Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force
Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico--Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
USGS Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico Studies
National Ocean Service
Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Watch
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, transferable approaches for addressingnutrient use efficiencylocally and regionally. As a result,farmers will ha ... more.
... 2008. OpTIS fills critical gaps on recent trends in conservation tillage practices, as well as tracking the adoption of winter cover crops.
The data available using OpTIS are critically important 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.
... funding for OpTIS has been provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with major subsequent funding—including a $500,000 grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), with matching funds from Bayer CropScience, Corteva, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Mosaic Company, J.R. Simplot Company, Syngenta, the Walmart Foundation and TNC.
Hypoxia Task Force
CTIC and TNC have been promoting OpTIS at conferences around the country, including the Hypoxia Task Force meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on May 16, where new CTIC executive director Mike Komp updated task force members on the program.
"OpTIS is a perfect fit with CTIC's mission as a collector and ... more.
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Bees and Pollinators
Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey
Drainage Water Management
Cover Crop Survey
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Grazing and Rangeland
Know Your Watershed
Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI)
National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS)
National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
Operational Tillage Assessment System (OpTIS)
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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.
Gulf of Mexico hypoxia issues pose a significant challenge in addressing the protection of the marine environment given the sheer magnitude of excess nutrient loading and the size of the contributing Mississippi River watershed. This nutrient loading is a result of cumulative nutrientdischarges across the largest river basin in North America, the Mississippi River Basin. The Wabash River watershed contributes a s ... more.
... forged partnerships across agriculture to put conservation into action.
Here are some highlights:
• The first-ever CTIC Dialogues briefed Washington, DC, staffers on how good policy yields good conservation.
• The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture brought people from 51 countries 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 Conserv ... more.
Conference Presentations from Feb. 18, 2010
- 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
Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
July 18-21,2010, St. Louis, Mo.
Fellows Forum, Sunday, July 18th, 2010:“Gulf Hypoxia – A Midwest Perspective”
The 32nd Southern Conservation Agriculture Systems Conference: Conservation Agriculture Impacts--Local and Global
July 20-22, 2010,Jackson and Milan, Tenn.
Conservation In Action Tour
August 3, 2010, Richmond and Williamsburg, Va.
CTIC Board of Direc ... more.
... 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 place to capture the attention and interest of producers and their advisers. CTIC's campaign will reach our national network of members and public and private partners, as well as readers of ag media and general/consumer media
... of our CTIC membership in direct contact with producers, dealers and researchers during the summer CTIC Board of Directors meeting and affiliated tours, and we very satisfied.
Today there is an additional benefit, and we believe the greatest value of our CTIC membership. It is the opportunity to be able to participate as a partner in the EPA grant for Producer Partnerships to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. We hope to be able to participate as a partner with CTIC in grants such as this in the future, too.
If you are a company that manufactures or sells a product used 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 ag ... more.