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Demonstration Farm Network Coming to Kewaunee, Door Counties
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/26/2017

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture have entered an agreement to launch a new demonstration farm network in Kewaunee and Door counties. The project is being put together in cooperation with Peninsula Pride Farms, which is a farmer-led sustainability group.

Coordinators say the partnership will support a network of farms that will demonstrate the best conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering the Great Lakes basin. State Conservationist Angela Biggs adds that the collaborative effort will also address the effectiveness of current conservation systems used to reduce non-point source pollution.

"We can publicly highlight the most effective conservation systems that work in Kewaunee and Door counties," Biggs said. "Demonstrations will be conducted to showcase the effectiveness and adaptability of conservation practice systems that reduce erosion, sedimentation and nonpoint source pollution and that also provide education and technology transfer opportunities for the public, farmers, land managers, agribusiness, environmental organizations, natural resources agencies and research entities."

The network aims to demonstrate to farmers and the general public that the right combination of traditional conservation practices and other new, innovative technologies functioning on the landscape can produce viable and sustainable economic and environmental benefits.

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