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Workshop to focus on reducing off-site movement of soluble nutrients

The daylong workshop will focus on discussing technologies and techniques to reduce off-site movement of nutrients and the barriers to their adoption and implementation, said Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues. Topics include: * Management and Treatment Options for Agricultural Subsurface Drainage * Controlled Drainage * BioReactors * Filters * Near-Zero Discharge Agricultural Systems * Livestock Manure Application Research and Future Trends * Landscape Conservation * Gypsum * Variable Rate Nitrogen…

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FREE Cover Crop Informational Webinar Series

ASA Online Courses “Cover Crops”       March 6-27, 2014 FREE Public Informational Webinar Series Your  Account   Questions? Contact Michele Lovejoy,       608-268-4947 1 CEU per Webinar View all online courses: agronomy.org/education soils.org/education FREE TO PUBLIC Improving soil health not only cleans up water quality and reduces soil loss but also provides a better environment for cash crops to succeed. Learn about basic soil health principles and how cover crops are key to making those happen on your farm.            …

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Registration to attend the Annual Area of Concern Meeting on March 18-19 in Chicago is now closed

United States Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled the 2014 AOC Annual Meeting for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19. We regret to inform you that the conference is now closed to any further attendees.  It is still open for webinar participants. Please register to participate in the plenary sessions of the conference via webinar: (please note that all times are Central, “Chicago” time) 2014 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Annual Conference – Plenary 1 Tue, Mar 18, 2014 1:00 PM –…

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Dec. 12 Ag Retailer Meeting Presentation Slides Available

On December 12, 2013, more than fifty ag retailers, certified crop advisors and water quality advocates joined us in Toledo, Ohio to learn about ways for ag retailers to get involved in collaborative nutrient management initiatives to enhance water quality and crop productivity in the Great Lakes watershed. Ag retailers learned about the latest tools and technologies to prevent leaching and keep nutrients on the field. Speakers included representatives from: The 4R Certification Program Dr. Thomas Bruulsema, director, Northeast Region,…

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Cover Crop Use is on the Rise

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with funding from NRC-SARE conducted a survey during the winter of 2012-13 on cover crop use in the United States.  The survey included questions on cover crop adoption, benefits, challenges and yield impacts.  Read about the survey’s key findings and download the full report of survey results at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Educational-Resources/From-the-Field/Cover-Crops-Survey-Analysis.

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Sandusky Non-Operator Landowners Enlisted

More than 4000 Ohio non-operator farmland owners are being contacted by mail this month to join in the effort to reduce phosphorus losses from cropland in the Sandusky River Watershed. These landowners are being invited to learn more about the phosphorus issue, and engage with those who farm their land and the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition to identify and implement solutions. The effort includes a series of mailings including a fact sheet informing landowners of options they might consider, as well as options to…

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