Transforming our Approach to Generate Conservation Benefits from Agriculture
2010 - Present
Thomas Green |
Tel: 608-232-1410 |
||The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
||Academic (5), Government (2), Non-Profit (4), Corporation (2), Private (0)
||Sustainable use and enhanced value
This team hopes to displace the low-margin fertilizer business with advisory services. The team will offer performance guarantees for farmers, and it will connect suppliers and advisors to federal subsidies that make offering these technical services attractive as a line of business. The team’s work will focus in areas where farmers have yet to implement complete conservation practices on their fields. In this pilot phase, the team is working with farmers to reduce annual field contributions of phosphorus by over 17,000 pounds, nitrogen by over 67,000 pounds, and sediment by over 4,000 tons in two pilot areas. The team will also apply these lessons to other watersheds in New York, Michigan and/or Wisconsin’s Great Lakes basin.
The team hosted four professionally facilitated listening sessions in the pilot area of the Lake Erie basin’s upper Sandusky River watershed. The team is currently designing pilot tests to help agricultural suppliers and certified crop advisors advance conservation practices including reduced fertilizer application, manure management, reduced pesticide use and expanded conservation tillage.