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Indian Creek Watershed Project

... and getting them deeply involved in every aspect of the project. CTIC brought organizational, educational and outreach expertise, using EPA 319 funding received from Illinois EPA. Illinois EPA and the US Geological Survey (USGS) provided data on water quality and other parameters to measure the impact of conservation practices on water quality in the creek. Additional funding through the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI)—a program of USDA NRCS and US EPA—assisted in implementation. Outcomes and Information Leaders of the Indian Creek Watershed Project personally contacted every one of the more than 100 farmers in the watershed to inform them about conservation options and benefits, as well as about incentives and programs that helped make key practices more attractive. The team also liste ... more.

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... showcase the latest products, techniques, equipment and tools for resource conservation.With funding from USDA, CTIC will employ tile outlet monitoring to measure water quality. CTIC and Livingston SWCD partner with Argonne National Laboratories to study the growth and water quality effects of bio-energy crops in the Indian Creek watershed. Through a USDA Mississippi River Basin Initiative grant, USDA-NRCS and Livingston County SWCD provide financial assistance to farmers implementing best resource management practices. Every farmer in the watershed will be contacted to implement conservation practices/systems. Illinois native Dr. Harold F. Reetz, Jr. leads design and oversight of demonstration and testing plots. These will measure the e ... more.

Additional Resources

... and Pollinators Buffer Strips Community Organizing Conservation Tillage Conservation Practices—Adoption Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey Drainage Water Management Cover Crops Cover Crop Survey Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Demonstration Projects Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Grazing and Rangeland Hypoxia Know Your Watershed Leadership Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) No-Till National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Nutrient Management Operational Tillage Assessment System (OpTIS) Pasture Ridge Till Soil Health Strip Till Tours Training Water Quality Watershed Groups Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN) Weed Management Wetlands

WIIN WEBINAR - APRIL 25

... of the site. “The WIIN website is designed to provide watershed managers with ideas and inspiration, helping spread good ideas and successful innovations and connecting colleagues who might otherwise not have a chance to meet and collaborate,” says DeGeus. “WIIN is designed to complement the great work going on in so many watersheds through the Mississippi River Basin Initiative, to connect the many motivated, but often fairly isolated, people working on MRBI-funded projects. “Through this crowdsourcing initiative, we’re connecting people on the ground and giving them access to resources from throughout the watershed, and building on the successes from across this growing community,” he adds. The online session will be held from 1:00 to 2: ... more.

Feature Story June 2010

... emphasis on more and better nutrient management promises advances in farm profitability, conservation technology, and water quality improvements. Agriculture'sability to marry economy and environment, planning and implementation, and research and technology transfer will define our success. The United States Department of Agriculture recently accepted proposals for the Mississippi River Basin Initiative grants program, an effort to focus $320 million, over the next four years, for nutrient best management practices in priority watersheds of the Mississippi River Basin. The International Fertilizer Industry Association, the International Plant Nutrition Institute and The Fertilizer Institute promote the 4 R stewardship concept: efficient nutrient management depends on applying nutrien ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... a three-year project to address the potential for water quality trading in the Wabash River Watershed, which begins in western Ohio, flows through Indiana and ends in Illinois, where it meets the Ohio River. CTIC Project Director Christa Martin-Jones says the Wabash River Watershed was chosen because it is the largest northern tributary to the Ohio River, which is a major contributor to the Mississippi River. “Recent TMDLs developed to address impairments in the Wabash River Watershed identify sources of nutrient loads, including agricultural nonpoint source runoff and a variety of permitted point source discharges, including municipal and industrial wastewater discharges, storm water discharges, combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows,” she says. It appears ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... a three-year project to address the potential for water quality trading in the Wabash River Watershed, which begins in western Ohio, flows through Indiana and ends in Illinois, where it meets the Ohio River. CTIC Project Director Christa Martin-Jones says the Wabash River Watershed was chosen because it is the largest northern tributary to the Ohio River, which is a major contributor to the Mississippi River. “Recent TMDLs developed to address impairments in the Wabash River Watershed identify sources of nutrient loads, including agricultural nonpoint source runoff and a variety of permitted point source discharges, including municipal and industrial wastewater discharges, storm water discharges, combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows,” she says. It appears ... more.

MARKET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING

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 significant nutrient load, from portions ofIndiana, Illinois, and Ohio,to the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Recent Total Maximum Daily Lo ... more.

Webinar: TARGETED BMPS TO MAXIMIZE RUNOFF REDUCTION

... The presentation will describe the project partners' roles, how the project started and lessons learned. Visit WIIN to learn more about the Pacatonica River project: www.ctic.org/WIIN/Project/109/home. The webinar is the second in a series by the Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN), a new forum for idea exchange about watershed projects in the Mississippi River Basin. WIIN is organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Partnership, with funding from The Mosaic Company, the McKnight Foundation and Monsanto. "The WIIN network links creative people throughout the Mississippi River Basin, helping spread ideas that are working and help project managers tap into the experiences of coll ... more.

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

Farmers throughout the Mississippi River basin are making the right choices for nutrient efficiency and water quality protection, and CTIC is telling their story. Photo courtesy of USEPA Upstream Heroes: CTIC Spreads Nutrient Management Success Stories from along the Mississippi River ByAmy Raley With current recession-generated challenges o ... more.

Research & Technology Briefs

... in the biofuels industry, highlights recent changes in the biofuels production process, biomass development and policies. The study focuses on four main cellulosic feedstocks, including: corn stover, miscanthus, switchgrass and wood. The full report is available at http://www.mnproject.org/pdf/TMP_Transportation-Biofuels-Update_Aug09.pdf USDA Announces $320 Million to Improve Mississippi River Basin Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat In 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 produc ... more.

FREE WEBINAR ON FARMER INVOLVEMENT

... host to share their insight. “Increasing Producer Involvement in Watershed Projects: Lessons from Indian Creek,” will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. The webinar is the first in a series by the Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN), a new forum for idea exchange about watershed projects in the Mississippi River Basin. WIIN is organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Project, with funding from The Mosaic Company, the McKnight Foundation and Monsanto. “There are so many creative projects going on all over the Mississippi River Basin, but it’s easy for watershed project managers to feel isolated or anxious to compare ... 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 adeq ... more.

The Mosaic Company

... 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 550 agriculturists statewide have received the CARES award. Th ... 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 Water Quality Credit Trading Program - Sarah Hippenst ... more.

WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING FEASIBILITY STUDY

In 2009, CTIC received federal funding to study the feasibility of a water quality credit trading program in the Wabash River basin. Water quality credit trading may prove to be a useful, innovative, market-based approach to bolstering farm income while improving water quality. This voluntary tool connects industrial and municipal facilities with agricultural producers to economically achieve water quality improvements. This concept is beginning to take hold in areas across the country ... more.

INTRODUCTION TO WIIN

Take a tour of the new WIIN, an innovative website for watershed project managers in the Mississippi River Basin. The Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN) is an online resource for sharing detailed information about watershed projects throughout the Basin, including data and lessons learned.

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

Join us for a bus trip to explore innovative nutrient management practices in Wisconsin. Farmers and their advisors of the Upper Wabash River Basin can register today for Wisconsin, Not Just a Dairy Tour, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2010. Take a dinner cruise on Lake Monona during the "Not Just a Dairy Tour." Photo courtesy of Betty Lou Cruises. Dates August 30, 2010 - September 1, 2010 Open To Agricultural producers and their consultants of the Upper Wabash River Basin Cost $100 ... more.

Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

... 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 compensated to forfeit a year’s crop in order to facilitate constr ... more.

Build Coalitions

... voluntary producer organizations across North America that share similar missions and goals, encounter similar challenges and struggle with all too common 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 custom ... 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 off ... more.

CTIC News

... 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.

SAVE THE DATE

... Indian Creek Watershed Project advisory board. That dramatic level of involvement was the subject of the webinar that launched the Great Rivers/Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN). Tune in early in 2013 for the official launch of the WIIN website, an online learning and brainstorming resource for watershed project managers throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

Syngenta

... environmentally sustainable way to an increasingly populous world by creating a worldwide step-change in farm productivity. Through deploying world-class science, we aim to transform the way crops are grown and look beyond yield. Conservation is a key part of that step-change. Syngenta is a long-time supporter of CTIC and the Center's efforts to study and advocate conservation farming in the Mississippi River Basin, across the U.S. and worldwide.

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.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

Research & Technology Briefs Unprecedented Cropland Study Confirms Conservation Practices Work On Farms in Upper Mississippi River Basin Conservation practices installed and applied by agricultural producers on cropland are reducing sediment, nutrient and pesticide losses from farm fields, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. More... Cool Farm Tool A public release version of the Cool Farm Tool Greenhouse Gas Calculator, a new greenhouse gas calculator for farming,is now availab ... more.

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

... and private partners, as well as readers of ag media and general/consumer media . Activities CTIC ic connecting with partners to support and advance the Upstream Heroes Campaign. Terra Industries is a Guardian partner and The Nature Conservancy is an Advocate. Additional partners are being sought as well. CTIC has collected more than two dozen success story leads from throughout the Mississippi River Basin. These leads will be researched and eveloped into stories that will be placed in a variety of media outlets, including agriculture publications, consumer media, and CTIC and Member outreach tools. The Upstream Heroes website, http://www.conservationinformation.org/nutrientmanagement/ provides information about nutrient management and the hypoxic zone, offers a form for nominatin ... more.

Past Tours

... Water Conservation District to showcase a "Community 4 Conservation." Highlights of the tour included: An Aerial Seeding Demonstration A Soil Pit Demonstration Slake test Equipment on display The Tiling Demonstration Click here to read more about CTIC's 2013 Tour. Conservation In Action Tour 2012 On May 31, 2012, nearly 250 participants gathered in the Mississippi Delta region to meet and learn from farmers who face unique challenges in water quality, herbicide resistance and wildlife management. The Tour, headed 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, governm ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... agricultural conservation in action. Tour host Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) showcased profitable, innovative Northwest Ohio farms while participants learned how the producers make conservation an integral part of their operations. CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of people to ... more.

CTIC project updates

... Soybean Digestin the coming months, which includes their website. CTIC will also publish those stories on our website in the near future. Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa Last fall, CTIC finished the first phase of a project funded by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. For the last three years, this project enhanced an ongoing supply chain sustainability initiative with technical and financial support that helped participating farmers plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. For our next step, CTIC is joining partners including The Nature Conservancy, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Unilever to encourage greater adoption of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outrea ... more.

CTIC project updates

Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa Last fall, CTIC finished the first phase of a project funded by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. For the last three years, this project enhanced an ongoing supply chain sustainability initiative with technical and financial support that helped participating farmers plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. For our next step, CTIC is joining partners including The Nature Conservancy, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Unilever to encourage greater adoption of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outrea ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative The Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative (GLCCI) is a regional effort to establish 15 thousand acres of cover crops in the Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Huron watersheds in three years. This goal will be accomplished through extensive outreach through field days, workshops and other conservation events. In addition to the outreach events, GLCCI coordinators are working in each wa ... more.

GREAT LAKES COVER CROP INITIATIVE 2012 WORKSHOPS

Date Location Contact February 21 Ogemaw County Ogemaw Co MSU Extension Office Rifle River Watershed West Branch, MI Paul Gross 989-772-0911x302 grossp@msu.edu March 15 Allegan County Trestle Stop Restaurant Macatawa watershed Hamilton, MI Christina Currell 231-745-2732 curellc@msu.edu ... more.

Ecological Challenges

Farmers in Washington’s Whatcom County are engaged in a wide 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 enter ... more.

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 Story."

2011 Tour Wrap-Up

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 A Success

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of ... more.

Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

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

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.

Leading the way

... story of food production and how conservation plays a key role in producing safe food.” Mosaic financiallyy supports CTIC's Upstream heroes program, which features success stories of farmers who develop and adopt sound nutrient management strategies to reduce the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone and to reduce agriculture’s contribution to the high nutrient loads in the Mississippi River. “By being involved in the Upstream Heroes project, we will become more closely aligned and will build relationships with other organizations like fellow sponsor, The Nature Conservancy,” he says. “It will allow us to find other like-minded organizations, with which we can connect and create win-win situations.” Ron encourages other companies to bec ... more.

Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... Conservation In Action Tour. On this one-day tour in western Illinois, we will visit farms where conservation agriculture systems are put in to action — to help protect resources and to build a profitable operation. Through conservation practices, including nutrient management plans developed by producers and their advisors, these farmers are minimizing agriculture's impact on the Mississippi River watershed. CTIC staff will be sending additional details about the tour over the next few months. So please save the date, sign up for the tour and visit these successful farms with us. In addition to joining us on the tour, I hope you will accept my invitation to attend our next board meeting, which will be the day after the tour, July 30, 2009, in Moline, Ill. On behalf of the ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

... 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 agronomy at Purdue University and MCCC Execu ... more.

CTIC project updates

... a successful pilot year in 2017, Bee Integrated is on track to enroll additional farmer-beekeeper pairs this spring. The project’s first year yielded valuable insight into what it takes to integrate individual best practices into a practical system for working farms and beekeeping operations. Contact Mike Smith at smith@ctic.org for more information. National Water Quality Initiative: CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of the National Water Quality Initiative (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 suppor ... more.

CTIC project updates

... by habitat this project established on participating farms. The DNA identification method used is new and developed partially through this project’s support. These pollen ID results are on track to be delivered later this spring and are expected to provide the greatest indicator of our success providing cost-effective on-farm pollinator habitat. National Water Quality Initiative: CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of the National Water Quality Initiative (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 suppor ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

... by habitat this project established on participating farms. The DNA identification method used is new and developed partially through this project's support. These pollen ID results are on track to be delivered later this spring and are expexted to provide the greatest indicator of our success providing cost-effective on-farm pollinator habitat. National Water Quality Initiative: CTIC is currently working with USDA's Natural Recources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of the National Water Quality Initiative (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 suppor ... more.

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

This project, funded by EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will demonstrate the effectiveness of cover crops and conservation tillage systems to decrease agricultural nonpoint source pollution and inform producers about the economic benefits of the systems. CTIC and partners will assist agricultural producers in the Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron watersheds with implementation of cover crops and conservation tillage systems on 15,000 acres by ... more.

CTIC News

... temperatures; and a series of presentations at the Paul Davis farm. These will include how agriculture will play a significant role in removing water quality impairments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and what Clean Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Load regulations could mean to agriculture and the region. The day 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 Agricult ... more.

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop

... Power Point Presentations: Workshop Introduction WQT Rules Specific to Ohio Benefits and Obstacles in WQT WQT Program Examples Breakout Session for Agricultural Producers Breakout Session Working with Ag Producers Breakout Session for Wastewater Community Breakout Session for Potential WQT CCA's Breakout Session for Potential WQT Aggregators Introduction to Ohio River Water Quality Issues Trading Exercise for Ohio River Other Information: Getting Paid for Stewarship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide Speaker Bios Water Quality Trading Resources Workshop Handout - Ohio EPA: Rules for Water Quality Trading Workshop Handout - Water Quality Trading in Ohio

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

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop July 8-9, 2009 Sherrodsville, Ohio Speaker Presentations: Ohio's Water Quality Trading Rules - Gary Stuhlfauth, Ohio EPA Ohio's Great Miami River Watershed - Dusty Hall, The Miami Conservancy District Great Miami River Watershed Water Quality Credit Trading Program - Sarah Hippensteel Community-Based Water Quality Trading: The Alpine Water Quality Trading Plan - Dr. Richard Moore, The Ohio State University Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates WQT Workshop Role-playing Exercise - Jim ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

... and alternated down the slope with strips of crops. Field border – strips of vegetation planted at the edge of fields, that are can be used for turn areas or travel lanes for machinery. Filter strips – strips of grass or other vegetation used to slow water runoff from a field. These intercept or trap sediment, nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants before they reach a river, lake or stream. Grassed waterways – strips of grass on areas where water is concentrated as it runs off a field. Used primarily to prevent and control gully erosion, waterways also act as a filter, trapping sediment and other pollutants. Living snow fence – Trees and/or shrubs designed to control drifting snow to protect buildings, roads and other property. They can be inst ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... to drought is needed at farm and community levels. In some parts of the region, groundwater depletion poses a risk to natural springs, putting critical habitat at risk. The State of Oklahoma does not have a well defined system of water markets. Proposals for sale and inter-basin transfer of large quantities of water are highly controversial. Oklahoma City has substantial water rights from local rivers or groundwater, leaving limited options for many rural communities. Water Resources Ideal The “ideal” for regional water resource management would be cleaner water bodies, stable stream channels (e.g., fencing and control access to grazing, re-establishment of riparian vegetation, buffers along streams), improved infiltration in fields and pastures, better mechanisms t ... more.

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... area includes the animal confinement area – open or housed lots, feedlots, stall or freestall barns, barnyards and other areas in which animals are maintained and vegetation is not maintained—and the manure storage area, which includes lagoons, ponds, pits, storage sheds and other places where manure, litter or the process water that contacts those materials is collected. Settling basins also fall into the same rule (compost piles count, too). Raw materials storage areas—whether in silos, bunkers or piles of bedding materials – are also considered part of the production area. Still some nuance Despite the number of definitions in the regulations, there’s quite a bit of nuance in the rule as it stands, notes Rick Wilson of the Ohio Environmental Protecti ... more.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2012 TOUR

CTIC'S 2012 Conservation in Action Tour in the Mississippi Delta was a huge success. Make sure to check out pictures, videos and interviews from the event which hosted nearly 250 participants from across the nation.

CTIC FEATURED ON AG DAY

... 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.

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS ALLIANCE (CASA)

... information about conservation agriculture Endorse adoption of "the ideal" conservation agriculture systems Facilitate removal of barriers and support member organizations Influence policy on a broad level Current CASA Members Conservation Tillage Workgroup (California) Delta Conservation Demonstration Center (Mississippi) Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance Innovative Cropping Systems (Virginia) Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association Mexican Conservation Tillage Association No-Till on the Plains Ohio No-Till Council Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association Soil Conservation Council o ... more.

Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed

Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

Promoting Conservation

... 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, partners and stakeholders on organizing local watershed groups and creating successful watershed products. The guide, being prepared by Dr. Linda Prokopy of Purdue University in collaborat ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... 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 Mosaic Com ... more.

CTIC in the News

... 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

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 take place in North Carolina on January 30th followed by forums in Vermont, Oklahoma, Illinois and Washington o ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

... 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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CTIC's CURRENT PROJECTS

CTIC and its partners lead initiatives at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture’s pressing conservation needs. Each initiative includes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative Watershed Coordinators

A highly qualified crop consultant (watershed coordinator) has been identified in each watershed to 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 Mic ... more.

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

... stressful for the transitioning farmer. Funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant Project Period 2008 – 2011 Project Partners Midwest Cover Crops Council, Purdue University, Michigan State University, Ohio No-Till Council, The Ohio State University Extension, Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Project Participants Four Indiana producers and four Ohio producers are transitioning a portion of their fields to continuous no-till, while incorporating cover crops into their rotation. Crop consultants provide technical and social support during the transition. Consultants meet regularly with their partner-farmers, assisting with equipment adjustments, timing, seed selection and ot ... more.

4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP

... www.nutrientstewardship.com, to showcase supportive resources and educational tools for the 4R nut rient stewardship concept which promotes the use of the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, right time and in the right place. CTIC has joined the Institute’s effort by becoming what is known as a 4R supporter.Learn more about the 4Rs and CTIC’s involvement with the initiative by visiting www.nutrientstewardship.com.

KNOW YOUR WATERSHED

Know Your Watershed is a coordinated national effort to encourage the formation of local, voluntary watershed partnerships and help assure that these partnerships successfully attain their goals. The initiative is sponsored by more than 70 diverse National Partners representing private and public corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Each National Partner agrees to provide financial and/or in-kind support. The national effort is coordinated by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), a non-profit data and technology information transfer center.

15,000 ACRES OF COVER CROPS

CTIC recently received a Grant from EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that will fund the promotion of cover crops and conservation tillage in the Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan Watersheds. Agricultural producers will be provided with technical, educational and social support which will work together to create strong cover crop and conservation tillage systems that can be sustained after the project ends. Education CTIC will work with partners to ... 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

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

... williams@ctic.org Tel: 765-376-4504 Funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant Project Period 2008 – 2011 Project Partners Midwest Cover Crops Council, Purdue University, Michigan State University, Ohio No-Till Council, The Ohio State University Extension, Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Project Summary In 2008, CTIC launched a three-year project, “Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till,” to provide technical and social support to producers in Indiana and Ohio wanting to expand their use of cover crops and continuous no-till, two proven conservation practices. With consultant services, workshops and opportunities to learn from ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

... fertilizer management. The new challenge? Meeting each of these goals, and more. Moved by a growing spirit of environmental stewardship, or in some cases, new government requirements, producers seek to limit nutrients in the environment through improved fertilizer efficiency. New products, such as inhibitors and controlled-release nitrogen, supply tools to follow the 4R stewardship initiative discussed in the December 2009 issue of Partners. (Click here for article.) A popular topic today is excess nutrients in the environment. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest, policymakers look to agriculture to improve water quality and help reduce nutrients in ground and surface water. Many conventional nitrogen application methods ap ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... group’s Environmental Indicators Report, which evaluated national-scale metrics over the past 20 years, indicates production agriculture has made improvements in sustainable production. And, the Fieldprint Calculator helps growers confidentially assess the efficiency of their operations and analyze the sustainability of their practices. “We are trying to take the initiative to define sustainability from an industry perspective, in relation to sustainable agriculture,” Mann says. Increasing efficiency and precision in the application of inputs is one way agricultural producers can approach sustainability. With the right tools and technology, producers are reducing fuel use and emissions, keeping nutrients and chemicals on the field and reducing runoff to n ... more.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

... created using similar indices, but with a coordinated effort and standardized units. This language can then develop landscape intelligence as it pertains to management of watersheds and biofuel sheds, and it could provide the foundation for a sustainability index, such as what is now proposed by Walmart. According to Walmart’s Web site, the company developed a sustainability index initiative in order to meet customers’ requests for more efficient, longer-lasting, higher-performance products. The company’s goal is to create a more transparent supply chain, driving product innovation and providing customers with information to assess products’ sustainability, the site says. Because the value of ecosystem services is generated by resource management outcomes, ... more.

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

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... monitor or tile outlets through outreach and feedback event Determine the impacts of spring application and fall application of nitrogen on nutrient use efficiency on field site Three monitoring stations collect tile water at a Livingston County, IL farm field. These objectives help reach the ultimate goal of improving yields and/or reducing N loading into the Vermilion River Watershed as a result of implementing a better N management system. Project results will include water quality monitoring data associated with NUE in-field calculations as well as demonstrations of the usability of tile outlet monitoring by producers, the cost effectiveness of these monitoring solutions for measuring nutrient loss and the impact of associated outreach efforts to in ... 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! Click here to register. ... more.

CIA Tour Promo 2010

... Chesapeake Bay watershed and what the Clean Water Act and the Total Maximum Daily Load regulations could mean to agriculture and the region, and •The Nutrient Use Efficiency Expo of tools, technology and equipment that make nutrient use more efficient, more profitable and more effective. The day will end with a steak dinner on the banks of the Pamunkey River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. “Innovative farmers making conservation work, important discussions with public and private partners about Chesapeake Bay concerns and introductions to the technology and tools that help producers protect water quality – our Tour has it all. Join us on Aug. 3 to be a part of it,” said Karen Scanlon, CTIC’s executive director. ... more.

Information for Committee Members

Meeting Notes December 4, 2009 November 6, 2009 October 2, 2009 September 4, 2009 August 6, 2009 June 8, 2009 Action Plans Upper Wabash River Nutrient Management Coalition Action Plan Other Nonpoint Source Monitoring Conference Notes—September 2009 (PDF, 1.45 MB) Swine Manure Testing Project

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

... for more acres.” Watering cups cut water waste by 50 percent, reducing 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. ... more.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... for local residents. While the generators spin out 1 megawatt (MW) of electricity per day—enough to supply about half of what IEUA consumes—the environment wins in other ways, too. Odors and pathogens are controlled, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter are reduced by 99 percent and more than five tons of salts and nitrates are kept out of the Santa Ana River watershed. Meanwhile, solids separated from the processed manure—135 tons per day—are sold as organic fertilizer. It’s a shining example of the capabilities of a community system, but it’s hardly a get-rich-quick scheme. “As a public utility, we’re just trying to cover our costs,” says Rich Atwater, IEUA’s CEO and general manager. “The r ... 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.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

... 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 working to develop new software that ... more.

What We Do

CTIC champions, promotes, and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable. Lead Projects CTIC is a leader and collaborator in projects that address conservation agriulture's most important topics. Funded by public investments, foundation grants, agribusiness and private donations, our proj ... more.

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CTIC Projects CTIC and its partners lead projects at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture's pressing conservation needs. Each projectincludes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools, and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.

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 Water Quality Metric Trial CTIC is assisting Field to Market with a small-scale pilot of an improved water quality metric for Field to Market's FieldPrint Calculator. This effort will leve ... more.

Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa - IDALS

... 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.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

... a model of an effective public/private partnership. A Board of Directors, which oversees activities, includes producers and representatives from seed, fertilizer, equipment, life science, media, conservation organizations and agriculture organizations. The board is advised by representatives of universities and state and federal agencies. A staff, based in West Lafayette, Indiana, implements the initiatives and activities if CTIC. Vision CTIC is recognized in the U.S. as a trusted source for information about current and emerging issues in conservation and sustainable agriculture and plans to extend this recognition internationally. CTIC benefits from and serves a strong network comprised of leaders in agriculture and conservation. Through this network, CTIC promotes and disseminates comprehe ... more.

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

... By US Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf of Mexico Program Project Period July 1, 2006- December 31, 2010 Project Partners Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program, and public and private partners in Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio The project's website, http://www.upstreamheroes.org, includes information on all three initiatives, as well as CTIC's Upstream Heroes campaign, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Terra Industries. Project Participants Local, state, and federal conservation and agriculturalagencies, farm organizations, agribusiness, agricultural producers, certified crop consultants Activites CTIC and a broad coalition of ag interests in the Missouri Bootheel ... more.

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

... 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 tillage. CTIC leads initiatives to promote and encourage adoption of conservation systems. Click here to learn more about CTIC Initiatives. CTIC recommends the following sources for more information about agricultural conservation systems: CONSERVATION TILLAGE On-Farm Comparison of Conservation Tillage Systems for Corn Following Soybeans assists producers and their advisors in selecting a conservation t ... more.

CTIC Cover Crop Initiatives

Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till Project Description Farmer Profiles

Animal Waste Management Site - Great Lakes Regional Water Program

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

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