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2021 CONSERVATION IN ACTION TOUR PLANNING CONTINUES

  With expectations of continued travel restrictions late into 2021, CTIC is currently planning the Conservation in Action tour, which is likely to include recorded, live remote and in-person elements. We are working closely with the Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) to continue linking the tour with the Sustainable Agriculture Conference as we did last year. Meanwhile, we are finding ways to include expanded content and insight from farmers, conservation specialists, policy makers and more.   For the past 14 years, the CTIC Conservation in Action Tour has been a highlight of the summer calendar, a way to ...

2021 NATIONAL REC WATERS ONLINE CONFERENCE DRAWS RECORD CROWD

2021 NATIONAL REC WATERS ONLINE CONFERENCE DRAWS RECORD CROWD More than 700 participants joined the 2021 National Recreational Waters Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and run by CTIC.   Recreational water managers, regulators, scientists and others from around the world tapped into more than 40 online presentations and three days of live panel discussions—even a virtual poster session that allowed one-on-one conversation with researchers.   "The virtual format worked really well for this meeting, allowing people to view pre-recorded presentations well in advance and prepare for the live panels and Q&A content," says ...

BEE FORAGING FACT SHEET RELEASED

A fact sheet written by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research ecologist Clint Otto used data from the Bee Integrated program, led by the Honey Bee Health Coalition and implemented by CTIC, to help detail which flower species are preferred by bees in the Prairie Pothole region. According to data from 244 sites in Minnesota and the Dakotas studied over five years, the top draws for both honey bees and native bee species include lacy phacelia, blue giant hyssop, stiff goldenrod, purple prairie clover, and wild bergamot. "It's great to see so many of the species included in the ...

BEE INTEGRATED PROJECT IS BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY

BEE INTEGRATED PROJECT IS BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY The CTIC team is helping the Honeybee Health Coalition spread lessons nationwide from the three-year Bee Integrated Demonstration Project, which paired farmers and beekeepers in North Dakota to help strengthen honeybee colonies and create habitat for pollinators.   Farmers and beekeepers in Michigan, Iowa and Oregon have teamed up to engage in better communication about their operations, adoption of best management practices. CTIC and staff from the Keystone Policy Center have begun creating videos, articles and literature to share insights being gathered around the country.   "There's a tremendous amount of ...

CIA TOUR 4 STOPS

  2021 VIRTUAL CONSERVATION IN ACTION TOUR: 4 ONLINE "STOPS"!   The 2021 Conservation in Action Tour will once again be virtual—this time, a four-part online series that will be part of the American Society of Agronomy's Sustainable Agronomy Conference on four Tuesdays in July and August. Each of the four tour episodes will include an on-farm video and a live panel discussion.   Tour dates and "stops" will include: Carbon markets, July 20 Phosphorus management, August 3 Pollinator habitat, August 17 Connecting for conservation, August 24.   For the past 14 years, the Conservation in Action Tour has been a ...

Conservation in Action NEWS April 2020 - 2

April 2020 Welcome to Conservation in Action NEWS, CTIC's e-newsletter. We'll share news about the Conservation Technology Information Center as well as stories on how our members and partners are helping farmers put conservation systems into practice. If you've got a story you'd like to share, contact us! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the newsletter. NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Hello Everyone, The start to a new decade has been a rocky one across the globe. With so much uncertainty, I took the opportunity to reflect on what we do know at this time in ...

Conservation in Action NEWS August 2020

Welcome   Hello everyone, The last few months I’ve been able to spend some substantial time on the Great Lakes— Michigan and Superior. On Lake Michigan, I’ve been spending time chasing salmon and trout and on Superior I was doing some camping, hiking, and scouting for the upcoming fall runs. The freshwater resources that stretch across the USA are truly remarkable. Over the past months, CTIC has been working with partners to develop a phosphorus trading program within two watersheds on another Great Lake, Lake Erie. As we’ve started to work with farmers ...

Conservation in Action News February 2021

February 2021   Welcome   Hello everyone,   The takeaway from 2020 for me has been that we are stronger together than apart. Agriculture, by its necessity, impacts everyone, every day. That means we need everyone around the table to set a course to a future where everyone benefits from conservation. CTIC has been and will continue to be a community where all are welcome, but 2020 demonstrated that it takes work to ensure that everyone is invited.   I’m proud of how our team has persevered through 2020. They have engaged with new technologies, trained in critical areas, and maintained and ...

Conservation in Action NEWS March 2020

March 2020 Welcome to Conservation in Action NEWS, CTIC's e-newsletter. We'll share news about the Conservation Technology Information Center as well as stories on how our members and partners are helping farmers put conservation systems into practice. If you've got a story you'd like to share, contact us! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the newsletter. NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Hello Everyone, The start to a new decade has been a rocky one across the globe. With so much uncertainty, I took the opportunity to reflect on what we do know at this time in ...

Conservation in Action NEWS October 2019

October 2019   Welcome to Conservation in Action, CTIC's new e-newsletter. We'll share news about the Conservation Technology Information Center as well as stories on how our members and partners are helping farmers put conservation systems into practice.   If you've got a story you'd like to share, contact us! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the newsletter.     A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Hello everyone, this year has been exciting for CTIC. Over the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the history of our organization through ...

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  We're always on the lookout for a great conservation story to share with our members, partners and friends. Got a success story? A lesson to share? Contact executive director Mike Komp at komp@ctic.org and let's find ways to shine a spotlight on conservation.

DNDC WEBINAR ON CTIC's WEBSITE

A recorded one-hour webinar on using CTIC data to analyze trends in conservation farming practices across the Corn Belt is available on CTIC's website. The video, recorded as a live webinar last October, includes a discussion of the use of Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) data through the De-Nitrification/De-Composition (DNDC) model, as well as presentations by three users of the data: Ward Smith, Senior Physical Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Steven Rosenzweig, Senior Soil Scientist, General Mills Debbie Reed, Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium   Bill Salas of Regrow (formerly Dagan, Inc.), a primary developer of DNDC, ...

FEBRUARY 2021

Welcome to Conservation in Action NEWS, CTIC's e-newsletter. We'll share news about the Conservation Technology Information Center as well as stories on how our members and partners are helping farmers put conservation systems into practice.   Learn more about CTIC at our website...and if you've got a story to share, please contact us!

FREE JUNE 16 WEBINAR LAUNCHES NEW DATA, EXPANDED GEOGRAPHY FOR OpTIS

FREE JUNE 16 WEBINAR LAUNCHES NEW DATA, EXPANDED GEOGRAPHY FOR OpTIS Satellite-derived data on 2019 conservation practices and wider geographical coverage of residue cover and cover crop adoption mark the latest expansion of the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS).   The release of the new data will be highlighted in a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, June 16 at 12:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Central time featuring speakers from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and Regrow Ag, Inc., whose scientists developed OpTIS. Speakers from academia and agribusiness will also describe how they use OpTIS data. Registration for the webinar is free ...

JOIN CTIC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

For four decades, CTIC has brought a remarkable range of people to the table to talk about conservation agriculture. Nowhere else is there such a great opportunity to meet policy makers, agribusiness leaders, farmers, researchers, conservation specialists, crop consultants and others...all drawn together by a mutual interest in conservation technologies that are better for farmers and better for the environment. CTIC is a membership organization, which means your membership—your participation and your dues—keep the doors open. You also give us our momentum, driving us forward on our mission to Connect, Inform and Champion. Your membership ...

Komp Intro

June 2021 Conservation in Action News   A letter from the executive director.... Hello Everyone, 2021 is a year of excitement and anticipation with the economy reopening across the country and a new administration shepherding a climate agenda that is embracing agriculture as part of the solution. We’re also seeing continued expansion of ecosystem service markets, a push to expand CRP, and new incentives for cover crops and conservation programs.   At CTIC we’ve been working to bring together our 2021 Conservation In Action Tour in partnership with the American Society of Agronomy’s Sustainable Ag Conference. We ...

NATIONAL RECREATIONAL WATER QUALITY WORKSHOP, APRIL 6-8

Working closely with US EPA, CTIC is taking the agency's three-day National Recreational Water Quality Workshop virtual this year. Click here for the agenda.   The workshop provides a nationwide forum for recreational water quality managers, stakeholders, researchers and public health officials at all levels to share information and ideas about implementing successful recreational water quality programs. The program will focus on fecal contamination and harmful algal blooms (HABs). Pre-recorded presentations will be available for viewing beginning March 15, 2021 on the CTIC website, and viewers can submit questions through a comment box after each presentation. Live panel discussions April 6 through 8 ...

WELCOME

Hello everyone,   The takeaway from 2020 for me has been that we are stronger together than apart. Agriculture, by its necessity, impacts everyone, every day. That means we need everyone around the table to set a course to a future where everyone benefits from conservation. CTIC has been and will continue to be a community where all are welcome, but 2020 demonstrated that it takes work to ensure that everyone is invited.   I’m proud of how our team has persevered through 2020. They have engaged with new technologies, trained in critical areas, and maintained and developed new relationships through ...