(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)
Oct. 25: The Conservation Technology Information Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary today in St. Louis, as it continues its mission to champion, promote and provide information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems. The National Corn Growers Association will be on-hand to join the celebration.
“For three decades, the Conservation Technology Information Center has provided comprehensive data, research and materials related to achieving better soil, cleaner water and a brighter future for U.S. agriculture,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “We’re proud to have been part of the CTIC since the beginning.”
Before the term “sustainability” took hold in today’s environmental vernacular, continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being were well underway in agricultural communities. In 1982, a group of agribusiness, governmental agency and association partners founded the Conservation Tillage Information Center as a special project of the National Association of Conservation Districts. In 1986, the organization's purpose had broadened, and the name was changed to the Conservation Technology Information Center.
To celebrate its 30 years in operation, CTIC brought together conservation and industry experts to share insights and achievements that included a panel discussion highlighting successful agricultural conservation efforts and a second panel to explore what conservation challenges the future holds for farmers, researchers and policymakers.
Some of CTIC’s recent projects include using cover crops to facilitate the transition to continuous no-till, a market feasibility assessment of water quality trading as a tool to address local water quality issues and downstream Gulf hypoxia concerns, the formation of watershed stakeholder groups and the development of regional recommendations to facilitate the widespread adoption of drainage water management.
This year, CTIC partnered with The Fertilizer Institute to put together tools for the 4R nutrient stewardship concept promoting the use of the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, right time and in the right place. Over the next three years, CTIC will be assisting EPA, states and tribes in strengthening partnerships with agricultural communities to address nonpoint source pollution by conducting workshops and national conferences covering all aquatic resource types.
CTIC has always recognized farmers need to figure out the best approach to integrating and maintaining conservation systems within their farming operations. It has made it their mission to get the best information available into the hands of producers so they can make the best possible decisions for their unique circumstances. It does this through the Internet, publications, feasibility studies, meetings, conferences, workshops, outreach, policy recommendation and other forms of information sharing.