New Study Shows Diversified Crop Rotation System Could Be Adopted Widely Across Corn Belt And Increase Corn-Soy Yields While Slashing Soil Erosion and Water Pollution

From the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, May, 2017. Farmers Could See Soil Erosion Rates Reduced By Over 90 Percent WASHINGTON (May 9, 2017)—A new study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found that modified three- and four-crop farming systems could be scaled up and adopted widely in Corn Belt states, generating benefits to […]

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Three tips: local organic lawn man on growing truly green grass

From Fresh Water, May 23, 2017. Inspired by what he learned in high school biology class about the dangers of chemicals and fertilizers used to make lawns weed-free and green, Alec McClennan founded Good Nature Organic Lawn Care in 1999 after earning his engineering degree. With just a handful of customers and his Subaru hatchback, […]

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Sustainable Stevens Point – City Sustainability Plan Update

Stevens Point Common Council, March 20, 2017. Mary McComb on the Stevens Point Common Council provided an update on the city’s sustainability plan at their March meeting. This is a summary of progress made to date. You can find the video of Mary’s presentation on the city’s website at http://www.ci.stevens-point.wi.us/index.aspx?NID=451 The sustainability update is on the […]

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Here’s the beef on grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and dairy

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 17, 2017. The grass is finally growing again in vernal Wisconsin, but what has that to do with food? Plenty, if you like local, pasture-raised meat and dairy. Grass-fed, grass-finished and pasture-raised food has gone mainstream in retail stores, usually at a premium price. But what does grass-fed actually […]

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Pipeline leaks equivalent of 15 tanker trucks in Iowa

From the USA Today, January 18, 2017. DES MOINES — An investigation is ongoing on how a pipeline leaked 138,600 gallons of diesel fuel about 15 miles from the Iowa-Minnesota border, according to the company that owns the line. The 3,300 barrels of diesel — the equivalent of about 15½ tanker trucks — leaked Wednesday […]

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4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife

From the National Wildlife Federation, January 2, 2017. Each year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, mostly from a selection of about 16 species of tree that we commonly call a “Christmas Tree.” They are decorated with lights and ornaments, become backdrops for annual family photos, and serve as […]

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Mother Earthling

From Syracuse Newtimes, October 19, 2016 If you go leaf peeping and consider the stunning displays of reds and oranges and yellows simply wallpaper pasted in the sky for your entertainment, you’re doing nature wrong, says Robin Kimmerer. “Those are our relatives,” she said. “We are all related, and the birds and the trees and […]

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Food, Land and Water: Can Wisconsin Find Its Way?

From Wisconsin Land and Water, October 2016 – Without food, there is no life. And without land and water, there is no food. Our daily food needs bind us to the earth just as surely as if we were trees. We forget that at our peril. Wisconsin now has nearly 6 million people, and there […]

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Energy Sprawl is the Largest Driver of Land Use Change in the U.S.

From Cool Green Science, September 8,  2016 – According to a new paper out today in PLOS ONE, energy sprawl – the development of new land area required for energy production – is, and will likely continue to be, the largest driver of land use change in the United States for the foreseeable future. “Most people […]

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Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees

From the New York Times, September 1, 2016 – The Monday morning scene at Juanita Stanley’s apiary in Summerville, S.C., was ghastly and stunningly quiet: Everywhere one looked were clumps of honeybees, dead after a dousing on Sunday with the potent pesticide with which the local authorities had intended to kill mosquitoes. “There was no need […]

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How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

From NPR, September 1, 2016 – In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less? Sadly, there’s no simple answer. Pesticides include both insecticides and herbicides. Backers of GMOs point to the example […]

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Meet the Bee Heroes Working On the Front Lines to Save Pollinators

From Civil Eats, August 2, 2016 – Most everyone agrees that the bees are in trouble. The U.S. and Canada have lost one-third of their managed honeybee colonies for seven consecutive years now, and their wild bee counterparts are also suffering significant declines. The loss of bees matters because one out of every three bites […]

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Residents stranded, roads remain closed after torrential rains

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 14, 2016 –  Residents in northern Wisconsin are grappling with the aftermath of extreme storms and flooding that swept through the area earlier this week, leaving three people dead, roads washed out and some residents still stranded in their homes. Authorities on Thursday confirmed that a third person had died […]

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