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BMP and CRP Roundtable

Cost Effectiveness of BMPs and CRP Conversion to Cropland

March 4-5, 2009 - Nebraska City, NE

The Heartland Water Quality Coordination Initiative's Nutrient Management (NM)and Bioenergy and Water Resources (BWR) Teams hosted a "Cost Effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Conversion to Cropland" Roundtable. This roundtable was held on March 4-5, 2009 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE.

The Roundtable consisted of 30 participants from IA, KS, MO, and NE. These participants included university researchers and state and federal agency personnel. The former Nutrient and Pesticide Management (NPM) team hosted a similar Roundtable in 2004 regarding Phosphorus BMPs, Nitrogen BMPs in 2005, Pesticides in 2006, Targeting Critical Source Areas for BMP Implementation in 2007 and Impact Assessments in 2008. Each of these roundtables were followed by a larger summer workshop.

Intended Audience:
1. University and ARS research and extension faculty
2. State and federal agency personnel

Roundtable Objectives include:
1. Report and discuss research findings, activities, and issues concerning the cost effectiveness of BMPs;
2. Report and discuss regional research and issues regarding the conversion of CRP land to cropland and
3. Identify collaborative research and extension needs and opportunities.

Roundtable Agenda

Roundtable Participants

Roundtable Speakers and Presentations:

Topic 1 - Cost Effectiveness of Best Management Practices

Introduction by Dan Devlin, Kansas State University

Kansas Experiences with Targeting for Cost Effectiveness - Dan Devlin, Kansas State University

Economics and Water Quality Effects of Installing Conservation PracticesMichael Langemeier, Kansas State University

Evaluating Cost Effectiveness at the Field LevelDan Ginting, USGS, Lincoln, Nebraska

Using a BMP Auction for Targeting in KansasJosh Roe, Kansas State University

Developing and Implementing a Cost Effective BMP Implementation Plan in an Iowa Watershed – Chad Ingels, Iowa State University

Adoption of BMPs for Animal Manure ManagementLaura McCann, University of Missouri

Break Out Group Discussion Reports: Handout
a) Regional Collaborative Efforts and Opportunities
b) Planning of June Workshop
c) Research Needs

Synthesis of the 2005 Hypoxia Conference, Cost Effectiveness of Best Management PracticesJim Baker, Retired from Iowa State University

Topic 2 – Conversion of CRP to Crop Production

Announcements and Objectives - Tom Franti, University of Nebraska

Watershed Scale Impact of Grassland/CRP on Water QualityKeith Schilling, Iowa DNR

Nutrient Management and Production Issues with Conversion from CRPCharles Shapiro, UNL Extension

Understanding CRP Conversion at the Farm LevelPaul Hay, University of Nebraska and David Dukes, Iowa No-till Farmer

Using Modeling to Understand the Environmental Impacts of CRPPhil Gassman, Iowa State University

CRP and Eco-System ServicesBrenda Groskinsky and Walt Foster, U.S. EPA, Region 7

CRP Resources Provided:

Break Out Group Discussion Reports: Handout
a) Regional Collaborative Efforts and Opportunities
b) Planning of June Workshop
c) Research Needs

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- This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2008-51130-19526.

Photograph by Tom Schultz, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University

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