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NRCS and 4 Eastern Wisconsin Counties Launch New Between the Lakes Demonstration Farm Network

Madison, Wis. – March 18, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and Calumet County Land & Water Conservation Department, in partnership with Manitowoc, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties, have entered an agreement to launch a new network, the Between the Lakes Demonstration Farm Network. This is the fifth demonstration farm network in Wisconsin that NRCS has collaborated with conservation partners to establish. The partnership will support a network of farms that will demonstrate the best conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering the Great Lakes basin. Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is being utilized for this effort.   

This partnership will address the effectiveness of current conservation systems used to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The network will demonstrate to farmers and the 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.

“Through this collaboration and funding, we can publicly highlight the most effective conservation systems that have the greatest environmental and economic benefit; we’re excited to be partnering to now establish our fifth series of demonstration farm networks,” said USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Wisconsin Angela Biggs. “This project will accelerate the adoption of environmentally sustainable farming practices by demonstrating their successful use on the participating demonstration farms. Farmers and agronomists that attend the field days will be learning the “nuts and bolts” of how to make these practices successful on other area farms,” said Steve Hoffman, Project Manager for the Between the Lakes Demonstration Farms Network.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

1. Establish demonstration farms within the Manitowoc and Sheboygan River Basins to test new and standard conservation systems in reducing phosphorus and sediment.

2. Establish an efficient mechanism to share this technology and information with farmers, agribusiness, conservation agencies, and the public.

3. Create opportunities for others to test their research and program ideas at the demonstration farms.

4. Share information and lessons learned from the Demo Farms throughout the Great Lakes basin.

The new Between the Lakes Demonstration Farms are (1) Dallmann East River Dairy, Dan and Nick Dallmann of Brillion; (2) Greendale Farms, Dale Theel of Fond du Lac; (3) Nick Kleiber Grain Farm, Nick Kleiber of Elkhart Lake; and (4) Libertyland Farms, Greg Gries of Valders.

For more information, contact Steve Hoffman, Project Manager, at 920-323-3820, steve.hoffman@indepthagronomy.com; or Matt Otto, USDA-NRCS Resource Conservationist, at 608-662-4422 x 245, matt.otto@wi.usda.gov.

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