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USDA Launches Sustainable Wood Construction Training Program

The US Department of Agriculture has announced an initiative to educate architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of sustainable, advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects. The training program will include a $1 million investment from the Forest … Read more »

USDA: Dairy Dust Not Harmful

Dust stirred up by wind and restless cattle at dairies does contain bacteria, fungi and small bacterial remnants such as endotoxins, but these potentially problematic particles are not found at high levels far beyond the barnyard, according to US Department of Agriculture research. In the western US, dairy cows are … Read more »

USDA: Expired Farm Bill Conservation Practices Reduced NoX Leaving Fields by 48%

USDA: Expired Farm Bill Conservation Practices Reduced NoX Leaving Fields by 48%

A record number of voluntary conservation practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers since 2006 have significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus leaving cultivated croplands, according to a USDA report. The report, Impacts of Conservation Adoption on Cultivated Acres of Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region, 2003-06 to … Read more »

Cool Planet, CSU Team Wins $10M Biofuel Grant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. Other organizations involved with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies project include … Read more »

Midwest Drought Squeezes ADM, Cargill, Other Food Producers

A worsening drought in the Midwest has pushed corn prices to a record high, forcing meat producers to pay more for feed and squeezing profits of grain traders Cargill as well as agribusiness giant and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland. Yesterday USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack signed disaster designation for an … Read more »