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Grow a healthy business while improving water quality
Through this project the Huron River Watershed Council aims to empower you to measurably reduce phosphorus runoff into the Huron River and Lake Erie with sustainable and profitable long-term conservation approaches that are good for your farm.
WE can identify measurable, flexible and cost-effective conservation techniques for your farm and fields.
Our project team, including farm consultants and agronomists, will work directly with you to collect farm and field-specific information. We combine your farm data with watershed-level nutrient and economic modeling. The model predicts measurable results for a variety of conservation practices. Together we will explore scenarios and conservation options that meet your business goals.
YOU will be eligible to get paid for calculated reductions in phosphorus for the techniques you choose to implement.
More than reducing phosphorus runoff, working with Whole Farms for Clean Water is an investment in the success of your farm.
During the project, you can choose to develop a Whole Farm Plan. It is a comprehensive plan for your farm that recommends new markets and long-term approaches for profitability across your entire farm operation. The Whole Farm Plan captures your farm’s history, resources, opportunities and constraints. It investigates and suggests potential revenue streams and conservation practices. It identifies the best local, state and federal resources and partnerships for achieving your business goals.
|Data-Driven. We use farm and field-specific information combined with Huron River-specific watershed-level nutrient and economic modeling. The data informs the appropriate best management practices for reducing phosphorus runoff from your fields and saving you money.|
|Responsive. Technical staff will meet with you in person to input shared information into a model and run scenarios of different management practices together.|
|Flexible. The model can estimate the technical performance (per pound of phosphorus reduced) and cost-effectiveness of the conservation practices that are best for your business.|
|Profitable. You get paid (per pound of phosphorus reduced) when you implement conservation practices.|
|Measurable. You will find out what actions will make a measurable difference.|
|Lasting. Get a customized Whole Farm Plan produced by a professional agronomist for your farming operation to use beyond the project.|
|Confidential. Your information will be kept private and only used for the program. No information that identifies specific participants or farms will be shared with anyone outside of the project team without your express permission.|
|You are in Control. You decide what is best for the bottom line of your farm.|
Contact Whole Farms for Clean Water project manager, Ric Lawson via email or call (734) 769-5123 x 609.
The Environmental Protection Agency is providing financial support in the amount of $649,353 to the Huron River Watershed Council for the Whole Farms for Clean Water project. Principal project partners include Environmental Consulting and Technology, Ohio State University, Solutions in the Land and the University of Michigan.