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How Michael Fields Ag Institute Plans to Plan…two Watersheds in Hilly SW Wisconsin

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is excited to be working with Iowa County’s Conservationist, Katie Abbot, as we embark on a 9-month long process of nutrient and erosion planning in two sub-watersheds within Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed, following the EPA’s Nine-Key-Element Planning process. In addition to Ms. Abbott, MFAI’s Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton will work with our Policy Director, Margaret Krome, several willing and collaborative staff with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, Iowa County Extension, farmers in this watershed, and many others.

We will report on what we learn from and about the planning process – how serious phosphorus loads and erosion rates are in these sub watersheds, where problems are greatest, and what farmers think are the most practical ways to reduce them. We’ve been impressed with the farmers we’ve worked with in the Uplands Watershed Protection Group, and we’re eager to embark on this process. We plan to document this process in a video that we will release next fall. Stay tuned!