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Ag Consultant Training in Systems that Protect Water Quality

Workshops to train the professionals who advise farmers and private landowners on the benefits, efficacy and implementation of targeted conservation systems that improve water quality. See the latest training and resources on the website or click here to download a summary.

Conservation in Action Tours

Since 2008, CTIC’s Conservation in Action Tours have provided hundreds of members, partners and friends with an up-close view of innovations and success in conservation agriculture. We’ve held Conservation in Action Tours in Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Minnesota. This year, we’re headed to Idaho! Find out more on the tour website here, or download a summary here.

Fieldprinting Sustainable Corn and Soy in Indiana and Illinois

Using the Fieldprint® Calculator to document sustainable soybean production practices and improve the adoption of priority conservation systems will help guide improvements in nutrient use efficiency and sustainability. Check out the website for more information or download a summary of the project.

Indian Creek Watershed Project

Few projects demonstrate the contributions of as many CTIC members as the Indian Creek Watershed Project. The commitment of stakeholders from the halls of USDA to the fields of Livingston County, Illinois, has made Indian Creek a model for watershed projects throughout the Midwest and across the country. Visit the website to see how we are demonstrating conservation practices on the field scale. You can download a project summary here.

Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops

Cover crops are gaining ground across America, and many farmers swear by them for a wide range of reasons. Some are sold by the chance to increase yields, or build soil organic matter, or because they appreciate the chance to capture valuable crop nutrients in the root zone rather than losing them to leaching over the winter. However, despite the long-time use and growing popularity of cover crops, we don’t have enough hard data on their benefits. See videos and more on the website, or download an overview of the project here.

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. Click here to visit the website or download a summary here.

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. Click here for more information about the project.

SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys

Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, from erosion control to soil building to capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone over the winter. As interest in cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding these important tools. Insight from farmers who use cover crops—or from those who haven’t yet made the move—is vital for fellow farmers, as well as for crop advisors, conservation specialists and policymakers. Click here to see current or past surveys, or here for a summary.

Sustainable Soy: Continuous Improvement Program

Using the Fieldprint® Calculator to document sustainable soybean production practices and improve the adoption of priority conservation systems that help guide improvements in nutrient use efficiency and sustainability. Click here to download a summary of the project.