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NRCS, NTC Partner to Advance Agricultural Innovation
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/09/2020

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has issued a cooperative agreement with the Northcentral Technical College and eight additional colleges in the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement. As part of the arragement, they will receive nearly $530,000 over the next four years to enhance and accelerate training and adoption of technologies and best practices for improved agricultural productivity and natural resources stewardship.

Faculty and students will work with NRCS field office staff to implement a conservation plan, install practices on the ground, collect data, and help inform current and future producers. NTC will utilize funds to implement a conservation plan with the Wisconsin NRCS, support research plots, teach students to collect and report samples and host field days.

"NTC plans to hold at least one field day per year to demonstrate to our community the work we are performing through this grant to achieve successful crops utilizing the latest conservation practices in the Agricultural industry," said Dr. Greg Cisewski, Dean of NTC's School of Agricultural Sciences, Utilities, and Transportation. "NTC is also exploring opportunities to potentially replicate in-person field day activities in an on-line environment so more community members can gain information at a time that's convenient for them."

The collaboration was brought together out of a mutual desire to provide more ongoing education, training and demonstration to future farm producers and agricultural service providers with the goal of improving the health, and therefore the long–term productivity, resilience and sustainability of the soil.

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