“All of us humans have myriad other species to thank. Without them, we couldn't exist. It's that simple, and we can't afford to ignore them”...“nor the sweet mother earth that births and holds us all. Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.” Alan Weisman, The World Without Us (New York, 2007), p. 369.
2020 NEWSLETTER ISSUES
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Northeast-Midwest Institute Releases Report on Conservation Effectiveness in Watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River Basin
Betrayal at the USDA (2018), Union of Concerned Scientists
An Eleventh Commandment: With Special Reference to Michigan State University, by Dr. George Bird, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University, 2010. Micro-Essay No. 61
"ROTATING CROPS - TURNING PROFITS - How Diversified Farming Systems Can Help Farmers While Protecting Soil and Preventing Pollution", A publication by the Union of Concerned Scientists, May 2017.
"Cultivating Clean Water: State-Based Regulation of Agricultural Runoff Pollution", March 2010, Environmental Law and Policy Center.
Sustaining our Soils and Society - American Geological Institute Publication
dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by Dr. David R. Montgomery (a review)
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (a review)
The Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes: Long Term Research on the Path to Sustainability: Edited by Stephen K. Hamilton, Julie E. Doll, and G. Philip Robertson. (Oxford University Press)
SWCS CONSERVATION MEDIA LIBRARY
SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
LIVING SOIL FILM AT SOIL HEALTH INSTITUTE
HUGH HAMMOND BENNETT
THE FATHER OF SOIL CONSERVATION
Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts website
USDA-NRCS History website
Arlington National Cemetery website
Creation of the Soil Erosion Service
Hoosier (Indiana) Chapter
American Farmland Trust
Conservation Technology Information Center
Environmental Defense Fund
Great Lakes Commission
Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program
Michigan Agriculture Advancement website
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
Michigan Chapter North American Lakes Management Society
Michigan Water Stewardship Program
World Wildlife Fund
Farmland Information Center
Global Phosphorus Research Initiative
Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment website
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
MDARD Press Releases
Moving Goalposts: The Challenge of Lake Erie Algal Blooms
Part 1 "Introduction"
Part 2 "What we Know we don't Know"
Part 3 "Things we Know but Can't Change"
Part 4 "Things We've Always Known"
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Michigan State University
MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
MSU Ag and Natural Resources Week Information
MSU Institute of Water Research (IWR)
IWR EnviroImpact Nutrient Management Tool
UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS (UCUSA)
SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC website
THE MONARCH EFFECT
A VR180 Video By the Environmental Defense Fund
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: THE CLEAN WATER ACT
LAWShelf Educational Media Video
THE STATE OF SCIENCE...2019 - UCSUSA publication
IN THE NEWS
MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS RECEIVES OUTSTANDING CHAPTER AWARD AT THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL SWCS CONFERENCE
FIND MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS 2020 ANR SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS HERE
ADVANCING SOIL HEALTH THROUGH THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
A PLAN FOR OHIO'S WATERSHEDS
MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS HONORED WITH TWO AWARDS AT THE SWCS 74TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA!
MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS
THE MONARCH EFFECT
A VR180 Video By EDF
THE STATE OF SCIENCE...
2019 UCSUSA publication
THANK WARMING CLIMATE FOR BIGGER MIDWEST MAIZE YIELDS
(Note: If you read this one, also read the one below!)
AMERICANS HAVE PLANTED SO MUCH CORN THAT IT'S CHANGING THE WEATHER
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FARMS UNDER THREAT
The State of America's Farmland
American Farmland Trust
What Will Persuade Rice Farmers In Punjab To Stop Setting Fires In Their Fields?
NPR Morning Edition Report
LIVING SOIL FILM
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