Agricultural Best Management Practices Assessment and Tracking Tool
Stephanie Johnson - Houston Engineering Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org (763) 493-6685
The objective of this project was to develop a comprehensive database of information related to agricultural BMPs and provide that information in easily accessible formats to people across the state of Minnesota.
This project provides information in a comprehensive, easily accessible format. Information about the application, effectiveness and value of agricultural BMPs was compilied in a database, used to create web-based tools and posted on a webpage.
The products created under this work was developed in cooperation with stakeholders and conservation professionals at many levels. The Heron Lake Watershed District served as a case study for product development and District staff provided insight to ensure accessibility to a broad audience. In addition, various collaborations between this work and other research and/or on-going projects are planned to ensure that the results of this work complement, rather than duplicate, other efforts toward characterizing agricultural BMPs.
The final Ag BMP Assessment andTracking Tool is available on MDA's project page or by using this direct lnk. A detailed description of all projects is located at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research website.
About the Issue
This project is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research Program. The overarching goals of this research program are to identify underlying processes that affect water quality, to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, and to develop technologies to target BMPs to critical areas of the landscape.
MDA funds research that is necessary to protect water resources in Minnesota. All projects are selected by an evaluation team. This team includes a diverse group of external stakeholders and state agency staff that have technical expertise and a broad understanding of water quality issues.
In the 2010 Request for Proposals (RFP), a total of nine projects were submitted totaling $2,408,356 in requested funds. The evaluation committee recommended that the top five projects be funded with the available $1,250,000. All projects are currently underway.
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