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Pesticide Workshop

Heartland Region Pesticide Best Management Practices Workshop: Protecting Surface and Ground Water

June 6 - 8, 2006 - Nebraska City, NE

The Heartland Water Quality Coordination Initiative's Nutrient and Pesticide Management (NPM) Team hosted a Pesticides Best Management Practices (BMPs) Workshop at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center, located at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE. The Pesticides BMP Workshop was held June 6-8, 2006, in which 54 individuals participated.

Discussion groups address regional issues and open dialogue between the statesThe objective of the June workshop was to compile and evaluate pesticide BMP information. This workshop was designed to promote an understanding of pesticide and water quality issues in the Heartland Region, including Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Emerging issues in pesticide effects on health and the environment were addressed, as well as new approaches to targeting implementation of pesticide related BMPs. Monitoring and how to collect and handle samples was also a major topic discussed.

This workshop was a follow-up to a January regional roundtable which also addressed pesticide issues. The Roundtable was held for a much smaller Phil Barnes answers questions on samplingaudience made up of university faculty, ARS researchers, and EPA staff to report the latest research findings, current projects, and future research. This June workshop was held for a larger audience with the goal of applying this knowledge throughout the Heartland Region.

Workshop Information:

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Participants

Workshop Presentations and Speakers:

Day 1 - Pesticides in the Heartland Region

Overview of Pesticide/Water Quality Current and Emerging Issues in Region 7 - Jamie Green, US EPA Region 7 and Kyle Hoagland, University of Nebraska Water Center

Understanding Pesticide Leaching and Runoff - Pat Shea, University of Nebraska

Small Group Discussion I - What current and future issues are you facing related to pesticides and water quality? Click here for Group Notes

Nutrient and Pesticide Management Regional Website - Jamie Benning, University of Nebraska

Day 2 - Best Management Practices Research and Recommendations

Nebraska: Recent Research Findings, Issues in BMPs - Mark Bernards, University of Nebraska

Kansas: Recent Research Findings, Issues in BMPs - Dan Devlin, Kansas State University

Missouri: Recent Research Findings, Issues in BMPs - Reid Smeda, University of Missouri

Iowa: Recent Research Findings, Issues in BMPs - Jim Ellerhoff, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Research Issues DiscussionCharlie Pierce, Nemaha NRD in Nebraska demonstrates surface and ground water sampling

Issues in Surface Water Monitoring:

Producer Adoption of Best Management Practices - Tom Franti, University of Nebraska and Dan Devlin, Kansas State University

Small Group Discussion II: What Challenges and obstacles do you see for the adoption of pesticide BMPs by agricultural producers? How might these be addressed? Click here for Group Notes

Phil Barnes, KSU - Outdoor Presentation of Automated Sampling Equipment

Portable/On-site Sample Analysis - David Hage, University of Nebraska

Demonstration of Water Sampling: Surface and Ground Water Sampling Analysis - Charlie Pierce, Nemaha NRD

Automated Sampling Equipment - Phil Barnes, Kansas State University

Day 3 - Targeting Best Management Practices

Targeting Best Management Practices in Missouri - Bob Lerch, USDA-ARS

Targeting Best Management Practices in a Nebraska Watershed - Maribeth Milner and Patrick Shea, University of Nebraska

Panel Discussion on Targeting Best Management Practice Implementation - Daryl Anderson, Little Blue NRD; Lyle Frees, Kansas NRCS; and Kyle Mankin, Kansas State UniversityLyle Frees of KS NRCS Presenting...

Experiences in Targeting BMPs in a Watershed; Integration of Spatial Information with Local Knowledge - Lyle Frees, Kansas NRCS

Small Group Discussion III: Moving From Diffuse Implementation to Targeting Implementation by State Click here for Group Notes


Photo Gallery:

  • Conference Photos ( 1, 2, 3 )
  • Discussion Group Photos ( 1, 2, 3 )
  • Arbor Day Farm Tour Photos ( 1, 2 )
  • Charlie Pierce - Outdoor Presentation Photos ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 )
  • Phil Barnes - Outdoor Presentation Photos ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 )

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The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Partners in the Heartland Regional Initiative are also equal opportunity providers and employers.

- 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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