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CTIC is a clearinghouse for a wide range of information on conservation agriculture. Click on one of the themes below to browse our site, or look for a particular practice or place in the search bar. Ag Consultant Resources Bees and Pollinators Buffer Strips Community Organizing Conservation Tillage Conservation Practices—Adoption Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey Drainage Water Management Cover Crops Cover Crop Survey Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Demonstration Projects Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Grazing and Rangeland Hypoxia Know Your Watershed Leader ... more.

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Conservation Technology Information Center ctic@conservationinformation.org Address: 3495 Kent Avenue, Suite L100, West Lafayette, IN 47906 USA Phone: Tel: 765-494-9555 Fax: 765-463-4106 Staff: Executive Director: Karen A. Scanlon Operations Director: Tammy Taylor Project Director: Chad Watts, Mike Smith Accounting Specialist: Crystal Hatfield Consultants: Computer Systems Consultant: Scott J. Brunton Technical Consultant: Dan Towery

GLCCI Consultant Resource Page

GLCCI Consultant Resource page: This will be seen only by the GLCCI group. I think the easiest way to go from this page to the data base is a link. I will include other links on this page for the consultants also. Example links Farm Plan Project Brochure Project Logo Scheduled meetings Notes and Agendas

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC) Established 2006 The Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition will spark rural sustainability and profitability through greater use of no-till practices and conservation systems for producers, consumers, and communities by promotion of market based incentives, education, demonstration, participation, and research. Mission, Goals and Con ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

Two Hundred Visited Northwest Ohio Farms Mark Scarpitti, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, left, demonstrates how no-till soil (in container on right) absorbs water while heavily tilled soil erodes quickly under water. This absorption capability protects no-till ground from erosion. CTIC photo. More than 200 farmers, government officials, agribusiness, university and non-profit organization representatives toured Northwest Ohio on Aug. 9, 2011, to see agricultural conservation in action. Tour host Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) showcased profitable, innovative Northwest Ohio farms while participants learned how the producers make conservation an integral part of their operations. CTIC welc ... 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 Ag ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

Conservation Buffers Conservation buffers are small areas or strips of land in permanent vegetation, designed to slow water runoff, provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed buffer strips in the agricultural landscape can effectively mitigate the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields and from farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field borders, filter strips, grassed waterways, living snow fences, riparian buffers, shelterbelts/windbreaks, (grass, shrubs and trees), and wetlands. The small amount of land taken out of production helps pro ... more.

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Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative Watershed Coordinators

A highly qualified crop consultant (watershed coordinator) has been identified in each watershed to provide one on one technical support to the producers who participate in this program. These people will meet with producers and help them make important decisions to ensure a successful transition to using a cover crop and conservation tillage system. Lake Michigan Coordinator Christina Curell Central Region Water Quality Educator, Mecosta 14485 Northland Drive Big Rapids, MI, 49307 Phone: (231) 592-0792 Cell: (231) 287-8617 Email: curellc@msu.edu Christina graduated from Michigan State University with a ... more.

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

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

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

... the soils. Increased organic matter serves as a food source to various soil organisms and increases the biological activity. Higher biological activity increases nutrient cycling and availability and also reduces nutrient loss from runoff. Soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Despite these benefits, many farmers still believe tillage leads to higher corn yields. In a single year, this may be true. With tillage, the breakdown of organic matter is accelerated, and nutrients are quickly released to the crop. However, continuous tillage decreases soil organic matter, decreasing the overall level of released nutrients. With less organic matter, soil productivity and soil structure decline. Over time, our soils have lost 50 to 70 ... more.

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 plu ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

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

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

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

Training

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

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

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation participants gather outside the Purdue University Beck Agricultural Center. International Meeting Spotlights Conservation Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Climate Change Supported by science and spurred by emerging markets, more than 80 participants in an international workshop on carbon sequestration called on w ... more.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

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

Links to the National Surveys

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

Dow AgroSciences

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

Environmental Resources Coalition

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

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

To better manage nutrients, Lancaster County, Penn. dairy producers install manure storage tanks as part of their conservation plans. Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS Manure Du Jour Serving Pennsylvania's Best Practices on Animal Ag. Air, and Water Quality By Kristen Saacke-Blunk Pennsylvania dairy cow. Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS. ... 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 (CA ... more.

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), a clearinghouse of information on conservation farming practices, has launched its brand-new website at www.ctic.org. The easy-to-search, simple-to-navigate site contains thousands of documents and links to information on conservation farming systems. Among the highlights are: A searchable database from the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), which uses satellite imagery to provide detailed data on tillage practices and cover crops at the county or watershed (HUC-8) scale; Cover crop insight, including details of the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops and the results of five annual farmer surveys on cover crop use; Tips on organizing watershed groups and multi-stakeholder conservation e ... 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, ridg ... 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 w ... more.

What We Do

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

Who We Are

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

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

CTIC project updates

... NRCS funding to enhance that project with farmer-led field demonstrations similar to those that were critical to the success of our Indian Creek Watershed project in Illinois. If your organization would like to be part of the planning or implementation of these demos, contact Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org as soon as possible for more information. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers can collaborate on a practical system of best practices to improve pollinator health outcomes. After completing a successful pilot year in 2017, Bee Integrated is on track to enroll additional farmer-beekeeper pairs this spring. The project’s first year yielded valuable insight ... more.

CTIC project updates

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

CTIC project updates

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

Ag Consulting Trainings

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 to their clients. Not every CCA or retail agronomist is interested in writing elaborate conservation plans, but these are the people farmers turn to first for advice. They’r ... 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 ... more.

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Workshops planned for 2017 and 2018

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

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 to their clients. Not every CCA or retail agronomist is interested in writing elaborate conservation plans, but these are the people farmers turn to first for advice. They’r ... more.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

Organization The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), membership organization that provides technical, educational and practical support to America’s agricultural and conservation communities. We were formed in 1982 by a group of representatives from agribusiness, government and associations. We thrive today with guidance and support from partners and members from the public, private and academic sectors. America’s producers today face complex decisions about how to integrate and maintain conservation systems within their farming operati ... more.

WIIN WEBINAR - APRIL 25

Introducing an online forum for watershed project managers! A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, April 25, will walk participants through an innovative website for watershed project managers in the Mississippi River Basin. The Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN) is an online resource for sharing detailed information about watershed projects throughout the Basin, including data ... more.

USDA Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference

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

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

CTIC and Purdue University aim to understand why farmers adopt practices eligible for carbon offset credits.The core research question is: To what degree do non-financial factors, such as how information is presented, shape farmers’ willingness to adopt offset-eligible agricultural practices? Based on recent work in economic, political and agricultural decision-making,the primary hypothesis is that the way in which information is presented will significantly affect farmers’ interest in and eventual adoption of offset-eligible practices. In many cases,it isbelieved thatthis framing effect will be as strong as or stronger than the effec ... 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

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

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

Trading Up for Water Quality

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

CIA Tour Promo 2010

... In Action Tour 2010 Register Today for August 3 Event Sponsor CTIC's Marquee Event, the Conservation In Action Tour Tour sponsors receive: National recognition Exposure to local, regional and national media Interaction with Tour participants, including policy makers, government agency representatives, producers, ag and conservation associations, media and more Opportunity to showcase products, technology and equipment to target audience Our annual Conservation In Action Tour: gathers our national, diverse membership attracts new members showcases what we do best - provide acce ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... such as wastewater treatment plants and electric companies. Nonpoint-source contributors: Pollution that results from many difficult-to-pinpoint and control sources, rather than one specific source. For example, runoff from farm operations, forestry, urban environments, mining, construction and others. Water quality trading continues to gain interest among industry and agricultural producers as a viable market-based alternative to achieving water quality improvements. New projects in the Midwest explore how to structure a large-scale trading program, the feasibility of trading in the Wabash River watershed and the support role that agricultural industry can play. Water quality trading assigns economic value to the benefits generated by conservation practice i ... more.

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

Who: Wye Mills, MD What: March 4-5, 2009 Where: Chesapeake College Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, the Water Environment Federation, and the Maryland Departments of Agriculture and the Environment, the Conservation Technology Information Center hosted this interactive event as part of Maryland’s public outreach on its newly developed nonpoint-source trading program. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary tool that connects industrial and municipal facilities (point sources) with agr ... more.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

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

Partners Contribution June 2010

... on behalf of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and our member 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 landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States. Conservation districts have been involved in delivering locally-driven conservation across America for more than 70 years. No other conservation or environmental group in the count ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

Moved by environmental stewardship and new government requirements, producers seek to limit nutrients in the environment through improved fertilizer efficiency. 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 ... 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 creat ... more.

Conservation Reserve Program - Exit Strategies

A group of agriculture and conservation stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest is working to devise strategies that will ease the transition of land protected under the Conservation Reserve Program to no-till production system. Photo courtesy of CTIC Conservation Reserve Program – Exit Strategies By Russ Evans In the rain-fed region ... more.

Leading the way

The Mosaic 2009 Sustainability Report focuses on six core principles, one of which is ensuring environmental stewardship for responsible land and natural resource use. Photo courtesy of CTIC Leading the way Mosaic Company is a pioneer of progression in agricultural sustainability By Christy Couch Lee Just five years ago, the Mosaic Company launched as the second-largest crop nutrition firm, when Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global Inc, joined forces. Today, this company is a leader in providing phosphate and potash for worldwide agriculture. Mosaic takes pride in its efforts to increase sustainability, and these efforts have ... 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 draina ... more.

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.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

Established 1998 The purpose of the Conservation Tillage Workgroup is to 1) develop knowledge and exchange information on conservation tillage production systems, 2) coordinate related research and extension programs, 3) respond to needs for information on reduced tillage production alternatives, and 4) plan and conduct statewide and regional conferences, workshops and training demonstrations as well as produce UC Division of Agriculture and Natural R ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

... Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields. The MCCC is comprised of a diverse group of academia, production agriculture, non-governmental organizations, commodity interests, private sector and representatives from federal and state agencies collaborating to address soil, water, air and agricultural quality concerns in the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins (including Ind ... more.

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. ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... and remain profitable. How well organized it was and the variety of topics. Seeing BMPs in action. Open flow of information. I really loved the HAFA Farm. The community of people working together was absolutely wonderful. What We Learned: Stop #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 ... more.

Application Timing

... application resulted in the highest yields. Spring timing delivered the most efficient in nitrogen use. Fall timing afforded lower maximum economic rate of nitrogen (MERN) due to N losses reducing efficiency Fall application returned lowest yield Split application timing (1/2 in fall and 1/2 in spring) yielded better than fall application, but not as well as spring application. Resources: Harms Corn After Soybeans NUE Timing.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys

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

What’s happening at CTIC?

... We are thrilled to announce that our 11thannual Conservation 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 ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

... 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-successfu ... more.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

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

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

WHAT WE DO

CTIC champions, promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable.

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

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

FACILITATING CONSERVATION FARMING PRACTICES AND ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WITH AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

CTIC, with funding provided by the United Soybean Board, updated its 2003 publication on conservation tillage and biotechnology. CTIC's new publication, "Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology", explores the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. The publication, reviewed by a panel of experts, shows the dramatic improvements in envi ... 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.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

The Mosaic Company

... with best-in-class organizations to promote many aspects of conservation, including nutrient stewardship, habitat conservation and watershed restoration. For example, The Mosaic Company Foundation supports The Nature Conservancy’sGreat Rivers Partnershipthrough science-based work with farmers and partners to improve water quality in three key agricultural watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River Basin – Minnesota’s Root River, Iowa’s Boone River and Illinois’ Mackinaw River.Additionally, The Mosaic Company supports theFlorida Farm Bureau’s CARES program, which recognizes superior natural resource conservation by agricultural producers.Since its inception in 2001, more than 550 agriculturis ... more.

Mixtures and cocktails: Soil is meant to be covered

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

Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

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Monsanto

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

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

Water quality credit trading may be, in many areas,a successful market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary tool that connects industrial and municipal facilities, subject to wastewater permit requirements, with agricultural producers to economically achieve water quality improvements. It has the potential to bea flexible and cost-effective approach for maintaining, restoring or enhancing water quality. Funded By USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant Project Partners Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Trading Network, International ... more.

The Mosaic Company

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

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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

CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

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

Planned Grazing System

Planting forage and using grazing rotations to maximize production and reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Consider food, water and herd size. How it works Pasture is divided into two or ... more.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

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

4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP

The Conservation Technology Information Center, through its partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the national trade association representing the U.S. fertilizer industry, has joined a national effort to promote 4R nutrient stewardship. In March, TFI launched a new website, www.nutrientstewardship.com, to showcase supportive resources and educational tools for the 4R nut rient stewardship concept which promotes the use of the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, right time and in the right place. CTIC has joined the Institute’s effort by becoming what is known as a 4R supporter.Learn more about the 4Rs and CTIC’s involvement with the initiative by visiting www.nutrientstewardship.com.

Remote Sensing Resources/links

Spying on Residue Remote Sensing of Crop Residue Cover and Soil Tillage Intensity Remote Sensing the Spacial Distribution of Crop Residues

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, v ... more.

American Society of Agronomy

CTIC Institutional Member, the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), is a prominent international scientific society headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Because of their common interests, ASA, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) share a close working relationship as well as the same headquarters office. Each of the three Societies is autonomous, has its own bylaws, and is governed by ... more.

Soil and Water Conservation Society

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society, has a mission to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Their work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land - the land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quailty of life people experience in rural and urban communities. They work to discover, develop, implement, and constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment at the same time. To learn more about the Soil and Water Conservation Society, ... more.

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.

Tetra Tech, Inc.

... engineering, and technical services worldwide. They are a diverse company, including individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Their strength is in collectively providing integrated services - delivering the best solutions to meet clients' needs. In a complex world with competing demands for limited resources, Tetra Tech offers clear solutions made possible by sound science, understanding, innovation, and industry-leading approaches. To learn more about Tetra Tech, visit www.tetratech.com.

The Mosaic Company

CTIC Gold Corporate Member, Mosaic, is the world's leading producer and marketer of comcentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. Their business engages in every phase of crop nutrition development, from the mining of resources to the production of crop nutrients, feed and industrial products for customers around the globe. Their customer base includes wholesalers, retail dealers, and individual growers in more than 40 countries. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Mosaic employs approximately 7,400 people in eight countr ... more.

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

Ag producers mark your calendars for July 7, 2011. Attend one of two duplicate farm tours that day. The morning tour will leave First Baptist Church in Fairbury, Ill., at 9:30 AM central time. The evening tour will leave the church at 3:00 PM central time. The church is located at 701 North 7th Street, Fairbury, IL 61739-1595. Participants will meet at the church then board a bus t ... more.

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS ALLIANCE (CASA)

CASA is a North American alliance of producer organizations united with a common goal to advance conservation agriculture systems. CASA strengthens the individual efforts of each member organization and also helps the collective group move toward the shared purpose of increasing conservation in agriculture in North America. CTIC hosts monthly conference calls, a web site and a discussion forum for CASA. CASA primary purposes are to: Facilitate communication among CASA members and partners ... more.

AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

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

WHAT WE DO

CTIC champions, promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable.

Watershed Academy

The EPA's Watershed Academy provides training opportunities and other resources regarding watershed utilization. Users can participate in training tools, webcasts and others informational sessions. To view publications produced by the Watershed Academy, a list of seminars and other training courses or other information, click here.

Cover Crop Resources

Cover Crops Species Information

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 ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

... the better it performs. Whether producing organic matter, cycling nutrients, filtering water or other critical functions, soil quality is a key ingredient in the Core 4 Conservation recipe for enhancing soil and water resources, improving farm profitability and working toward a brighter future. “Soil quality is the capacity of a specific soil to function,” said Mike Hubbs, agronomist with NRCS Soil Quality Institute. “Soil quality is not the end, but a means to an end. By improving soil quality, we improve soil function, like soil productivity, and generate higher yields.” So, assessing, maintaining and improving soil quality are essential considerations when selecting crop types, inputs and management options. SOIL QUALITY ASSESSMENT &ld ... 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 th ... more.

Success Story June 2010

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

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop

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

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

... for a no-till program cuts it back to 20 gallons of fuel and two hours of time. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate By Steve Werblow Skyrocketing fuel and fertilizer bills have tempered some of the enthusiasm over unprecedented commodity prices. It seems like the perfect storm to push a no-till agenda – the chance to slash diesel consumption when fuel prices are at unheard-of levels. Then Paul Jasa, extension agricultural engineer at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., and long-time proponent of no-till, points out that the push for conservation really needs to return to the very basics. “Everybody's shocked about fuel and fertilizer prices on an indivi ... more.

CTIC News

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

Research & Technology Briefs

... 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 organizati ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... Rhine, University of Missouri Delta Center, reviewed proper application of nitrogen on rice. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Logan-Smith Photo courtesy of Kathleen Logan-Smith Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability By Christa Martin-Jones At a field day held July 24, approximately 50 Southeast Missouri agricultural producers and agricultural advisors learned about nitrogen management tools to help farmers’ bottom lines. Participants in the free event, Profitability through Nitrogen Efficiency, visited two research sites to hear from experts about ongoing studies and results. The morning session on rice was held at Missouri Rice Research Farm west of Malden, Mo. Afternoon participants visited ... more.

Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... of Directors By Timothy J. Healey At the February 2009 meeting of the CTIC Board of Directors, a new Executive Board was voted into office. Our term began March 1 and will expire on February 28, 2010. While a few of us previously served on the Executive Board we all have new positions. John Deere's Chris Foster is now the Past Chair; Foundation for Agronomic Research's Dr. Harold Reetz is First Vice Chair; Agri Drain's Charles Schafer is Second Vice Chair; Osborn & Barr Communication's Neil Caskey is Secretary; and Monsanto's Jim Hudson is Treasurer. Both Neil and Jim are new to the Executive Board. In addition to electing a new Executive Board, the CTIC membership renewed the term of National Corn Growers Association ... more.

CTIC Welcomes New Members

CTIC Welcomes New Members By Rachel Doctor CORPORATE Terra Industries Inc. CTIC is excited to introduce Terra Industries Inc., as a new Premier Corporate Member. Headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, Terra serves agriculture by providing farmers with nitrogen products that replenish the soil and are essential to plant growth. In fact, the company is the leading international producer of nitrogen products for agricultural, industrial and environmental markets. Terra owns and operates nitrogen manufacturing facilities in six North American locations and own 50 percent interest in joint ventures in the United K ... more.

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

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

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009

... too, including the Conservation In Action Tour, a summer event that brought together nearly 100 members and partners to see first-hand how producers are making conservation profitable and sustainable. I hope you all will join us in 2009 for the Tour in western Illinois (see more details). CTIC broke new ground this year, too, with new workshops and conferences on important topics for agriculture. In August, CTIC hosted a pilot workshop in Ohio that brought together agricultural producers and advisors and wastewater and energy utilities to learn about water quality credit trading. The positive feedback we received on the format and content of the workshop was inspiring and will help us to deliver three more workshops in 2009. In September, CTIC was awarded a Conservation ... more.

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

CNMPs are very important resources. They provide valuable natural resource management information and help farmers and ranchers comply with water quality regulations. The final EPA regulation for CAFOs and recent public pressure elevate the importance of this NRCS planning assistance. You are encouraged to emphasize this importance and continue to communicate and collaborate with livestock and poultry industry producers and representatives. Contact. Additional copies may be ... more.

National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

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

Wildlife Upland Habitat

... livestock. To attract a specific wildlife species, choose cover and habitat for that species. Create a diverse habitat to attract a wider variety of wildlife. Consult with a local wildlife biologist, Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or wildlife group in your area for local recommendations. Include a food plot if possible. Encourage shrub growth between woodlands and grasslands. Include bird houses and feeding stations in habitat areas. Plant fruit and nut bearing trees or shrubs to the windward side of a woodland habitat area. Maintenance Prescribed burning may be necessary to regenerate growth and eliminate undesirable species. Use weed management to maintain desirable plant and animal species. Replant v ... more.

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 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 togeth ... more.

Questions and Answers

... virtually any farming situation and can be tailored to meet a farmer’s specific needs. Better soil Sustainable soils that increase long-term productivity result from increased organic matter, improved soil moisture, reduced compaction, sequestered carbon and reduced erosion from water and wind. Cleaner water In addition to food, fiber, 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, soi ... more.

Topics A-Z

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

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 reduce ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

Come witness Conservation in Action this summer during CTIC's annual conservation agriculture tour. The Conservation In Action Tour 2008 is a day-long tour of profitable, innovative farms that demonstrate conservation that works – for the farm, for the community and for our future. This CTIC member event will be July 17, 2008, in Central Indiana. Leaders in agriculture from Indiana, the Midwest and the nation will be on this tour to see first-hand how conse ... more.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

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

Provide Information

Provide Information Find conservation resources including websites, documents, research results, and our current projects. CTIC members can access our list of experts. Join Today (link to Become a Member) * Topics A-Z * CTIC Initiatives (link to Lead Initiatives) * Guides and Research Documents (link to Online Store/Free Publications) * Experts (Members Only)

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 live ... 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

TNC web site

web site with link in rt hand column for partner page and resources used to develop the project

Webinar: TARGETED BMPS TO MAXIMIZE RUNOFF REDUCTION

... seven years of lessons learned in Wisconsin's Pecatonica River watershed, where conservation practices targeted on key local farms aim for significant, efficient reductions in phosphorus loading. "Testing the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative: A Paired Watershed Study on the Pecatonica River," will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. Steve Richter, director of conservation, agricultural lands for The Nature Conservancy, and Pat Sutter, county 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 ... more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service