Current Partners:

  • Ag Retailers
  • IPM Institute of North America
  • National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University
  • The Great Lakes Protection Fund
  • 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Ag Retailers provide products and services to farmers and ranchers. These products include seeds, nutrients, crop protection products, feed, equipment and technology. Ag Retailers also offer consultative services for farmers and ranchers. We collaborated with ag retailers including Bascom Elevator, Central Ohio Farmers Cooperative, Crop Production Services, Inc., Diversified Agri-Services Inc., Heritage Cooperative, Sunrise Cooperative and The Andersons, Inc. in the Western Lake Erie Basin in our initial pilot project.

The IPM Institute of North America is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other best practices. The Institute leads the Partnership for Ag Resource Management and about a dozen other major projects in agriculture and communities.

The mission of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University is to support the sustainable use of soil and water resources and help protect human health and the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems through research, monitoring, education and outreach. A research arm of the science departments at Heidelberg, the Center’s staff of ten scientists and technicians applies expertise in fields ranging from water chemistry to biomonitoring and watershed modeling. The Center operates the Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program, which covers surface drainage from over half of the land area of the State of Ohio with thirteen stations in the Lake Erie and Ohio River Basins. Collectively, these studies provide the longest and most detailed record of nonpoint source pollution available for any river system in the United States. The Center provides water testing for surface water and well water samples, and training and technical resources for environmental and educational organizations. The Center also carries out research and monitoring programs on biological limnology and lake, stream and wetland ecology, with special emphasis on biomonitoring of Lake Erie and its tributaries.

The Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) is a private, nonprofit corporation that was formed in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes states. GLPF supports integrative actions that better the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. GLPF awarded grants to the PARM team in 2010 and 2015. The Fund’s mission is to identify, demonstrate and promote regional action to enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund works with leaders on the ground to enact transformational change in the Great Lakes Basin.

The 4R nutrient stewardship initiative provides a framework to achieve cropping system goals, such as increased production, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection and improved sustainability. To achieve those goals, the 4R concept incorporates the right fertilizer source at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. As partners of 4R, PARM is working to promote these current best management practices for nutrient applications.

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