EPA: Farmer Heroes Manage Nutrients On Farm

Blue-Green algae bloom
Blue-Green algae bloom

Here’s the release from the Environmental Protection Agency (Click through for the photo gallery):

Nutrient pollution caused by high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus originates from many sources including, but not limited to, fertilizers and manure from agriculture and soil erosion.

Protecting clean water is essential to sustaining America’s agricultural way of life, and nutrient pollution threatens our economy, public health and quality of life. Fortunately, there are farmers who are voluntarily adopting practices to minimize nutrient runoff from their operations. These farmer heroes are providers of America’s food supply and stewards of their local water resources.

The farmers below have been identified by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and EPA for implementing specific best management practices to reduce pollution while also improving or sustaining their profits, soil quality and/or yields. We celebrate these farmer heroes who are making a difference to improve America’s water resources and invite you to read their stories.

  • Keeping the creek on the family farm flowing and clean makes good environmental and financial sense.
  • Central Illinois farmer manages nitrogen use to lower costs, maintain yields and leave land in good shape for his children.
  • For Long Island farmers, fertilizer is key to saving money, reducing work, and protecting community.
  • Little Rock farmer helps minimize fertilizer runoff by cultivating interest in organic locally grown foods.
  • Farmer discovers how to protect his water and increase his bottom-line.
  • Why what happens in a little creek on my farm matters downstream.
  • Clean water is key to my family’s farming future.
  • What I’ve learned about protecting the privilege of farming.
  • Mountain towns should support a tax on greenhouse gas emissions — Allen Best @MountainTownNew

    From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best):

    Hot and dry? Not in Colorado this year. Exactly the opposite. In Breckenridge last week, flowers overflowed the planters along Main Street. They were new, I was told, because the lingering cold had killed previous efforts at civic gaiety.

    Evidence of global warming? No, but weather should not be confused with climate. We still have a major problem.

    I was in Breckenridge to attend a meeting of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns. CAST consists of municipalities in all the destination ski resorts, but it has expanded to include several counties and also a few towns with a slightly looser affiliation, including Estes Park and Grand Lake, the two gateway towns to Rocky Mountain National Park.

    At the meeting, Ketchum, Idaho, and Whistler, B.C., were also approved for membership, joining Jackson, Wyo., and Park City, Utah, as non-Colorado ski towns. Nederland, located west of Boulder, near the Eldora ski area, also was voted in. As the business meeting was in the middle of libations, part of a social hour at the end of the Colorado Municipal League annual conference, this approval was granted with raised glasses and cheers.

    Then it was my time to speak. I nearly begged off. Walking to the front, I thought to tell my joke and announce I’d return at a later meeting, before cocktail hour, to speak my piece.

    My joke went over well, and so I laid out my pitch after all. CAST, I said, should consider an advocacy role on behalf of a national carbon tax.

    Now, I’m glad that I was bold. By a few days, I preceded an op-ed in the New York Times by Henry Paulson, the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs and then treasury secretary in the second term of George W. Bush.

    About the same time, Rolling Stone published an essay by Al Gore, the former vice president, who also mentioned the need for a carbon tax.
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    Noctilucent Clouds Sandbukta, south of Oslo, Norway, July 4, 2014 via Spaceweather.com
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