Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

Research & Technology Briefs


By Rachel Doctor


Midwest Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced
Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields.

To read the full article, click here.

Visit the MCC Web site,
Ecological Society of America Encourages Ethanol Incentives
The United States lacks the standards to ensure producing biofuels from cellulose won't cause damage to the environment, according to a recent article published in the journal Science.

The article was in response to an Ecological Society of America workshop this past spring discussing biofuels effects on the environment.

Commercial ethanol production from corn may cause environmental harm without proper management, according to Phil Robertson, Michigan State University professor of soil and crop sciences, and lead author of the article, titled “Sustainable Biofuels Redux.”

Robertson and the Ecological Society of America are encouraging development of policy programs to provide incentives for ethanol producers to follow proper management and use appropriate conservation practices.

To view ESA's position statement on biofuel sustainability, visit:
EPA Promotes Safe Drinking Water with New Brochure
A new brochure from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its debut at the National FFA Convention in late October. The brochure is intended to provide access to key information on best agricultural practices to protect sources of drinking water. The target audience is high school ag science students, their advisors and instructors, as well as a broader agriculture audience. The brochure is accompanied by a Web site, .

The brochure also has an insert that can be used as an activity to identify the best agricultural practices currently in use in the reader's community and to encourage consideration of practices not currently used.

To view a copy of the brochure, click here

About the Writer: Rachel Doctor is the Communications Director of CTIC and Editor of Partners