What is the Nutrient Management/Soil Health Strategy?
The strategy is a ten-year plan that has the goal to reduce nutrient loss from farms to waters through the implementation of nutrient management practices and improved soil health. The strategy seeks to build upon the success of existing government and private actions through collaboration, increased education, and identification of opportunities to enhance knowledge development and distribution about nutrient management and soil health practices.
Who developed the strategy?
The strategy was developed by Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Pork, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Corn Growers Association, Indiana Dairy Producers, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana State Poultry Association, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, and Purdue Extension with assistance from conservation organizations and government agencies.
How will the strategy be implemented?
Representatives of several ag organizations, Purdue, state and federal agencies, and conservation organizations comprise the steering committee which is collaborating with watershed groups, universities, conservation organizations and state and federal agencies to enhance programs that are already offered by those groups. The strategy is not focused on developing new efforts but instead looks to refine and expand existing efforts to reach a wider audience.
What is included in the strategy?
The strategy focuses on voluntary implementation by demonstrating through education the benefit of nutrient management and actions that improve soil health. The strategy recommends focused efforts in priority watersheds to realize improvements in water quality by accounting for practice implementation, measuring the effectiveness of the practices through research, and monitoring water quality.
Why was the strategy developed?
Farmers and those who represent them recognize the need to reduce nutrient loss as much as possible to improve water quality and enhance farm profitability. At the same time, the increased number of lawsuits and regulatory threats has increased the likelihood that certain practices will be mandated on farms, regardless of their effectiveness or appropriateness. This effort showcases the desire of farmers to take responsibility for addressing the issue in a way that makes sense and will continue to allow agriculture to thrive and produce the farm products upon which the world relies.
Take a look at the Nutrient Management Soil Health Strategy in its entirety:
Partnership for the Management of Nutrients and Protection of Water Quality