July/August 2011
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2011 Conservation Agriculture Tour in Northwest Ohio

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) will host its annual Conservation in Action Tour, August 8-9 in northwest Ohio. According to information provided by the CTIC, this year’s tour will focus on agriculture’s influence on the environmental and economic health of the Maumee River and Bay, as well as Lake Erie. The Tour will highlight agricultural producers implementing innovative conservation practices and solutions to water quality issues. Registration is now open. Save $25 if you register by July 8.

“We’ll not only showcase farmers applying conservation systems with success, but also discuss important issues facing agriculture within local watersheds. We'll open dialogue around those issues and possible solutions,” says Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director.

The tour will begin with a social on the evening of August 8 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Toledo on the shores of the Maumee River. Participants will visit over appetizers and drinks and learn more from experts about water quality issues facing the area. Then they'll participate in a Maumee River and harbor cruise for a comprehensive introduction to the region and some of its conservation challenges.

The following day, participants will visit farms and agricultural locations to learn about focused efforts to improve nutrient management and increase adoption of conservation systems. The tour will present possible technological, financial, and educational solutions to issues such as increased algae, sediment, and soluble phosphorus that impact the river and lake.

Contact CTIC(e-mail) or visit the tour website for more information.

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