Penny sales tax for road construction provides mitigation credits to wetlands maintenance and preservation

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Resource Concern: By 2030, Richland County, SC is expected to grow by more than 50,000 residents.  This growing population will require improved and expanded roads, so in 2015, Richland County instituted a penny sales tax to raise revenue for road construction projects over the next 20 years.  While these construction projects will seek first to […]

South Carolina partnerships develops program to help farmers & local food system needs

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Resource Concern: In 2011, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Columbia, South Carolina entered a cooperative agreement with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote voluntary conservation practices on certified- and transitioning-to-organic farmland through a program called the Organic Initiative. It quickly became apparent that, in order for more local farmers […]

Cover crops dramatically reduce farmers fertilizer and lime expense

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Resource Concern: During the past half-century, the model for production agriculture has consistently moved in the direction of more (physical, chemical and biological) disturbance, less diversity (e.g., fewer crops, separation of animals from cropping systems), and increased inputs.  While the no-till movement has led to decreased tillage, farmers and resource professionals have become used to […]

Pollinator Memorial Garden created in Conrad, Montana

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Resource Concern: Pollinators, both native and domestic, are key to the continued productivity of many agricultural crops as well as the health and beauty of our landscapes. In addition, healthy pollinator habitat can enhance soil health and fertility, improve water quality, control agricultural pests and support wildlife populations. However, pollinator populations are in decline because […]

Educational events promote local ag producers in Silt, Colorado

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Resource Concern: Often there is a lack of exposure of what producers do in their communities. Through educational events, such as tours–especially like a unique bicycle ride, citizens can learn about where their food comes from and the diversity of agricultural products. Solution: The Tour De Farms, hosted by Mount Sopris Conservation District, was held […]

Nutrient management plans in West Virginia reduce pollution in Chesapeake Bay

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Resource Concern: In the proper concentrations, nutrients like nitrogen or phosphorous are part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. They nourish the growth of plants and algae, which provide food and habitat for fish and other organisms. But when levels of these nutrients exceed certain thresholds, they can become hazardous pollutants that harm our lakes, rivers and […]

Farmer-led soil health education in Faribault County Minnesota

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Resource Concern: Soil Health Research and experience have both shown that upland conservation practices are capable of increasing water quality and soil health.  Even more of note, when used in the right place, right time, and with the right management, conservation practices can also be environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. However, the question of why […]

Water quality improvement in Chisago County Minnesota

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Resource Concern: Water Quality Degradation in the Chisago Chain of Lake,  Chisago County Minnesota The priority was simple: Keep the Chisago Chain of Lakes swimmable and fishable. Several of those lakes are impaired because of excess nutrients such as phosphorus. Many others within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed show increasing phosphorus levels, which […]