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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—successf ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

CTIC 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 fi ... more.

Promoting Conservation

... 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, 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.

Additional Resources

... 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

CTIC project updates

... After completing 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

... 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 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. 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

... bees’ diet was supplied 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

... 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 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. 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

... bees' diet was supplied 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.

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Trading Up for Water Quality

Water quality trading is a valuable concept for the electric and agricultural industries. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently secured $1.3 million in grants from the EPA and the USDA to launch a regional water quality trading program in the Ohio River Basin. Photo courtesy of EPRI Trading Up for Water Quality Producers an ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

Trading Up for Water Quality Producers and industry pursue growing interest in the market-based approach of water quality trading By Christy Couch Lee A guide to water quality trading terms: Point-source contributors: A concentrated source of pollution. For example, permitted facilities, such as wastewater treatment plants and electric companies. Nonpoint-source contributors: Pollutio ... more.

Feature Story June 2010

... 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 nutrients from the Right source, at the Right time, in the Right place, and at the Right rate. The concept emphasizes managing all aspects of nutrient application, rather than just one piece. CTIC, Ag ... more.

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

... Drainage Management Coalition conducted demonstration field days in five states last year to give farmers, advisors and regulators an up-close look at field-scale drainage management plots side-by-side with free-flowing tile drainage. Agricultural Drainage Management: Benefits Could Range from the Bin to the Gulf By Steve Werblow Managing agricultural drainage water in the Midwest could represent the next great step forward in agriculture, with benefits that reach from conserving subsoil moisture on individual tile-drained fields to reducing 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, thei ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

Productive soil builds the foundation for any successful cropland. The higher soil quality, the better it performs. Whether producing organic matter, cycling nutrients, filtering water or other critical functions, soil quality is a key ingredient in the Core 4 Conservation recipe for enhancing soil and water resources, improving farm profitability and working toward a brighter future. “Soil quality is the capacity of a specific soil to function,” said Mike Hubbs, agronomist with NRCS Soil Quality Institute. “Soil quality is not the end, but a means to an ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... We Serve The Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC) serves an area of Oklahoma west of Interstate 35. The goal of SPARC is to broaden its coverage to neighboring states in the southern 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 t ... more.

About

... activities include field tours, public meetings, email and website updates, news releases and more. On-farm demonstrations 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 conservatio ... more.

Indian Creek Watershed Project

... in the watershed. A groundbreaking study by Purdue University researchers on the leadership techniques that contributed to the success of the project. Theextension bulletin by Sarah P. Church and Linda Stalker Prokopy was augmented by a pair of videos—with links here and here—on YouTube. Trials of perennial bioenergy crops, conducted in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Michigan. The study explored the role of perennial bioenergy crops as rotation options for local farmers, nutrient removal by the alternative crops, and the use of the perennials in holistic management of the agricultural landscape. Demonstrations of key conservation practices and products, illustrating concepts such as nutrient use efficiency and the proper app ... more.

Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

Drainage water management systems can help to increase soil organic matter, eliminate compaction problems and reduce nitrate loss to nearby waterways. Smart Drainage System™ Photo courtesy of Agri Drain Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat By Lisa Newby The public is becoming more aware of what agricultural produce ... 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 improve water quality. It is an innovat ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS)

The History of NARS The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program is an EPA and State/Tribal effort to survey the condition of the nation’s waters. Initiated in 2005, these statistically-based surveys have begun to provide EPA, States, Tribes and others partners with information to provide nationally consistent reports on the condition of the nation’s waters, to identify national and regional water quality ... 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 Ce ... 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 watershed to give farmers one on one consultations to help them establish successful cover crops and learn to manage their systems to include growing acres of cover cro ... more.

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... 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 the same category as industrial facilities like wastewater treatment plants or paper mills. The NPDES program covers approximately 15,500 CAFOs, which account ... more.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

... as described in EcoCommerce 101: The Emergence of an Invisible Hand to Sustain the Bio-Economy. The ecoccommerce process is significant, because it is more than a compilation or organization of ecoservice markets. It also provides the framework to build an ecological intelligence system, allowing the public arena of commerce to define sustainability. Jerry Hatfield, Director, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, wrote in the EcoCommerce 101: The Emergence of an Invisible Hand to Sustain the Bio-Economy foreword, "… this [intellectual framework] is a unique feature because what has been lacking in the discussions of ecosystems or their monetary value has been a framework from which the value could be evaluated.” He also says EcoCom ... 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 Loads develope ... more.

CTIC News

CTIC News New CTIC Board of Directors Announced CTIC elected its 2010-2011 Board of Directors at the 2010 CTIC Winter Board Meeting, held Feb. 3 in Orlando, Fla. Serving as 2010-2011 officers: Timothy J. Healey, Agrotain International, Chair; Harold Reetz, Foundation for Agronomic Research, First Vice Chair; Charlie Schafer, Agri Drain Corporation, Second Vice Chair; Rex Martin, Syngenta America, Treasurer; Karen Scanlon, CTIC, Secretary; Chris Foster, John Deere, Past Chair. Serving as 2010-2011 directors: Neil E. Caskey, Osborn & Barr Communications; Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy; Dave Gustafson, Monsanto; Bill H ... more.

CIA Tour Promo 2010

The Hula Family of Renwood Farms, winners of multiple National Corn Yield Contests, proves that profitability and conservation go hand in hand. See their operation up close on CTIC's Conservation In Action Tour 2010. Photo courtesy of Colonial SWCD Conservation In Action Tour 2010 Register Today for August 3 Event Sponsor CTIC's Marquee Event, the Conser ... more.

Research & Technology Briefs

... Your Fieldprint? Corn, cotton, soybean, and wheat growers now have access to a free, confidential online tool that will assess how some operational decisions affect natural resource conservation and sustainability. The Fieldprint Calculator, available at www.fieldtomarket.org, provides an easy way to analyze and assess their current land use, energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emission, and soil loss. It also explores various scenarios that may help improve farm natural resource management and, ultimately, their operation efficiency and financial return. Click here for more information on the Fieldprint Calculator. For more information on the Fieldprint Calculator, please visit the Field to Market website www.fieldtomarket.org or see Frequen ... 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 ... 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, voluntary tool that connects industrial ... more.

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

... producers who attended workshops to help the write a plan and succesfully incorporate these practices into their operations. CTIC will facilitate social support networks through an email list serve. Regular posts will address cover crop and conservation tillage topics, provide seasonal tips, answer questions and facilitate dialogue. Fifteen participating producers will attend the National No-Till Conference in 2013 to network with and learn from other producers who use cover crops. Producer experience with cover crops and conservation tillage shared through the web site and published articles will offer support and information for producers contemplating adoption of the practices. For More Information Contact Chad Watts, CTIC Project Director, at Tel: (5 ... more.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

John Vrieze's on-farm wastewater treatment system starts with manure (left), removes the suspended solids to create low-P "tea water" (center), then filters out dissolved solids to yield clear water (right). Graphic courtesy of Integrated Separation Systems Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure by Steve Werblow ... more.

Links to the National Surveys

Links to the National Surveys The National Aquatic Resource Surveys The National Wetland Condition Assessment The National Coastal Condition Assessment The National Lakes Assessment The 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 ... more.

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

... not discharge or don’t propose to discharge water from their operations. EPA's New CAFO Rule Changes "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 mo ... more.

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 nati ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... the cover crops of the Hmong American Farmers Association farm near Hastings to Northfield farmer Dave Legvold’s saturated buffers and the impeccable dairy and manure handling system at Burfeind Dairy Farm near Goodhue, participants in the Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) eighth annual Conservation in Action Tour got a first-hand look at systems that protect water quality, build soil health and improve farm profitability. What people enjoyed most about the tour: The opportunity to see conservation practices in person and to hear directly from farmers what works and what doesn't. Wide range of practices and respect for variety of approaches. Seeing great practices put into action and hearing inspiring stories from farmer stewards. The ... more.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

... 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 thetrading process. CTIC worked with par ... more.

WIIN WEBINAR - APRIL 25

Introducing an online forum for watershed project managers! A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, April 25, will walk participants through 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 Bas ... more.

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

Mike Beard and his family have built a national reputation as top managers of feed, water and manure on their 15,000-head hog operation in Indiana. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business by Steve Werblow There aren’t many 15,000-head hog operations that open their doors to ... more.

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 ... more.

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

... farmers who are creating win-win situations on their farms by using the right product, applying it at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place — and saving money." Current economic conditions combined with rising costs of fertilizers are causing farmers to closely reexamine what, when and how they apply nutrients. But beyond individual economic concerns are national and global concerns about agriculture's contribution to the Gulf of Mexico's oxygen-poor hypoxic zone. An overabundance of chemical nutrients is blamed for the zone's oxygen-depleting overgrowth of marine plant life, which impacts fish and other aquatic life. Despite their distance from the Gulf of Mexico, farming operations all along the Mississippi River are seen as contributo ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

... 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 apply fertilizer in advance of crop needs. The delay between nitrogen application and crop uptake increases the chance for environmental losses through leaching, volatilization, and denitrification. * Leaching: the movement of plant nutrients in the soil solution below the root ... more.

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges

... 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 Pacific Northwest, 31 percent of th ... more.

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 Michigan Coor ... more.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... taken 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. ... more.

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

... 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 webcasts sponsored by the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, Penn State tailored its webinar series for Pennsylvania’s practitioners who work on the front line in support of conservation on working lands including the conservation districts, Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, agricultural consultants, environmental and agricultural non-governmental organizations, state age ... more.

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

... can implement the four Rs and substantially reduce the amount of N fertilizer escaping fields, a clear financial loss, and detrimental to water quality. Enjoy lunch with the morning tour or supper with 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 I ... 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 &am ... 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.

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

... skyrocketing corn prices, rising bean prices, lower time and fuel inputs, and the long-term agronomic benefits of rotation can tip the economic scale toward a corn/soybean rotation. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow New 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 ... more.

4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP

The Conservation Technology Information Center, through its partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the national trade association representing the U.S. fertilizer industry, has joined a national effort to promote 4R nutrient stewardship. In March, TFI launched a new website, 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 ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... Audience In addition to the memberships of project partners, CTIC will design the workshops with the following groups in mind: Agricultural retailers Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) Members of Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) NRCS Technical Service Providers (TSPs) Soil and Water Conservation District staff and engineers About the Project Through a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and technical support to successfully plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and share information from five workshops held between 2 ... more.

Workshops

... PM - 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.) Dab ... more.

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

... 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 farmers to resist CNT. However, if farmers can maintain a CNT system for three consecutive years, ... more.

National Crop Residue Management Survey

The National Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey is the only survey in the U.S. to measure at the county level the type of tillage used by crop. Tillage methods tracked are: no-till, mulch-till, reduced-till, and conventional tillage. Click here to see the tillage definitions. Available Data Data is available online from 1989 to 2008. Some of the data can be accessed without a password (unsecured data) ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... schools and homes.” Deere also connects with other members of the agricultural sector through a collaborative effort called Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, which addresses how to meet the needs of a growing world population through sustainable agricultural practices. This 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 su ... 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 Co ... more.

Top 10 Conservation Tillage Benefits

... Of course, compaction is also reduced by reducing trips across the field. 5. Increases organic matter The latest research shows the more soil is tilled, the more carbon is released to the air and the less carbon is available to build organic matter for future crops. In fact, carbon accounts for about half of organic matter. 6. Traps soil moisture to improve water availability Keeping crop residue on the surface traps water in the soil by providing shade. The shade reduces water evaporation. In addition, residue acts as tiny dams slowing runoff and increasing the opportunity for water to soak into the soil. Another way infiltration increases is by the channels (macropores) created by earthworms and old plant roots. In fact, continuous no-till can r ... more.

DRAINAGE WATER MANAGEMENT IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS

ADMC received a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006 to promote and characterize the unique technology of drainage water management (DWM) – the practice of managing water table depths to reduce nutrient transport from tiles during the fallow season or to reduce water deficit stress during the growing season. Considering that no such guidance currently exists, this innovative multi-state project is developing a set of regional recommendations that are necessary to facilitate and encourage the widespread adopti ... more.

Farm Pond

A pool of water formed by a dam or pit, to supply water for livestock, recreation and wildlife, and to control gully erosion. How it works A typical farm pond is formed by building 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. Gen ... 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 conserv ... more.

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.

15,000 ACRES OF COVER CROPS

... willing to use cover crops and conservation tillage to ensure the best possible results for these producers. Social Farmers will receive regular communications via an email list serve and a comprehensive project web site which will provide useful information from project partners and other farmers. Producers will also be encouraged to participate in additional activities such as the National No till Conference and local conservation agriculture events. For more information visit the project page or contact Angie Williams at Williams@ctic.org.

CTIC in the News

Scaling Up Water Quality Efforts in Iowa Wallaces Farmer, August 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 Be ... 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

Partners Contribution June 2010

Steve Robinson, President, National Association of Conservation Districts Photo courtesy of NACD. National Association of Conservation Districts By Steve Robinson, President Dear fellow conservationists, Greetings on behalf of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and our member conservation districts! NACD is the nonprofit organization that repres ... more.

Past Tours

... crop consultants, 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 t ... more.

Questions and Answers

... goes beyond talking about what agriculture is doing to protect the environment. It is a public way of showing that agriculture is taking responsibility to build on the environmentally sound management practices already used on the farm. This will be done by tracking the quality of the systems used by farmers and reporting the tangible results to the public through the CTIC newsletter and other national publications, national and local events and informative materials distributed across the country. Who is behind it? The effort is led by a unique public-private, agriculture-based partnership that includes many farmer-led organizations, agricultural businesses, government agencies and universities. Who is coordinating it? It's coordinated by the Conservation Technology Informa ... 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 ... 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 ... more.

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

... no-till works to reverse these problems. • Cover crops reduce soil compaction and improve carbon inputs and nitrogen recycling. • As soil organic matter levels build, more nitrogen and phosphorus are efficiently recycled and released to the soil through increased microbial populations. • Nitrogen losses decrease as soil compaction decreases, due to improved water infiltration. • Ultimately, soil nutrient storage, water infiltration, soil structure and soil tilth improve. The benefits of cover crops may help the soil’s ecological balance be restored in two to four years, rather than seven to nine. Soil type and prior management will influence the time required for these changes. With dedicated effort and the input of cons ... more.

2012 Workshop

The objectives of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Workshop and Training Sessions were to 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 ... 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.po ... more.

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), has been the voice of America's farmer cooperatives since 1929. The members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn comprised of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. To learn more about the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, visit www.ncfc.org

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 the collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among over 800 professional attendees. Using a national network of conservation and agricultural leaders, CTIC will assist EPA, states and tribes in strengthening partnerships with agricultural communities to address nonpoint source ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... 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 American tribes and later the Toledo House of Corrections. AgRobotics, AGROTAIN International, John Deere, The Mosaic Company, The Andersons and Specialty Fertilizer Products participated in the tour’s Conservation Technology Expo and talked one-on-one with tour attendees about their products that support conservation agriculture. The day ended with comments by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, who shared her love of the area and her commitment to conservation of the Maumee R ... more.

Success Story June 2010

... 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 Research Service National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) shows cover crops planted in the fall between harvest and planting of spring crops help reduce soil erosion, limit nitrogen leaching, suppress weeds, increase soil organic matter and improve overall soil quality. Small grain cover crops increase surface cover, anchor corn and soybean residues, and increase water infiltration. Several cover cro ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

... Approaches for Decentralized Systems Management Program Elements and Implementation Options Entities Involved in Managing Wastewater Systems TWIST: The Wastewater Information System Tool View the December 7th presentations, Khalid Alvi and Juli Beth Hinds Questions & Answers Links Mentioned in the Presentation: EPA's Voluntary National Guidelines for the Management of Decentralized (Onsite and Cluster) Wastewater Systems TWIST (The Wastewater Information System Tool) December 14th: Integrated Water Resource Management Current Challenges in Water Resource Management Sustainability & the New Paradigm for Managing Water Resources Case Studies on Integrated Water Resource Management   ... more.

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 Stage Ditch Water Quality Monitoring Workshop October 2009 Agenda Presentations ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

Conservation Buffers Conservation buffers are small areas or strips of land in permanent vegetation, designed to slow water runoff, provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed buffer strips in the agricultural landscape 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, (gras ... more.

Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed

Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

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.

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

FREE WEBINAR, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, February 28, will share seven years of lessons learned in Wisconsin's Pecatonica River watershed, where conservation practices targeted on key local farms aim for significant, efficient reductions in phosphorus loading. "Testing the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative: A Paired Watershed Study on the Pecatonica River," will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. Steve Richter, director of conservation, agricultural lands for The Nature Conservancy, and Pat Sutter, county ... 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 t ... more.

More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation

Schroeder planted corn into soybean residue without disturbing the soil. No-till helps reduce erosion, saves 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 &l ... more.

National Soil Tilth Laboratory

National Soil Tilth Laboratory USDA Agricultural 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 a ... more.

Terrace

An earthen embankment around a hillside that stops water flow and stores it or guides it safely off a field. How it works Terraces break long slopes into shorter ones. They usually follow the contour. As water makes its way down a hill, terraces serve as small dams to intercept 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 unt ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

... IH Cotton Incorporated CropLife America David Muth Dr. E.J. Dunphy Eco Agro Resources Field to Market Grassland Oregon Illinois Corn Growers Association Indiana Corn Marketing Council Indiana Soybean Alliance Innovation Center for U.S.Dairy Iowa Farm Bureau Federation IPNI James Lake John Deere Joseph Glassmeyer Land Pro LLC Larry Heatherly Michael Adsit Monsanto National Association of Conservation Districts National Corn Growers Association National Council of Farmer Cooperatives No-Till Farmer Scott Fritz Soil & Water Conservation Society Steve Bruere The Fertilizer Institute The Nature Conservancy Timothy Healey Truax Company, Inc. To renew, please email Crystal Hatfield at hatfield@ctic.org or call 765-494-9555.

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 l ... more.

CTIC Welcomes New Members

... Industries 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 th ... more.

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

... EPA Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem Rachel Doctor Last spring, a study conducted by Hiedelberg College's water lab in Tiffin, Ohio, reported that no-till farming was contributing to the dissolved phosphorus that enters the water supply and causes an accumulation of algae in Lake Erie. According to Norm Widman, national agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), no-till systems are not the reason for this dissolved phosphorus, but several things have caused a “perfect storm” for this phosphorus runoff. ”Most phosphorus runoff is caused by the timing and methods of application of phosphorus,” Widman says. “Too much application in the summer and fall with ... more.

Wetland Enhancement

Installing practices such as dikes in existing wetlands to manage water levels and improve habitat. How it works Most wetland enhancement work includes small structures built to add water or regulate water levels in an existing wetland. Subsurface and surface drains and tiles are plugged. Concrete and earthen structures—usually d ... more.

Filter Strip

A strip of grass, trees or shrubs that filters runoff and removes sediment, fertilizer, and pesticides before they reach water bodies or water sources including wells. How it works Strips of grass, trees and/or shrubs slow water flow and cause contaminants like sediment, pesticides, and fertilizers to collect in vegetation. Collected 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 sma ... more.

Board of Directors

Terry Tindall - Chair J. R. Simplot Company Mark Schmidt - Vice Chair John Deere Mark White - Treasurer Syngenta America, Inc. Laura McConnell Bayer CropScience Hunter Carpenter Agricultural Retailers Association Larry Clemens The Nature Conservancy Nathan Fields National Corn Growers Association Peyton Harper The Fertilizer Institute Adam Herges The Mosaic Company Andy Knepp Bayer CropScience William Kuckuck CropLife Foundation Darian Landolt Case IH Tim Palmer National Association of Conservation Districts Heidi Peterson Internation ... more.

Data on Conservation Practices

Since its inception, CTIC has been the go-to source for data on the adoption of conservation practices across the U.S. Though federal support of the popular crop residue management transect survey ended in 2004, scientists, policy makers and marketers have continued to tap CTIC's databases. Now, we're at the forefront of using remote sensing to bring back state, regional and national data on crop residue and cover crop management. Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) has been developed by Applied GeoSolutions and CTIC as a method for the automated use of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting o ... more.

National Corn Growers Association

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), is the largest trade organization in the United States representing corn growers. Since its inception the NCGA has successfully represented corn growers, throughout the entire corn industry, the U.S. government, and consumers and throughout the world. To learn more about the National Corn Growers Association, visit www.ncga.com.

Member Recognition June 2010

... structure that allows members to receive additional value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, members achieve medal status of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The additional support provided by our Medal Members enables CTIC to enhance our regional and national projects, to explore new partnership opportunities and to bring national recognition to public and private efforts to advance conservation agriculture. CTIC is proud to recognize the 2010 Medal Members on this page, at CTIC regional and national events, at CTIC Board of Directors meetings and in other ways. To learn more about CTIC membership and medal levels, click here. GOLD ... more.

Thank You CTIC Medal Member

... Medal Membership allows members to receive added value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, members achieve medal status of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The support provided by Medal Members enables CTIC to enhance regional and national projects, to explore new partnership opportunities and to gain national recognition. CTIC recognizes Medal Members through Partners magazine, at CTIC regional and national events, at CTIC Board of Directors meetings and elsewhere. To learn more about CTIC membership and medal levels, click here.

Thank you CTIC Medal Members

... structure that allows members to receive additional value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, members achieve medal status of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The additional support provided by our Medal Members enables CTIC to enhance our regional and national projects, to explore new partnership opportunities and to bring national recognition to public and private efforts to advance conservation agriculture. CTIC is proud to recognize the 2009 Medal Members on this page, at CTIC regional and national events, at CTIC Board of Directors meetings and in other ways. To learn more about CTIC membership and medal levels, click here. GOLD Corporate ... more.

Planned Grazing System

Planting forage and using grazing rotations to maximize production and 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 thr ... more.

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

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation participants gather outside the Purdue University Beck Agricultural Center. International Meeting Spotlights Conservation Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Climate Change Supported by science and spurred by emerging markets, more than 80 participants in an international workshop on carbon sequestration called on world policymakers to focus research and create fair-priced carbon offset markets that would pay farmers to adopt conservation agriculture pract ... more.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

A short earthen dam built across a drainage way where a terrace 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 w ... more.

Ecological Challenges

... 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.

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

Today there are thousands of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) nationally that require an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination 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 ... more.

UPSTREAM HEROES

... 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.

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

The efficient use of nutrients within farming operations is receiving a great deal of attention for several reasons. Today, producers look more carefully at what, when and how they apply fertilizer, primarily because of the increased cost of fertilizer and other inputs as well as the general economic downturn. Additionally, agriculture is the focus of much attention-nationally as well as locally-because farming activities have been linked to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone. Not many people understand the complex problem of the hypoxic zone, and individual farmers, expecially those in the upper Midwest, feel little connection to the distant Gulf of Mexico. Project Director: Karen Scanlon Email: scanlon@conservationinformation.org Telephone: 765 ... more.

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 manag ... more.

Lessening the Pain

... and farmers could lose nitrogen.” In addition to protecting against erosion and helping to build soil quality, residue left on the field in no-till cropping systems can help producers get into the field earlier in cold, wet harvest seasons. Photo courtesy of NRCS Not only could farmers lose the nitrogen applied to their fields, that nitrogen can enter nearby waterways, creating water-quality issues and adding to already established hypoxic zones, he adds. Another potential problem with applying anhydrous in a wet fall: heavy, silty clay soils will not crumble and reseal the slot though which nitrogen is applied, Reicosky says. “Unless a farmer takes the precautions to cover that gap, he runs the risk of losing some of that nitrogen,&rdq ... more.

Wetland

Marsh-type area with saturated soils and water-loving plants. Wetlands provide wildlife habitat and serve as natural filters for agricultural runoff. How it works Na ... more.

Bioenergy Productions

Argonne National Laboratory found a home for its biomass test site on the Ray Popejoy farm in the Indian Creek watershed. Argonne is exploring the potential for farmers to employ underused or marginal land to produce crops for biomass energy. Factors studied include economic potential and water quality benefits. As this project moves forward, funding from the Department of Energy is expected to support ... more.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... sense than trucking it. But the farmer says, ‘I can’t afford to bury four miles of pipe to get rid of my manure.’ And right now, the benefits are not going to be for the farmers in the area, but for other entities.” The biggest challenge: funding There’s quite a bit of funding available to build anaerobic digesters, notes Gene DeMichele, director of the National Biosolids Project for the Water Environment Federation in Alexandria, Va. The problem is that the funds are targeted toward small, farm-scale projects, he says, missing the boat on more efficient community opportunities. “You can’t continue to give small amounts of money to each farmer and expect to get a sustainable manure management plan - it just doesn’t work that way ... more.

Diversion

Earthen embankment similar to a terrace that directs runoff water from a specific area. How it works A diversion is much like a terrace, but its purpose is to direct or divert runoff water from an area. A 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 low ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... and potassium fertilization, water management, and weed and insect control for dry-seeded, delayed flood rice in Southeast Missouri. At both locations four pre-plant nitrogen rates (35, 70, 105, and 140 lbs nitrogen/acre) were compared to an untreated area. No additional nitrogen was applied. At both locations the following products were compared: urea, urea + Agrotain® (Agrotain, International, St Louis, Mo.), urea + NSN (NutriSphere-N™, Specialty Fertilizer Products, Belton, Mo.), and urea + Upgrade. At each location the nitrogen fertilizers will be applied seven days prior to flood establishment. At season’s end, researchers harvested each rice plot and measured the resulting yield. Dunn also discussed how producers could maximize yields and minimize fertilizer cost ... more.

Training

... workshops and trainings around the world. CTIC works closely with federal and state agencies, conservation districts, and non-profits to ensure effective two-way communication. Current training programs include technical workshops for EPA staff and partners as well as sessions for crop consultants and other farm advisors. NARS Technical Training Workshops Working with US EPA on its National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) program, 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 ... more.

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... Today, we can use the web to deliver documents, videos, data—anything people could want to know about conservation systems. It's the perfect time for us to create a new site and put people in touch with our treasure trove of information." # # # The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a national public-private partnership that includes farmers, policy makers, regulators, academic researchers, agribusiness leaders, conservation group personnel, farm media and others. CTIC's mission is to champion, promote and provide information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable. CTIC ... more.

Well Protection

Changing farming practices which occur on or near the farmstead in order to reduce the risk of contamination of water sources — mainly the well.& ... more.

Grade Control Structure

Earthen, wooden, metal, concrete or other structure built across a drainageway to prevent gully erosion. How it works A dam, embankment or other structure built across a grassed waterway or existing gully controls 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 ... more.

Pasture Planting

... and legumes to reduce soil erosion and improve production. How 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 ... more.

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

... 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 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 conservati ... 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 po ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

... as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields. 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. Eil ... more.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

... goals, we have also been pursuing means and opportunities for increasing the adoption of CT in California. This workgroup directly 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 Wor ... more.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

The National Crop Residue Management Survey is a valuable tool that can be used to measure adoption of important soil-saving practices, demonstrate energy cost savings and monitor efforts to improve the environment. The Survey has been compiled and tracked by CTIC since 1982 and is the only survey in the U.S. to measure and track the type of tillage used by crop at the county level. Tillage methods tracked in ... more.

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National Coastal Lakes Wetlands R Training

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National Coastal Lakes Wetlands R Training

2016 Workshop

The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Workshop was co-located witht the 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida. The dedicated NARS session was held on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Tony Olsen presented and it was recorded as a webinar. View the agenda. Download a copy of the slides. (7.5 MB).

Workshops planned for 2017 and 2018

Workshops planned for 2017 and 2018 National Aquatic Resources Workshop December 5-7, 2017 Silver Springs, MD Click here for more information. National Aquatic Resources Workshop will be held in conjunction with NWQMC Spring, 2018.

CTIC BOARD MEETING JAN. 30

... Meeting Room CR 17/18 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast with NACD Executive Committee 8:30 a.m. - Board meeting begins 12 p.m. - Lunch 1 p.m. - Board meeting resumes 4 p.m. - Board meeting adjourns Detailed agenda coming soon. This meeting is in conjunction with the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting. For more information, please click here. Hotel Information: Please note there are two Marriott hotels in San Antonio; be sure to make your reservation at the Rivercenter: Marriott Rivercenter Hotel 101 Bowie Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-1000 The room rate for a single/double room is $179 per night. This rate may ... more.

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation - The Results

... supporting information about the importance of soil carbon sequestration in conservation agriculture. It is designed to accompany the one-pager and provide additional information to the reader. What You Can Do Share both documents with people who can help us put conservation agriculture into action to help address greenhouse gas emissions. Send it to your local, regional and national political leaders with a personal note urging them to get more information and to take action. Request personal meetings with decision makers and review the documents with them. Contact CTIC to view the presentations delivered during the Consultationand complete proceedings. Organized by: Conservation Technology Information Center Food & Agriculture Org ... more.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

www.nrel.gov The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals.

Apply gypsum to your fields to balance soil structure, Improve nutrient uptake, and yield heartier, healthier crops

... improves structure and balances the nutrients in your soil. Plus, it offers a variety of other valuable benefits: Flushes out unwanted Magnesium, Aluminum, and Sodium Aids biological processes in building soil structure Loosens soil and reduces compaction Improves residue breakdown, which adds more nutrients to your soil Enhances soil's water infiltration and water-holding capacity Allows for faster drainage, which can mean more days in the field Helps soil release nutrients to the crop Improves rooting of plants for better drought tolerance Reduce expensive fertilizer applications You already have literally hundreds of years of nutrients trapped in your soil. The main issue is balancing these nut ... more.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... and validated at the farm-field scale, the privacy of individual producers is fully protected by distributing only spatially-aggregated results – at the county and watershed (8-digit HUC) scale. CTIC has been the primary source of this type of conservation practice monitoring data for nearly 30 years. In partnership with USDA and many others, the CTIC curates and distributes the National Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey, collected using validated transect methods – annually in most states from 1989 through 2004, and again in 2006 and 2008. When fully implemented, OpTIS will fill 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 ... more.

Don't forget to renew your membership

... 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 web page Receive a one-year subscription to Conservation in Action Partners and Member Mail To renew your membership, please email Crystal Hatfield at hatfield@ctic.org or call 765-494-9555. And while you're thinking about it, help our conservation community grow by telling your friends and coll ... more.

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 aq ... more.

CTIC FEATURED ON AG DAY

AgDay 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 20 ... more.

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

... (EIB-50) 29 pp, March 2009 In recent years, structural changes in the hog sector, including increased farm size and regional shifts in production, have altered manure management practices. Also, changes to the Clean Water Act, State regulations, and increasing local conflicts over air quality issues, including odor, have influenced manure management decisions. This study uses data from two national surveys of hog farmers to examine how hog manure management practices vary with the scale of production 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 alterin ... more.

Contour Buffer Strip

Strips of grass or legumes in a contoured field, which help trap sediment and nutrients. Similar to stripcropping, but with narrower grass or legume strips. How it works A series of grass strips are placed across the slope on a contour. The alternating strips of grass or other permanent vegetation slow runoff flow, trap sediment from the crop strips above, and increase water infiltration. Because the buffer strip is established 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 ... more.

Contour Farming

Farming with row patterns nearly level around the hill—not up and down hill. How it works Crop 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 terra ... more.

Sustainable Supply Chains

... 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 leverage relationships developed through the Big Pine Watershed project to collect farm management data and farmer feedback on the new metric. Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability CTIC recently began ... more.

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.

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

... and report results as producers begin the transition in spring. Next year, we'll offer workshops and networking meetings to spark new ideas and information exchange among producers, consultants and researchers. Just last month, CTIC partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to host the Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation, an international conference that explored conservation agriculture's role in mitigating climate change. During this working meeting (access here) , researchers and practitioners from around the world focused on science, economics, brainstorming and collaboration about carbon trading. The three-day event yielded some very significant conclusions: • There is good science to describe and quantify th ... 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 and harvested to maintain desired production. Twigs, limbs and other debris are not removed, mainta ... more.

Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

Maintaining environmental quality implies sustainable agricultural production systems that preserve and prated soil resources. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America Target Audience In addition to the memberships of project partners, CTIC will design the workshops with the following groups in mind: Agricultural retailers Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) Members of Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) NRCS Technical Service Providers (TSPs) Soil and Water Conservation District staff and engineers

AG CONSULTANT TRAINING

Target Audience In addition to the memberships of project partners, CTIC will design the workshops with the following groups in mind: - Agricultural retailers - Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) - Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) - Members of Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) - National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) - NRCS Technical Service Providers (TSPs) - Soil and Water Conservation District staff and engineers Through a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and technical support to successfully plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and share information from five workshops held between 2015 and 2020. & ... more.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

... to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).This may be an option for reducing nutrient delivery to the Chesapeake Bay and other water bodies. More... Natural Resources Inventory Details Trends in Conservation Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released new data on soil erosion and development trends on non-federal lands. This latest National Resources Inventory (NRI), focused onthe years between 1982 and 2007,highlights data suggesting thatthat soil erosion has decreased 43 percent over the past 25 years. More... Propane Heat for Weed Control According to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), propane-fueled heat offers a chemical-free weed and insect control alternative for organic ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

... to provide incentives for ethanol producers to follow proper management and use appropriate conservation practices. To view ESA's position statement on biofuel sustainability, visit: www.esa.org/pao/policyStatements/Statements/biofuel.php EPA Promotes Safe Drinking Water with New Brochure A new brochure from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its debut at the National FFA Convention in late October. The brochure is intended to provide access to key information on best agricultural practices to protect sources of drinking water. The target audience is high school ag science students, their advisors and instructors, as well as a broader agriculture audience. The brochure is accompanied by a Web site, www.fieldtofaucet.org . The brochure also has an inser ... more.

Conservation Buffers Fact Sheet

Conservation Buffer Facts Conservation Buffers are small areas or strips of land in vegetation, designed to slow water runoff, 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 econo ... more.

Demonstration: Nitrogen Application Timing

... source, ESN®. ESN® controlled-release technology delivers 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 micronutr ... more.

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(Mulle ... more.

Nitrogen Application Timing

... controlled-release technology delivers 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. More... Right Source Match fertilizer type to crop needs ... more.

Crop Nutrient Management Facts

... 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. The improved soil structure also reduces compaction enabling plant roots to be stronger, healthier. Cleaner water Soil erosion can be reduced by 90% (compared to intensive tillage). While we have long thought of soil erosion as reducing top soil, we now know it's one of the top &lsqu ... more.

Conservation Tillage

... 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. The improved soil structure also reduces compaction enabling plant roots to be stronger, healthier. Cleaner water Soil erosion can be reduced by 90% (compared to intensive tillage). While we have long thought of soil erosion as reducing top soil, we now know it's one of the top ‘pollutants ... more.

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.

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

Intro to Watershed Planning & 9 Elements Getting the Big Picture Purposes of Chemical, Physical, and Biological Monitoring Common Monitoring Parameters Accessing Existing and Web Based Data Using Hoosier RiverWatch Data for Assessment and Planning Observational Approaches to Monitoring and Assessment Characterizing Baseline Water Body Conditions Interpreting and Using Existing Data to Identi ... more.

Exploring Biotechnology

Agricultural biotechnology delivers more than just streamlined pest management options or the promise of healthier, higher quality crops. Biotech-derived crops allow growers to adopt sustainable farming 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 ... 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 projects provide insight into agricultural systems that are both economically and environmentally beneficial. ... more.

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 Protectio ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs

Research & Technology Briefs U.S. Commerce Department establishes NOAA Climate Service The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched the NOAA Climate Service at www.climate.gov. Individuals and decision-makers across widely diverse sectors – from agriculture to energy to transportation – increasingly rely on NOAA for information about climate change. To meet these requests, the NOAA Climate Service office has been established to bring together the ag ... more.

Cover crop effects on soil water relationships.

Cover crops help control erosion, prevent nutrient leaching, fix nitrogen, improve sail conditions, and protect seedlings, but also use water, thus affecting soil water relationships far the next crop. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover crop effects on soil water relationships.

Soil and Water Conservation Society

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society, has a mission to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Their work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land - the land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quailty of life people experience in rural and urban communities. They work to discover, develop, implement, and cons ... more.

2010 Tour Wrap-Up

... Action Tour 2010. View photos from the Tour. See interviews from the CIA Tour 2010 provided by AgWired. Listen to a NAFB interview with Karen Scanlon, CTIC's Executive Director, and Skip Davis of the NAFB News Service. Listen to an interview with Tim Healey, CTIC chair and Vice President for Regulatory Affairs with Agrotain International. Watch a video of the tour which includes our many participants, staff, and sponsors. See what participants are saying about the most valuable part of the Tour... “Today’s tour has been the highlight of my professional training for this year! I not only gained very useful CEU’s in Soil and Water Management…I g ... 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 T ... more.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

... 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 comprehensive data, research and materials related to conservation and sustainable agriculture that achieves better soil, cleaner water, greater profits and a brighter future. Mission Statement CTIC champions, promotes and provides info ... more.

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.

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.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010 "Best Tour Yet"

... Action Tour 2010. View photos from the Tour. See interviews from the CIA Tour 2010 provided by AgWired. Listen to a NAFB interview with Karen Scanlon, CTIC's Executive Director, and Skip Davis of the NAFB News Service. Listen to an interview with Tim Healey, CTIC chair and Vice President for Regulatory Affairs with Agrotain International. Watch a video of the tour which includes our many participants, staff, and sponsors. See what participants are saying about the most valuable part of the Tour... “Today’s tour has been the highlight of my professional training for this year! I not only gained very useful CEU’s in Soil and Water Management…I ... more.

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

Conference Presentations from Feb. 18, 2010 Phosphorus 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 ... more.

Crop Rotation - Core 4

... Crop 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 ... 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 s ... 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 ... more.

Pest Management

... against the cost of control. Finally, if pest control is economical, all alternatives are evaluated based on cost, results, and environmental impact. Precaution is taken to keep any chemicals from leaving the field by leaching, runoff or drift. How it helps Scouting and spot treatment for only those pests that are threatening can save money. Using fewer chemicals improves water quality. Specific treatments for specific pests on specific areas of a field prevents over-treatment of pests. Planning ahead Which soils on your farm are likely to leach pesticides? Did you establish filter strips along streams? Did you consider pest control alternatives? Did you use records of crops and pest control for reference? Did you rotate crops to reduce the chance of p ... more.

Manure Storage

... system and planned field application. Several options exist including an earthen 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 compatibi ... more.

Field Border

... and be highly erosive. Field borders are sometimes referred 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 ... 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 ... more.

Countour Strip Cropping

... of corn or soybeans planted on the contour and alternated with strips of oats, grass or legumes. How it works Crops are arranged so that a strip of meadow or small grain is alternated with a strip of row crop. Not more than half a field can be planted to row crops. Meadow slows runoff, increases infiltration, traps 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 a ... more.

Timothy J. Healey, Agrotain International, LLC

CTIC Member since 2003 Initially, Agrotain International joined CTIC to be affiliated with an organization that promoted no-till agriculture directly to farmers, to increase name recognition of our products with producers, and to provide product for demonstration purposes in areas where CTIC was promoting no-till agriculture. We win farmers as customers one at a time, and we were hoping that the affiliation with CTIC would give us more opportunity for ... 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.

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.

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

... and help us learn how farmers can support pollinator health without sacrificing profitability. This project is funded by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and by several partnering organizations. Partners include: Bayer CropScience, Corn & Soybean Digest, CropLife Foundation, Dupont Pioneer, Monsanto, National Corn Growers Association, The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, and Syngenta. Join Our Cover Crops Mailing List Sign up below to receive updates on CTIC cover crop projects and events, including the CIG project "Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops." Mailing List Sign Up Form CTIC’s Cover Crops Project Are you interested in bein ... more.

Renew Your CTIC Membership ...Or Join!

... in the works, farmers finding ways to use conservation practices to cut costs, and consumer pressure on for growers to farm sustainable, CTIC is at the leading edge of a wide rangeof hot topics. This is a perfect time for you and your company/organization to get involved. CTIC members receive: Access to research and information on conservation agriculture National recognition for supporting agricultural conservation Networking opportunities unparalleled in agriculture or conservation Opportunities to participate in research and demonstrations of conservation practices Interaction with technical professionals and policymakers Your membership helps CTIC connect, inform, and champion - and it puts you at the table with the most diverse and dedicate ... 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

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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.

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

... 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-acre corn production estimates down by 43.7 bushels, or 26.3%, and reduced soybean production by 8.1%, or 4.0 bushels per acre, based on early-season predictions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. However, even in those conditions – or perhaps because of them – the survey revealed a positive impact of cover crops on yield. The results of the 2012-20 ... 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 insight into how farmers learn to m ... more.

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Additional Resources 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.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

In 2010, EPA granted funds to CTIC for five years to plan and facilitate aquatic resource monitoring training workshops for states, tribes and other stakeholders. Since then, CTIC has been awarded a grant to conduct these workshops until 2020. CTIC will continue to enhance collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among the more than 800 professionals attending the workshops.

Current Members

Our members renew again and again; they realize the many important benefits, directly and indirectly, of CTIC's work. They earn national recognition, and show the public their commitment to agricultural conservation. Many members partner on our projects, supporting CTIC with technical information and assistance. View our current CTIC members by selecting from the tabs below. Corporate Members Institutional Members Individual Members Gold Corporate Member Bayer CropScience www.bayercrops ... more.

Build Coalitions

CTIClinks private businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, and local, state, regional, and federal government agencies to address their common conservation agriculture issues. Our coalition-led initiatives range from small watershed projects to national events and conferences. With strength, wisdom, and knowledge in numbers, CTIC’s coalitions work to disseminate information on new technologies and tools, to ensure conservation agriculture works on the ground. The Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA)unites voluntary producer organizations across North America that share similar missions and goals, encounter similar chal ... more.

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

... 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-acre corn production estimates down by 43.7 bushels, or 26.3%, and reduced soybean production by 8.1%, or 4.0 bushels per acre, based on early-season predictions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. However, even in those conditions – or perhaps because of them – the survey revealed a positive impact of cover crops on yield.

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 insight into how farmers learn to m ... more.

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2017 National Workshop/Conference

2017 National Workshop/Conference The Future of NARS: Building on Our Shared Successes December 5-7, 2017 NOAA Training Center Silver Spring, MD Agenda (includes links to presentations) Pre-workshop Webinars

Past Workshops

Click on the links below for more information from past workshops, including materials, presentations and webinars. National Coastal Lakes Wetlands R Training

2010 Fall National Wetlands Monitoring & Assessment Work Group (NWMAWG) Workshop

... Protection State and Tribal Wetland Regulatory Programs. Roundtable Discussion: Use of monitoring and assessment information in the development of a state wetland regulatory program - Michelle Henicheck, VA DEQ - Tammy Hill, NC DENR - Barb Scott, KY DOW: Kentucky 401 WQC Program - Mick Miccachion, OH EPA - Ted Walsh, NH DEC: Summary Presentation: John Mack, Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Planning and Wildlife Management - Joanna Lemly, CO NHP: Statewide Strategies for Colorado Wetlands - Alison Rogerson, DE DNREC: Delaware’s Restoration and Protection in a Watershed Context - Ted LeGrange, NE Games & Parks: Rainwater Basin Wetland Ecology and History, Data Collection- Level 1 and 3 - How the data are being used. State and Regional Intensifications of the NWCA ... more.

2014 National Wetlands Workshop

October 28-30, 2014 Denver, Colorado Click here to download the agenda.

2011 Workshop

US National AMBI Development Workshop September 27 - 29, 2011 Costa Mesa, CA Meeting goals: Develop AMBI Ecological Group classifications for US speciesv Agree on analyses needed to calibrate/validate the US AMBI

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

Sponsorship Details

... Our 10th Conservation in Action Tour! Now is the time to sign on as a sponsor of CTIC's 2017 Conservation in Action Tour and position your company as a leader in conservation farming. Contact Chad Watts atwatts@ctic.orgor call 765-494-9555 for sponsorship details.(Click on the chart below to download a sponsorship flyer.) Tour sponsors receive: National recognition and exposure; Interaction with 200 tour participants, including policy makers, government agency representatives, producers, agricultural and conservation organizations, media and more; Opportunity to showcase products, technology and equipment.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

NEW COVER CROP SURVEY SHOWS YIELD BOOST

The 2013-2014 CTIC and SARE national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits.

WinMax

WinMax is a computer program developed at Purdue University to calculate and compare economic returns on crop production. From 1991-1998, WinMax and its earlier DOS version were used to manage data for the national Farming for Maximum Efficiency program (The MAX®) sponsored byCTICand Successful Farming magazine. 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 contro ... more.

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.

CTIC

... The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs around 19,500 people in over 90 countries. INSTITUTIONAL CropLife America, Gold Institutional Member, is the national trade organization representing the nation's developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the U.S. INDIVIDUAL Harold Reetz We thank individual member Harold Reetz for his long-standing membership and participation in the Conservation In Action Tour ... 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.

CTIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The winter CTIC board meeting will be held January 31 - February 1, 2012. This meeting is in conjunction with the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting. For more information, please click here. All members are invited to attend. Please see the draft agenda for more details, and RSVP CTIC if you would like to join us. Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2012 Las Vegas, NV Tuesday (Jan. 31) -- 12:00 - 5:00 pm Room: Brera 4, Third Level (Mezzanine) Wednesday (Feb. 1) -- ... 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 about the Environmental Defense Fund ... more.

CropLife America

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, CropLife America, is the national trade organization representing the nation's developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the U.S. To find out more about CropLife America, visit www.croplifeamerica.org

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

... institutional and individual members for their loyalty and offer our thanks for their years of support. “CTIC values each member,” says Karen Scanlon, executive director. “All of our successes, past and present, depend on the participation, input and support of our members.” In 1982, a group of agribusiness leaders, together with the National Association of Conservation Districts, formed CTIC to promote and provide information about conservation tillage. In the three decades since, CTIC has expanded its focus, increased and diversified its membership and worked with thousands of people across the country to advance conservation. Our members make it all possible. Thank you! ... more.

CTIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The fall CTIC board meeting will be held October 24 -25, 2011. We will be meeting at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives office in Washington, DC. All members are invited to attend. Please RSVP CTIC if you would like to join us. Hotel Information: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 Tel: 202-737-1234 Website: washingtonregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

CTIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The fall CTIC board meeting will be held October 24 -25, 2011. We will be meeting at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives office in Washington, DC. All members are invited to attend. Please RSVP CTIC if you would like to join us. Hotel Information: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 Tel: 202-737-1234 Website: washingtonregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

JOIN CTIC

... about emerging tools and technology access our extensive network of experts show their commitment to the success of conservation agriculture Our members are CTIC's strength. With our solid, active and dedicated membership, we've demonstrated the value of public/private partnerships, and we've proven that collaboration works. Join our national public/private partnership at the basic membership level that fits you best –
Individual, Institutional or Corporate. For additional benefits and recognition, increase your contribution to support the important work of CTIC. Each membership category includes additional giving levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze. See our Membership Brochure for detailed information about e ... more.

National Tillage Trends 1990-2004

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Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... Past Chair; Foundation for Agronomic Research's Dr. Harold Reetz is First Vice Chair; Agri Drain's Charles Schafer is Second Vice Chair; Osborn & Barr Communication's Neil Caskey is Secretary; and Monsanto's Jim Hudson is Treasurer. Both Neil and Jim are new to the Executive Board. In addition to electing a new Executive Board, the CTIC membership renewed the term of National Corn Growers Association's Rod Snyder and elected a new member to CTIC's Board of Directors, CropLife America's Allan Noe. Mosaic's Ron Olson rotated off the Executive Board as Secretary and will continue to serve as a board member. We owe many thanks to Agri-Pulse Communication's Sara Wyant who served on the board since 2006 and did not seek re-election, and to long-tim ... 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.

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.

Watershed Management Starter Kit

Watershed Management Starter Kit This complete kit includes seven guides (Getting to Know Your Watershed, Building Local Partnerships, Putting Together a Watershed Management Plan, Managing Conflict, Leading and Communicating, and two others), a 13-minute dvd video (Partnerships for Watersheds), companion brochure and an application to the National Watershed Network. In other words, it includes everything you need to get started!

Indiana Best Management Practices Survey

A partnership of organizations including Conservation Technology Information Center, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, and The Fertilizer Institute measured adoption of conservation practices on Indiana farms.The survey revealed reasons farm operators and landownersdo not adopt conservation practices. Building onthe success of the recentnational Best Management Practices (BMPs) Survey, thissurvey recorded the conservation efforts of Indiana farmers and identified how to assist farmers in choosing appropriate and profitable conservation practices.

Soil Conservation Council of Canada Conseil de Conservation des sols Canada

Soil Conservation Council of Canada Conseil de Conservation des sols Canada The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is a non-government, producer directed organization that is the face and voice for soil conservation in Canada. Our national network is a collaboration that involves; provincial soil conservation associations, non-government organizations, industry and government. Mission, Goals and Contact Information www.soilcc.ca

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

2014 Tour Wrap-Up

... from 20 states heard this unique story. The audience represented numerous roles in the agriculture industry, such as growers, agricultural retailers, members of the media, agricultural and conservation organization representatives, federal and state agency representatives, students and researchers. Tour high points: Constructed wetland known as a stormwater treatment area that helps decrease the amount of nutrients in water running off of crop fields Best Management Practices that agricultural producers can use to keep soil and inputs on their fields Wooden boxes posted around fields as homes for owls Sugarcane planting and harvesting A beautiful view of the sunset over Lake Okeecho ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... practices in their profitable operations. Starkey Farms Partnership , Brownsburg, Indiana • 8 years of continuous no-till • Gradually incorporated 200 acres of annual ryegrass as cover crop • Gypsum added as a soil amendment to improve soil structure and infiltration • Tile Nitrogen outflow monitored by a local university because the farm is within a watershed that supplies drinking water to nearby Indianapolis Lamb Farms , Lebanon, Indiana • 84% of corn and soybeans are no-till or strip-till • RTK systems used to apply and manage nutrients • 98 percent of compost produced is used on their farm for fertilizer and soil amendment • Nearly 50 acres of conservation buffers along ditches Meadowlane Farms , Frankf ... more.

2018 Membership Drive

... Conservation 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 ... 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

... even 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 ... 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 appl ... more.

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Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... the biological activity. Higher biological activity increases nutrient cycling and availability and also reduces nutrient loss due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce 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 ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... the biological activity. Higher biological activity increases nutrient cycling and availability and also reduces nutrient loss due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce 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 ... more.

…and looking forward to 2018!

... new look and retrieving information about conservation agriculture will be easier than ever. Our 2018 Conservation in Action Tour 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 imp ... more.

...and looking forward to 2018!

... new look and retrieving information about conservation agriculture will be easier than ever. Our 2018 Conservation in Action Tour 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 imp ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Systems

... the biological activity. Higher biological activity increases nutrient cycling and availability and also reduces nutrient loss due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce 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 ... more.

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 ... 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

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 supporting environmental stewardship. Both products contain the same unique active ingredient to help reduce nitrate leaching into ground and surface water. This ingredient also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and makes more nitrogen available to plants. Jason Moulin, portfolio marketing leader for Dow AgroSciences, noted that technology such a ... more.

The Mosaic Company

Working with Partnerships The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation 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’ Macki ... more.

The Great Crop Rotation Cover-Up

... 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-DR Cover crop decision making chart for the year after cereal grains. Cover Crop rotations SAG_9_09 Cover Crops Rotations after Cash Grain Crop ... more.

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 ... 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

... CTIC’s 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.”

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 go ... more.

Splash

... computer 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:

Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce 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 ... more.

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

... 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 station, Purdue University agronomy farm 3:30 PM - Tour duck farm near Bluffton, IN 5:00 PM - Drop off passengers in Bluffton, IN 6:00 PM - Return to Celina, OH Our bus ride will include opportunities to engage in conversation, view educational videos, and take part in interactive presentations. Questions? Contact Laura Walker at laura.walker@mercercount ... 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 stat ... more.

2011 TOUR DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED

... 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. Visit the Tour Website to learn more about the Cocktail Social, Lodging Information, Sponsorship Opportunities and more.

New Opportunities

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

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 ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

... regions. Climate change policy discussions at the federal, state and regional levels have increased awareness of fertilizer’s contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as the agricultural opportunities that exist to reduce them. As discussed in Fertilizer Nitrogen BMPs to Limit Losses that Contribute to Global Warming, authored by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), properly balanced plant nutrition through BMPs, such as the 4R nutrient stewardship system, will maximize the capture of carbon dioxide through crop photosynthesis and carbon sequestration, while reducing nitrous oxide emissions – a potent GHG. The 4R nutrient stewardship system will only gain importance as farmers continue to adopt BMPs and ... more.

Leading the way

... our customers, and our investors. We’ve set ambitious goals for ourselves. And, we hope that our sustainability efforts will help make us stronger as we help the world grow the food it needs.” To view the Mosaic Sustainability Report, click here. Mosaic and CTIC Mosaic is a strong supporter of the CTIC Upstream Heroes project, which focuses on water quality in agricultural operations. Photo courtesy of Mosaic In 2009, Mosaic became CTIC's first Gold Corporate Member – a support level of $8,500 above basic membership – which entitles Mosaic to the most benefits available from the organization. Ron says the move was an easy one. “We looked at the level of support we were already devoting ... more.

Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

... advisors and regulators to dig deeper into the growing trove of online tools, data resources, contacts and success stories to help livestock operations meet their regulatory requirements, and even turn excess nutrients into money more effectively than ever. "As a clearinghouse for information on conservation farming practices that can help producers improve their soil, protect water and air quality, and improve profitability, CTIC saw the opportunity 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 an ... more.

Turning Manure into Energy

... found their solution a little closer to home in the $3.6-million Elimanure system, designed by Wisconsin-based Skill Associates. Though their 2,600 owned acres and 2,600 rented acres represented enough land for agronomically acceptable manure application, building a power plant on the dairy reduced their manure movement from an 8-mile radius to about 1,000 feet of pipeline. Because water comprises more than half of the weight of dairy manure, the Wieses' Elimanure facility dries the manure before heating it in a combustion chamber. That's a big challenge with dairy manure, but the Elimanure design channels heat from the furnace back to the biodryer building to dry the incoming fuel, blowing off the moisture as clean steam. Wiese calls the energy expended in drying the wet ... more.

Manure Testing

... manure 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 he ... more.

Crop Residue Management

... on 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? ... 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 ... more.

Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES

... 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 positive effects of reduced tillage on surface water quality. www.reducedtillage.ca

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 nutrien ... more.

Sequential NLEAP simulations to examine effect of early and late planted winter cover crops on nitrogen dynamics.

In different studies conducted during the last 10 years, underground well water NO3−-N concentrations have been found to exceed drinking water standards of 10 mg NO3−-N L−1 (10 ppm) for some areas of the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Sequential NLEAP ... more.

Grassed Waterway

Shaping and establishing grass in a natural drainage way to prevent gullies from forming. How it works A natural drainage way is graded and shaped to form a smooth, bowl-shaped channel. This area is seeded to sod-forming grasses. Runoff water that flows down the drainage way flows across the grass rather than tearing away soil and forming a larger gully. An outlet is often installed at the base of the drainage way to stabilize the waterway and prevent a new gully from forming. How it helps Grass cover protects the drainage way from gully erosion. Vegetation may act as a filter, absorbing some of the chemicals and nutrients i ... 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.

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.

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.

Cover Crop Workshop (August 25, 2009)

Tuesday, August 25th 9am to 5pm East Main Street Christian Church Elwood, Indiana Presentations from the meeting are below: Cover Crops, No-till, and Soil Quality, Dan Towery Indiana Specific Niches, Dave Robison You have heard about the benefits of cover crops, now learn how to make them work! Spend the day with an all star cast of speakers from Purdue University, NRCS, Michigan State University, CISCO seeds and Ag Conservation Solutions and learn how to use cover crops on your operation. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC ... more.

Components of a IPM Plan

... 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 or pest problem that is serious enough (action threshold) to trigger a control measure. Know your options There are numerous approaches to effectively controlling problems. Resistant plants, cultural co ... 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.

Connecting People

... 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 Illinois watershed in a remarkable collaboration that resulted in conservation practices being adopted on at least 57% of the agricultural acreage in the watershed and measurable reductions in nutrients in the creek. The project yielded perspective on conservation practices from demonstr ... more.

Demonstration: Slow Release Fertilizer

... of the acres and rotate planting of corn and soybeans on the rest of the land. Their minimum tillage practices leave at least 30% of the previous crops’ residue on the soil surface. This residue decreases soil erosion and feeds nutrients back to the soil. They apply nitrogen after the corn plants emerge, when nutrient needs are the greatest. This minimizes nitrogen lost to air and water. To maximize efficiency, farmers must select the right nutrient source. A controlled-release nitrogen source such as Koch Agronomic Service’s Agrotain® may offer benefits. Agrotain® blocks the enzyme urease to prevent nitrogen loss, which begins the moment the farmer applies fertilizer or manure. Losses add up over time, decreasing profitability and increasing nitrogen’s ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

... Shore of Maryland on July 10 and 11 for our 11thannual Conservation in Action Tour. For more than a decade, we’ve been bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture for a front row view of the latest and best management practices. This year’s theme, “Bringing Back the Bay: Partnerships, Profitable Farms, Clean Water, & Innovative Conservation,” will highlight several Maryland farmers who are leading the way in conservation efforts and the partnerships that help them succeed. Click hereto register! The designated tour hotel is the Westin of Annapolis.Time is running out to secure the block rate,so please make sure you book your room by the deadline,June 8. The Westin is ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

... Shore of Maryland on July 10 and 11 for our 11thannual Conservation in Action Tour. For more than a decade, we’ve been bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture for a front row view of the latest and best management practices. This year’s theme, “Bringing Back the Bay: Partnerships, Profitable Farms, Clean Water, & Innovative Conservation,” will highlight several Maryland farmers who are leading the way in conservation efforts and the partnerships that help them succeed. Click hereto register! The designated tour hotel is the Westin of Annapolis. Book your room by June 8 to secure the block rate. The Westin is honoring the block rate three days before the tour and three days post-to ... 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.

2014 Achievements

... 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 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 eve ... more.

Agriculture and Water in Florida

Richard Budell

Everglades Restoration Progress

South Florida Water Management District

Below the Surface: An In-depth Look at Stormwater Treatment Areas

South Florida Water Management District

Mixtures and cocktails: Soil is meant to be covered

Penn State University, University of Maryland, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have all been testing various soil parameters on the Cedar Meadow Farm. Groff, Steve. 2008. Mixtures and cocktails: Soil is meant to be covered. J. Soil Water Conserv. 63(4):110A-111A.

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.

Biological and biochemical soil properties in no-till corn with different cover crops.

Cover cropping impacts soil properties in many positive ways. These include higher total carbon, which usually contributes to increased cation exchange capacity and water-holding capacity. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Biological and biochemical soil properties in no-till corn with different cover crops.

Monsanto

Monsanto works with farmers from around the world to make agriculture more productive and sustainable. We've strengthened our goal of doubling crop yields by committing to doing it with one-third fewer resources such as land, water and energy per unit produced. We're working with our partners to develop conservation systems that are better for the plant.

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.

Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District

Provides local technical assistance, contact with area producers and guidance for project outreach and growth.

SWCS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Soil and Water Conservation Society will hold their 67th annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas from July 22-25, 2012. This year's conference theme is "Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics and Ethics" and will feature presentations, workshops, symposia, and technical tours to facilitate the sharing of resource conservation knowledge. In honor of our 30th anniversary celebrat ... more.

Slow Release Fertilizer

... of the acres and rotate planting of corn and soybeans on the rest of the land. Their minimum tillage practices leave at least 30% of the previous crops’ residue on the soil surface. This residue decreases soil erosion and feeds nutrients back to the soil. They apply nitrogen after the corn plants emerge, when nutrient needs are the greatest. This minimizes nitrogen lost to air and water. To maximize efficiency, farmers must select the right nutrient source. A controlled-release nitrogen source such as Koch Agronomic Service’s Agrotain® may offer benefits. Agrotain® blocks the enzyme urease to prevent nitrogen loss, which begins the moment the farmer applies fertilizer or manure. Losses add up over time, decreasing profitability and increasing nitro ... more.

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.

CTIC Commemorates 30 Years at SWCS Annual Meeting

CTIC took a party theme to the 67th International Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, titled "Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics and Ethics," held July 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas. Our exhibit stood out with balloons and festive gift bags to celebrate our 30 years of service to agriculture. Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director, and Chad Watt ... more.

Agri Drain Corp

CTIC Silver Corporate Member, Agri Drain Corp, America's most complete supplier of water management products for wetlands, ponds, lakes, controlled drainage, and subsurface irrigation with the best guarantee. To learn more about Agri Drain Corp, visit www.agridrain.com

No-Till Farming Systems & Companion CD

No-Till Farming Systems The highly anticipated World Association of Soil and Water Conservation - Special Publication No. 3 - No-Till Farming Systems book has been released in the United States. As co-publisher, CTIC is honored to be the designated U.S. distributor. "No-till farming systems have been developed and applied around the world over several decades. The technology is dynamic: it develops and changes as we overcome obstacles in soil opening, seed placement, ... 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.

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 and politics. To learn more about Environmental Resources Coalition, visit www.erc-env.org/.

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.

Small Community Wastewater Tracking Solutions Workshop

Providing communities with the tools to research and adopt a viable solution for their waste water treatment. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to two free database management tools that can help improve wastewater management efforts in your communities. When: October 7 and 8, 2010 Photo courtesy of NRCS Where: Pike Bay Town Hall &nbs ... more.

Protecting the Environment

By facilitating the switch to conservation tillage, biotech crops have helped dramatically reduce soil erosion and water pollution, increase carbon sequestration, and lower the use of crop protection chemicals by millions of pounds per year.

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

... 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 Contact Information and Biographies News Release Download Confer ... more.

Tillage Type Definitions

... but may also be in pounds. CRM is an “umbrella” term encompassing several tillage systems including no-till, ridge-till, mulch-till, and reduced-till. Conservation Tillage Types (30 percent or more crop residue left, after planting). Any tillage and planting system that covers 30 percent or more of the soil surface with crop residue, after planting, to reduce soil erosion by water. Where soil erosion by wind is the primary concern, any system that maintains at least 1,000 pounds per acre of flat, small grain residue equivalent on the surface throughout the critical wind erosion period. No-till/strip-till The soil is left undisturbed from harvest to planting except for strips up to 1/3 of the row width (strips may involve only residue disturbance or may include soil ... more.

Upcoming Events June 2010

Upcoming Events July 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. ... more.

Date and Location Set for 2009 Conservation in Action Tour

... tour will feature stops in western Illinois! An engrossed group of Conservation In Action Tour participants listens to a discussion at one of the Beck's Hybrids seed company's greenhouses. Photo Courtesy of Purity Mason Side-by-side demonstration models at Rulon Enterprises show how ground water appears in a conventional tilled field (left) versus a no-till field (right) with residue on the soil surface. Photo Courtesy of Purity Mason At Lamb Farms, drywall scrap from construction projects is ground into gypsum and spread on fields as a soil amendment. Photo courtesy of Randall Reeder ... more.

April Research & Technology Briefs

... 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 details at: www.epa.gov/owow/videocontest.html. Three Factors Sent Farm Prices Up, Same Three Driving Prices ... more.

Wildlife Upland Habitat

... help protect? How close do you want the habitat area to your farmstead? Tech notes Plant the wildlife area with a vegetative cover of grass, trees or shrubs. Exclude livestock. To attract a specific wildlife species, choose cover and habitat for that species. Create a diverse habitat to attract a wider variety of wildlife. Consult with a local wildlife biologist, Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or wildlife group in your area for local recommendations. Include a food plot if possible. Encourage shrub growth between woodlands and grasslands. Include bird houses and feeding stations in habitat areas. Plant fruit and nut bearing trees or shrubs to the windward side of a woodland habitat area. Maintenance Prescrib ... more.

Wildlife Food Plot

... supplies are in short supply. How it helps Standing crops with unharvested grain give food to wildlife that may otherwise not be accessible after heavy snows or ice. A food plot helps maintain wildlife on your farm by providing food. Planning ahead Will the crop you plan to plant or leave standing in the field attract the wildlife you want? Is there adequate cover and water near the food plot to support wildlife? Are you endangering wildlife by placing the food plot too close to high traffic areas? Tech notes Planting dates range from March 1 to June 15 depending on the crop. * Food plots should be planted on the least erosive areas of the selected field. Plots on slopes steeper than 5% should be planted on the contour. A plot can be planted on t ... more.

Animal Waste Management Site - Great Lakes Regional Water Program

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

Cover Crop

A close-growing crop that temporarily protects the soil when crop residues are not adequate. How it works Crops including cereal rye, oats, clover, hairy vetch, and winter wheat are planted to temporarily protect the ground from wind and water erosion during times when cropland isn't adequately protected against soil erosion. How it helps Cover crops keep ground covered, add organic matter to the soil, trap nutrients, improve soil tilth and reduce weed competition. Planning ahead Do you have a seeding method that won't harm standing crops? Are adequate soil conservation measures installed? Tech notes C ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

... areas. What’s out of the ordinary about your field plan? Is it irrigated? Next to a stream or lake? Especially sandy in one area? Steep slope or low area? Manure applied in one area for generations due to proximity of dairy barn? Extremely productive—or unproductive—in a portion of the field? Are there buffers that protect streams, drainage ditches, wellheads, and other water collection points? How far away are the neighbors? What’s the general wind direction? This is the place to note these and other special conditions. 7. Recommended rates. Here’s the place where science, technology, and art meet. Given everything you’ve noted, what is the optimum rate of N-P-K, lime, and any other nutrients. While science tells us your crop has changing nutri ... 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 ... more.

McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District

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.

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

... on: developing consistent messages about nutrient management needs and practices in southeastern Minnesota, identifying and bringing the tools/ practices necessary for improving nutrient management, and obtaining funding to support direct technical assistance to help farmer understand, adopt and maintain nutrient management practices. Working in 14 counties within the Wabash Watershed (two in western Ohio and 12 in eastern Indiana), CTIC has facilitated the formation of a watershed stakeholder group to identify needs for nutrient management within the watershed, identify existing programs and assistance for meeting nutrient management needs, determine what additional tools are needed for success, and search for ptential funding sources. The project's web site, http:www ... more.

CTIC Cover Crop Initiatives

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

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