff! The post Happy Thanksgiving appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • I hope to see you at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit

    Next week, the 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Summit will convene leaders from across the agricultural value chain to create the premier sustainability event for production agriculture. Field to Market, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the National Pork Board, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef are joining ...

  • What happened to that young cowboy?

    In classic western novels, the young cowboy that rides into town sometimes flourishes and sometimes gets run out of town.  Only as the story unfolds do you find out what really happens.  It has been a year since I published the blog post entitled “The young cowboy that rode into Dodge” and much has happened […] The post What happened to that young cowboy? appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • Poking the Sacred Cow

    Peggy and I took our annual vacation to the Northeast region of the United States (as I mentioned in my last post) and one of our stops was a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont.  Wow, a tour of an ice cream factory!  How could this possibly be a disappointment?  […] The post Poking the Sacred Cow appeared first on Agren Tools.

  • A Fireside Chat with FDR

    In early September, Peggy and I had the privilege of hanging out with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; or at least we posed for a photo with their bronze likenesses.     This year, our annual vacation took us to the Northeastern region of the United States.  Along the way, we stopped at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt […] The post A Fireside Chat with FDR appeared first on Agren Tools.

Agren

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • Old Dog Teaching New Tricks

    Ernie Aust was one of the most unique NRCS employees I have had the privilege of working with. Ernie was special. He served as Area Conservationist in Southwest Iowa and I was fortunate to have him as a supervisor. Looking back, it is obvious Ernie missed his calling. His talents would have been better utilized […] The post Old Dog Teaching New Tricks appeared first on Agren Tools.

Agren

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

Agren

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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