Register for State of the Lake: A Tri-State Water Quality Discussion

FEBRUARY 21, 2019 12:38 PM

Since the 2014 water crisis in Toledo, a lot has been said about the Lake Erie algae bloom issue, and the local agriculture community, in general, has been taking the blame for being responsible for the generation of nonpoint source pollution – the interaction of land use activities and the hydrological cycle.

To help the local community and farmers in the western Lake Erie basin have a better understanding of why dissolved phosphorus is such a problem for Lake Erie and what you can do to minimize it, Michigan State University Extension, Ohio State University Extension and Purdue Extension are partnering to bring to southeast Michigan the State of the Lake: A Tri-State Water Quality Discussion on February 26th, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hillsdale County MSU Extension office, 20 Care Dr # B, Hillsdale, MI 49242.

Ohio Category 15 (Fert Recert), Indiana PARP, CCHA and three CCA credits will be offered for this program. Registration fee is $20 and includes dinner and resources. Register here before February 22nd!

PARM’s Participating Agricultural Retailers Improve Water Quality in the Great Lakes

FEBRUARY 19, 2019 1:47 PM

Want to know more about how we got our start, resources we’ve developed for ag retailers and the positive impacts our participants have made? Read our blog post for the Great Lakes Protection Fund, a partner that has helped us make waves!

Great Lakes to Gulf Leadership Summit

FEBRUARY 15, 2019 11:53 AM

Take advantage of the FREE Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit February 20-21st in Long Beach, Mississippi. The Summit will bring together farmers, farm advisers, watershed practitioners, agency contributors, extension professionals, conservationists, and non-profit personnel to develop practical approaches for reduced nutrient losses in the Mississippi River Basin. Find the agenda here.

SPARC and PARM Collaborate on Training Modules for Ag Retailers

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 12:33 PM

Sustainability Programming for Ag Retailers and CCAs (SPARC) was recently launched by the Agricultural Retailers Association, the American Society of Agronomy, Environmental Defense Fund and Field to Market to provide farmer advisers with resources and training modules to help producers continuously improve agronomic and environmental outcomes. PARM contributed to SPARC’s training modules, recently launched on the American Society of Agronomy’s online classroom under Sustainability 101 (find here). The “Sustainability 101 for CCAs” and “Sustainability 101 for Ag Retailers” online modules explain what food companies mean when they ask for sustainable products, and the “Environmental Sustainability Metrics” module explains how progress toward industry sustainability goals for commodity crop production is measured and reported. Find out more here!