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Lead Initiatives

CTIC and its partners lead initiatives to address conservation agriculture's more pressing needs. Our initiatives build public-private partnerships, provide information and promote agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.
 
Grants, foundations, private donors and members fund our initiatives.
 
Water quality credit trading continues to gain interest among those in agriculture, and the potential for this market approach to conservation continues to grow. CTIC hosted a series of workshops on the topic, bringing together producers, ag advisors, potential water quality trading aggregators and municipal wastewater facilities. Participants learned the concepts, benefits and challenges of water quality trading and the steps involved in developing a trading program. We launched a second project in 2009 to assess the feasibility of water quality credit trading in the Wabash River watershed. As we learn the benefits and risks of this potential market, we share the information with producers and their advisors.
 
Local-level efforts to advance nutrient management result in improved water quality. CTIC guides diverse stakeholder groups (in Southern Minnesota, the Bootheel of Missouri and the Upper Wabash River watershed in Ohio and Indiana) to identify nutrient management needs and actions to meet those needs. In an Illinois watershed demonstration project , CTIC will measure the water quality impacts of conservation systems
that maximize nutrient efficiency.

CTIC promotes the good news about conservation in agriculture. Through our national information campaign, we recognize Upstream Heroes for the sound management they employ on their farms to efficiently manage nutrients and protect water quality.
 
We also recognize innovative management of livestock waste in CTIC’s Partners magazine and publish producer success stories, experts and links to technology and resources on our web site .

Cover crops and continuous no-till systems improve soil quality and productivity while reducing nutrient loss due to nitrate leaching and soil erosion. CTIC provides technical assistance and social support to producers adopting cover crops and continuous no-till. The project includes individualized support from crop consultants, a cover crop selection decision tool created by the Midwest Cover Crops Council, and workshops and networking opportunities fore producers to share challenges and successes.

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