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CTIC Initiatives

CTIC and its partners lead initiatives at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture’s pressing conservation needs. Each initiative includes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.
 

Current Projects

Ag Consultant Training in Systems that Protect Water Quality

Workshops to train the professionals who advise farmers and private landowners on the benefits, efficacy and implementation of targeted conservation systems that improve water quality. See the latest training and resources on the website or click here to download a summary.

Conservation in Action Tours

Since 2008, CTIC’s Conservation in Action Tours have provided hundreds of members, partners and friends with an up-close view of innovations and success in conservation agriculture. We’ve held Conservation in Action Tours in Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Minnesota. This year, we’re headed to Idaho! Find out more on the tour website here, or download a summary here.

Fieldprinting Sustainable Corn and Soy in Indiana and Illinois

Using the Fieldprint® Calculator to document sustainable soybean production practices and improve the adoption of priority conservation systems will help guide improvements in nutrient use efficiency and sustainability. Check out the website for more information or download a summary of the project.

Indian Creek Watershed Project

Few projects demonstrate the contributions of as many CTIC members as the Indian Creek Watershed Project. The commitment of stakeholders from the halls of USDA to the fields of Livingston County, Illinois, has made Indian Creek a model for watershed projects throughout the Midwest and across the country. Visit the website to see how we are demonstrating conservation practices on the field scale. You can download a project summary here.

Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops

Cover crops are gaining ground across America, and many farmers swear by them for a wide range of reasons. Some are sold by the chance to increase yields, or build soil organic matter, or because they appreciate the chance to capture valuable crop nutrients in the root zone rather than losing them to leaching over the winter. However, despite the long-time use and growing popularity of cover crops, we don’t have enough hard data on their benefits. See videos and more on the website, or download an overview of the project here.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

In 2010, EPA granted funds to CTIC for five years to plan and facilitate aquatic resource monitoring training workshops for states, tribes and other stakeholders. Since then, CTIC has been awarded a grant to conduct these workshops until 2020. CTIC will continue to enhance collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among the more than 800 professionals attending the workshops. Click here to visit the website or download a summary here.

SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys

Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, from erosion control to soil building to capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone over the winter. As interest in cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding these important tools. Insight from farmers who use cover crops—or from those who haven’t yet made the move—is vital for fellow farmers, as well as for crop advisors, conservation specialists and policymakers. Click here to see current or past surveys, or here for a summary.

Sustainable Soy: Continuous Improvement Program

Using the Fieldprint® Calculator to document sustainable soybean production practices and improve the adoption of priority conservation systems that help guide improvements in nutrient use efficiency and sustainability. Click here to download a summary of the project.
 
 
 

Past Projects

WATERSHED NETWORKING SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Conservation Information Technology Center (CTIC) partnered to provide information to watershed professionals throughout the...More


WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING FEASIBILITY STUDY

In 2009, CTIC received federal funding to study the feasibility of a water quality credit trading program in the Wabash River basin. 

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USING COVER CROPS TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION TO CONTINUOUS NO-TILL

This project, funded by a 2008 Conservation Innovation Grant, promotes the use of cover crops to ease farmers’ transition to use of continuous no-till. Continuous no-till (CNT)...More

CTIC's Upstream Heroes campaign features success stories about farmers who have developed and adopted sound nutrient efficiency strategies - protecting their bottom lines as well as...More


Today there are thousands of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) nationally that require an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Producers and their...More


This national workshop will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to discuss and share information on the national...More

MARKET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING

Gulf of Mexico hypoxia issues pose a significant challenge in addressing the protection of the marine environment given the sheer magnitude of excess nutrient loading and the size of...More

Know Your Watershed is a coordinated national effort to encourage the formation of local, voluntary watershed partnerships and help assure that these partnerships successfully attain...More

FACILITATING CONSERVATION FARMING PRACTICES AND ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WITH AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

CTIC, with funding provided by the United Soybean Board, updated its 2003 publication on conservation tillage and biotechnology. CTIC's new publication, "Facilitating Conservation Farming...More

DRAINAGE WATER MANAGEMENT IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS

ADMC received a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006 to promote and characterize the unique technology of drainage water management (DWM) – the practice of managing water table...More

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

Water quality credit trading may be, in many areas, a successful market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary tool that connects industrial and municipal...More


The National Crop Residue Management Survey is a valuable tool that can be used to measure adoption of important soil-saving practices, demonstrate energy cost savings and monitor efforts...More

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

This project, funded by EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will demonstrate the effectiveness of cover crops and conservation tillage systems to decrease agricultural nonpoint...More

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS ALLIANCE (CASA)

CASA is a North American alliance of producer organizations united with a common goal to advance conservation agriculture systems. CASA strengthens the individual efforts of each member...More

BUILDING INNOVATIVE INDUSTRY-PRODUCER PARTNERSHIPS TO REDUCE HYPOXIA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

In 2006, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency Gulf of Mexico Program to fund "Building Innovative Industry-Producer Partnerships to Reduce Hypoxia...More

AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

In 2010, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the "Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops for States, Tribes and Other Stakeholders"...More

4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP

The Conservation Technology Information Center, through its partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the national trade association representing the U.S. fertilizer industry,...More

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