Technological advances are driving rapid growth in the collection and use of farm and ranch production data. First introduced in 1863, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm and ranch production […]
It’s not so much what it says but what it doesn’t say—and the 2020 President’s Budget, released on March 10, 2019, has little to say about natural resources conservation. The […]
Last week the White House released its 2019 budget proposal, essentially the Administration’s policy priorities for the coming year. The “belt-tightening” for public services in this budget proposal is even […]
Risk management interests loom large as this Farm Bill cycle speeds up, particularly with recent price trends, droughts, fires, floods, and related challenges to production and bottom lines. In House […]
The Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 8, 2015, to issue an intent to sue counties in the Des Moines river and Raccoon river watersheds because […]
The Arkansas Delta Economic Study (App-J of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement) assesses economic impacts of a wind energy transmission line. Economic assessment and report writing by Blackwoods Group.
Most of my career was spent as an economist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). One of the things I dreamed of was harnessing the power of markets to […]
Born in conflict—enacted by Congress in 1972 over President Nixon’s veto—the Clean Water Act (CWA) has served for more than four decades as the foundation for protecting water quality in […]
Co-authored by Doug Lawrence, “A public-private partnership to enhance the voluntary approach to nutrient stewardship”, considers how agricultural retailers and conservation districts can work together to enhance voluntary conservation.
A number of forces are currently shaping and threatening the rural landscape around the world. First is continuing population growth. By 2050, the world’s population will grow from 6.8 billion […]