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BMP and CRP Workshop

Cost Effectiveness of BMPs and CRP Conversion to Cropland

June 9-11, 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" Workshop in Nebraska City, NE on June 9-11, 2009. The workshop was held at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm. There were a total of 73 participants to attend this workshop.

Tree Adventure Group, 06/10/09This workshop is a follow-up to a roundtable that was held March 4-5th. The Roundtable consisted of 30 participants from IA, KS, MO, and NE. These participants included university researchers and state and federal agency personnel that addressed BMP cost effectiveness and CRP conversion and on-going research projects throughout the region. The June Workshop was designed to relay the roundtable information to all the agencies in the region and formulate tentative plans for application in each state. For more information on the Roundtable, please visit RT.htm.

The NPM team hosted similar workshops regarding Phosphorus BMPs in 2004, Nitrogen BMPs in 2005, Pesticides in 2006, BMPs in 2007, and Impact Assessment in 2008.

Heartland Workshop, June 9-11, 2009Workshop Intended Audience:

1. University and ARS research and extension faculty
2. State and federal agency personnel
3. Resource managers and advisors
4. Watershed and conservation groups

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will understand:

1. Cost effectiveness tools available to evaluate BMPs within the region
2. Economics of conservation practices
3. Issues and methods to convert CRP to crop or pasture production
4. Current demand for bio-based products for fuel

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Participants

Workshop Speakers and Presentations:

Cost Effectiveness of Best Management Practices

Introductions, Objectives and Expected Outcomes - Dan Devlin, Kansas State University

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

Evaluating Cost Effectiveness at the Field Level - Dan Ginting, USGS Nebraska

Developing and Implementing a Cost Effective BMP Implementation Plan in an Iowa Watershed - Chad Ingels, Iowa State University; Jeff Pape, Hewit Creek Watershed and Scott Bruns, Coldwater-Palmer Watershed Council Members in Iowa

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

Streamflow, Sediment, and Nutrient Simulation of the Bitterroot Watershed Using SWAT - Michael Van Liew, Montana DEQ

Hypoxia - Improving the system in Iowa: Costs and Needs Jim Baker, Iowa State University, Professor Emeritus

Adoption of BMPs for Animal Manure Management Laura McCann, University of Missouri

Exploring Economically and Environmentally Viable Northeastern Dairy Farm StrategiesTamie Veith, USDA-ARS

Breakout Discussions by State: Speakers and Resources Breakout Session, 06/10/09

Conversion of CRP to Crop Production

Nutrient Management and Production Issues with Conversion from CRP to CroplandCharles Shapiro, University of Nebraska

Soil Quality and Conservation Issues with Conversion of CRP to ProductionJohn Gilley, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE

CRP Conversion to CroplandDavid Dukes, Iowa No-till Farmer and Paul Hay, UNL Extension

CRP Conversion to PastureBruce Anderson, University of Nebraska and George Wagner, NE Producer

Regional Demand for Bio-based productionChad Hart, Iowa State University

CRP Conversion to Cellulosic Biomass Production – Ken Vogel, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE

CRP Conversion in Arid Regions Alan Schlegel, Kansas State University

CRP Conversion in Humid Regions – Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska Extension

Regional Demand for Cellulosic Production for Bioenergy Melvin Brees, FAPRI, University of Missouri

Breakout Discussion for CRP Topics:

  • Group 1 -
  • Group 2 -
  • Group 3 - Suggestions for Heartland on serving the theme of “Bioenergy and Water Resources” regionally.
  • Group 4 -
  • Group 5 - Opportunities and challenges of achieving sustainable conversion of CRP to small grain and pasture / cellulosic based production

Tree Adventure Group, 06/10/09Photo Gallery

Workshop ( 1, 2, 3, 4 )

Breakout Sessions ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 )

The Apple House ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 )

The Tree Adventure ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 )

The Discovery Tour ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34 )

The BBQ Picnic ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 )


Questions/Comments: Amanda Schielke, Kansas State University

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

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