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... 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

No-Till 2011 Conference

... to interested farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states. For more details, view the conference brochure. Below is an outline of topics to be covered at this year's No-Till Conference: Soil Fertility Cover Crops No-Till Cotton Production Intensifying the Rotation with Double-Crops On-Farm Research Session Weed Management Corn and Soybean Production No-Till Wheat Grazing Systems Weed Science 101 Soils 101 Intensified Management with Grid Soil Sampling and/or Management Zones Dedicated Absentee Landowners Session Soil Conservation

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

... the following sources for more information about agricultural conservation systems: CONSERVATION TILLAGE On-Farm Comparison of Conservation Tillage Systems for Corn Following Soybeans assists producers and their advisors in selecting a conservation tillage system for corn in a corn-soybean rotation. Conservation Tillage Series provides information on crop rotation, weed management, soil compaction, nutrient management, cover crops and economic statistics. NO-TILL Energy Estimator for Tillage estimates diesel fuel use and costs in production of your area’s key crops and compares the potential energy savings of conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. 60 Ways Farmers Can Protect Surface Water provides ideas on how producers can ... more.

Partners Contribution June 2010

... and recommendations to address the issue. Unfortunately, it is a complex problem, and there is no single simple solution. One of the biggest hurdles in addressing this situation will be producer education, both with regard to clean up of already infested areas and prevention methods to avoid new infestations. NACD’s task force is now looking for ways to develop state-specific weed management plans that are tailored to the area’s needs. The group is also identifying the role that conservation districts can plan in developing and implementing the weed management plans, and in producer education. Finally, the group plans to develop a white paper that specifically includes best management practices for weed management. Herbicide resistance is one of many, many issues that our ... more.

Wildlife Upland Habitat

... 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 Prescribed burning may be necessary to regenerate growth and eliminate undesirable species. Use weed management to maintain desirable plant and animal species. Replant vegetation and trees if habitat area is damaged by disease or poor weather.

Weed and Pest Management (IPM) Benefits

Weed & Pest Management (IPM) Benefits Increases Profits Inputs such as mechanical cultivation, pesticides, fertilizers and tillage costs money. By using best management practices to apply these inputs when they are actually needed, growers can reduce costs. Weed and pest management can help schedule required controls at the right time to maximize the benefits of the practice. Weed and pest ... more.

Weed and Pest Management

Weed & Pest Management (IPM) Facts What is it? It's a comprehensive approach to fine tuning on-farm management of harmful weeds and pests. Today we have improved methods for control of weeds, insects and diseases. Management strategies that allow for better control, with minimum risk to the environment. Resistant plants, cultural controls, soil amendments, beneficial insects, natur ... more.

Tillage Type Definitions

... 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 disturbance). Planting or drilling is accomplished using disc openers, coulter(s), row cleaners, in-row chisels or roto-tillers. Weed control is accomplished primarily with crop protection products. Cultivation may be used for emergency weed control. Other common terms used to describe No-till include direct seeding, slot planting, zero-till, row-till, and slot-till. Ridge-till The soil is left undisturbed from harvest to planting except for strips up to 1/3 of the row width. Planting is completed on the ridge and usual ... more.

Conservation Tillage Photos and Graphics

... that are to be planted by the oncoming tractor. Size: 671 x 1000 pixels (176k) Source: Farm Journal Rows of soybean plants emerge from a field covered with old corn stalks from the previous harvest. These soybeans were planted in narrower (15-inch) rows because as they mature their big leaves will quickly shade the ground, making it harder for the sun to warm weed seeds that may lie between the rows. This natural canopy from the growing soybean plants can help farmers reduce the need for herbicides (weed killers). Size: 671 x 1000 pixels (253k) Source: CTIC/ Dan Towery No-till: Anchor farmer is using a drill (another name for a very narrow row planter) to plant a new crop amid the corn stalks left from the old harvest (no-till). Drill ... more.

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

The Agricultural 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 ... more.

Top Ten IPM Tips

... Management: Providing sufficient amounts of crop residue on the soil surface improves organic matter of the soil. Soil testing and applying proper amounts of fertilizer and micronutrients provides for optimum growing environment. 9. Cultural Practices: The pest’s environment is disrupted by rotating crops, and timely harvesting of crops. Planting cover crops can suppress weed pressure and provide nitrogen and better soil tilth. 8. Planting: Plant crops that have good vigor and that can tolerate or resist common problems. The timing of planting should coincide within the optimum planting dates recommended. Row spacing, intercropping, trap crops and other alternative strategies can be looked at to discourage or detract pests. 7. Pest Trapping: Traps ... more.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

... 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 farmers and others interested in limiting the use of chemicals. To test the effectiveness of flame to control both grass and broadleaf weeds, PERC partnered with the University of Nebraska on an ongoing research project. More... ... more.

Components of a IPM Plan

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

Feature Story June 2010

Chicken litter being loaded into spreader truck in Northern Louisiana. Photo courtesy of USDA. Nurturing Crops, Protecting the Environment Emphasis on Sound Nutrient Management By Christa Martin Jones The emphasis on more and better nutrient management promises advances in farm profitability, conservation technology, and water quality improvements. Agriculture'sability to marry economy and environment, planning and implementation, and research and technology transfer will define our success. The United States Department of Agricul ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

... and denitrification. Following nutrient management protocols or using cover crops, such as rye or wheat, can help reduce nitrate loss from soil and protect the environment, Hubbs said. Understanding soil quality is the first step to making management decisions that maximize soil productivity, Hubbs said. Conservation practices, including conservation tillage, buffers, weed and pest management (IPM) and crop nutrient management, can help increase organic matter and infiltration rates, support earthworm populations and maintain ideal soil chemical conditions. “Improving the soil quality is a critical step to improving and enhancing soil and water quality, generating greater profits and securing a brighter future on the farm,” said Hubbs. ... more.

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

EPA's New CAFO Rule Changes "Duty to Apply" for NPEDS Permit Nutrient management plans and voluntary NPDES permits may be helpful to confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – even if they do 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) ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... the MU soil test recommendation system. His research emphasizes in season crop nutrient management, primarily for rice. Dunn’s study will continue to be conducted at two locations representing the two major soil types used for rice production in Missouri. At each location, rice was cultivated using the standard methods of phosphorus 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™, Sp ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

... in the field last year (and in many cases two or more years ago) fix nitrogen for use in the following years? Has long-term no-till increased organic matter? Did the end-of-season stalk test show a nutrient deficiency? These factors also need to be factored into your plan. 4. Estimated yield. Factors that affect yield are numerous and complex. Your field’s soils, drainage, insect, weed and disease pressure, rotation and many other factors differentiate one field from another. This is why using historic yields is important in developing your yield estimates for next year. Accurate yield estimates can dramatically improve nutrient use efficiency. 5. Sources and forms. The sources and forms of available nutrients can vary from farm-to-farm and even field-to-field. For instanc ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

... planning with the Core 4 approach. As each year passes, we improve our understanding of how to manage for better soil, cleaner water, greater profits and a brighter future. We call this management approach the Core 4. The four fundamental components integrated into this approach are: Conservation Tillage; Crop Nutrient Management; Weed and Pest Management; and Conservation Buffers. If you’d like to learn more about the Core 4 approach, call your local agronomic and/or natural resources professional: * Agricultural Retailer * Certified Crop Advisor * Conservation District * Extension Agent * Independent Crop Consultant * Natural Resources Conservation Service

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 producers have alw ... more.

Success Story June 2010

... 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 crops, like turnips and radishes, are also suitable for grazing by livestock and wildlife. Aerial seeding of cover crops in August or after harvest is also an option. Cover Crop Success with Organic ... more.

2011 Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana

Download the entire document or print sections as needed. A print version of the publication is available for sale ($15) as Bulletin 789 from the Ohio State University Extension Media Distribution Center.

Cover Crop

... 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 Cover crops are most often recommended when low residue producing crops such as soybeans or corn silage are grown on erodible land. Cover crops need 30-40 days of good growth before the first hard frost. Seeding after harv ... 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 volumes of ... 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 adoption of DWM. ... more.

Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

A new Web site provides producers with tools, resources, contacts and success stories to learn more about livestock waste management technologies. Photo courtesy of CTIC Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information By Steve Werblow Over the past two years, Partners has featured a series of articles on the latest tactics and technologies in livestock waste management, which represents both challenge and opportunity in ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

... members of Tetra Tech staff. To view the agenda and topics to be discussed, click here. Sponsored by Conservation Technology Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tetra Tech November 9th: Overview of Centralized and Decentralized Treatment Issues Summary of Centralized/Decentralized Treatment Approaches Water and Wastewater Resource Management ConsiderationsTMDLs, Watershed Planning, Antidegradation, and Wastewater Wastewater Capacity Development and Cost Issues View the November 9th presentation, Barry Tonning. Questions & Answers Links Mentioned in the Presentation: Rocky Mountain Institute Cost Benefit Analysis of Wastewater Options Guidance for Federal Land Management in the Che ... more.

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

Farmers throughout the Mississippi River basin are making the right choices for nutrient efficiency and water quality protection, and CTIC is telling their story. Photo courtesy of USEPA Upstream Heroes: CTIC Spreads Nutrient Management Success Stories from along the Mississippi River ByAmy Raley With current recession-generated challenges on the minds and balance sheets of every business and industry, farmers are as vigilant today as ever in their quests for new, smart, cost-saving strategies to produce more with less. That's just one reason why CTIC is launching a new information campaign to share the sto ... more.

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

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

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

By Nigel Key, William D. McBride, and Marc Ribaudo Economic Information Bulletin No. (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 ... more.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... 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. Water Quality Monitoring at Tile Outlets During this 2 year project (2011-2013), CTIC will demonstrate the utility, affordability and usability of nutrient management practices that apply the right source of fertilizer at the right rate, time and place by calculating nutrient use efficiency (NUE) on the same fields where tile outlets are monitored for nitrate concentrations. Diagram of automatic sampler. Courtesy of USDA-ARS. Outcomes will include discovering the impacts of p ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... in the Ohio River. Photo courtesy of EPRI “We’re anticipating, initially, the biggest traders from the nonpoint-source aspect being agricultural producers,” Fox says. “Partly, we anticipate their involvement, as they have the ability to cost effectively and most easily reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges into water bodies through various farming management practices along water bodies.” Understanding what producers know, don’t know and are concerned with regarding water quality trading is an important step, Fox says. “Through our project collaborator American Farmland Trust, we’ve reached out to farmers with listening sessions in several areas to get their perspective,” she says. “We want to make sure t ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... contributors in the Ohio River. Map courtesy of EPRI. “We’re anticipating, initially, the biggest traders from the nonpoint-source aspect being agricultural producers,” Fox says. “Partly, we anticipate their involvement, as they have the ability to cost effectively and most easily reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges into water bodies through various farming management practices along water bodies.” Understanding what producers know, don’t know and are concerned with regarding water quality trading is an important step, Fox says. “Through our project collaborator American Farmland Trust, we’ve reached out to farmers with listening sessions in several areas to get their perspective,” she says. “We want to make su ... more.

Manure: What’s It Worth?

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

CTIC Project Updates

... 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 support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening wareshed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience-successful or ... more.

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

... by The Nature Conservancy and Terra Industries. Project Participants Local, state, and federal conservation and agriculturalagencies, farm organizations, agribusiness, agricultural producers, certified crop consultants Activites CTIC and a broad coalition of ag interests in the Missouri Bootheel bring workshops and field days on the latest nutrient management tools to ag producers. Programs include a corn stalk testing program free to producers. Partners in Minnesota reached consensus that the best approach would be to form a broad coalition of interested groups. The diverse coalition pools resources and information to work together on: developing consistent messages about nutrient management needs and practices in southeastern Minnesota, identi ... more.

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

... Gulf of Mexico. Project Director: Karen Scanlon Email: scanlon@conservationinformation.org Telephone: 765-494-2238 Funded By Project Period Project Partners Terra Industries, The Nature Conservancy Project Description Solutions to both challenges listed above can be realized through proper nutrient management on farming operations. With sound management practices, producers use the right fertilizer product, apply it at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. CTIC, a trusted source of information for agriculture for more than 27 years, is uniquely qualified to launch an information campaign about nutrient management targeted to agricultural producers. A secondary audience is the gener ... 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 neighbors for an annual open house. But Meadowlane Farm of Frankfort, Ind., has built a national reputation for its manure management and conservation ethic. Now it’s taken its manure management on the road, cust ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... #1 - Hmong American Farmer Association (HAFA) Farm, Hastings, Minn. History of the Hmong people and their deep relationship with agriculture Click here to watch the YouTube video developed by HAFA. HAFA’s conservation philosophy and importance of whole farm plans that include pollinator habitat and conservation practices, such as nutrient management, cover crops and other soil health practices. Download the handout "The Effect of Cover Crops on Water and Soil Quality" How HAFA trains farmers on integrated pest management, cover crops, soil testing and more Stop #2 - Far-Gaze Farms (Bruce and Brian Peterson), Northfield, Minn. Building better soil health in a large corn/soybean operation F ... more.

2016 Tour Wrap-Up

... quality and availability as it impacts high-efficiency irrigation Irrigation/water delivery system Semi-permanent drip irrigation Managing multi-year crops in highly variable soils Stop #2 – M&M Feedlot, Parma, Idaho Business and neighborly impacts of creating an attractive, low-odor environment Air quality and ammonia permits Nutrient and water management – composting demonstration, floodplain management considerations and constructed wetlands Stop #3 – Arena Valley, Wilder, Idaho Sustainability, nutrient management and conservation systems Potato research trials – nitrogen efficiency, new varieties and bio-pesticides Cropping systems – rotations, equipment and cover crops Sustainability audits ... more.

Tour Agenda

... 6 7:00 am Registration and Box Breakfast Pick-up – Purdue Union 7:30 am Depart Purdue Union 8:00 – 9:30 am Purdue Dairy –West Lafayette, Indiana Managing manure and nutrients to protect water quality Nutrient recycling strategies and management plan Herd/dairy management and research 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Muller Farm –Oxford, Indiana Drainage water management Big Pine Creek watershed project Drainage water management system Absentee landowner Lunch(Muller Farm) 1:30 – 3:00 pm DeSut ... more.

CTIC project updates

... 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 support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC gathered with watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or ot ... more.

CTIC project updates

... 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 support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or oth ... more.

CTIC project updates

... 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 support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or oth ... more.

CTIC project updates

... 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 support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or oth ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

The fertilizer industry endorses best management practices based on the use of the right fertilizer source at the right rate, right time and right place to protect the environment and support the efficient production of nutritious, abundant and affordable food. Graphic courtesy of The Fertilizer Institute 4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now? by Bill Hertz As farmers wrap up thi ... more.

Questions and Answers

... soil Sustainable soils that increase long-term productivity result from increased organic matter, improved soil moisture, reduced compaction, sequestered carbon and reduced erosion from water and wind. Cleaner water In addition to food, fiber, energy and other renewable resources, agriculture can also protect and improve water quality. Greater on-farm profits Sharpening management skills and utilizing the latest appropriate technologies result in higher levels of economic efficiency and cropland productivity A brighter future for all of us. Consumer expectations include more than abundant food, fiber and energy. They also expect agriculture to protect air, soil, water and wildlife. What do farmers need to do? Core 4 Conservation farmers all strive toward th ... 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

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... courtesy of Steve Werblow Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach by Steve Werblow Three thousand cows in Tillamook, Ore., power 150 homes with their manure, collected and processed through the Port of Tillamook Bay’s community digester. Leftover liquid is returned to participating farms for land application. Manure management is an issue that doesn’t stop at the edge of the lagoon or the ditch at the fencerow—in many areas, it’s a community issue, and some of those communities are finding collective solutions. Community digesters offer some areas with high concentrations of livestock an efficient way to turn manure into natural gas, and then into profit—or at least energy. On the plus sid ... 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 Geo ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... 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. These workshops will provide attendees the foundation to target, design, and implement conservation practices for their clients. Practices covered will include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers and more. CTIC will host specific practice summaries and other materials that will help this project’s target audience. In addition to the US EPA’s assistance, the following partners ensure that these workshops provide value to and are well attended by their membership: Agri Drain Corp. Agricultural Drainage ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... - Mike Taylor (30-45 min) 4:30 PM—Conclude 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 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 shar ... more.

Workshops

Practical Conservation Planning in the Field August 22-23, 2017 Stuttgart Public Library Stuttgard, Arkansas Ph: 870-673-1966 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Professional ag consultants will learn what they need to provide one more service to the farmers they advise. Recognizing where a conservation practice would be a good fit, and charting a course for putting it into use, is a real value ... more.

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 the public and the producers. Project Partner Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Activities This project employs information technology transfer through published articles in CTIC's Partners online mag ... 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

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 15514 State 371 ... more.

Crop Nutrient Management Facts

Crop Nutrient Management Facts What is it? It is a system of crop production with little, if any, tillage. It increases the residue from the crop that remains in the field after harvest through planting. This results in increased natural recycling of crop residues. Used on 38% (109 million acres) of all U.S. cropland (293 million planted acres). Goal is 50% (146 million acres) of the planted cropl ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... Deere’s AutoTrac® technology, planter and sprayer components can be activated or deactivated, based on a farmer’s specific position in the field. “With this technology, farmers are seeing another 3-percent reduction in seed, fertilizer and pesticide use per acre, as a result of swath control technology,” Mann says. As well, Deere’s new nutrient management implements allow producers to more accurately manage the placement of fertilizer, potentially unlocking even higher yields with minimum waste, run-off and impact on the environment, he adds. Sustainability through nutrient management Pauley Bradley, John Deere nutrient application product manager, says Deere’s new nutrient application equipment is designed to provid ... more.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

Ecocommerce assigns value to agricultural conservation practices as well as land management. Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS. Ecocommerce: The Next-Generation Ecoservice Market Today’s ecoservice markets By Tim Gieseke Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) placed value on soil resources with the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, now known as the USDA ... more.

Bedded Pack Management Case Study

Animal manure management is a significant challenge for many small dairy farms. One manure management system in limited use is a bedded pack. A bedded pack management system (BPMS) is defined here as a covered barnyard and feeding area that holds a variety of dairy cattle, storing their manure through the accumulation of an unturned bedding of dry material for later use as a nutrient amendment.

Past Tours

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

Indian Creek Watershed Project

Over the course of six years, the Indian Creek Watershed Project proved to be a significant model for voluntary water quality improvement efforts—not just in Livingston County, Illinois, but across the country. Project organizers talked to every single producer in the watershed about conservation practices and water quality, and by the end of the project, conservation systems and best management practices (BMPs) were in place on at least 57% of the agricultural acreage in the Indian Creek drainage. Goals and Recipes Key concepts at the heart of the Indian Creek Watershed Project included: The importance of locally led conservation efforts The power of including stakeholders in the watershed from off and on the farm Cooperation among conservation entities within the waters ... more.

2014 Tour Wrap-Up

... 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 Okeechobee What you had to say about the tour: “Seeing the ways Everglades Agricultural Are ... more.

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 fro ... more.

Soil Agronomy-No-Till Management

During the first 3-4 years of a no-till system, the soil biology and chemistry undergoes several significant changes. No-Till Management- Nitrogen Management

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 ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative Watershed Coordinators

... Animal Science. Following graduation he worked on a swine farm. He then accepted a position in his home county as an Extension Associate as an Agriculture Agent. To maintain his position he return to graduate school and graduated from Michigan State University with a Master Degree in Animal Science. As an Extension Educator he has presented classes in animal science, agronomy, pesticides, farm management and water quality issues. Florian lives on a small farm near Pioneer Ohio with his wife Patricia. Lake Huron Coordinator Paul Gross Isabella County MSU Extension 200 N. Main Stret, 3rd Floor Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 Phone: 989-773-1622 ext 302 Email: grossp@msu.edu ... more.

Manure Management Planner - Purdue University Department of Agronomy

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

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

... boost profitable farming and improve water quality. Tour demonstrations will include nitrogen fertilizer split-application, slow release products, strip-till N application systems, and fertilizer use efficiency studies. These practices can improve both the farmer’s bottom line and water quality. Practices shown will emphasize the 4R cornerstones of nutrient management: use the Right source at the Right time, in the Right place at the Right rate. Producers 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, a ... 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, Uni ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

... Photo courtesy of Agrium Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits By Matthew W. Clover All plants need nitrogen, an essential nutrient for growth. Through the years, growers have found ways to replace nitrogen removed from soil, improve nutrient uptake and increase yields through ever-improving fertilizer management. The new challenge? Meeting each of these goals, and more. Moved by a growing spirit of environmental stewardship, or in some cases, new government requirements, producers seek to limit nutrients in the environment through improved fertilizer efficiency. New products, such as inhibitors and controlled-release nitrogen, supply tools to follow the 4R stewardship initiative discussed in the Dec ... more.

SNAP-plus - University of Wisconsin Extension

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

A Watershed Approach to Urban Runoff: Handbook for Decisionmakers Guide

A Watershed Approach to Urban Runoff: Handbook for Decisionmakers Guide The watershed management approach to assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating, with an overview of assessment and management tools.This text provides detailed insights into structural and non-structural best management practices and sample site plans. Produced by the Terrene Institute in conjunction with EPA Region 5 (1996, 115 pages).

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 ... 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 ... more.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

... return on your cropping investment (ROI) requires the perfect combination of science, technology, art, and luck. Some factors, like the weather, still require a bit of luck. Thankfully, science and technology continue to make strides, reducing the impact of uncontrollable factors like the weather and markets. This reduces the risk inherent in farming. By using a plan to analyze the crop nutrient management portion of your production system, you can reduce risk and, ultimately, maximize profit. Environment. Good nutrient management planning is an integral part of a system of practices that conserve and enhance natural resources. It reduces production and environmental risks. The more nutrients your crop converts to grain or fiber, the less opportunity for nutrients to reach streams, lakes or groun ... more.

About

... monitoring to measure water quality. CTIC and Livingston SWCD partner with Argonne National Laboratories to study the growth and water quality effects of bio-energy crops in the Indian Creek watershed. Through a USDA Mississippi River Basin Initiative grant, USDA-NRCS and Livingston County SWCD provide financial assistance to farmers implementing best resource management practices. Every farmer in the watershed will be contacted to implement conservation practices/systems. Illinois native Dr. Harold F. Reetz, Jr. leads design and oversight of demonstration and testing plots. These will measure the effectiveness of how farmers manage fertilizer and manure and will demonstrate systems of best management practices for red ... more.

Demonstration: Slow Release Fertilizer

... Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsors

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsor

Demonstration: Nitrogen Application Timing

... Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsors

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... practice. demonstrate how the farmer can conduct his own on-farm NUE using field-scale equipment with minimal disruption of his normal field operations. show how RTK guidance and variable-rate application equipment can improve nitrogen application efficiency. show how RTK yield monitoring equipment works at harvest time. show how the farmer and his advisers can collect data and make management decisions during the winter months. We set plot sizes to match the farmer’s equipment width, which allowed him to do all of the plot work needed for the demonstration. John Traub prepares to apply anhydrous ammonia. We created a fertilizer application map for the whole field (below). Marked areas indicate replicated plot locations and their assigned application rate ... 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 t ... more.

Training

... U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CTIC provides leadership and technical support for 5 workshops between 2015 and 2020 that teach Certified Crop Advisors, ag retailers and other agronomic consultants to identify conservation systems that could benefit their clients' farms, then connect them with technical and financial support for implementation. Practices include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers and more.

Sustainable Supply Chains

... detailed accounting of the environmental footprint of their raw materials, stakeholders throughout the agri-food supply chain are working diligently to quantify and benchmark sustainability. CTIC is a partner in several initiatives to bring together participants from various points in the supply chain to develop metrics and processes that provide useful insight and fit into real-world, on-farm management systems. Big Pine Watershed Water Quality Metric Trial CTIC is assisting Field to Market with a small-scale pilot of an improved water quality metric for Field to Market's FieldPrint Calculator. This effort will leverage relationships developed through the Big Pine Watershed project to collect farm management data and farmer feedback on the new metric. Supporting Supply Chain Sustainabil ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

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

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges

... Challenges Using an innovative online tool to schedule late winter and early spring manure applications, Terry and Troy Lenssen of Lenssen Dairy in Lynden, Washington, can give soil microbes a chance to convert slurry nutrients into plant-available forms before spring growth starts in earnest, while also protecting local waterways from runoff of nutrients and bacteria. The Application Risk Management (ARM) tool developed by the Whatcom Conservation District uses a complex formula to analyze local weather forecasts, soil type, crop density, water table depth and other variables to determine whether the risks of runoff or leaching are low enough to permit a manure application. ARM protects more than the creek and the commercial shellfish beds downstream—it protects the Lenssens’ ... 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) and the rest requires a ... more.

MARKET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING

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

Nitrogen Management Guidelines for Indiana

Nitrogen fertilizer costs remain volatile but continue to be one of the most expensive variable costs for corn. Purdue Nitrogen Management Update for Indiana (revised N recommendations from Tri-State Fert Recs)

WinMax

... 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 control and fertilizer strategies, can be compared to help assess which practices are both economically efficient and environmentally sound. Visit WinMax site.

Nitrogen Application Timing

... Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technology + Site-specific management Sponsors:

Strip-till Nitrogen

... Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technology + Site-specific management

Slow Release Fertilizer

... Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technology + Site-specific management ... more.

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technology + Site-specific management

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.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... the farmer can conduct his own on-farm NUE using field-scale equipment with minimal disruption of his normal field operations show how RTK guidance and variable-rate application equipment can improve nitrogen application efficiency show how RTK yield monitoring equipment works at harvest time show how the farmer and his advisers can collect data and make management decisions during the winter months. We set plot sizes to match the farmer’s equipment width, which allowed him to do all of the plot work needed for the demonstration. John Traub prepares to apply anhydrous ammonia. We created a fertilizer application map for the whole field (below). Marked areas indicate replicated plot loca ... more.

Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG)

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

Air Management Practices Tool - Iowa State University Extension

The purpose of this Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is to guide you through a process of determining which mitigation practices are best suited to your operation and your objectives. The website is organized into four air emissions of interest: dust (particulates), odor, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Within each gas or emittent, sources of emission are categorized by housing, manure storage, or land application.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

... Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a training program on the operation of swine manure management created by Clemson University. 200.190.A An operator of an animal facility or manure utilization area shall attend a training program on the operation of animal manure management under the program created by Clemson University.

Livestock Manure Management Guide - The Ohio State University Extension

The purpose of this Ohio Livestock Manure Management Guide is to help farmers utilize manure as a resource while at the same time protecting our shared environment. A guiding principal for the writers of this edition of Bulletin 604 was to address the needs of both large and small livestock producers. This updated edition contains new and expanded sections.

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

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

NOW HIRING - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

... projects administered by CTIC. Qualifications Journalism or communications degree; or relative, adequate experience Knowledge of agriculture and conservation issues Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and thrive in fast-paced environment Organizational and time management skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010 and Adobe Design Premium CS4 Suite Familiarity with web site development and content management Self-motivation to work independently as well as social skills to work in team environment To apply, send resume and at least three writing samples to Amber Gritter Conservation Technology Information Center 3495 ... more.

Conservation Tillage

... is 50% (146 million acres) of the planted cropland in the U.S. by 2004. Where is the use of conservation tillage expected to increase? Conservation tillage soybean acres are expected to increase rapidly. Wheat and cotton acres will also increase significantly the next five years. Corn acres are expected to remain steady until technological and/or management research helps farmers overcome challenges. How does it help create better soil? By leaving crop residue undisturbed for as long as possible, microbial and other biological activity in the soil feeds on the stalks, leaves and other crop residues. This increases organic matter, improves soil tilth and, ultimately increases soil productivity. Why is soil quali ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

... the standards to ensure producing biofuels from cellulose won't cause damage to the environment, according to a recent article published in the journal Science. The article was in response to an Ecological Society of America workshop this past spring discussing biofuels effects on the environment. Commercial ethanol production from corn may cause environmental harm without proper management, according to Phil Robertson, Michigan State University professor of soil and crop sciences, and lead author of the article, titled “Sustainable Biofuels Redux.” Robertson and the Ecological Society of America are encouraging development of policy programs to provide incentives for ethanol producers to follow proper management and use appropriate conservation practices. To ... more.

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

... full article from The Toledo Blade, visit: toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080907/COLUMNIST42/809070333 For more information about conservation tillage, visit CTIC's web site: www.conservationinformation.org/?action=learningcenter_core4_convotill For any additional questions, contact Norm Widman at norm.widman@wdc.usda.gov or 202-720-3783. Potential practices and management to address increased soluble reactive phosphorus: Use continuous no-till cropping and high-residue mulch till systems to improve soil tilth and reduce runoff and erosion. Use cover crops to take up nutrients from summer and fall applications of manure and fertilizers, reduce erosion and runoff. Incorporate more of the nutrients. Do not apply nutrients ... more.

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

... and selling the bundle of carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). Participating growers received an average of $1.20 per ton of sequestered carbon. Official CCX estimates for carbon sequestration range from 0.2 to 0.6 metric tons per acre on no-tilled cropland, 1 metric ton per acre on long-term grassland (such as CRP ground) and 0.12 to 0.52 metric tons on rangeland with enhanced management practices. In a pioneering carbon offset trading program in Alberta, Canada, 47 percent of the offsets are from agricultural land. On theChicago Climate Exchange, 25.52 percent of the offsets have been purchased from farmers. In Canada, provincial carbon offset trading in Alberta and Saskatchewan are paving the way for nationwide caps on industrial greenhouse gas emissions that will kick in ... more.

Pest Management

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

Nutrient Management

... from previous years' crops and manure applications, crop nutrient needs are determined. Nutrients are then applied at the proper time by the proper application method. Nutrient sources include animal manure, biosolids, and commercial fertilizers. These steps reduce the potential for nutrients to go unused and wash or infiltrate into water supplies. How it helps Sound nutrient management reduces input costs and protects water quality, by preventing over-application of commercial fertilizers and animal manure. Correct manure and biosolids application on all fields can improve soil tilth and organic matter. Planning ahead Have you tested your soil and livestock manure for their nutrient levels? Are organic wastes or sludge available for you to use? Have you ... more.

Crop Residue Management

... canopy. How it helps Ground cover prevents soil erosion and protects water quality. Residue improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Fewer trips and less tillage reduces soil compaction. Time, energy and labor savings are possible with fewer tillage trips. Planning ahead Will your crop produce enough residue? Is crop residue management part of a planned system of conservation measures? Do you have the needed equipment? Tech notes Planning for residue cover begins at harvest. Ensure ample residues are spread evenly over the field by the combine. Reduce the number of unnecessary tillage passes. Every tillage pass buries more crop residue. Use straight points and sweeps on chisel plows instead of twisted poin ... more.

Manure Management Publications - MidWest Plan Service (Available for fee)

Many low-cost manure management publications are available from the MidWest Plan Service, a university-based publishing cooperative dedicated to publishing and disseminating research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications that support the outreach missions of the 12 North Central Region land grant universities plus the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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 orde ... more.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

... Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a training program on the operation of swine manure management created by Clemson University. 200.190.A An operator of an animal facility or manure utilization area shall attend a training program on the operation of animal manure management under the program created by Clemson University.

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.

Manure Management Planner - University of Illinois Extension

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

Animal Waste Management Site - Great Lakes Regional Water Program

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

Animal Waste Management Software Training Video

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

Conservation Tillage Systems and Management Handbook

Conservation Tillage Systems and Management Handbook The 29 chapters not only cover a broad range of topics, but the authors represent all regions of the United States. The right book for those with a basic understanding of conservation tillage who want to expand their technical knowledge.

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.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

... creek like municipal wastewater treatment plants do. Regulators are puzzling over how to write the permit, he says, because although the clear water is actually cleaner than treated municipal wastewater, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are required to be zero-discharge facilities. John Vrieze is confident that the regulatory hurdles will be addressed and dairy manure management will enter a new phase. “We don't store manure coming out of cities,” he points out. “We treat it and discharge it every day. But in the farm, we still handle manure the way my grandfather did. In any humid climate, dewatering our manure makes a lot of sense.” The four-stage wastewater treatment plant at Emerald Dairy yields five distinct fractio ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... manure through a homemade injector attached to a hose nearly two miles long • Reduced water content by 50 percent with new technology that manages pigs' use of water Rulon Enterprises , Arcadia, Indiana • 15 years of no-till for corn and soybeans • Extensive use of precision agriculture technology to create a whole-farm fertility record • Integrated manure management and cover crops used in conservation system • Drainage managed and buffers incorporated for a total resource management system Beck's Hybrids , Atlanta, Indiana • Largest U.S. independent retail seed company • 18-year no-till demonstration plots in Practical Farm Research™ (PFR) program • Other studies look at strip-till and strip cropping with variou ... 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) ... more.

Nutrient Management

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

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... to the table." Gustafson adds that the internet offers a perfect tool for CTIC's information-sharing efforts. "Back in the early '90s, before the world wide web and browsers, we were trying to craft systems that would use dial-in messaging capabilities of the time to allow people to find the information they were looking for on no-till and crop residue management," he notes. "At the time, it was cutting edge, though now it seems so primitive. 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." # #&n ... more.

Cover Crops Research and Demonstration

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

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... 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 public- and private-sect ... more.

Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed

Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

Promoting Conservation

... 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 collaboration with CTIC, will be released in the fall of 2019. NARS ... more.

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

... potential for increased profitability in a system that utilizes cover crops. The project will also investigate the capacity of marginal and cover cropped ground to function as habitat for honey bees. Five pairs of farmers and beekeepers will be established. The farmers will provide additional bee forage either by planting pollinator habitat in marginal areas or by adjusting their cover crop management to allow additional blooming. Beekeepers will place hives on the partnering farm and monitor colony health and productivity. These partnerships will provide a useful model of communication between farmers and beekeepers 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. Departmen ... more.

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

... agricultural landscapes. "What we learned through this project has already been put to use," Smith says. "Purdue's Ag Economics Department developed an improved data collection framework intended to increase the accuracy of ongoing research into cover crop economics. The experience also enabled CTIC to serve as a consultant for the design and management of the Honey Bee Health Coalition's Bee Integrated Demonstration Project."

CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Draws 130+ to Chesapeake Bay

About 130 farmers, agency staffers, soil and water conservation district personnel, environmental and agribusiness leaders, and others gathered on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for CTIC’s “Bringing Back the Bay” Conservation in Action Tour July 10 and 11. The Chesapeake Bay has become the proving ground for a wide range of best management practices (BMPs) designed to protect the fragile system from excess nutrients and sediments flowing in from a 64,000-square-mile watershed that reaches all the way into New York State. Area farmers have become experts in managing nutrients at every level, from applying manure and commercial fertilizer to minimizing runoff from their fields. In addition to perspectives on innovative p ... more.

CTIC News

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

2010 Tour Wrap-Up

... 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 got to network with people I have not be introduced to before….this was a great experience.” "We utilize cover crops on our farm knowing how important they are. I learned so much more today and look forward to putting it into practice. THANK YOU!" "I thought this year’s tour was focused much more on solutions ... more.

2012 Tour Wrap-Up

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

CTIC in the News

... 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 Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016

What’s happening at CTIC?

Don't forget to register AND book your hotel room for the 2018 Conservation In Action Tour! Join us on the Eastern 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 ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

... forget to register for the 2018 Conservation In Action Tour! We’d love for you to join us on the Eastern 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 ... more.

…and looking forward to 2018!

... providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and publically available data.This is the next generation of our traditional Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey. Working with beekeepers and farmers to improve pollinator habitat options and overall pollinator health by using best practices on the farms and in the hives.

What’s happening at CTIC?

... Tour will take place on July 11 and 12 near the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. More information will be announced as it is finalized in the coming months. We’re excited to continue bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture – and of course, a front row view of the latest and best management practices. CTIC audit results We’re proud to report another successful audit in 2017. The 990 will be posted in the Members Only section of the website within a week. We look forward to continuing to improve and learn as an organization in 2018! Want to get involved? Join a CTIC committee If you’re looking for ways to get connected and share your ideas and goals wi ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

2018 Conservation In Action Tour – July 10-11, Eastern Shore of Maryland For 11 years, 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. Registration is OPEN!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-tour.Click herefor more information andto lock in your room rate. Opportunities for tour sponsorship are avail ... more.

What's Happening at CTIC?

... in Action Tour will take place on July 11 and 12 near the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. More information will be announced as it is finalized in the coming months. We're excited to continue bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture - and of course, a front row view of the latest and best management practices. CTIC audit results We're proud to report another successful audit in 2017. The 990 will be posted in the Members Only section of the website within a week. We look forward to continuing to improve and learn as an organization in 2018! Want to get involved? Join a CTIC committee If you're looking for ways to get connected and share your idea ... 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 financial resources.

...and looking forward to 2018!

... sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and publically available data. This is the next generation of our traditional Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey. Working with beekeepers and farmers to improve pollinator habitat options and overall pollinator health by using best practices on the farms and in the hives.

Build Coalitions

... Alliance (CASA)unites voluntary producer organizations across North America that share similar missions and goals, encounter similar challenges and struggle with all too common problems. The CASA communication network strengthens not only individual efforts but also the shared goal of increasing conservation in agriculture. Local stakeholder groups focus onimproving nutrient managementin Mississippi River Basin watersheds. CTIC led the formation of three collaborative groups, all including public and private members, to develop and oversee projects and programs in three regions: southern Minnesota, Missouri Bootheel and Upper Wabash River Watershed. To help producersintegrate cover crops and adopt a continuous no-till system, CTIC connected producers with crop co ... more.

Workshop

... 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 Agenda Tuesday August 22 1:00 to 4:30 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 ... more.

2012 Workshop

... State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to: Discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs. Provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation). Provide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. The NARS Workshops and Trainings were held in conjunction with the 8th National Water Quality Monitoring Conference (NWQMC).

Key Practices

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

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

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

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

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

2014 Achievements

... and three great presentations at the 2014 International Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference. • We kicked off our 2.5-year Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops CIG project. • Our 7th annual Conservation in Action Tour brought more than 150 conservation-minded participants to Florida for a look at cutting edge stormwater treatment, nutrient management and wildlife enhancement projects. We even got cited on Capitol Hill by none other than U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and NRCS Chief Jason Weller. Thanks to our dedicated members and staff, CTIC is championing conservation agriculture at all levels. For a more complete list of 2014 achievements, click here.

Handout: Information from Nutrient Management Research

Mabry McCray

Sugarcane Nutrient Management Poster

Mabry McCray

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Production

Alan Wright

Everglades Restoration Progress

South Florida Water Management District

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

South Florida Water Management District

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 AgroSci ... more.

The Mosaic Company

... Mackinaw River.Additionally, The Mosaic Company supports theFlorida Farm Bureau’s CARES program, which recognizes superior natural resource conservation by agricultural producers.Since its inception in 2001, more than 550 agriculturists statewide have received the CARES award. The program relies on the voluntary action by farmers and ranchers to implement Best Management Practices in their farming operations. Mosaic also has supported conservation agriculture in its work with CTIC. The company has been the lead sponsor of the Conservation in Action Tour for the past four years and a top-tier sponsor of the Indian Creek Watershed Project. In addition, Mosaic is a founding partner of the Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN), ... more.

Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System

Dan Forgey, farm manager at Cronin Farms in South Dakota, has been using no-till management for more than 17 years. Over that time, Forgey has developed a keen understanding of how his farming system works and where new challenges and opportunities exist. The Next Step: Adding Cover Crop to a No-Till System (Video)

The Great Crop Rotation Cover-Up

... 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 Cotton Nitrogen Management in High Residue Conservation System Nitrogen is required for adequate residue production from cereal cover crops used in notill cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production, but residues can immobilize N needed by cotton. Converting to No-till SAG_11_09_oct23 2009 Using cover crops to convert to no-till. Biology of Soil compaction Soil compaction is a common ... more.

Glyphosate, Weeds and Crops: Understanding Glyphosate to Increase Performance

This publication examines the factors that affect glyphosate performance and offers management strategies to minimize fluctuations in its effectiveness. The Glyphosate, Weeds, and Crops Series: Understanding Glyphosate To Increase Performance

John Deere

Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere - being green is in our blood. We know that responsible resource management is vital to our company, our employees, our customers, our neighbors and our world. John Deere works tirelessly to develop and offer products that are sound and sensible, efficient and effective.

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.

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

... 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, the risks begin to fade. ... more.

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

... in the Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron watersheds with implementation of cover crops and conservation tillage systems on 15,000 acres by April 2013. Producers will receive technical, educational and social support to fully understand the benefits of cover crops and conservation tillage, to correctly incorporate the practices into their operation, to evaluate the changes and adapt management to optimize yield and resource protection. By providing this three-tiered support, this project builds producer capacity to effectively manage, adapt and commit to the long-term implementation of these conservation practices. Partners U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Midwest Cover Crops Council, Ohio No-Till Council, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Mich ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... conduct his own on-farm NUE using field-scale equipment with minimal disruption of his normal field operations show how RTK guidance and variable-rate application equipment can improve nitrogen application efficiency show how RTK yield monitoring equipment works at harvest time show how the farmer and his advisers can collect data and make management decisions during the winter months. We set plot sizes to match the farmer’s equipment width, which allowed him to do all of the plot work needed for the demonstration.

CTIC

... 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.

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.

Economic Benefits with Environmental Protection

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

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.

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

Planned Grazing System

... helps increase feed efficiency and can improve profits. Rotating also evenly distributes manure nutrient resources. Planning ahead Is there enough water of good quality available in all pastures to meet the needs of your livestock? Is the mix of grass and legumes adequate for your herd and soil types? Will your pasture meet the nutrient needs of your cattle? Have you considered management alternatives for periods of low forage production? Tech notes Plan your rotation so the same paddocks will not be grazed the same time year after year. Plan rest periods so each pasture (paddock) will have adequate time to recover during the growing season to promote plant growth. All livestock must be removed from pastures while they are being rested. Maintenance Keep fencing ... more.

Pasture Planting

... only two grass species are selected, they should make up equal proportions of the seeding mixture. Add legumes to improve forage quality and extend the grazing season. Drill seed uniformly to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Leave residues and till on the contour. If erosion is a problem, leave at least 30% residue cover after planting. Plant a nurse crop on steeper slopes or where weeds are a problem to get a good stand. NRCS recommends seeding oats at 1 to 1 1/2 bu./acre as a nurse crop. * Graze or closely chop pastures before reseeding. Apply a burndown herbicide. Maintenance Wait until pasture is well established to graze. Mow weeds when they reach a height of 6-8 inches. * Control persistent weeds with herbicides. Fertilize as needed. * Check local re ... more.

The Living Landscape

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

AgSTAR FarmWare Version 3.3

On November 23, 2009, Agstar released FarmWare Version 3.3. FarmWare is an analytical tool designed to provide a preliminary assessment on the feasibility of integrating anaerobic digestion into an existing or planned manure management system. The new version contains updated computations for biogas generation and costs of digester systems. The software can be downloaded free from the AgSTAR Web site.

Contour Buffer Strip

... planned acres in row crops meet your production objectives? Tech notes Buffer strips must be at least 15 feet wide. * Either crop strips or grass strips may be parallel. Parallel crop strips are easier to farm with no point rows, but that results in less of the slope in row crops. Grass buffer strips commonly make up 20% to 30% of the slope. * Maintenance Control weeds and brush in grass filter strips. Delay mowing until July 15 to help ground-nesting birds. * Keep vegetation tall in spring and early summer to help slow runoff flow. Fertilize as needed. The buffer strip may be moved up or down the slope to help re-establish vegetation or for other maintenance needs. * Check local conditions.

No-till Farmer

CTIC Institutional Member, No-Till Farmer, provides the management information for farmers interested in and practicing reduced tillage techniques. To learn more about No-Till Farmer, visit www.no-tillfarmer.com/

National Association of Conservation Districts

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

LandPro LLC

CTIC Institutional Member, LandPro LLC, specializes in consulting, property management, referrals, sales and acquisitions of agricultural land. To learn more about LandPro LLC, visit www.landprollc.com.

International Plant Nutrition Institute

CTIC Institutional Member, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), is a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to responsible management of plant nutrients - N, P, K, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients - for the benefit of the human family. As world population and demand for food, fuel, feed, and fiber continue to increase, there is also a growing need for knowledge and information based on sound science. That's where IPNI comes in. To learn more about the International Plant Nutrition Institute, visit www.ipn ... 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

The Flatwater Group

... specializes in restoration design, water resources, planning, and environmental engineering. TFG was founded and organized on the principles of flexible client services coupled with creative solutions, and we strive to produce a successful product not just for their clients, but with their clients. The quality of TFG's professional services is excellent and their status under management ownership has brought an unequalled level of effort and commitment to their product, from proposal to project completion. To learn more about The Flatwater Group, visit www.flatwatergroup.com.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... media coverage by AgWired (for in-depth stories, interviews and photos visit Agwired). Find additional coverage at Farm Futures' tour article "Tour Proves Why Conservation is Still Cool" and No-Till Farmer's tweets the day of the event. CTIC thanks all members of the media who attended. CTIC will partner with Delta F.A.R.M. (Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management) to host the 2012 Conservation In Action Tour in Mississippi, early June 2012. 2011 Conservation In Action Tour sponsors included Agri Drain, AgRobotics/Agrium Advanced Technologies, AGROTAIN International, The Andersons, Case IH, The Fertilizer Institute, John Deere, Monsanto, The Mosaic Company, The Nature Conservancy, Ohio Corn and Wheat Association, Ohio Soybean Council, Pioneer ... more.

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

... interviews and a survey to learn from farmers about their willingness to adopt offset-eligible practices. Those interested in learning more about the adoption of conservation tillage systems were provided with a sheet comparing conservation tillage systems and resources for further information. In addition, CTIC can provide interested farms with information about conservation tillage and related management practices that make conservation systems successful, including referral to a local tillage expert in their area. For More Information Click here to view helpful resources concerning conservation tillage systems. View references of Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems. Contact Karen Scanlon at Tel: (765) 494-9555 or Email: scanlon@ctic.org

Conservation In Action Tour 2010 "Best Tour Yet"

... 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 got to network with people I have not be introduced to before….this was a great experience.” "We utilize cover crops on our farm knowing how important they are. I learned so much more today and look forward to putting it into practice. THANK YOU!" "I thought this year’s tour was focused much more on solutions ... more.

Crop Rotation - Core 4

... it works Crops are changed year by year in a planned sequence. 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 ... more.

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

... Quality Credit Training Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Aggregators: Examples and Opportunities - Jamie McCarthy, Kieser & Associates Sauk River Watershed Ecosystem Services Project - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Great Miami River Watershed Water Quality Credit Trading Program - Sarah Hippensteel, The Miami Conservancy District Nutrient Management for the Ohio River - Peter Tennant, ORSANCO Water Quality Credit Trading - Bill Franz, U.S. EPA Sauk River Watershed Water Quality Credit Trading and Ecosystem Services Project - Carrie Raber, Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District Sauk River Ecosystem Services - Carrie Raber, Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District

CASA Conference Call February 2010

... Looking at certification program and how it can be used in “put teeth” into NTOP message. Also working to take over one of KSU research farms, in heart of typical Kansas soil. Preparing for grower meeting in March; Dave Brandt coming back to attend and speak. NRCS –Bill: still want effort to get RUSLE 2 databases (which are updated for cover crops and different management systems) disseminated throughout the region. Want to have training for state agronomist to understand how to use systems like continuous cover and no-till. Bill Puckett leaving HQ to be state conservationist in Alabama. CTIC – Tour planned for July 29, 2009 and invites all CASA to attend. Requested success stories for information campaign. Next Steps: •KS send ema ... more.

CTIC News

... practices on carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas releases, as well as other environmental impacts of conservation farming practices, notes Dr. Rich Joost, Director of Production Research for USB in Chesterfield, Mo. Collecting data from researchers around the world in a single, concise, readable document provides growers with important talking points about the benefits of their management choices, Joost says – insight that can help other stakeholders understand the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. “The bottom line is growers make decisions that help them do a good job and remain economically successful, but at the same time, they’re also doing things that are good for the environment,&rdquo ... more.

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

... 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 consultants and CTIC staff, the producers involved in "Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till" should see the benefits to be gained from practicing no-till with cover crop use. Project Director Angie Williams E-mail: williams@ctic.org Te ... more.

Conservation Reserve Program - Exit Strategies

... conservation stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest works to develop CRP exit strategies to encourage, allow and assist farmers with pursuing direct-seed no-till methods. Photo courtesy of PNDSA A local Pacific Northwest working group has been formed to find a solution. Representatives from the PNDSA, Spokane County Conservation District, Washington State University, USDA Risk Management Agency, NRCS and Washington State Farm Service Agency have worked to develop CRP exit strategies to encourage, allow and assist farmers with maintaining the environmental benefits of land formerly under CRP. The working group has investigated some options, and will ask for input from groups with a vested interest in the outcome. The best option for some CRP land is to remain under perma ... more.

Leading the way

... about ag,” he says. “We see this as a way that Mosaic can connect with other ag industries and government partners in telling the important story of food production and how conservation plays a key role in producing safe food.” Mosaic financiallyy supports CTIC's Upstream heroes program, which features success stories of farmers who develop and adopt sound nutrient management strategies to reduce the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone and to reduce agriculture’s contribution to the high nutrient loads in the Mississippi River. “By being involved in the Upstream Heroes project, we will become more closely aligned and will build relationships with other organizations like fellow sponsor, The Nature Conservancy,” he says. “It will allow us to fi ... more.

Research & Technology Briefs

... 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 Frequently Asked Questions. Minnesota Project Releases Biofuels Study The Minnesota Project, a nonprofit organization th ... more.

Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... support and engagement, CTIC will continue to fulfill its mission. On July 29, 2009, CTIC will host our third Conservation In Action Tour. On this one-day tour in western Illinois, we will visit farms where conservation agriculture systems are put in to action — to help protect resources and to build a profitable operation. Through conservation practices, including nutrient management plans developed by producers and their advisors, these farmers are minimizing agriculture's impact on the Mississippi River watershed. CTIC staff will be sending additional details about the tour over the next few months. So please save the date, sign up for the tour and visit these successful farms with us. In addition to joining us on the tour, I hope you will accept my invitation to ... more.

Turning Manure into Energy

... tons of ash (because it is drier than dairy manure, burned poultry litter yields much more ash) is sold as fertilizer through a local ag supply chain. Langmo learned about a British company called Fibrowatt in a brief mention in a farm magazine. Realizing that his entire farming operation was threatened by manure handling issues, he invested in a ticket to England to meet Fibrowatt management and see their three British plants for himself. Impressed by what he saw, he came home and started raising money to bring the technology to Minnesota. With an investment by Fibrowatt and bonds to raise the balance of the $200 million it took to create the project, Fibrominn was born. It officially opened in October 2007. The Wiese brothers found their solution a little closer to hom ... more.

Woodland Management

... from grazing. Cut undesirable trees and shrubs that are competing with desired species for sunlight and moisture. Thin hardwood stands to a 12-foot spacing before trees are 5 inches in diameter at a 4 to 5 foot height. * Do not cut vines unless they are interfering with trees with a high commercial value. Vines provide valuable cover for wildlife. Maintenance Control weeds, brush and competing plants by mowing, spraying or cutting. Mow vegetative growth around new plantings until they are 3 to 4 feet high. Periodically check for rodent, insect or disease damage. * Criteria needs to be adjusted for local conditions.

Wetland Enhancement

... the wetland have adverse effects on other parts of your farm, or a neighboring farm? Tech notes Remove trees and brush from embankments and the vegetative spillway area. Protective vegetative cover should be established on exposed surfaces of embankments and spillways. Obtain any necessary permits. Keep livestock from the area, unless it is included in a planned grazing management plan. Dikes and levees should meet NRCS or US Army Corps of Engineers standards. Maintenance You may need to replant some wetland vegetation until a good stand is established. Keep burrowing animals out of earthen structures. Control beavers and muskrats. Keep intakes clean and outlet free of debris. Inspect pipe structures and repair any damages.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

... the basin large enough to control the runoff from a 10-year storm without overtopping. Install a tile or infiltration outlet. * Use fill material free if sod, roots, frozen materials and stones larger than 6 inches in diameter. It should also have correct moisture content for adequate compaction. Spacing for water and sediment control basins depends on the land slope, tillage and management system. Consult NRCS for recommended spacing. Maintenance Reseed and fertilize as needed to maintain vegetative cover. Check the basin after each large storm, and make any needed repairs. * Check local recommendations.

Manure Testing

Sampling and testing manure to determine nutrient content. This promotes proper nutrient application to fields. How it works Taking a representative sample from stored 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 th ... more.

Manure Storage

Structure that stores manure until conditions are appropriate for field application. How it works The type of manure storage structure you use depends upon your livestock operation, animal waste management 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 wat ... more.

Manure Management and Air Quality - University of Minnesota Extension

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

Michigan Manure Resources Network - Michigan State University Extension

This site is intended to bring together those having manure with those needing manure and includes a manure management planner. There are many other links to resources as well, including a listing of many Midwest testing labs, manure spreader calibration information, compost tipsheets and much more.

Information for Committee Members

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

Websites

Know Your Watershed Livestock Waste Management Core 4

Innovative Cropping Systems Incentive Program (ICS)

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

Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance

Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance The mission of the Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance is to promote the adoption of conservation tillage and other economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural and natural resource management practices through research, education, and communication. Contact Information www.gcta-ga.org

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

... that the workgroup conducts. In addition to these information development and dissemination 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 ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... risk. The State of Oklahoma does not have a well defined system of water markets. Proposals for sale and inter-basin transfer of large quantities of water are highly controversial. Oklahoma City has substantial water rights from local rivers or groundwater, leaving limited options for many rural communities. Water Resources Ideal The “ideal” for regional water resource management would be cleaner water bodies, stable stream channels (e.g., fencing and control access to grazing, re-establishment of riparian vegetation, buffers along streams), improved infiltration in fields and pastures, better mechanisms to meet diverse demands (e.g., conservation at all levels, market systems, and improved water law), pro-active planning and response to drought, dependable and equitable ... more.

Gold Corporate Benefits

... the Individual Silver level * Ad space in two issues of Partners magazine ($600 value) * Recognition at two CTIC event during your annual membership term * Two complimentary registrations to CTIC’s Conservation In Action Tour * Recognition on CTIC’s Website * One-year subscription to Partners magazine and Member Mail e-newsletter * Access to Crop Residue Management Survey data from 1989 to 2004 through CTIC Website

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... water quality while reducing their regulatory burden. CAFO vs. AFO At their most basic, CAFOs are animal feeding operations of roughly 1,000 animal units or more in which animals are confined or fed for 45 days or more in a 12-month period in an area where crops or vegetation is not maintained. Many CAFOs must file for NPDES permits as dictated in their required comprehensive nutrient management plans. AFOs tend to be smaller operations with similar feeding or maintenance practices; however, if an AFO can or does discharge manure into a water of the state or a water of the U.S., it can be upgraded to a CAFO.

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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.

Webinar: TARGETED BMPS TO MAXIMIZE RUNOFF REDUCTION

... county conservationist for the Dane County Land Conservation Division, will detail the process of targeting farms most likely to contribute the greatest phosphorus runoff into the Pecatonica, recruiting farmers, gathering baseline data and implementing conservation practices. Richter and Sutter will describe how no-till grew to encompass one-third of the watershed and document how nutrient management plans appealed to local producers by promising increased profitability while decreasing phosphorus runoff. The presentation will describe the project partners' roles, how the project started and lessons learned. Visit WIIN to learn more about the Pacatonica River project: www.ctic.org/WIIN/Project/109/home. The webinar is the second in a series by the Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Im ... more.