I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM), a project that works with ag retailers to identify, promote, track and report on products and services that keep nutrients on fields and out of waterways. As we all know, algal blooms and hypoxic zones are increasing in intensity and frequency across the US largely due to agricultural runoff. By tracking product and service adoption through annual surveys, PARM can estimate your companyís nutrient loss reductions to help advertise positive impacts and increase sales!
As part of our expansion into new watersheds, my goal is to build personal relationships with ag retailers to encourage revenue-generating solutions to water quality issues in the area. We offer free training webinars for ag professionals and other tools and information at www.partnershipfarm.org. Currently, our project works with 81 ag retailer participants representing over four million acres in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins to increase sales in cover crops, variable rate technology and others.
After speaking with several retailers in my local area, it was made clear that a one-stop-shop was needed for notification on events, workshops, tools and other resources currently available. I will be sending out a short, monthly newsletter with information relative to the geographic area you are serving, including our own educational resources.
PARMís annual survey will be released the first week of December! Respondents will receive an individual report that compares their product and service sales with those in their state and overall cumulative responses. An aggregate report will also be provided.
In January, PARM will release details on a new Cover Crop Incentive Program for ag retailers! This program will be available to a select number in the Blue Earth (MN) and Yahara River (WI) watersheds. If your retail location is interested in more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PARM Team wishes you and your staff a safe and joyous holiday season.