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Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

... Schafer says,"awareness and education are critical in giving drainage water management an edge in the conservation game." Installation costs of drainage management systems range from $20 to $200 per acre more than conventional drainage systems. To offset these costs, government cost-share programs are an important part of the picture. Programs including Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative can provide assistance for installation. And, in some states, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) funds may apply to drainage management structures in riparian buffers. Schafer says that "Ideally, farmers could be compensat ... more.

Feature Story June 2010

... degrade fish habitat and the ability of the water body to provide recreational and aesthetic value. Keeping it Real: Minnesota’s Nutrient Management Initiative For the past four growing seasons, Southern Minnesota farmers participated in the Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) evaluation program funded by Minnesota’s USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Interested farmers worked with a certified crop adviser to evaluate nutrient comparisons on their own farms. Farmers compared their own nutrient application rates with either a higher or lower application rate. Upon completion of the program, the farmer and certified crop adviser received an economic analysis based on the farmer’s actual nutrient costs and yields f ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

... crop yields. Smart use of nitrogen ensures viable and productive resources for years to come. USDA provides financial assistance to producers for adopting smart nutrient management practices. The Conservation Stewardship Program, created by the 2008 Farm Bill, offers incentive payments to growers who adopt conservation-focused nutrient-management plans. Depending on farm location, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs also provide support for these practices, including the use of slow- and controlled-release fertilizer products. To learn more about programs available in your area, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) center. The demand for food, fuel and fiber will continue to grow unabated. So, too, will pressures to protect the environment. Balanci ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... can happen, there must be a buyer, a seller and a reason to trade, such as an impaired water way that would benefit from the exchange of pollution reduction credits. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an organization with members representing more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, recently secured $1.3 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch a regional water quality trading program in the Ohio River Basin. The program aims to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges into the Ohio River. EPRI in action EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... can happen, there must be a buyer, a seller and a reason to trade, such as an impaired water way that would benefit from the exchange of pollution reduction credits. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an organization with members representing more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, recently secured $1.3 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch a regional water quality trading program in the Ohio River Basin. The program aims to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges into the Ohio River. EPRI in action EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An ind ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... plains region. Who We Serve SPARC serves producers of agriculture products as well as consumers. This includes all communities, policy makers, tribes, landowners, and water users throughout rural and urban areas. Priority Resource Concerns SPARC has determined that the three priority resource concerns with the greatest potential for beneficial results are: 1. Soil Quality 2. Economics 3. Water Resources Soil Quality Concerns The general soil quality condition indicates a declining trend in soil organic matter content. This indicator is the reason the Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition chose soil quality concern on cropland as the primary resource concern. This decline is largely due to the tillage practices and lack of crop rotations em ... more.

Conservation Reserve Program - Exit Strategies

... courtesy of PNDSA A local Pacific Northwest working group has been formed to find a solution. Representatives from the PNDSA, Spokane County Conservation District, Washington State University, USDA Risk Management Agency, NRCS and Washington State Farm Service Agency have worked to develop CRP exit strategies to encourage, allow and assist farmers with maintaining the environmental benefits of land formerly under CRP. The working group has investigated some options, and will ask for input from groups with a vested interest in the outcome. The best option for some CRP land is to remain under permanent cover. Fortunately, programs are in place for such land, following the sage advice, “Farm the best; enhance the rest.” To pursue the “best,&rdq ... more.

Innovative Cropping Systems Incentive Program (ICS)

Innovative Cropping Systems Incentive Program (ICS) Established 1996 ICS is a cooperative program that strives to furnish incentives that advance cropping management systems that offer efficiencies in crop production and enhance pollution reduction performance. ICS adoption incentives include outreach, technical transfer, education, demonstration, research, cooperation, development, partnerships and financial assistance. Mission, Goals and Contact Information http://colonialswcd.vaswcd.org

Indian Creek Watershed Project

... in-kind donations and the invaluable contribution of expertise and insight. They include: Agrium A.J. Sackett & Sons Company Altorfer, Inc. BASF Brandt Case IH Crop Production Services Cropsmith Dow AgroSciences The Fertilizer Institute GROWMARK Illinois American Water Illinois Corn Marketing Board Illinois Council on Best Management Practices Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association Illinois Soybean Association John Deere Koch Agronomic Services Livingston County SWCD Monsanto The Mosaic Company New Leader Syngenta USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service US Geological Survey The six-year Indian Creek Watershed Project was a model program in many ways. A shining example of organizati ... more.

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

... jour webcast series in response to findings of the 2008 Agriculture in Balance conference. At the conference, Pennsylvania’s agriculture and environment stakeholders – including agencies, legislators, farmers, and conservation interests – identified the need for increasing the communication of best management practices and the science behind them as a means for improving environmental outcomes. Now with 25 Manure du jour episodes available with the 2010 Season II additions, and six more planned for the remainder of 2010, the webinar series has significantly enhanced access to the research and application of best management practices – both core and innovative – that are essential to working lands conservation. Modeled in the spirit of the outstanding ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

... 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 c ... more.

Manure: What’s It Worth?

... and some are regulatory. All require careful consideration. What’s valuable about it? One of the challenges of setting a value on manure is considering whether all of its contents are actually delivering a benefit. Manure is only valuable if it causes a crop response, notes Jon Rauch, Extension program director for The Ohio State University’s Environmental Management program. Part of predicting crop response is recognizing which nutrient(s) are boosting yields. Commercial fertilizer can be tailored to match crop needs, in proportion, for each nutrient in a single application. Manure, on the other hand, tends to be relatively high in P and K and low in N. As a result, applying enough manure to supply the nitrogen needs of certain crops ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop (March 4-5, 2009)

Who: Wye Mills, MD What: March 4-5, 2009 Where: Chesapeake College Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, the Water Environment Federation, and the Maryland Departments of Agriculture and the Environment, the Conservation Technology Information Center hosted this interactive event as part of Maryland’s public outreach on its newly developed nonpoint-source trading program. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to impr ... more.

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop August 19 - 20, 2008 Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Troy, Ohio Water Quality Credit Trading programs bring together agriculture and the wastewater community to solve difficult water quality issues.The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), in conjunction with the Environmental Trading Network (ETN), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Certified Crop Advisers, is hosting a two-day water quality credit trading workshop. This will be a detailed, intensive training program on water quality trading for agricultural operators, ag advisors, potential water quality trading aggregators and municipal wastewater facilities. Expert speakers will introduce the concepts, bene ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

... Station, Milan, Tenn. Conventional tillage usually eliminates earthworms in soil. Each initial tillage pass destroys about 25 percent of earthworms, Hubbs said, and other worms leave or die because of higher soil temperatures, destroyed burrows and reduced food supply. (Not all soils support earthworms. In some cases, earthworms were not introduced to the soil, or environmental conditions do not support earthworm populations.) SOIL PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Structural Stability Aggregate stability quantitatively measures soil vulnerability to destructive forces, such as water or wind. Like respiration, soil stability is correlated with organic matter levels. Mike Hubbs collects core sample for bulk density while waitin ... more.

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

... No-Till Resource Online The University of Nebraska's Soil and Water Management Web site ( http://nebraskawater.unl.edu/ crops/ soil?doAsUserId=LJl9J64Gueg%25253D ) features a primer on no-till as well as a wealth of more in-depth exploration of key benefits such as soil structure, the soil ecosystem, residue management, water conservation and water quality. Clicking from the introductory pages by University of Nebraska Extension agricultural engineer Paul Jasa to volumes of how-to documents and profiles of successful no-tillers allows readers to explore no-till and conservation layer by layer. Do You Really Need to Go to Continuous Corn? One of the challenges facing no-till promoters is the often-heard line, “I ... more.

Success Story June 2010

... cover crop seeded into corn residue. Photo courtesy of USDA Cover Crops Work with Various Crop Production Systems By Jason Johnson According to a panel of Iowa farmers, agronomists and soil conservationists, cover crops such as rye, wheat and clover are environmentally beneficial and with proper management won’t inhibit yields on various crop production systems, including no-till and organic farming. At a recent Cover Crops Workshop in Jefferson, Iowa, dozens gathered to discuss and learn more about the many benefits and varieties of cover crops, and ways to successfully plant and manage them. Research by the USDA’s Agricultural Resear ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop (July 8-9, 2009)

When: July 8 - 9, 2009 Where: Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center 2650 Lodge Road Sherrodsville, OH 44675 888-819-8042 **To make reservations - call and reference the Water Quality Workshop to receive the group rate of $89 per night. To view the Agenda, click here. Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, and the Water Environment Federation, the Conservation Technology Information Center will host a Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop at Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center (30 miles south of Canton, OH) on July 8 and 9, 2009. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, volun ... more.

BUILDING INNOVATIVE INDUSTRY-PRODUCER PARTNERSHIPS TO REDUCE HYPOXIA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

In 2006, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency Gulf of Mexico Program to fund"Building Innovative Industry-Producer Partnerships to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico." CTIC led the organization of three collaborative groups, all including public and private members, to develop and oversee projects and programs in their geographic areas. CTIC and partners strive to develop innovative, ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

... can effectively mitigate the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields and from farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field borders, filter strips, grassed waterways, living snow fences, riparian buffers, shelterbelts/windbreaks, (grass, shrubs and trees), and wetlands. The small amount of land taken out of production helps producers meet environmental and economic goals. Key Messages Conservation buffers protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and beautify the landscape. Conservation buffers shows a producer’s commitment to conservation and their willingness to protect the environment. Benefits of Conservation Buffers * Slow water runoff. * Remove up to 50% or more of nut ... more.

WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING FEASIBILITY STUDY

... or install new treatment technologies. Through water quality trading, producers, regulated facilities and local water quality all benefit. CTIC’s market feasibility analysis will determine if the necessary conditions exist in the Wabash River watershed to support the development and implementation of a viable, sustainable water quality trading program. Partners U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Agri Drain, Duke Energy, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and Purdue University Extension Read the Final Report For More Information To request a free water quality trading handbook for agricultural producers, contact CTIC at ctic@ctic.org or call 765-49 ... more.

Conservation Buffers Fact Sheet

... provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed in the agricultural landscape, buffers can effectively mitigate the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field orders, filter strips, windbreaks, and wetlands. A small amount of land in buffers can assist producers in meeting both economic and environmental goals. Cleaner Water Located in environmentally sensitive areas, buffers provide another line of defense to filter water both surface and shallow ground water before it enters streams and lakes. Can reduce up to 80% of sediment. Reduces 40% (on average) of phosphorous. Removes a significant amount of nitrate; stores it in plant material. U ... more.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

... ecoservice markets By Tim Gieseke Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) placed value on soil resources with the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, now known as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), creating incentive programs to encourage producers to conserve soil. Several decades later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a regulatory approach to resource conservation. Both efforts succeeded to a point. However, their shortcomings have initiated ecoservice markets. After a decade of progress, ecoservice markets seemed to backslide in 2009. Relatively few of the nearly 80 water quality credit markets in the United States have generated viable trades and function as true m ... more.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

... addresses the following DANR program priorities: 1) Issue 1. Productivity and Efficiency of Agriculture. Actions 1, 2 and 3 by evaluating and developing comprehensive management systems for crop health and soil quality, and for potentially increasing the water use efficiency of a variety of cropping systems throughout the state by the use of reduced tillage practices. 2) Issue 3. Environmental Quality and Resource Conservation. Actions 1, 5 and 6 by evaluating and developing production systems that may improve input use efficiencies, conserve soil quality and reduce health and environmental risks from agriculture. The Conservation Tillage Workgroup currently consists of very diverse CE, AES, USDA, private agency and student membership which has been coalesced via email communicati ... more.

MARKET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING

... a smaller-scale quantitative market feasibility analysis. We are in the process of understanding both point source nutrient contributions and nonpoint source agricultural contributions to the Wabash River watershed project area. These sources are potential water quality trading credit buyers and sellers. We will use the data provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, as well as local extension offices and producers, to compile an inventory of potential buyers and sellers with their respective pollutant load contributions to the Wabash River watershed project area. In addition, we are compiling an analysis of water quality trading drivers. This analysis will identify numeric TMDL targets for point and nonpoint sources, wate ... more.

Leading the way

The Mosaic 2009 Sustainability Report focuses on six core principles, one of which is ensuring environmental stewardship for responsible land and natural resource use. Photo courtesy of CTIC Leading the way Mosaic Company is a pioneer of progression in agricultural sustainability By Christy Couch Lee Just five years ago, the Mosaic Company launched as the second-largest crop nutrition firm, when Cargill Crop ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop Presentations (July 8-9, 2009)

... - Dr. Richard Moore, The Ohio State University Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates WQT Workshop Role-playing Exercise - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Point Source to Non-Point Source Trading to Meet NPDES Permit Requirements in Greene County, Ohio - Kristen Risch, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. Water Quality Credit Aggregators - George Kelly, Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC Benefits and Obstacles in WQT-Ohio, George Kelly, Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

The Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) program team consists of agents and specialists with Clemson University, the Clemson Extension Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a training program on the operation of swine manure management created by Clemson University. 200.190.A An op ... more.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

The Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) program team consists of agents and specialists with Clemson University, the Clemson Extension Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a training program on the operation of swine manure management created by Clemson University. 200.190.A An op ... more.

CTIC News

... will end with a steak dinner on the banks of the Pamunkey River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Plan to join us on Aug. 2 for a social event the evening before the one-day tour. Lodging and travel details will be available soon on the CTIC Web site, www.ctic.org. To become a valued sponsor of this event, contact CTIC at 765-494-9555. New CTIC publication to detail environmental benefits of agricultural biotechnology Agricultural biotechnology is a powerful tool for increasing yields, improving crop quality and characteristics, and facilitating sustainable farming practices such as conservation tillage — all vital to keeping up with the world’s growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber. A new booklet developed by the Conservation Techno ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

... research is showing significant depletion of these macronutrients in many states. The absence of any single nutrient in the soil can limit plant growth, even when all other nutrients are present in adequate amounts. In addition, potash plays a critical role in drought and disease resistance. Adding to farmers’ challenges is the growing awareness of environmental issues, such as climate change and water quality. Research is underway to determine how a comprehensive set of fertilizer best management practices (BMP) and conservation best management practices may help reduce nutrient pollution and soil erosion. To help address these issues, the 4R nutrient stewardship system was developed. This peer-reviewed set of BMPs promotes the use of the ... more.

Links to the National Surveys

... National Rivers and Streams Assessment Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD This Web site provides information on monitoring of aquatic resources in the US, primarily focused on design and analysis of probability based surveys. Links are provided to other aquatic resources monitoring information available on the internet. EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) was a research program run by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to develop the tools necessary to monitor and assess the status and trends of national ecological resources.

CTIC project updates

... of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outreach and education on farmers in on Iowa’s Skunk watersheds, as well as utilizing the recently developed4R Plusframework to engage ag retailers, CCAs, and other advisors at the local level in a common conversation about the potential economic and environmental benefits of conservation. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers can collaborate on a practical system of best practices to improve pollinator health outcomes. After completing a successful pilot year in 2017, Bee Integrated is on track to enroll additional farmer-beekeeper pairs ... more.

CTIC project updates

... of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outreach and education on farmers in on Iowa’s Skunk watersheds, as well as utilizing the recently developed4R Plusframework to engage ag retailers, CCAs, and other advisors at the local level in a common conversation about the potential economic and environmental benefits of conservation. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers can collaborate on a practical system of best practices to improve pollinator health outcomes. After completing a successful pilot year in 2017, Bee Integrated is on track to enroll additional farmer-beekeeper pairs ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative Watershed Coordinators

... provide one on one technical support to the producers who participate in this program. These people will meet with producers and help them make important decisions to ensure a successful transition to using a cover crop and conservation tillage system. Lake Michigan Coordinator Christina Curell Central Region Water Quality Educator, Mecosta 14485 Northland Drive Big Rapids, MI, 49307 Phone: (231) 592-0792 Cell: (231) 287-8617 Email: curellc@msu.edu Christina graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. Following graduation she worked briefly with a agricultural consulting firm as an IPM scout in potatoes. She then accept ... more.

International Meeting Spotlights Conservation Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Climate Change

... capacity, higher fertility and resistance to erosion. Still, the biggest enticement to sequestering carbon will be creating markets through which farmers can sell the service they provide. “I think what we're really looking for as a farm organization, or society in general, is some way to reward farmers and ranchers for doing things like storing carbon and some other environmental practices,” said North Dakota farmer Dale Enerson, who serves as director of the Carbon Credit Program for the National Farmers Union in Jamestown, N.D. The National Farmers Union has served as an aggregator of carbon credits, collecting pledges from 3,700 growers in the U.S. to sequester carbon on 4.7 million acres of cropland and rangeland and selling the bundle of carbon credits on ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS)

... National Rivers and Streams Assessment Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD This Web site provides information on monitoring of aquatic resources in the US, primarily focused on design and analysis of probability based surveys. Links are provided to other aquatic resources monitoring information available on the internet. EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) was a research program run by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to develop the tools necessary to monitor and assess the status and trends of national ecological resources. New NARS Communication Tool CTIC is leading an effort, and collaborating with OWOW and ORD, to pr ... more.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

... and municipal facilities, subject to wastewater permit requirements, with agricultural producers to economically achieve water quality improvements. It has the potential to bea flexible and cost-effective approach for maintaining, restoring or enhancing water quality. Funded By USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant Project Partners Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Trading Network, International Certified Crop Advisers, Water Environment Federation Activities Water quality credit trading may be asuccessful, market-basedmethod for agriculture producers to be paid for contributing to water quality improvement.However, many potential participants lack awareness and understandingof the ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop Presentations (August 26-27, 2009)

Speaker Presentations Benefits and Obstacles in Water Quality Trading - George Kelly, Environmental Banc & Exchange Ohio's Great Miami River Watershed - Dusty Hall, The Miami Conservancy District Water Quality Credit Training Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Aggregators: Examples and Opportunities - Jamie McCarthy, Kieser & Associates Sauk River Watershed Ecosystem Services Project - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Great Miami River Watershed ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... and the family's commitment to conservation and animal health Manure management using a two-stage, concrete-lined lagoon system and applying manure based on optimum agronomic need and timing Media Coverage: Northfield News article: Conservation practices lead to state water quality certification for Legvold farm Agrinews: Conservation in Action tour held in Minnesota Environmental Initiative: Conservation and Environmental Protection on Minnesota's Farms See the Action: Check out the 2015 tour photo gallery to explore what the tour had to offer. News Releases: Registration Ends August 6 Don't Miss Out Tour Lineup Finalized Tour Explores Southeast Minnesota Partnerships Early-Bird Tour Registration Available Until July 10th ... more.

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges

... The brothers apply manure, harvest the grass for forage in the spring, then plant corn again. “It’s usually winter Italian ryegrass or cereal rye,” said Lenssen. “They grow well over the winter, take manure in the spring, and they’re good feed.” The Lenssens are not alone in their concern about water quality issues, said Dr. Steve Paulsen of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. Paulsen works on EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS), which assesses the quality of U.S. streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters. Paulsen noted that the 2016 NARS report shows 45 percent of America’s rivers and streams contain excess nutrients; in the ... more.

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... Now Can Avoid Permit Later by Steve Werblow Assessing an animal feeding operation’s manure storage and handling systems, and being sure to prevent discharges into waters of the state or U.S., can keep a producer from having to apply for an NPDES permit. The livestock industry’s intense interest in upcoming revisions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) livestock water quality rule has renewed talk about the need for large Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Set to limit the discharges of pathogens, ammonia and other water quality parameters like biological oxygen demand, NPDES permits put the livestock operations, at some levels, in t ... more.

EPA’s New CAFO Rule Changes “Duty to Apply” for NPDES Permit

... "Duty to Apply" for NPDES Permit By Steve Werblow A new rule for confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) requires only operations that discharge or “propose to discharge” water from their facilities to apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. However, according to Allison Wiedeman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), applying for the NPDES permit – which all CAFOs were formerly required to do – remains the least risky way for CAFO operators to make sure they don’t run afoul of clean water regulations. “We’re understanding more than ever that the advantage of getting a permit is if they’re in compliance with that permit, they have an allo ... more.

CTIC project updates

... The forums took place in North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, Vermont and Oklahoma. For more information, contact Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org. National Aquatic Resource Surveys: CTIC is writing a series of articles profiling farmers who have improved habitat and reduced nutrient loading in surface waters. The articles will be designed for placement in agricultural publications, environmental media and local newspapers to highlight environmental improvements by farmers and to inspire others to protect water quality. We’re looking for examples of great on-farm projects where voluntary nutrient management practices, habitat restoration and/or structural improvements are reducing nutrient loading and other water quality impairments. If you know of a project or a farmer tha ... more.

CTIC project updates

... Oklahoma, Illinois and Washington over the next few months. Contact Tammy Taylor attaylor@ctic.orgfor more information. National Aquatic Resource Surveys: CTIC is writing a series of articles profiling farmers who have improved habitat and reduced nutrient loading in surface waters. The articles will be designed for placement in agricultural publications, environmental media and local newspapers to highlight environmental improvements by farmers and to inspire others to protect water quality. We’re looking for examples of great on-farm projects where voluntary nutrient management practices, habitat restoration and/or structural improvements are reducing nutrient loading and other water quality impairments. If you know of a project or a farmer tha ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

... in Vermont, Oklahoma, Illinois and Washington over the next few months. Contact Tammy Taylor at taylor@ctic.orgfor more information. National Aquatic Resource Surveys: CTIC is writing a series of articles profiling farmers who have improved habitat and reduced nutrient loading in surface waters. The articles will be designed for placement in agricultural publications, environmental media and local newspapers to highlight environmental improvements by farmers and to inspire others to protect water quality. We're looking for examples of great on-farm projects where voluntary nutrient management practices, habitat restoration and/or structural improvements are reducing nutrient loading and other water quality impairments. If you know of a project or a fa ... more.

Agricultural Drainage Management: Benefits Could Range from the Bin to the Gulf

... nutrient loading all the way down in the Gulf of Mexico. Control structures with movable weirs, or "stop logs," allow growers to hold water in their soil or release it depending on the needs of their crop, their fieldwork schedule and the environment. "The first step was to drain the land so it was farmable," notes Don Pitts, state water and air quality specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Champaign, Ill. "Now it's time to manage that drainage." Pitts points out that most tile systems are designed to drain water as quickly as possible, combining tile line diameter, depth and spacing to achieve a drainage coefficient of 3/8 inch or more — the ability to remove 3/8 of an inch o ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... downstream. For more information on efficient use of nitrogen, or future educational opportunities, contact David Dunn, University of Missouri Delta Center, at 573-379-5431 or dunnd@missouri.edu. Profitability Through Nitrogen Efficiency was provided through efforts of the Bootheel Nutrient Management Committee funded in part by Assistance Agreement number MX964472 between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Conservation Technology Information Center. This project is being performed in conjunction with the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council, the Conservation Technology Information Center, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bootheel Resource Conservation & Development and University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service. About ... more.

Environmental Defense Fund

CTIC Institutional Member, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, EDF has linked science, economics and law to creat innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. To learn ... more.

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

... the volume of manure and increasing its nutrient concentration. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Award-Winning Conservation In addition to garnering attention from state and national officials, Meadowlane Farm earned the 2006 River Friendly Farmer Award from the Indiana Association of Conservation Districts and the 2007 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award from the National Pork Board. Chris Pearson, Mike Beard and Dave Beard have developed hose-fed manure injectors for high-efficiency, environmentally sustainable manure application within about 1.5 miles of their Indiana hog operation. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Meadowlane Farms' home-built manure inj ... more.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... for total suspended solids and phosphorus. A Hydrolab probe was also used to gather dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, and conductivity data during each visit. Since July 2011, all parameters were sampled monthly through March 2012, when weekly sampling will began again. This sampling occurs at four sites located along Indian Creek and on one tributary. Water quality sampling station locations. US Geological Survey, with financial support from IEPA, installed a stream gage to monitor flow. In September 2011, the nitrate probe was installed. Flow and nitrate data will be taken in real-time every 15 minutes. View the real time data. The gage and probe will collect data through July 2013. For more information contact Trevor Sample. &n ... more.

More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation

... time and money, and improves water and soil quality. Photo courtesy of Jason Johnson More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation By Jason Johnson As the number of Iowa farmers decreases and the average farm size increases, that can mean more conservation on the ground – especially when it’s farmed by environmental stewards like Paul “Butch” Schroeder of Coon Rapids. Paul “Butch” Schroeder farms with his brother, David, in four west central Iowa counties: Carroll, Guthrie, Audubon and Green. Photo courtesy of Jason Johnson Schroeder reluctantly admits that he and his brother, David, own, rent and custom farm about 3,000 cropland acres in four counties: Carroll, Gut ... more.

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

... the evening tour. Organizers will offer an optional trip to Kilgus Dairy, an award-winning conservation dairy, Spence Farm, which grows food for Chicago chefs, and Argonne National Laboratory’s experimental bioenergy site. Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host the tour with support from Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA), Agrium Advanced Technologies, Agrotain, The Fertilizer Institute, Monsanto, Mosaic, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Agri Drain Corporation, Case IH, John Deere, ADM and the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Register by calling Terry Bachtold at 815.844.6127, extension 3, or email Amber Gritter at gritter@ctic.org. Please specify morning or afternoo ... more.

Dow AgroSciences

Focusing on environmental stewardship and education Dow AgroSciences joined CTIC as a Gold Corporate Member during the summer of 2013. The company uses technology to conserve natural resources and provide educational tools. Dow AgroSciences nitrogen stabilizers, Instinct and N-Serve, are used as a best management practice for improving groundwater quality, optimizing plant nutrients and support ... more.

About

Facilitated by CTIC, local farmers and interested others lead this project to demonstrate and test best conservation practices on Indian Creek Watershed farms. The project, sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (with funds provided through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act) will show how conservation practices installed on Indian Creek watershed farms will affect water quality. Goal Determine what water quality improvements result when 50-75% of producers and acres in a small watershed adopt comprehensive agriculture conservation systems over a six- ... more.

FACILITATING CONSERVATION FARMING PRACTICES AND ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WITH AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

CTIC, with funding provided by the United Soybean Board, updated its 2003 publication on conservation tillage and biotechnology. CTIC's new publication, "Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology", explores the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. The publication, reviewed by a panel of experts, shows the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. Among many important statistics, the document describes ... more.

Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology. This publication explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document or executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years.

The Mosaic Company

... invest in partnerships with best-in-class organizations to promote many aspects of conservation, including nutrient stewardship, habitat conservation and watershed restoration. For example, The Mosaic Company Foundation supports The Nature Conservancy’sGreat Rivers Partnershipthrough science-based work with farmers and partners to improve water quality in three key agricultural watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River Basin – Minnesota’s Root River, Iowa’s Boone River and Illinois’ Mackinaw River.Additionally, The Mosaic Company supports theFlorida Farm Bureau’s CARES program, which recognizes superior natural resource conservation by agricultural producers.Since its inception in 2001, more than ... more.

Sustainable Supply Chains

As food companies and consumers demand more detailed accounting of the environmental footprint of their raw materials, stakeholders throughout the agri-food supply chain are working diligently to quantify and benchmark sustainability. CTIC is a partner in several initiatives to bring together participants from various points in the supply chain to develop metrics and processes that provide useful insight and fit into real-world, on-farm management systems. Big Pine Watershed W ... more.

Ecological Challenges

... range of water quality improvement projects. TMDLs (total maximum daily loads) in local waterways cover fecal coliform, ammonia-nitrogen, biochemical oxygen demand, chlorine and temperature. The presence of commercial shellfish beds not far from the mouth of the Nooksack River puts added pressure on farmers and shellfish harvesters to work together on water quality improvements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program found that 45% of America’s river and stream miles are impaired by excess nutrients and 23%—including 8% of the West’s river and stream length—exceed thresholds for enterocci, bacteria that include coliforms such as E. coli. Click here to read EPA’s 2016 report.

WATERSHED NETWORKING SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Conservation Information Technology Center (CTIC) partnered to provide information to watershed professionals throughout the state of Indiana. Below you can find agendas and presentations from those events. Managing Runoff Networking Session December 2009 Presentations Riparian Forest Buffers Wetland and Stream Restoration 2 S ... more.

Upstream Heroes: CTIC Spreads Nutrient Management Success Stories from along the Mississippi River

... and other aquatic life. Despite their distance from the Gulf of Mexico, farming operations all along the Mississippi River are seen as contributors to the hypoxiz zone because nutrient runoff that makes it into the Mississippi River eventually makes it into the gulf. Scanlon says the latest technologies in nutrient management already are succeeding in addressing both the economic and environmental challenges, and CTIC is committed to sharing and explaining the technologies and exactly how they are working. "CTIC has been a trusted source of information for agriculture for more than 26 years," Scanlon says. "We are uniquely qualified to convey current, credible, unbiased information that farmers can use to manage nutrients cost-efficiently and environmentally. But that& ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... of cover crops to soil health. View a video of Gibbs’ presentation. Dean presented how he uses cover crops to improve water infiltration, soil quality and erosion control. Todd Hesterman hosted the final farm stop where tour attendees joined in discussions about soluble phosphorus, its impacts to water quality, sources and solutions. Dr. Libby Dayton, soil and environmental chemistry research scientist at The Ohio State University, and Mark Scarpitti, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, demonstrated the ability of no-tilled soils to drastically reduce erosion by water and retain soluble phosphorus. The Blue Creek Conservation Area (BCCA) provided a historical setting for supper. Now a city-owned park, BCCA was once home to Native America ... more.

Pest Management

Evaluating and using a tailored pest management system to reduce crop and environmental damages. Scouting is done to identify insects, weeds and diseases. How it works Crops are scouted to determine type of pests—insects, weeds and diseases—and the stage of development. The potential damage of t ... more.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

... policy makers, industry, journalists, agriculture groups, conservation groups and many others to track trends in conservation tillage adoption. It is because we have this trend of data that we know no-till in 2004 was used on 45.5 million acres more than in 1990, a 269 percent increase. Some of the valuable ways Survey results are used include: assess successes of Farm Bill programs, state and local-level initiatives document what farmers save in fuel usage at the county, state and national levels track the progress of, and measure trends in, conservation tillage adoption prioritize areas for program focus, such as Conservation Stewardship Program provide assessment data as a core component of local watershed management plans. Activities CTIC is wo ... more.

2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

Click here to view the full report of the fifth annual cover crop survey. A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) draws on the insight of 2,102 farmers—88 pe ... more.

2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) draws on the insight of 2,102 farmers—88 pe ... more.

Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa - IDALS

CTIC recently began a new phase of a project funded by Iowa’s Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. In collaboration with Practical Farmers of Iowa and The Nature Conservancy, CTIC is leading development of a program that will train and incentivize retail agronomists to become advocates for conservation systems build around cover cropping. Rollout of the program is anticipated in the winter of 2019 and the project’s target area has been selected to leverage ongoing privately-funded supply chain sustainability initiatives.

WinMax

... manages crop input data, calculates crop fertilizer recommendations, generates production cost and nutrient management worksheets, and allows sets of custom input costs to be created and used in all calculations. Various management options, such as tillage, pest control and fertilizer strategies, can be compared to help assess which practices are both economically efficient and environmentally sound. Visit WinMax site.

Corn Stalk Nitrate Testing Program

Generations Program Description

CASA Conference Call February 2010

... spring tours. Rolling out grower-to-grower information network, funded by small grant. NTOP: NTOP conference on Jan 27-28 with more than 1,200 attend. More exhibitors than ever and more first-time attendees. Speakers included Bill K, Jerry L, Moe Russell of Russell Consulting (Iowa). Invited APPRESID to send person; Jose Moreno came and discussed protocols of no-till certification program. Looking at certification program and how it can be used in “put teeth” into NTOP message. Also working to take over one of KSU research farms, in heart of typical Kansas soil. Preparing for grower meeting in March; Dave Brandt coming back to attend and speak. NRCS –Bill: still want effort to get RUSLE 2 databases (which are updated for cover crops and different manage ... more.

Research & Technology Briefs

... September, USDA announced the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), which will provide $80 million in each of the next four fiscal years (for a total of $320 million) for voluntary projects in priority watersheds located in 12 key states. Managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the MRBI will help producers adopt conservation systems that have environmental benefits and maintain agricultural productivity. The states involved in the initiative are Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin. MRBI funding is in addition to regular NRCS program funding, funding by other Federal agencies, States, and partners and the contributions of producers in the 12 states. To read m ... more.

Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES

... wildlife, and government support and employs five agronomists. Mission, Goals and Contact Information Mission Statement: To be the leading agricultural extension organization in Alberta focused on increasing the adoption of sustainable production systems by Alberta farmers and ranchers. LINKAGES = Leadership, Innovation and Networking for Knowledge, Agricultural Growth, and Environmental Sustainability. Goals & Objectives: Increase the adoption of sustainable production systems based on reduced tillage. Increase awareness of the positive effects of reduced tillage systems on climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas emissions or carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, and carbon sequestration. Reduce cropping risk. Increase the awareness of the positiv ... more.

Workshop

Practical Conservation Planning in the Field August 22-23, 2017 Stuttgart Public Library Stuttgard, Arkansas Ph: 870-673-1966 This workshop will provide CCAs and other ag consultants with the foundation to recognize opportunities for reducing their clients’ impact on water quality. The majority of the day will be spent with three speakers—representing industry, agency, and academia—who will lend their expertise to give a complete perspective on a set of edge of field practices. Attendees will also learn about in-field nutrient management for improved water quality. The workshop is free, however, registration is required. REGISTER HERE   ... more.

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

Find the following CTIC resources in the Free Download section of CTIC’s Online Store. Better Soil, Better Yields is a guidebook to improving soil organic matter and infiltration with continuous no-till. Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology explores environmental benefits of conservation tillage, facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality reviews research on nutrient best management practices (BMPs) for nitrogen and phosphorus, with emphasis on integrating BMPs with conservation ... more.

Exploring Biotechnology

... practices ranging from conservation tillage to integrated pest management. Those practices protect soil, water and air quality and allow producers to sustain our natural resources as well as our lives and lifestyles. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), with funding from the United Soybean Board, has produced Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology, a thorough exploration of the environmental benefits of biotech crops.

Environmental Resources Coalition

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, Environmental Resources Coalition (ERC), believes that it's possible for government, private industry, and citizen stakeholder groups to work together. They understand that when it comes to water protection efforts, one size does not fit all. Successful groups will use sound science, common sense and have an appreciation for the cause and effect relationships between economics, the environment ... more.

Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology, explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document and executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. According to Dr. Norman Borlaug, ... more.

New Publication on Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology, explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document and executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. According to Dr. Norman Borlaug, t ... more.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

Economic and Environmental Benefits Profit. Managing to maximize return on your cropping investment (ROI) requires the perfect combination of science, technology, art, and luck. Some factors, like the weather, still require a bit of luck. Thankfully, science and technology continue to make strides, reducing the impact of uncontrollable factors like the weather and markets. This reduces the risk inherent in farming. By ... more.

Cover Crops Research and Demonstration

... how a suite of best practices can be implemented on agricultural landscapes to support honey bee health. This innovative strategy provides a blueprint for supporting pollinator health across North America. Let's Do the Math On Cover Crops With a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA NRCS and support from other partners, CTIC led a detailed research project into the agronomic, environmental and economic impact of cover crops in 7 states. Lessons learned ranged from better cover crop management to improved design of multi-variate studies. SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, protecting fields from erosion, building healthy soils, and capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone. CTIC and USDA's Sustainable Agriculture ... more.

CTIC's "Let's Do The Math On Cover Crops" Makes Headlines

CTIC's far-reaching Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project - commonly called "Let's Do The Math on Cover Crops" - is in the final stage of pulling together data on the impact of cover crops on honey bee habitat. With data from The Ohio State University, CTIC will soon provide insight into cost-effective opportunities to provide pollinator forage on agricultural landscapes. ... more.

CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Draws 130+ to Chesapeake Bay

About 130 farmers, agency staffers, soil and water conservation district personnel, environmental and agribusiness leaders, and others gathered on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for CTIC’s “Bringing Back the Bay” Conservation in Action Tour July 10 and 11. The Chesapeake Bay has become the proving ground for a wide range of best management practices (BMPs) designed to protect the fragile system from excess nutrients and sediments flowing in from a 64,000-squar ... more.

Training

... CTIC provides leadership and technical support for State and Tribal Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops, including 2 national programs and up to 10 aquatic-resource-specific trainings, between 2016 and 2020. The workshops enhance collaboration and communication among more than 800 attendees. CTIC/EPA Consultant Workshop Through a collaborative agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CTIC provides leadership and technical support for 5 workshops between 2015 and 2020 that teach Certified Crop Advisors, ag retailers and other agronomic consultants to identify conservation systems that could benefit their clients' farms, then connect them with technical and financial support for implementation. Practices include in-field nutrient management, drainag ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

... Beth Hinds will focus on information in regards to wastewater treatment for upcoming and existing development. Presentations will be given by the members of Tetra Tech staff. To view the agenda and topics to be discussed, click here. Sponsored by Conservation Technology Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tetra Tech November 9th: Overview of Centralized and Decentralized Treatment Issues Summary of Centralized/Decentralized Treatment Approaches Water and Wastewater Resource Management ConsiderationsTMDLs, Watershed Planning, Antidegradation, and Wastewater Wastewater Capacity Development and Cost Issues View the November 9th presentati ... more.

CTIC Welcomes New Members

... Inc. CTIC is excited to introduce Terra Industries Inc., as a new Premier Corporate Member. Headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, Terra serves agriculture by providing farmers with nitrogen products that replenish the soil and are essential to plant growth. In fact, the company is the leading international producer of nitrogen products for agricultural, industrial and environmental markets. Terra owns and operates nitrogen manufacturing facilities in six North American locations and own 50 percent interest in joint ventures in the United Kingdom and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Terra takes pride in protecting the land, air and water and having superior customer relations in the communities in which they operate. Since 1987, Terra has reduced their nitr ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... (PFR) program • Other studies look at strip-till and strip cropping with various crop combinations • Research and Development facility, with greenhouses totaling 24,000 square feet, works year-round on new hybrid improvements In addition to each of the farmer hosts, we'll hear from featured speakers, including Melanie Acklin, with SFP; Jim Moseley, chair of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee; and Barry Fisher, state agronomist with Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lunch and dinner are included on the tour. Registration for the tour is $50 for members of CTIC and $75 for nonmembers (includes an individual membership). The registration fee includes coach transportation; lunch, dinne ... more.

Promoting Conservation

CTIC promotes conservation practices by raising awareness of the benefits of conservation, providing detailed information on successful implementation of practices, and sharing perspective on the needs and real-world challenges facing farmers trying to protect soil, water and air quality as well as their economic sustainability. Watershed Success Forums Working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), CTIC is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Five forums in five states are yielding a guide for NRCS, p ... more.

CIA Tour Promo 2010

... in conservation and identify future needs Click here for more information. Conservation Technology Information Center’s Conservation In Action Tour, slated for Aug. 2-3, 2010, will visit innovative farm operations in east central Virginia. Presenters will initiate discussions about agriculture’s role in addressing Chesapeake Bay water quality concerns and will demonstrate equipment, tools and technologies that help farmers use nutrients efficiently. During this event, participating farmers, policy makers, agricultural advisors, conservation professionals, private industry, and others will visit farms and farmers in the Williamsburg area. Tour stops will feature successful, profitable farming operations built with ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys

The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) are collaborative programs between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states and tribes that assess the quality of the nation's inland and coastal waters, providing vital data that can help guide conservation efforts on the landscape. CTIC works with EPA and its partners on technical training to carry out NARS assessments, and to promote conservation systems that help protect and improve water quality. Through articles, videos and ... more.

Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

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CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... thousands of documents and links to information on conservation farming systems. Among the highlights are: A searchable database from the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), which uses satellite imagery to provide detailed data on tillage practices and cover crops at the county or watershed (HUC-8) scale; Cover crop insight, including details of the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops and the results of five annual farmer surveys on cover crop use; Tips on organizing watershed groups and multi-stakeholder conservation efforts, including tips, analysis of knowledge transfer, and ideas for creating effective demonstration plots; Real-world perspective on conservation farming practices and systems that help farmers build profitability and protect the q ... more.

USING COVER CROPS TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION TO CONTINUOUS NO-TILL

This project, funded by a 2008 Conservation Innovation Grant, promotes the use of cover crops to ease farmers’ transition to use of continuous no-till. Continuous no-till (CNT) has been around long enough that there is little doubt among experts of its many advantages. Despite the proven economic and environmental benefits of CNT, some farmers remain hesitant to fully adopt the system. In 2004, the National Crop Residue Management survey indicated that only 22.6 percent of farmers were no-tilling. Attempting CNT without proper technical knowledge may cause a disastrous first year and taint opinions toward the practice. Potential economic risks and yield losses during the first five years also can cause far ... more.

Partners Contribution June 2010

... out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States. Conservation districts have been involved in delivering locally-driven conservation across America for more than 70 years. No other conservation or environmental group in the country implements more conservation practices on the ground. The beauty of conservation districts is that they exist in virtually every county and community in the nation, where they work on meaningful, landscape-scale projects that produce verifiable improvements in environmental quality. Conservation districts’ work results in clean air, clean water, healthy habitat and prod ... more.

2012 Tour Wrap-Up

The Conservation In Action Tour keeps growing! On May 31, 2012, nearly 250 participants gathered in the Mississippi Delta to meet and learn from farmers who face unique challenges in water quality, herbicide resistance and wildlife management. The Tour, organized by CTIC and partner Delta F.A.R.M., highlighted innovative conservation practices that producers and partners implement to protect and preserve one of the largest contiguous ecosystems in North America. Producers, agribusiness partners, government officials and media professionals from 26 states across the nation came to Tunica, M ... more.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

... source. CTIC works with the people and groups across the country that provide advice and guidance for producers’ production and conservation decisions. Through research, information exchange, partnership building, training and more, CTIC offers practical and affordable solutions that make sense for the producer and the environment. CTIC provides reliable information to support environmentally responsible and economically viable decision making in agriculture. And, by accessing our network of agribusiness, associations, researchers, scientists, media, educators and ag advisors, we will distribute that information where it needs to be quickly and reliably. The CTIC organization is, in itself, a model of an effective public/private partnership. A Board of Directors, which oversees a ... more.

For More Information

Nutrient Management Plan Resources Minnesota’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan 2008, Chapter 9 MPCA Phosphorus Strategy MDA Field Scale Water Quality Demonstrations (Hwy 90 & Red Top Demo site Nutrient Management Initiative Southern MN Nutrient Management Resources

Past Tours

... association leaders and more came together to get a front row view of conservation farming systems in central Indiana. CTIC visited four different farms who are putting conservation into action. Conservation in Action Tour 2016 Home to more than 180 crops, southwest Idaho provided tour participants with insight into the latest approaches farmers are using for soil, water and air quality conservation. Highlights included the importance of water management on diversified crop operations, how a feedlot manages their pens, manure, and composting, plus an engineered wetland, the soil building strategies in potato rotations and how one family farm is building the thin soils on their sloping operation through cover cropping, no-till and the reintroduction of livestock to the operation. ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... Public Library Topics of discussion Identify symptoms suggesting need for conservation - Mike Taylor, Farmer (30 min) Selecting right practices - John Lee, NRCS (90 min) Resources for technical support - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Selecting a contractor - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Arkansas’ nutrient reduction strategy and how practices covered by this training protect water quality - Ken Brazil, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (15-30 min) Wednesday August 23 8:00 AM—Check-in, coffee and donuts at Stuttgart Public Library 8:30 AM—Bus departs for Terry Dabbs’ farm Outdoors on the farm Discovery Farms: Water quality monitoring as a driver of voluntary conservation adoption - Mike Daniels, Arkansas Discov ... more.

Workshops

... Stuttgart Public Library Topics of discussion Identify symptoms suggesting need for conservation - Mike Taylor, Farmer (30 min) Selecting right practices - John Lee, NRCS (90 min) Resources for technical support - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Selecting a contractor - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Arkansas’ nutrient reduction strategy and how practices covered by this training protect water quality - Ken Brazil, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (15-30 min) Wednesday August 23 8:00 AM - Check-in, coffee and donuts at Stuttgart Public Library 8:30 AM—Bus departs for Terry Dabbs’ farm Outdoors on the farm Discovery Farms: Water quality monitoring as a driver of voluntary conservation adoption - Mike Daniels, Arkansas Discovery Farms (30 mins.) Dabbs Farm: ... more.

Top 10 Conservation Tillage Benefits

... no-till can result in as much as two additional inches of water available to plants in late summer. 7. Reduces soil erosion Crop residues on the soil surface reduce erosion by water and wind. Depending on the amount of residues present, soil erosion can be reduced by up to 90% compared to an unprotected, intensively tilled field. 8. Improves water quality Crop residue helps hold soil along with associated nutrients (particularly phosphorous) and pesticides on the field to reduce runoff into surface water. In fact, residue can cut herbicide runoff rates in half. Additionally, microbes that live in carbon-rich soils quickly degrade pesticides and utilize nutrients to protect groundwater quality. 9. Increases wildlife ... more.

Lessening the Pain

... Iowa, has continuously no-tilled his 2,200-acre corn and soybean operation for 30 years. He implemented no-till to prevent erosion on his highly erodible land in Washington County. “Our goal was to improve our number one resource, behind our people – our soil,” Berger says. “We are very lucky to live in Iowa, and to have deep, rich soils. We wanted to build the quality of our soil and at least stabilize the loss of organic matter.” However, Berger says, the ability to pull into his field before his conventional tillage counterparts is a strong bonus. “They’ll run a few days behind after a rain,” he says. “When you have a plow layer, there’s not much structure. There’s a foot of muck. But, when you’ve ... more.

PROMOTING COLLABORATIVE, INNOVATIVE LIVESTOCK WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

... System (NPDES)permit. Producers and their technical service providers need specialized informationand assistance with new technologies to resolve livestock waste management issues and address water quality concerns. Collaborative watershed effortsfocused on managing livestock waste need resourcesto help inform the public and the producers. Project Partner Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Activities This project employs information technology transfer through published articles in CTIC's Partners online magazine, a manure management web site with links toinnovative technologies, success stories, and access toMidwest livestock waste managementexperts.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers What is Core 4 Conservation? It's a common-sense approach to improving farm profitability while addressing environmental concerns. It’s adaptable to virtually any farming situation and can be tailored to meet a farmer’s specific needs. Better soil Sustainable soils that increase long-term productivity result from increased organic matter, improved soil moisture, reduced compaction, sequestered carbon and reduced erosion from water and wind. Cleaner water In addition to food, fiber, energ ... more.

Upstream Heroes: Nutrient Management Succss Stories from American's Farms

... management practices, producers use the right fertilizer product, apply it at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. CTIC, a trusted source of information for agriculture for more than 27 years, is uniquely qualified to launch an information campaign about nutrient management targeted to agricultural producers. A secondary audience is the general public, including members of environmental groups involved in water quality issues. CTIC's networks reach into the non-farm conservation community, allowing us to show members of the public the steps farmers are taking to protect water quality upstream The campaign will explain the hypoxia issue and need for nutrient management in terms and messages that appeal to agricultural audiences and deliver those messages at the right time and ... more.

National Soil Tilth Laboratory

... Research Service Established 1989 Research laboratory within the USDA-ARS organization charged with conducting research on farming systems and their impact on air, soil, and water quality. Multidisciplinary research teams address problems using multiple scales of studies that range from basic laboratory analyses of soils to watershed and regional assessment of farming systems impacts on environmental quality and production efficiency. Mission, Goals and Contact Information www.ars.usda.gov/mwa/ames/nstl

2014 Tour Wrap-Up

... the ways Everglades Agricultural Area growers, who may compete with each other in the marketplace, work together in applying best management practices was inspirational. The Everglades is unique and special, and the adjacent agricultural area has one-of-a-kind soil, water and wildlife. It’s important to acknowledge that different agricultural production systems have different environmental impacts. With modern agricultural techniques and careful management, a positive balance can be maintained between well-nourished crops and environmental protection.” ~Anita Foster, corporate responsibility manager for tour leader The Mosaic Company Last week was very enlightening as I have never experienced the EAA, the respective conservation practices, or see ... more.

Let's Do the Math onCover Crops

Help CTIC pencil out the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops through the "Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops" project. Below, sign up for our cover crops mailing list or let us know that you are interested in working with us. For more information on the project, check out our project webpage.

USDA Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference

USDA Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference Credit trading guide for conservation specialists. Learn the basics of credit trading; the features of an efficient environmental market; how to form efficent and effective markets; how credit trading integrates with federal, state and privately supported conservation programs; and how to make environmental credit markets work effectively in agriculture.

Economic Benefits with Environmental Protection

Economic Benefits with Environmental Protection Explores many of the challenges, opportunities management tactics and successful marketing efforts that helped shape promotion of conservation in the Great Lakes watershed and North Central region.

AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

In 2010, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the "Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops for States, Tribes and Other Stakeholders" project. Over the next three years, CTIC will provide the leadership and technical support to conduct seven aquatic resource-specific workshops and two national conferences covering all aquatics resource types. These workshops and conferences will enhance th ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... efficiency and productivity. In addition, Deere has advanced its stewardship efforts by supporting the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) for nearly three decades. Company stewardship John Mann, John Deere customer segment manager, says stewardship is always on the minds of the company leadership. “Certainly, our products are being produced in an environmentally responsible manner,” Mann says. “And, we are trying to produce products that are sustainable, as well.” Deere’s construction and forestry division continually seeks ways to become more environmentally friendly, Mann says. Most recently, Deere has focused on producing sustainable biomass solutions. In this process, energy wood-harvesting systems collect woody biomass ... more.

Environmental Management Study: National Pork Board

Information concerning odor mitigation, storage, nutrient management, and much more are listed here as well as a searchable Environmental Research Database.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

... courtesy of Integrated Separation Systems Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure by Steve Werblow Nearly half the weight of dairy manure is water. It's bulky, it's heavy and it's inconvenient to handle. Rising fuel costs make hauling that water component prohibitively expensive, and environmental protection measures push the cost of lagoons toward the half-million-dollar mark or higher. And for dairy producers like John Vrieze of Baldwin, Wis., the problem grows with every rain. “Colleagues of mine in drier areas of the country can use the dry air to largely evaporate some of these problems,” he notes. “But when you live in a humid climate, the amount o ... more.

Board of Directors

... Andy Knepp Bayer CropScience William Kuckuck CropLife Foundation Darian Landolt Case IH Tim Palmer National Association of Conservation Districts Heidi Peterson International Plant Nutrition Institute Paul Poister Nutrien Luther Smith IInternational Certified Crop Advisers Program Justin Stewart Dow AgroSciences Ex-Officio Members Dave Gustafson Conservation Technology Information Center Jeremy Peters National Association of Conservation Districts

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted the first cover crop user survey. More than 750 farmers from across the U.S. completed the survey, representing hundreds of thousands of acres of cover crops and drawing on cover cropping experience that goes back as far as 1948. The 2012 crop year was a challenging one in which to study yield impacts – much of the U.S. was impacted by drought, which pushed national per-a ... more.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Resaerch and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted a national survey of farmers to learn more about their use of cover crops. More than 1,900 farmers completed the survey, which was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops and insig ... more.

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted the first cover crop user survey. More than 750 farmers from across the U.S. completed the survey, representing hundreds of thousands of acres of cover crops and drawing on cover cropping experience that goes back as far as 1948. The 2012 crop year was a challenging one in which to study yield impacts – much of the U.S. was impacted by drought, which pushed national per-a ... more.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Resaerch and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted a national survey of farmers to learn more about their use of cover crops. More than 1,900 farmers completed the survey, which was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops and insig ... more.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably (Handbook from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program)

Managing Cover Crops Profitablyexplores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is deeply committed to improving nutrient efficiency through the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship - right source, right rate, right time, right place - and through participation in Keep It For The Crop By 2025, a collaborative program to promote, implement and track the rate of adoption of enhanced nutrient stewardship practices by Illinois agricultural producers.

CTIC Exhibits at Commodity Classic

... were very excited to attend Commodity Classic to spread CTIC's message of conservation and sustainability as part of our 30th anniversary celebration," says executive director Karen Scanlon. Visitors to the CTIC booth were invited to participate in our CTIC Trivia Hunt. Signs were placed at member booths all around the trade show. These signs had a CTIC program that the member organization had sponsored sometime in the past. Participants traveled around to the booths to find the answers. All entries with the correct answers were placed in a drawing for a Kindle Fire. After the show, Lois Solberg of Volin, S.D. was drawn as the winner.

Manure Management Planner - Purdue University Department of Agronomy

Manure Management Planner (MMP) is a Windows-based computer program developed at Purdue University that is used to create manure management plans for crop and animal feeding operations. The user enters information about the operation's fields, crops, storage, animals, and application equipment. MMP helps the user allocate manure (where, when and how much) on a monthly basis for the length of the plan. Purdue's MMP currently supports 34 states. more

Cotton Incorporated

CTIC Corporate Member, Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton. To learn more about Cotton Incorporated, visit www.cottoninc.com

No-Till 2011 Conference

The No-Till 2011 Conference is a program of innovative speakers providing for maximum interaction between agriculture professionals ranging from producers to industry experts. No-Till 2011 is a conference designed to bring the latest developments in no-till cropping systems to interested farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states. For more details, view the conference brochure. Below is an ou ... more.

Cover Crop Workshops

CTIC is working with partners in the GLCCI program to offer six workshops to provide information to producers about the benefits of cover crops and how to use them. Each workshops will take place from 8:45am to 3:30pm, with registration beginning at 8:00am. Click here to view a general agenda. The speakers and topics vary from workshop to workshop, but are all very similar programs. Specifics for each workshop and links for online registration ca ... more.

Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till

... on using cover crops in their rotations. Topics included nutrient use, successes and challenges with various cover crop varieties and benefits from this system. CTIC is creating an online community of continuous no-till producers in Indiana and Ohio to provide opportunity for information exchange, encouragement and social support. CTIC encourages all producers participating in the program, in addition to others who practice continuous no-till, to participate. E-mail list serves, a Web site and in-person meetings will connect producers and establish regular communication. CTIC will host a second workshop in summer 2011, in Ohio, to highlight the project’s progress and share the experiences of participating producers. Watch the CTIC Web site, www.ctic.org, for st ... more.

Wildlife Food Plot

... of the selected field. Plots on slopes steeper than 5% should be planted on the contour. A plot can be planted on the same area each year as long as soil loss does not exceed acceptable limits. Accepted crops include: corn, sorghum, oats, barley, wheat, sunflower, buckwheat, millet, partridge pea and soybeans. * Soybeans and sunflowers can not be used in Conservation Reserve Program food plots. * Reduced till or no-till planting in encouraged. Maintenance Exclude livestock Don't control weeds with herbicides unless noxious weeds persist. If herbicides are needed, spot spray. Avoid using herbicides that would endanger adjacent seedings. * Criteria may need to be adjusted for local conditions.

SNAP-plus - University of Wisconsin Extension

The Wisconsin Soil Nutrient Application Program (SNAP-Plus) is a Windows-based software package for developing N and P based nutrient management plans that meet the Wisconsin 590 Nutrient Management Standard. In addition to creating a nutrient management plan, SNAP-Plus integrates the Wisconsin P Index and uses RUSLE2 to access soil loss based on the rotation entered.

Animal Waste Management Site - Great Lakes Regional Water Program

Initiatives, publications, and opportunities for multi-state collaboration in animal waste management.

Animal Waste Management Software Training Video

Design of manure storage and treatment facilities requires an understanding of the operation involved in food animal production and engineering design principles. It also requires access to manure production data, as well as reporting and presentation software to put it all together. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service created the Animal Waste Management computer program to bring all of these features together. This software has been used by consultants and government technical service providers for a number of years in designing storage and treatment facilities for animal production operations all over the country. The 2008 EPA CAFO rules cite this tool as part of the procedure to determine if a facility will discharge animal waste.

News Source: Focus on Nutrient Management (PDF, 764 KB)

News Source: Focus on Nutrient Management (PDF, 764 KB) 38 Nutrient Management Initiative Sites Established in 2009 Soil Fertility Research Program Approved by Legislature Mining Soil Fertility Can Be Costly! How do I Determine My Nitrogen Rate? Nutrient Management and USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs Fall Nitrogen Best Management Practices and Soil Temperature Network Pilot Proj

Webinar: TARGETED BMPS TO MAXIMIZE RUNOFF REDUCTION

... Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call: Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-3859623 (US) Call-in number: 1-443-8636602 (US) Show global numbers: click here. Conference Code: 586 574 2199 For assistance 1. Go to nethope.webex.com/nethope/mc 2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support". To add this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click here. For more information on WIIN or the webinar, visit www.ctic.org/WIIN or call (765) 494-9555.Click to get file.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of NWQI. This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or otherwise—with diverse watershed management and communication strategies. Our first forum will ... more.

Planned Grazing System

... reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Consider food, water and herd size. How it works Pasture is divided into two or more pastures or paddocks with fencing. Cattle are moved from paddock to paddock on a pre-arranged schedule based on forage availability and livestock nutrition needs. How it helps Improves vegetative cover, reducing erosion and improving water quality. Increases harvest efficiency and helps ensure adequate forage throughout the grazing season. Increases forage quality and production which helps increase feed efficiency and can improve profits. Rotating also evenly distributes manure nutrient resources. Planning ahead Is there enough water of good quality available in all pastures to meet the needs of your livestock? Is the mix ... more.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... for multiple public- and private-sector stakeholders. For instance, EPA and the States can use these data to track progress and better focus efforts to meet the ambitious goals of the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force. Private-sector players throughout agri-food system supply chains can better understand market trends in the adoption of cover crops and specific tillage systems that impact environmental sustainability, such as GHG emissions and soil carbon sequestration. Conservation organizations can better understand where efforts are most needed to improve soil health and water quality outcomes. ViewOpTIS Data Indiana Pilot Study Ten years of tillage-transect data collected by the State of Indiana were used to verify the ability of OpTIS algorithms to automatica ... more.

Bioenergy Productions

... project will address: the disconnection between producers and users (potential new conversion facilities are constrained by the lack of lignocelluloses feedstock, producers of feedstock do not embrace these new crops because they have no outlet for their product); the need to produce biomass in a sustainable way, namely not displacing other land uses, and minimizing environmental impacts to air and water. A DOE-funded analysis to date has shown that there is a significant opportunity to greatly increase the land available for biomass production if under-productive acreage in edge of field, riparian and roadway buffers is used, even partially. Further, increases in biomass productivity on these lands, potentially doubling the harvestable biomass ... more.

CTIC in the News

... 2018 Landowners Support Cover Crops Corn and Soybean Digest, August 2018 Time Is Money Corn and Soybean Digest, July 2018 Nitrogen Cycling and Cover Crops Corn and Soybean Digest, June 2018 All In On Cover Crop Corn and Soybean Digest, April 2018 Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois EPA and other partners will conduct water quality monitoring in the watershed to document and determine if conservation practices are making a difference. This project funded in part by IL EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Wisconsin, Not Just a Dairy Tour! (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2010)

... AM Bus departs Celina, OH 6:15 AM Bus stops in Bluffton, IN to pick up more passengers 9:30AM - 1:00 PM Tour Fair Oaks Dairy, Northwest IN 5:00 PM - Check in at The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI 6:00 PM Dinner with local farmers at the Great Dane Pub August 31, 2010 7:45 AM - Paul Zimmerman, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, discusses current and future environmental issues in Wisconsin 9:00 AM - Dennis Frame, Wisconsin Discovery Farms, presents “Protecting Farming and the Environment” 12:00 PM - Tour and lunch at Pioneer Discovery Farm, Platteville, WI 2:15 PM - Visit Riechers Beef, Darlington, WI 6:00 PM - Dinner cruise on Lake Monona September 1, 2010 7:00 AM - Depart Madison 11:30 AM - Tour and lunch at water quality field s ... more.

The Flatwater Group

CTIC Corporate Member, The Flatwater Group (TFG), specializes in restoration design, water resources, planning, and environmental engineering. TFG was founded and organized on the principles of flexible client services coupled with creative solutions, and we strive to produce a successful product not just for their clients, but with their clients. The quality of TFG's professional services is excellent and their status under management ownership has brought an unequalled level of effort and commitment to the ... more.

2011 TOUR DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED

The early discount deadline has been extended to July 14! Join CTIC for its annual Conservation In Action Tour 2011. This year’s Tour will focus on agriculture’s influence on the environmental and economic health of Maumee River and Bay, as well as Lake Erie. WHEN: August 9, 2011 WHERE: Northwest Ohio WHAT: The Tour will highlight producers implementing innovative conservation practices and solutions to water quality issues. "Early Bird" registration for the Conservation In Action Tour 2011 is now open! ... more.

New Opportunities

Markets for water quality and carbon trading credits could allow growers to earn money for the environmental services they provide.

Cover Crop Workshop (August 25, 2009)

... and learn how to use cover crops on your operation. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has partnered with Madison County SWCD, Purdue University, NRCS, Michigan State University, the Midwest Cover Crops Council , CISCO seeds and Ag Conservation Solutions to bring you a full day workshop on How to Use Cover Crops. First, you will learn about the economic and environmental benefits of using cover crops. As the morning progresses the sessions will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started with cover crops. You will hear details on how to choose the right cover crop, discuss costs and benefits associated with cover crops, learn when to plant and how to kill the cover crop and m much more. After the indoor sessions are through we will take a bus to a nearby demonstr ... more.

Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

... to create this web site as a way to further fulfill our mission," says Karen Scanlon, executive director of CTIC. "We see steady on-line traffic as people browse through the wide variety of resources linked to the site." Popular links include an array of online manure management planners, cost calculators and publications developed by university specialists in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and 35 Tribes. Contact information for waste management experts in the region are available by simply clicking on a map. There is also a Success Stories section, archiving all of the manure management features run in Partners over the past two years. The articles cover livestock waste ma ... more.

Changes in Manure Management in the Hog Sector: 1998 - 2004

... and how these practices evolved between 1998 and 2004. Included are the effects of structural changes, recent policies on manure management technologies and practices, the use of nutrient management plans, and manure application rates. The findings suggest that larger hog operations are altering their manure management decisions in response to binding nutrient application constraints, and that environmental policy is contributing to the adoption of conservation compatible manure management practices. www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB50

Components of a IPM Plan

Components of a Plan Know your pests Today, we are armed with improved controls of weeds, insects and diseases. The arsenal of management strategies available allows for better control with less environmental risk. Know your action thresholds Just the presence of weeds or pests doesn’t justify the application of a control measure. The weed and pest pressure must be a threat to reduce yields or quality enough to make sense. This level of pressure to justify a control measure is called the action threshold. Know your fields Scouting is following a routine designed to detect a weed ... more.

Illinois Soybean Association

We live our values by making sustainability goals part of everything we do throughout the soybean lifecycle - from soil to seed to marketplace. Our environmental stewardship programs encourage reduced tillage as well as other tactics to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, water and air quality, and a variety of best management practices.

2019 CIA Tour

The 2019 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour will be held August 20-21, 2019 in central Iowa. We'll examine a wide range of edge-of-field systems and other conservation practices that help Iowa farmers build soil quality and protect water quality. Details will be posted to this page—save the date and check in periodically for more information. For more information on our past tours, view our archive page.

2016 Tour Wrap-Up

... more than 180 crops ranging from potatoes to dairy products to trout.. Farmers, crop consultants, agribusiness professionals, state and federal agency representatives, and conservation group leaders visited four farms to see conservation agriculture and innovative conservation systems up-close. What We Learned: Stop #1 - Dixon Farm, Greenleaf, Idaho Water quality and availability as it impacts high-efficiency irrigation Irrigation/water delivery system Semi-permanent drip irrigation Managing multi-year crops in highly variable soils Stop #2 – M&M Feedlot, Parma, Idaho Business and neighborly impacts of creating an attractive, low-odor environment Air quality and ammonia permits Nutrient and water management &n ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

... is working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the effective engagement by NRCS in delivering watershed projects and to enhance the agency's ability to communicate the issues and success of watershed projects. This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources.

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2010 NLA Workshop

2010 NLA Workshop November 1-2, 2010 Oklahoma City, OK Draft Agenda November 1, 2010 1:00 - 1:30 pm 2012 NLA overview,Amina Pollard, EPA Each indicator group will have two hours to present their analysis of potential indicators for the 2012 lakes survey and discuss their thoughts with the steering committee. 1:30 - 3:30 pm Water Quality Indicators 3:30 - 5:30 pm Physical Habitat Indicators November 2, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am Biological Indicators 11:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch (on own) 12:30 - 2:30 pm Recreational Indicators 2:30 - 4:00 pm Recap, discussion and next steps,Amina Pollard, EPA

A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality

A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality This publication will review research on nutrient management BMPs for the two nutrients of major concern, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, with an emphasis on integrating BMPs with conservation tillage.

Pasture Planting

... it works Drill or broadcast adapted grass or legumes into a low-producing pasture or a steep, eroding cropland field. How it helps Heavy grass cover slows water flow, reducing soil erosion. Good pastures protect water quality by filtering runoff water and increasing infiltration. Lush pastures give cover and habitat for wildlife. As plants recycle and roots die, organic matter in the soil is improved. Planning ahead Are selected species suited to your soil types? Have you chosen species that will help you reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides? Have you chosen species that will meet the needs of y ... more.

National Pork Board

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Pork Board, has a mission to provide the scientific support for identifying and addressing issues affecting the health, safety and quality of the pork industry’s animals, products or people. Broad areas of responsibility include pork quality, environment, food safety, swine health, animal welfare and producer health and safety. To learn more about the National Pork Board, visit www.pork.org

UPSTREAM HEROES

CTIC's Upstream Heroes campaignfeatures success stories about farmers who have developed and adopted sound nutrient efficiency strategies - protecting their bottom lines as well as local and downstream water quality. Positive stories can highlight agriculture's role in contributing to water quality solutions, such as thoseassociated with high nutrient loads in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. National agriculture and general media sources will have access to stories about our Upstream Heroes.

Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide

Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide This guide introduces the elements that are key to the trading process, noting critical questions to keep in mind as you go. References for additional information are also included.

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009

... profitable and sustainable. I hope you all will join us in 2009 for the Tour in western Illinois (see more details). CTIC broke new ground this year, too, with new workshops and conferences on important topics for agriculture. In August, CTIC hosted a pilot workshop in Ohio that brought together agricultural producers and advisors and wastewater and energy utilities to learn about water quality credit trading. The positive feedback we received on the format and content of the workshop was inspiring and will help us to deliver three more workshops in 2009. In September, CTIC was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) for a project that promotes the use of cover crops to transition producers to a continuous no-till farming sys ... more.

Woodland Management

Improving the quality and quantity of woodland growing stock and maintaining ground cover and litter for soil and water conservation. How it works Existing woodland or other suitable land is dedicated to timber production. Livestock is excluded. Optimum tree populations are determined by the kinds of trees planted and their adaptability to your soils. Existing trees or newly planted trees are thinned, pruned a ... more.

Terrace

... water and guide it to an outlet. There are two basic types of terraces—storage terraces and gradient terraces. Storage terraces collect water and store it until it can infiltrate into the ground or be released through a stable outlet. Gradient terraces are designed as a channel to slow runoff water and carry it to a stable outlet like a grassed waterway. How it helps Both water quality and soil quality are improved. Terraces with grass on front or backslopes can provide nesting habitat. Planning ahead Will other conservation practices be used in conjunction with terraces to prevent sedimentation? Tech notes Chisel the parts of the terrace that will be farmed to loosen compacted soil. Fertilize and seed according to NRCS recommendations. Grassed backslope t ... more.

Nutrient Management

Applying the correct amount, form, and timing of plant nutrients for optimum yield and minimum impact on water quality. How it works After taking a soil test, setting realistic yield goals, and taking credit for contributions from previous years' crops and manure applications, crop nutrient needs are determined. Nutrients are then applied at the proper time by the proper application method. Nutrient sources include animal manure, biosolids, and commercial fertilizers. These steps reduce the potential ... more.

Manure Management and Air Quality - University of Minnesota Extension

Various planner resources and research, educational programs and materials focus on economically feasible and environmentally-sound manure handling systems that also meet Federal, state, and local air and water quality protection regulations.

NPS Monitoring Workshop Presentations

... Data for Assessment and Planning Observational Approaches to Monitoring and Assessment Characterizing Baseline Water Body Conditions Interpreting and Using Existing Data to Identify Pollution Causes and Sources Monitoring and Pollutant Load Estimation Load Estimation Models and Spreadsheets Identifying Critical Areas for BMP Applications Linking BMPs to Pollutant Sources Data Quality Objectives and Quality Assurance Project Plans Who Does the Monitoring? Estimating Monitoring Costs Presenting Monitoring and Assessment Information Why do Monitoring Projects Succeed or Fail?

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

... expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields. The MCCC is comprised of a diverse group of academia, production agriculture, non-governmental organizations, commodity interests, private sector and representatives from federal and state agencies collaborating to address soil, water, air and agricultural quality concerns in the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins (including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Manitoba, Ontario, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota). The group's belief is cover crops are a practical way to decrease soil erosion, increase nutrient recycling by crops and decrease soil and nutrient waste entering waterways. Dr. Eileen J. Kladivko, professor of ... more.

Connecting People

Developing effective conservation agriculture systems starts with people, each bringing perspective on what's needed and how to address the economic and environmental challenges in the field. For 3 decades, CTIC has provided the forum for people to connect across boundaries, bringing together people from government, academia, agribusiness, the non-profit community and the farm to find ways to put conservation into action. Indian Creek Watershed Project The Indian Creek Watershed Project brought together farmers and other stakeholders in a central Illinoi ... more.

Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed

Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

CTIC is doing the math on cover crops. You can, too.

CTIC’s Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project, usually called "Cover Crop Math," will pencil out the full range of benefits that cover crops bring to the farm and surrounding areas. Twenty-one farmers in seven states across the Midwest are sharing samples and information from their operations which project partners are analyzing. Four farmers are conducting additional nitrogen rate strip trials to qu ... more.

Dave Gustafson Steps In As Interim Executive Director

... has spent the past few months supporting the organization as interim executive director. Helping guide the day-to-day operations of the office as well as the strategic direction of the organization, Dave and the board have provided steady leadership as CTIC positions itself for even greater impact. With a PhD in chemical engineering and three decades of experience as an environmental scientist in the crop protection industry - including tenure at Monsanto, which he represented on CTIC's board - Dave has also served on variousgovernmental and civil society efforts focused on conservation and sustainability issues. His current independent research focuses on using modeling to help food systems meet human nutrition needs in more sustainable ways. ... more.

CTIC News

... There CTIC recently had the opportunity to purchase CTIC.org as a domain name. The CTIC web site can be reached at www.ctic.org and www.conservationinformation.org. Same web site…just a little easier to find us now. In addition, all CTIC staff can be reached at lastname@conservationinformation.org and lastname@ctic.org. CTIC Project Spotlight Working with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CTIC and partners in three regions within the Mississippi River basin are joining efforts to improve nutrient use efficiency and increase nutrient management at the farm level. Learn more about this project -- Building Innovative Industry-Producer Partnerships to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico – and get involved. Click here.

Who We Are

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a nationalpublic-private partnership that envisions the widespread use of economically and environmentally beneficial agricultural systems. Members of CTIC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, include farmers, policy makers, regulators, academic researchers, agribusiness leaders, conservation group personnel, farm media, and others. The organization is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other public entities. It is our ... more.

Reflecting on 2017

... the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trends in conservation agriculture through projects and surveys, such as our annual cover crop survey and our Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project.

Reflecting on 2017...

... the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trends in conservation agriculture through projects and surveys, such as our annual cover crop survey and our Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project.

Introducing the Benthic Workgroup Objectives Webinar

July 26, 2016 EPA Region 5 Chicago, Illinois Click on the title links below for the slide presentations. Welcome – Hugh Sullivan, EPA AMBI / mAmbi – Peg Pelletier, EPA ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab Weighted Tolerance Value – Ted Angradi, EPA ORD, Duluth Modified OTI – Lyuba Burlakova, Great Lakes Center, Buffalo State College Recorded Webinar - July 26, 2016

2014 Achievements

... to Winnipeg to share their insight and BMPs. • We hosted a hypoxia panel for leading farm journalists at the Agricultural Media Summit. • Our Indian Creek Watershed Project yielded a highly successful tour and three great presentations at the 2014 International Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference. • We kicked off our 2.5-year Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops CIG project. • Our 7th annual Conservation in Action Tour brought more than 150 conservation-minded participants to Florida for a look at cutting edge stormwater treatment, nutrient management and wildlife enhancement projects. We even got cited on Capitol Hill by none other than U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and NRCS Chief Jason Weller. Thank ... more.

The gap between cover crop knowledge and practice

Cover crops can provide a multitude of environmental benefits, including reducing soil erosion, minimizing nitrogen leaching, and increasing soil carbon storage (Delgado et al. 2007; Singer et al. 2007; Hargrove 1991). Anderson-Wilk, M. 2008. The gap between cover crop knowledge and practice. J. Soil Water Conserv. 63(4):96A.

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Koch Agronomic Services

Koch is one of the largest producers and marketers of fertilizer in the world. Our Agrotain nitrogen stabilizer controls nitrogen loss for higher yields and better environmental performance. Our network of national experts and local representatives connects Koch Agronomic Services with the fertilizer dealers and farmers who can harness the benefits of Agrotain.

Growmark

Growmark is a cooperative organization based in Bloomington, Ill., one of the top ten co-ops in the nation. Among our core values is to "promote the welfare of the community and environmental stewardship," a commitment that we carry out daily throughout our organization.

CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

Agricultural conservation systems produce good yields and strong profits while responsibly managing environmental resources. These systems efficiently manage nutrients and pests, control irrigation and drainage water flows, use cover crops, rotate crops to maximize conservation benefits and minimize equipment wear. See CTIC's conservation systems information sheet HERE.

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

... crops and conservation tillage, to correctly incorporate the practices into their operation, to evaluate the changes and adapt management to optimize yield and resource protection. By providing this three-tiered support, this project builds producer capacity to effectively manage, adapt and commit to the long-term implementation of these conservation practices. Partners U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Midwest Cover Crops Council, Ohio No-Till Council, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Activities The project includes the following activities: CTIC will host 18 workshops promoting the use of cover crops with continuous no-till. The first workshops will be in ... more.

Pork Manure Specifics - National Pork Board

Information concerning odor mitigation, storage, nutrient management, and much more are listed here as well as a searchable Environmental Research Database.

Conservation Tillage and Plant Biotechnology

Conservation Tillage and Plant Biotechnology: How New Technologies Can Improve the Environment By Reducing the Need to Plow Introduces and outlines environmental benefits of conservation tillage, while highlighting trends that like biotechnology with conservation tillage.

Wetlands: A More Profitable Alternative?

Wetlands: A More Profitable Alternative? CTIC tells the story of 10 operations around the country that have restored wetlands on their agricultural property... and have reaped environmental and economic benefits.

The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape An interactive computer game that takes learners of all ages through various best management and conservation practices to turn a rundown farm and landscape into an environmental showplace! Point and click on various areas of the farm to answer related multiple choice questions. With each correct answer the farm scape changes to show the improvement made (complete with sound effects!). Once you make it through the set of questions correctly, the farm is set in motion with animation. A learning tool that's downright fun! Developed jointly for CTIC by our public and pri ... more.

America's Wetlands - Our Vital Link Between Land and Water

This full-color publication defines a wetland, describes the role of wetlands, wetlands protection, and status and trends associated with wetlands. Developed and published by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

... primary hypothesis is that the way in which information is presented will significantly affect farmers’ interest in and eventual adoption of offset-eligible practices. In many cases,it isbelieved thatthis framing effect will be as strong as or stronger than the effect of a modest offset payment. The information presented promotes conservation tillage with an environmental stewardship frame versus a neutral, control frame, and discussing the potential for offset payments for conservation tillage or not. As noted, we intend to determine if the framed treatments will generate greater interest in conservation tillage than unframed treatments, including unframed treatments that mention potential offset opportunities. Partner Purdue University Activities ... more.

Nutrients in Our Environment - Past, Present, and Beyond (February 18, 2010)

... Wireless Center 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, Minnesota Commercial fertilizer and livestock manure are recognized assets to agricultural operations. They both contain essential plant nutrients which enhance crop yields when properly applied to soils. Nutrients can be managed efficiently with the latest techniques and technologies, to avoid the potential financial and environmental risks of nitrogen and phosphorus reaching surface and ground water. Learn about research developments and new tools for improving on-farm nutrient efficiency. Contact:brian.c.williams@state.mn.us Please register by calling 651-201-6141. Your fee of $10 at the door will cover your refreshments and lunch. Conference Presentations Speaker Contac ... more.

Small Community Wastewater Education Workshop (October 22, 2009)

... and adopt a viable solution for the treatment of wastewater within their community. October 22 - Mankato, Minnesota CTIC hosted a one day workshop on October 22, 2009 to help small communities learn how to solve their wastewater problems that they are facing. The workshop which was co sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided the tools needed to move forward and tackle the task of fixing the wastewater issues that small communities are facing. Community leaders, Township officials and Lake Associations attended this valuable workshop. Barry Tonning's Presentations Doug Malchow's Presentations Pam Meyer's Presentations Agenda For more info ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs

... or purchase a copy of this manual, visit www.sare.org/publications/croprotation.htm. Farmers can take steps to reduce manure pathogens in runoff Scientists with The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center say farmers who apply manure as a fertilizer to their no-till field can decrease the chance that pathogens end up in runoff, which can pose environmental and health hazards. These researchers studied the transport of Cryptosporidium – a parasite present in animal waste – through no-till and tilled fields. They found that a greater amount of the parasite moved along with excess water through no-till fields and into tile drains than in tilled fields, especially during a rain event. However, they say, by following a few simp ... more.

April Research & Technology Briefs

... Economic Returns for Conservation Tillage and Cotton Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have improved the precision of calculating the costs and benefits of using conservation tillage in cotton production. Learn more at this web site: www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/090317.htm. EPA Announces Video Contest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $2,500 to the winning video that educates homeowners, farmers and communities about water pollution issues. Video submissions must be 30- or 60-second video that can be used as a TV public service announcement or a 1- to 3-minute instructional video (one winner in each category). The deadline for submitting videos to EPA is Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Get more det ... more.

National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

This is an Extension system website featuring resources and answers to inquiries from livestock waste experts. Includes timely topics and newsletters, and a calendar of conferences and educational events.

Manure Spill Response Video

A 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Manure Management Planner - University of Illinois Extension

In Illinois, there are three different manure management plans that a livestock facility might need to have. University of Illinois Extension has worked with Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop one website of step-by-step instructions that, if completed, will comply with the needs of all three agencies.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

What's a Crop Nutrient Management plan? A Crop Nutrient Management plan is a tool to increase the efficiency of all the nutrient sources your crop uses while reducing production and environmental risk, ultimately, increasing profit. 10 KEY COMPONENTS Ag experts agree that there are ten fundamental components of a Crop Nutrient Management Plan. Each component is critical to helping you analyze each field and improve nutrient efficiency for the crops you grow. 1. Field map. The map, including general reference points (such as streams, residences, wellheads ... more.

Swine Manure Testing Project

The Upper Wabash Nutrient Management Coalition is working with the Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance (GLWWA) to collect data on swine manure nutrient content. The GLWWA’s watershed action plan, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, includes objectives related to agriculture. Many focus on reducing nutrient loading to streams. Nutrient loads can be reduced by addressing erosion problems and using best management practices when apply nutrients to the fields. The swine manure testing project helps facilitate farmers’ proper application of nutrients. The goal of this project is to discover if local ... more.

Nutrient Management

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service US Environmental Protection Agency National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Livestock Waste Management Information for the Midwest - CTIC International Plant Nutrition Institute—Plant Nutrition Today

Environmental Defense Fund

2018 Membership Drive

... Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a unique public-private partnership that brings together farmers, researchers, policy makers, regulators, agribusiness leaders, conservation group organizers and others at the same table to share information on conservation farming systems. In short, we Connect, Inform and Champion to encourage the adoption of practices that protect soil, water and air quality as well as farmers’ economic sustainability. There has never been a better time to join CTIC. We’ve got great programs in the field and a clearinghouse full of information on everything from selecting the right cover crops to organizing watershed-wide conservation projects. In addition to the information below, a membership application is now available online at https://www.ctic ... more.

Terry Lenssen

Location Lyden, WA Documents Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges, Capital Press, February 3, 2017 Images $(document).ready(function(){ $('#terry_lenssen_img img').on('click', function() { $('.enlargeImageModalSource').attr('src', $(this).attr('src')); $('#enlargeImageModal2').modal('show'); }); }); × Click the below images to enlarge them ... more.

Scaling Up Water Quality Efforts in Iowa

Wallaces Farmer, August 2018

OpTIS: Where Technology Drives Conservation Results

... more of the crops that clothe, fuel and feed the world. One way to help alleviate this pressure is to significantly improvesoil healthon cropland. By adopting practices like planting winter cover crops and reducing—or better yet eliminating—tillage practices, farmers can significantly improve productivity of their fields, reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and increase carbon storage. In fact, agricultural soils are among the planet's largest reservoirs (orsinks) of carbon. Improving soil on American croplands has the potential to mitigate 25 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to taking 5 million passenger cars off the road for one year.

Mission

CONNECT CTIC brings people together. We build coalitions. We connect farmers, researchers, policymakers, agribusiness, and lead discussions that move conversations ahead. INFORM CTIC is a clearinghouse for convservation information, from Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) regional trend data to how to implement practices on your farm. CHAMPION CTIC he ... more.

2010 Tour Wrap-Up

Participants found out how agriculture protects water quality and improves soil health during the Conservation In Action Tour 2010. WHEN: August 2-3, 2010 WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia WHAT: Visited farms and farmers in east central Virginia who run profitable operations and provide communities with valuable ecosystem services. Fill out an Evaluation Form from the Conservation In Action Tour ... more.

Demonstration: Nitrogen Application Timing

... N to the crop all season long, not just when it's applied, allowing the crop to reach full genetic potential. The unique polymer coating helps prevent against all forms of N loss, including volatilization, denitrification, and leaching. When used correctly, ESN® can substantially reduce N losses to surface water, subsurface drainage water, and groundwater, a positive impact to water quality. Producers! Interested in trying one of our demonstration practices? Contact Terry Bachtold at 815-848-4455. Right Source Match fertilizer type to crop needs Select appropriate nutrient sources for cropping system Test soils Consider N, P, K secondary and micronutrient Consider enhanced efficiency fertilizers Plan nutrient regimen ... more.

Demonstrations

Our demonstrations illustrate the 4 Rs of nutrient management: Right Source Right Rate Right Place Right Time We demonstrate management systems---not individual practices. We measure practice success through agronomic yield, economic sustainability, nutrient use efficiency and water quality impacts. Agrium's ESN v. Urea Agrium designed ESN®, a polymer coated urea, to slow the release of nitrogen into the environment. This is allows the plant to access nitrogen when it needs it the most... Read more. Application Timing We designed this study to demonstrate the differences in nitrogen rates and yields with different urea application ... more.

Promoting Conservation Back Button

CTIC Projects « Promoting Conservation « NARS Water Quality Spotlights

Tour Agenda

... – 7:00 pm Evening Social – ACRE September 6 7:00 am Registration and Box Breakfast Pick-up – Purdue Union 7:30 am Depart Purdue Union 8:00 – 9:30 am Purdue Dairy –West Lafayette, Indiana Managing manure and nutrients to protect water quality Nutrient recycling strategies and management plan Herd/dairy management and research 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Muller Farm –Oxford, Indiana Drainage water management Big Pine Creek watershed project Drainage water management system Absentee landowner Lunch(Muller Farm) ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following crop Suppress weeds, potential reducing the need for herbicides Suppress soil-born diseases and nematodes, potentially reducing the need for insecticides Attract beneficial insects such as pollinators Increase yields of the following crop Improve soil quality Cropping Decisions Survey Summary with Howard G Buffet Foundation and CTIC.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following crop Suppress weeds, potential reducing the need for herbicides Suppress soil-born diseases and nematodes, potentially reducing the need for insecticides Attract beneficial insects such as pollinators Increase yields of the following crop Improve soil quality Cropping Decisions Survey Summary with Howard G Buffet Foundation and CTIC.

Helping People, Land and Water: The Cover Crop Story

What do farms, water quality and the Great Lakes have in common? They all are helped by cover crops. Through the Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative, CTIC and partners planted 36,970 acres of cover crops, providing many benefits to farmers in the Great Lakes region. Hear from three farmers in the Great Lakes basin, a researcher on Lake Erie and a Michigan State University Extension educator as they present "The Cover Crop ... more.

…and looking forward to 2018!

... will be held in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area this summer. Plans are already underway, and we’re thrilled to share more information with you in the coming months. Working with USDA on a project to highlight successful strategies for organizing local watershed protection efforts that engage local stakeholders and effectively communicate how agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and public ... more.

...and looking forward to 2018!

... will be held in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area this summer. Plans are already underway, and we’re thrilled to share more information with you in the coming months. Working with USDA on a project to highlight successful strategies for organizing local watershed protection efforts that engage local stakeholders and effectively communicate how agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and public ... more.

Don't forget to renew your membership

Have you checked your mailbox for CTIC’s annual membership renewal notice? Renewing your membership helps us continue to make a difference in conservation agriculture and helps us continue to grow our organization. CTIC members play a critical role in spreading the message about how conservation practices can help improve soil and water quality, boost profitability and more. We couldn’t do it without you! As a CTIC member, you: Network with leaders in conservation and agriculture Collaborate on projects that encourage and steer conservation efforts Access the latest research and information Gain national recognition for your support of agricultural conservation. Have recognition on CTIC's w ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Systems

... soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following crop Suppress weeds, potential reducing the need for herbicides Suppress soil-born diseases and nematodes, potentially reducing the need for insecticides Attract beneficial insects such as pollinators Increase yields of the following crop Improve soil quality

May 1 and May 2, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio This training was co-located with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s (NWQMC) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 28-May 2. The R training was a one day, interactive session held on May 1 or May 2, 2014 and focused on the analysis of NARS data using the R computing language. Topics included: Data preparation: building a state-level dataset. How to compute population estimates of the ecological condition of aquatic systems ... more.

2012 Workshop

... and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation). Provide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. The NARS Workshops and Trainings were held in conjunction with the 8th National Water Quality Monitoring Conference (NWQMC).

Key Practices

Terry and Troy Lenssen of Lenssen Dairy in Lynden, Washington, safeguard water quality in a variety of ways, including: The Application Risk Management tool from Whatcom Conservation District, which puts their information through an algorithm to determine the risk of a manure application during the wet winter or early spring. Risk analysis, conducted with their local conservation district. “Relay cropping,” 30 to 50 pounds of Italian ryegrass or cereal rye blow ... more.

2018 CONSERVATION IN ACTION TOUR

CTIC's 11th annual Conservation in Action Tour is heading to the eastern shore! Join us in Maryland as we visit part of the country's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, to get a front row view of how the area is leading the way in innovative conservation to improve water quality.

FROM THE FIELD

The Indian Creek Watershed Project demonstrated the power of voluntary conservation practices to impact local water quality. Hear local farmers explain how their community banded together to put conservation systems into action.

Water Quality Trends in Rice

Ron Rice and Luigi Trotta

A decade of advances in cover crops

Cover crops with limited irrigation can increase yields, crop quality, and nutrient and water use efficiencies while protecting the environment. Delgado, J.A., M. A. Dillon, R. T. Sparks, and S. Y.C. Essah. 2007. A decade of advances in cover crops. J. Soil Water Conserv. 62(5):110A-117A.

The Great Crop Rotation Cover-Up

... and canola -- in rotation with his sorghum and wheat acres. Caldwell, Jeff. 2009. The great crop rotation cover-up. Agriculture Online. Using Cover_crops SAG 08 09 This is a literature review of cover crop benefits from Dabney et al. 2001 and Dabney 1996. Oilseed_Radish Oilseed radish is a unique cover crop that farmers are planting to improve their soil quality for economic crop production. IndianaRMA Interest and use of cover crops as a practice to reduce high nutrient and sediment levels along existing water sources has increased across the Midwest. Cover Crops Helps Chart-After Corn-Corn Silage-DR Cover crop decision making chart for the year after corn. Cover Crops Helps Chart-After Cereal Grains- ... more.

MIDWEST SOIL IMPROVEMENT SYMPOSIUM

Join CTIC and GYPSOIL for a major symposium on soil quality presented by research scientists, producers and crop consultants. The event will be held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, on March 7, 2013.

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Conservation In Action Tour, July 9 and 10 in Livingston County, Ill. We’ll be visiting the hub of several outstanding watershed conservation projects, with stops at demonstration plots, on-farm trials and in-stream water quality testing stations. More than 40 percent of the farm acreage in the 80-square-mile watershed is enrolled in conservation programs, and many of the watershed’s 160 farmers are on the CTIC-facilitated Indian Creek Watershed Project advisory board. That dramatic level of involvement was the subject of the webinar that launched the Great Rivers/Upstream Heroes Waters ... more.

Agri Drain

Agri Drain is a leader in agricultural drainage management systems. Our industry provides practice and product based solutions across our great nation. We can help offset the impact of weather, improve water quality and availability, reduce flooding, create wildlife habitat, and keep our farmers productive and profitable.

New Leader

The New Leader line of crop nutrient applicators from Highway Equipment Company is an integral part of fertilizer handling - vital for improving water quality and farm sustainability in the Mississippi River Basin. "Right place" is one of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship, and New Leader equipment is proud of its role in promoting and enabling that key tactic.

30th ANNIVERSARY SUMMARY AND PHOTOS

... 30th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to take stock of the conservation achievements of American agriculture over the last 30 years, trace the path that the industry has taken to get where we are, and chart a course for the future,” said CTIC board member Ron Olson of The Mosaic Company, the lead sponsor for the event. “Information about the stewardship of soil, water and air quality is absolutely critical to agriculture and to society as a whole. CTIC has a long and proud history of sharing the information that helps put conservation practices on the ground to everybody’s benefit.”

COVER CROP FIELD DAYS

CTIC's cover crop projects are working with numerous partners to bring quality field days to producers throughout our project areas. Click here to find details about the many events.

Nitrogen Application Timing

... all season long, not just when it's applied, allowing the crop to reach full genetic potential. The unique polymer coating helps prevent against all forms of N loss, including volatilization, denitrification, and leaching. When used correctly, ESN® can substantially reduce N losses to surface water, subsurface drainage water, and groundwater, a positive impact to water quality. Producers! Interested in trying one of our demonstration practices? Contact Terry Bachtold at 815-848-4455. More... Right Source Match fertilizer type to crop needs + Select appropriate nutrient sources for cropping system ... more.

CTIC FEATURED ON AG DAY

... featured CTIC in a story as part of its ongoing "Future of Farming" series. Tyne Morgan, national reporter, visited the CTIC office in early March to interview Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director. The story aired Wednesday, March 21. Karen and Upstream Hero Larry Bonnell, interviewed on his farm in Michigan, discussed conservation successes, cover crops and water quality in the broadcast. The AgDay report also promoted CTIC's Conservation In Action Tour 2012 in the Mississippi Delta this year. To view the broadcast, click here, or for a written summary click here. CTIC thanks AgDay and Tyne Morgan for great promotion of conservation and the Conservation In Action Tour.

4Rs

Our demonstrations illustrate the 4 Rs of nutrient management: Right Source Right Rate Right Place Right Time We demonstrate management systems-- not individual practices. We measure practice success through agronomic yield, economic sustainability, nutrient use efficiency and water quality impacts.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010

What is agriculture doing to protect water quality and improve soil health? Find out on CTIC's Conservation in Action Tour 2010. Participants will visit farms and farmers in east central Virginia who have built successful, profitable farming operations through conservation and are providing their community with valuable ecosystem services. Recognizing, supporting and paying for agriculture’s ecosystem services – through government ... more.

Splash

... game that delivers information on non-point source pollution in a fast-paced and entertaining format. Appealing for audiences of all ages, it teaches fundamental concepts about non-point source pollution prevention measures in a farm, city, and neighborhood setting. Point and click screens that move and have sound help players learn how day-to-day decisions can affect the water quality of lakes and streams.

Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects:

... nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following crop Suppress weeds, potential reducing the need for herbicides Suppress soil-born diseases and nematodes, potentially reducing the need for insecticides Attract beneficial insects such as pollinators Increase yields of the following crop Improve soil quality

Contour Buffer Strip

... on the contour, runoff flows evenly across the entire surface of the grass strip, reducing sheet and rill erosion. How it helps Vegetation provides cover and habitat for small birds and animals. The strips reduce erosion by slowing water flow and increasing water infiltration. By reducing siltation and filtering nutrients and chemicals from runoff, grass strips improve water quality. Planning ahead Have you decided whether you want parallel crop strips or parallel buffer strips? Are other conservation measures such as crop residue management installed or planned to help reduce siltation of grass strips? Will planned acres in row crops meet your production objectives? Tech notes Buffer strips must be at least 15 feet wide. * Either crop strips ... more.

National Farmers Union

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, the National Farmers Union, was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas, to help the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices. NFU has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. To learn more about the National Farmers Union, visit www.nfu.org.

Yetter Manufacturing

CTIC Corporate Member, Yetter Manufacturing, is committed toward providing you with products built for years of use. From design to final assembly, Yetter products are constructed to withstand the rigors of even the toughest field conditions. They have a relentless pursuit of quality and are always looking for ways to improve equipment while controlling the cost of the final product. To learn more about Yetter Manufacturing, visit www.yetterco.com.

Bayer CropScience

CTIC Bronze Corporate Member, Bayer CropScience, has a vision to be a leading partner in providing innovative products and combined solutions for the production of quality food, feed and fiber to meet the global challenges of tomorrow. To learn more about Bayer CropScience, visit www.bayercropscience.com.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010 "Best Tour Yet"

Participants found out how agriculture protects water quality and improves soil health during the Conservation In Action Tour 2010. WHEN: August 2-3, 2010 WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia WHAT: Visited farms and farmers in east central Virginia who run profitable operations and provide communities with valuable ecosystem services. Fill out an Evaluation Form from the Conservation In Action Tour ... more.

Nutrients in Our Environment - Past, Present, and Beyond Presentations

... Management - Dr. Albert Sims, University of Minnesota Agriculture and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Issue - Dr. C.S. Snyder, International Plant Nutrition Institute On-Farm Evaluation of Nitrogen and Phosphorous Nutrient Management - Brian Williams, Minnesota Department of Ag Where the City Meets the Farm: a Case Study of Drainage and Water Quality - Dr. John F. Moncrief, University of Minnesota Nitrogen Management to Minimize Nitrate Losses to Water Resources - Jeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota "New" Technologies for Drainage Systems - Dr. Gary Sands, University of Minnesota Corn Belt N Guidelines - Dr. John Lamb, University of Minnesota What is Manure Really Worth? Maximizing the E ... more.

Crop Rotation - Core 4

... rotation is a common practice on sloping soils because of its potential for soil saving. Rotation also reduces fertilizer needs, because alfalfa and other legumes replace some of the nitrogen corn and other grain crops remove. How it helps Pesticide costs may be reduced by naturally breaking the cycles of weeds, insects and diseases. Grass and legumes in a rotation protect water quality by preventing excess nutrients or chemicals from entering water supplies. Meadow or small grains cut soil erosion dramatically. Crop rotations add diversity to an operation. Planning ahead Do you have use for other crops? Cover crops may help in crop rotation. Tech notes Crops must be suited to your soils. Design crop rotations to meet the residue needs of your ... more.

Conservation Tillage Photos and Graphics

... snow over the winter to provide more moisture for the newly emerging (green) soybean plants. The stalks and other crop residue will slowly decompose to help nourish the new plants. Size: 1000 x 668 pixels (297k) Source: CTIC New corn plants growing among crop residues left from a previous harvest. Crop residues reduce runoff from farm fields to improve water quality. Size: 1000 x 672 pixels (447k) Source: CTIC Standing stalks of corn (in the foreground) will slowly decompose to provide a natural mulch for the new seeds that are to be planted by the oncoming tractor. Size: 671 x 1000 pixels (176k) Source: Farm Journal Rows of soybean plants emerge from a field covered with old corn stalks fr ... more.

Crop Nutrient Management Facts

... helps farmers overcome challenges. How does it help create better soil? By leaving crop residue undisturbed for as long as possible, microbial and other biological activity in the soil feeds on the stalks, leaves and other crop residues. This increases organic matter, improves soil tilth and, ultimately increases soil productivity. Why is soil quality important? Better soil retains more moisture for dry periods, yet the improved structure speeds natural infiltration in wet spots. In the Great Plains, continuous no-till conserves 2-4" of soil moisture annually when compared to intensive tillage systems. In other areas, it improves water infiltration after the soil reaches its maximum water holding capacity. ... more.

Conservation Tillage

... research helps farmers overcome challenges. How does it help create better soil? By leaving crop residue undisturbed for as long as possible, microbial and other biological activity in the soil feeds on the stalks, leaves and other crop residues. This increases organic matter, improves soil tilth and, ultimately increases soil productivity. Why is soil quality important? Better soil retains more moisture for dry periods, yet the improved structure speeds natural infiltration in wet spots. In the Great Plains, continuous no-till conserves 2-4" of soil moisture annually when compared to intensive tillage systems. In other areas, it improves water infiltration after the soil reaches its maximum water holding capacity. ... more.

Tree Planting

... or by hand in understocked woodlands or open fields. Tree species are matched with soil types and selected to prevent soil erosion, increase income, or boost productivity of existing woodland. How it helps Improving stands of woodlands can increase profits. Ground cover created by trees and associated debris protects soil from rill and sheet erosion. Ground cover also protects water quality by filtering excess nutrients and chemicals from surface runoff and increasing infiltration rates. Healthy, well-managed woodlands provide long-term wildlife habitat. Planning ahead Is the soil suitable for producing wood crops? Is the soil suitable for the tree species you have selected? Is there a market for the species you want to plant? Do you need this land for crops or lives ... more.

Contour Farming

... row ridges built by tilling and/or planting on the contour create hundreds of small dams. These ridges or dams slow water flow and increase infiltration which reduces erosion. How it helps Contouring can reduce soil erosion by as much as 50% from up and down hill farming. * By reducing sediment and runoff, and increasing water infiltration, contouring promotes better water quality. Planning ahead Will more than one key contour line be needed because of steep or irregular slopes? Are terraces or stripcropping needed for steeper slopes? Are field borders needed to replace end rows in the contouring system to control sheet and rill erosion? Tech notes Establish a key line around the hill by using a hand level or contour gauge. Contour key l ... more.

Turning Manure into Energy

... Benson, picking up litter from hundreds of farms, so they're likely to reach areas not affected by the outbreak. Langmo says that the large service area is a hedge against running short on litter. It's also a service to the state's turkey industry. Rather than charging a tipping fee, Fibrominn pays growers for their litter – up to $10 per ton, depending on its fuel quality. It's not a steady, predictable flow of material, but the plant has a fuel hall, negatively pressured to keep odors from escaping, that houses a five-day supply of liter. In the facility's yard, the company has also stacked scrap wood that can be blended with the litter on the way to the furnace. And if that's not enough, the system can burn nearly any kind ... more.

Well Protection

... it works The way you handle materials that could contaminate a water supply, and the distance of possible contaminants from a well or other water source, can have a dramatic effect on the quality of drinking water on the farm. For instance, if you typically mix pesticides near the well, your chances of drinking water contamination from pesticides escalates. To protect your well, take an inventory of farming practices like pesticide mixing and container washing and disposal. Then assess the risk of contamination and make necessary changes. How it helps Modifications in farming oper ... more.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

... is impractical; usually part of a terrace system. How it works An embankment is built across a depressional area of concentrated water runoff to act similar to a terrace. It traps sediment and water running off farmland above the structure, preventing it from reaching farmland below. How it helps Basins improve water quality by trapping sediment on uplands and preventing it from reaching water bodies. Structures reduce gully erosion by controlling water flow within a drainage area. Grass cover may provide habitat for wildlife. Planning ahead Will basins be part of an existing terrace system? Is the site too steep for the basin to work properly or be economically feasible? Can adequate outlets be provide ... more.

Stream Protection

... the banks from heavy stream flow and reduce erosion. Fencing prevents cattle from trampling banks, destroying vegetation and stirring up sediment in the streambed. A buffer zone of vegetation along the streambank filters runoff and may also absorb excess nutrients and chemicals. How it helps Streambanks are covered with rocks, grass, trees or other cover to reduce erosion. Better water quality results from reducing amounts of nutrients, chemicals, animal waste and sediment entering the stream. Buffer zones provide cover and habitat for birds and small animals. Planning ahead Have you planned to install an offstream water system for livestock or limited livestock access to the stream? Are proper soil conservation measures installed in the stream watershed to prevent siltatio ... more.

Manure Testing

... and sending it to an approved lab for analysis to determine nutrient content is the first step in a manure management system. This data is used to match application rates to plant nutrient needs and soil test data. How it helps Manure testing and proper application to the land can reduce crop input costs. Preventing over-application of manure to crop fields results in improved water quality. Planning ahead What form of manure do you plan to apply? Have you calibrated your spreader to apply the volume of manure called for according to plant needs and nutrient value of manure? Have you reduced commercial fertilizer use after accounting for nutrients supplied by manure? Will you hire someone or take manure samples yourself? Do you plan to take soil samples to help deter ... more.

Manure Storage

... storage pond, above or below ground tank, pit underneath a confinement facility or a sheltered concrete slab area. Manure can be pumped, scraped and hauled, pushed or flushed into your storage structure. The structure's purpose is to safely contain the manure and keep nutrient loss and pollution of downstream water bodies to a minimum by preventing runoff. How it helps Protects water quality, by preventing runoff from feedlots. Cuts fertilizer costs and reduces nutrient losses. Allows for field application when conditions are right. Planning ahead Is the structure planned for the proper location considering the landscape, potential odor problems, visibility, aesthetic value and compatibility with existing farm buildings? Will the structure store manure in a form you hav ... more.

Grade Control Structure

... and reduces water flow. The structure drops water from one stabilized grade to another and prevents overfall gullies from advancing up a slope. How it helps Grade control structures are often used at the outlet of a grassed waterway to stabilize the waterway outlet, preventing gully erosion. Grassed, non-eroding waterways made possible with a grade control structure give better water quality, can be crossed with equipment, and look better than non-stabilized gullies. If it is planned to store water, a grade control structure may provide a water source and habitat for wildlife. Planning ahead Are adequate conservation practices installed above the structure to prevent sedimentation? Is the planned location in the proper place to achieve the level of control you want? ... more.

Filter Strip

... nutrients are used by the vegetation, rather than entering water supplies. Filtered water then enters water bodies. How it helps Grass, trees and shrubs provide cover for small birds and animals. Ground cover reduces soil erosion. The vegetative strip moves rowcrop operations farther from a stream. Vegetation prevents contaminants from entering water bodies, protecting water quality. Planning ahead Are adequate soil conservation measures installed above filter strips? Are plants adapted to your soil types? Have you selected the correct species of vegetation for the control you need? For example, are you establishing the filter strip around a sinkhole, to control runoff from a feedlot or to filter runoff from cropland? Tech notes Filter strips are most eff ... more.

Field Border

... to as picture frames of grass, and are used with contour farming, terrace, buffer strip and contour stripcropping systems. The grass or legume in the strip protects steep field edges from soil erosion, and provides turning and travel lanes around the field. How it helps Vegetative cover reduces sheet and rill erosion by slowing water flow. Vegetation filters runoff to improve water quality. Grass and legume strips may be harvested in some cases and are easier to turn on than end rows. Vegetation provides cover and habitat for small birds and animals. Planning ahead Will the width be wide enough to turn your equipment? Can that land qualify for set aside? Tech notes Borders must be at least 16 feet wide, or wide enough for your equipment. * Borders need to be ... more.

Farm Pond

... a dam across an existing gully or low lying area. Earth for the dam is dug out above the dam with heavy machinery to form a bowl. Generally the ponded area fills with water within a year. An overflow pipe is installed through the dam to control the water level and allow water to spill through the dam without causing erosion. How it helps Prevents soil erosion and protects water quality by collecting and storing runoff water. Provides water for livestock, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Adds value and beauty to a farm or farmstead. Provides a water supply for emergencies. Planning ahead Are adequate soil conservation measures installed near the proposed pond site to protect it from filling with sediment? Is there a dependable source of clean wa ... more.

Diversion

... is often built at the base of a slope to divert runoff away from bottom lands. A diversion may also be used to divert runoff flows away from a feedlot, or to collect and direct water to a pond. How it helps Reduces soil erosion on lowlands by catching runoff water and preventing it from reaching farmland below. Vegetation in the diversion channel filters runoff water, improving water quality. Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals. Allows better crop growth on bottom land soils. Planning ahead Are there proper soil conservation measures installed to prevent the diversion from filling with sediment? Is the outlet planned in a location which will not cause erosion? Is the diversion and outlet large enough to handle the runoff amount for that location? ... more.

Crop Residue Management

... the surface before and during planting operations provides cover for the soil at a critical time of the year. The residue is left on the surface by reducing tillage operations and turning the soil less. Pieces of crop residue shield soil particles from rain and wind until plants can produce a protective canopy. How it helps Ground cover prevents soil erosion and protects water quality. Residue improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Fewer trips and less tillage reduces soil compaction. Time, energy and labor savings are possible with fewer tillage trips. Planning ahead Will your crop produce enough residue? Is crop residue management part of a planned system of conservation measures? Do you have the needed equipment? Tech ... more.

Managing Manure and Litter on Animal Feeding Operations with Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans

CNMPs are very important resources. They provide valuable natural resource management information and help farmers and ranchers comply with water quality regulations. The final EPA regulation for CAFOs and recent public pressure elevate the importance of this NRCS planning assistance. You are encouraged to emphasize this importance and continue to communicate and collaborate with livestock and poultry industry producers and representatives. Contact. Additional copies may be ordered for NRCS offices, partners, and the public, without cost, by e-m ... more.

Critical Area Planting

Planting grass or other vegetation to protect a badly eroding area from soil erosion. How it works Grass, legumes, trees or shrubs are established in small, isolated areas of excessive erosion. The vegetation provides surface cover to stop the raindrop splash and slow water flow. How it helps It reduces soil erosion. A vegetated area improves water quality by reducing the amount of sediment, nutrients and chemicals running off farmland. Protects areas such as dams, terrace backslopes or gullied areas when vegetation may be difficult to establish. Vegetation can be planted to provide small areas of nesting cover for birds and small animals. Planning ahead Will protection provided by the critical area planting be adequate? Ar ... more.

Topics A-Z

For over 28 years, CTIC has been collecting and disseminating information on agricultural conservation. From air quality to yield, we have information to share. Click on the first letter of your topic to see the resources we have available. Don't see what you're looking for? E-mail us at ctic@ctic.org.

Top Ten IPM Tips

... damage and saving spray applications. 4. Biological Controls: Growers should promote and attract many natural enemies that can inhibit pest populations. Import and use additional biologicals where cost effective. 3. Thresholds: Before treating, the pest population should reach a level that could cause economic damage. Until that threshold is reached, the cost of yield and quality will be far less than the cost for control. 2. Chemical Controls: Growers select the most effective and appropriate pesticide and properly calibrate sprayer. Weather conditions are checked prior to spraying to confirm proper coverage and minimum drift. 1. Record Keeping: Records of soil management, planting dates, weather data, treatments and other appropriate information are ... more.

Countour Strip Cropping

... sediment and provides surface cover. Ridges formed by contoured rows slow water flow which reduces erosion. Rotating the strips from corn to legumes allows nutrient-needy crops to benefit from the nitrogen added to the soil by legumes. This practice combines the beneficial effects of contouring and crop rotation. How it helps Contour stripcropping reduces soil erosion and protects water quality. Contour stripcropping may help reduce fertilizer costs. Planning ahead How many acres of row crops do you need? Does your crop rotation allow for alternating row crops with small grains and forages? Will herbicide carryover be a problem? Tech notes Row crop strips need to be nearly the same width as small grains or meadow. A 10% variance is allowed. Plant grass or legu ... more.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... of electricity, enough to power 150 homes. Gas and heat are circulated back to feed the digester’s heating system and generators, as well as pumps and other equipment. “Everything we put in here had better run on methane,” says George DeVore, who heads up the operations team and research and development efforts for the digester. Separated solids are composted into a high-quality soil amendment, and processed liquid is returned to the farms for land application in the same trucks that will turn around and bring back fresh manure for the digesters. Feasibility studies in the Midwest The success of Western community digesters has John Reindl, recycling manager for Dane County, Wis., excited. His county recently launched a study on manure management options that foll ... more.

Timothy J. Healey, Agrotain International, LLC

... in no-till agriculture, CTIC is the organization you should support. CTIC is the only organization that I am aware of that promotes the agricultural conservation practice that truly minimizes the impact of agriculture on the environment – continuous no-till. Continuous no-till agriculture is smart agriculture. It reduces air and water pollution associated with tillage, improves soil quality and results in higher profits to producers. If you are a company that consumes agricultural products, CTIC is an organization deserving your support. Most businesses involved in processing ag products to produce consumer goods have to comply with air and water regulations. A company can take their commitment to product stewardship one step further by supporting the only organization that pro ... more.

Working with Farmers for Cleaner Water

5-minute video about how The Nature Conservancy and partners work with farmers to improve water quality in the Pecatonica River.

Build Coalitions

... problems. The CASA communication network strengthens not only individual efforts but also the shared goal of increasing conservation in agriculture. Local stakeholder groups focus onimproving nutrient managementin Mississippi River Basin watersheds. CTIC led the formation of three collaborative groups, all including public and private members, to develop and oversee projects and programs in three regions: southern Minnesota, Missouri Bootheel and Upper Wabash River Watershed. To help producersintegrate cover crops and adopt a continuous no-till system, CTIC connected producers with crop consultants for customized assistance and brought in expertise from the Midwest Cover Crops Council.

Developing Southwest Wetland Programs for Tribes - Assessing and Protecting Wetlands

... monitor and assess wetlands, set wetland program priorities and find program funding. Thank you, Pueblo of Isleta, for hosting this event. Want to find out more about the workshop? Click here to see the agenda or Handouts provided at the 2013 Southwest Wetland Programs for Tribes Using Aquatic Insects to Evaluate Physical and Biological Conditions in Wetlands - Dan Mosley, Native Environmental Services Wetland Macroinvertebrates Metrics - provided by Dan Mosley Vegetation Metrics - provided by Dan Mosley Other Macroinvertebrate Resources - provided by Dan Mosley Hydric Soil Information - provided by Aaron Miller, USDA-NRCS Presentations from the 2013 Southwest Wetland Programs Workshop for Tribes Wetlands Resources: Cultural, Historical and Environmental Significa ... more.

REGISTER TODAY FOR 2016 TOUR

Join us for an up-close look at innovative conservation practices on a wide range of crops and farms in Idaho's Treasure Valley, August 23-24. Seats go fast for these great programs - register now!

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

This national workshop will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs, provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation) and to rovide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. Visit the National Aquatic Resource Surveys web ... more.

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

This national workshop will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs, provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation) and to rovide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. Visit the National Aquatic Resource Surveys web ... more.

CTIC SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Are you an experienced leader and manager who can step into a vibrant organization with a dedicated staff and diverse lineup of projects and programs? Applications due by March 9. More...

The Mosaic Company

The Mosaic Company's mission is to help the world grow the food it needs. As the world's largest supplier of phosphate and potash, we consider this mission to be a compelling one that carries vast responsibilities. From water conservation and energy efficiency to stringent safety programs and community investment, sustainability is embedded in virtually everything we do. We believe that lasting success comes from making smart choices about our stewardship of the environment, how we engage our people, and how we manage our resources. The Mosaic Company is a long and active sponsor of CTIC activities.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Livingston County field office provides technical assistance as well as financial assistance through EQIP and CSP programs.

THREE POSITIONS OPEN AT CTIC

... plan and strive to achieve project goals within the defined timeframe. In addition, the project director provides important in-house technical expertise and helps to answer questions from members and partners. For more information about the position of Project Director please click here. COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR The CTIC Communications Director will develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. He/she will communicate regularly with, among others, federal, state and local government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. This position will also be responsible for grant-funded projects that involve technology transfer, publications, information dissemination, med ... more.

Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG)

The goal of IMMAG is to identify and share manure management information and educational programs, which can be used by producers, technical agencies, educational institutions, researchers, and the general public.

Delta Institute

www.delta-institute.org For over a decade, Delta has helped individuals, organizations and communities demonstrate that building better economies and reforming our relationship with the environment go hand in hand. Delta creates, funds and implements programs that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving, vibrant communities.

National Association of Conservation Districts

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACD ... more.

Michigan State University

CTIC Institutional Member, Michigan State University, is one of the top research universities in the world - on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artist, scientists and leaders. In ways both practical and profound, they work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all. To learn more about Michigan State University, visit www.msu.edu/

Illinois Soybean Association

CTIC Institutional Member, the Illinois Soybean Association, is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean farmers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotion, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislative and membership programs. To learn more about the Illinois Soybean Association, visit www.ilsoy.org/

The Fertilizer Institute

... Member, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), is the leading voice in the fertilizer industry, representing the public policy, communication and statistical needs of producers, manufacturers, retailers and transporters of fertilizer. Issues of interest to TFI members include security, international trade, energy, transportation, the environment, worker health and safety, farm bill and conservation programs to promote the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizer. To learn more about The Fertilizer Institute, visit www.tfi.org

NOW HIRING - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

CTIC is seeking a Communications Director to help develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. The position involves regular communications with but not limited to federal, state and local government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. This position may also be responsible for grant-funded projects that involve technology transfer, publications, information diss ... more.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN WANTED

CTIC seeks an enthusiastic communicator to join our team for the summer (and maybe longer) and help to champion, promote and provide information about conservation systems in agriculture. The CTIC Communications Intern will develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. He/she will assist CTIC staff in creating communications and information material that supports CTIC projects, promotes CTIC and provides value to our membership. Audiences include, among others, federal, state and local government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. ... more.