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2017 CURRENT ISSUE

Station Master
Liz Camps, USDA NRCS
631-727-2315 x3

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"Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship "

Introduction

Learning Objectives

  References

Introduction

Over the past 25 years, the Maryland Farmer has played an important role in the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Maryland has been a leader in the implementation of soil and water conservation best management practices to control sediment and improve water quality.   The Current Environmental Issue, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship, easily translates across all provinces and states. 

NCF-Envirothon participants will learn about the Maryland's natural resources and engage in hands-on training and testing.  Students will learn the basic concepts of how agricultural Best Management Practices and all natural resource areas are interrelated by closely interacting with natural resource professionals.  By providing a lifelong learning experience for these students, they will learn the importance of maintaining a balance of the quality of life versus the quality of the environment as an agriculturist.   As part of the overall NCF-Envirothon program, students will gain an understanding of the importance of promoting soil and water conservation stewardship.  

 

 

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Key Topics



1.  Soil and Water Conservation best management practices; their purpose and implementation.

2.  How are soil and water conservation best management practices interrelated  to the management of wildlife, forestry and aquatic systems?

3.  How do agriculturists maintain a balance between their quality of life versus   the quality of the environment?

 

Learning Objectives

 

Upon completion of the training, the student will be able to:

1,  Identify and recommend soil and water conservation best management practices in agriculture.

2.  Describe the role of the federal government in conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.

3.  Identify the concept of soil quality/health to provide the needed functions for the conservation planning process.

4.  Identify various types of soil erosion and utilize different methods to estimate and predict soil erosion to assess land use impacts.

a.  RUSLE equation
b.  Aerial Photographs
c.  Topographic Maps
d.  Soil Maps
e.  USDA Classification System
f.  Soil Surveys


5.  Explain why land-use planning is important to our ecosystems and to our economy to achieve sustainable agriculture.

 

 

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References

 

Best Management Practices (BMP) 

AEM Nutrient Management

AEM Soil Management

Soil Quality

Soil Quality Indicators

Soil Compaction

Soil Biology & Land Management

Residue Management

Protecting Urban Soils

Managing Conservation Tillage

Effects of Soil Erosion

Crop Rotation

 

 

 

Online Resources:

The Farm Bill 2014 Programs- Fact sheet describing the conservation programs

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill/



RCPP Projects by State-Link to Maryland projects

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/


 
Farmers Guide to Conservation Stewardship Programs

 http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CSP-Farmers-Guide-2015-final.pdf

 

Conservation Choices for Maryland Farmers

http://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/counties/ConservationChoices_2012_FINAL%20(1).pdf




Guidelines for Soil Quality Assessment in Conservation Planning

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_051259.pdf

 


USDA Guidelines for Soil Health Assessment

 http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/assessment/

 

Soil Quality Indicator Facts Sheets

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/health/assessment/?cid=stelprdb1237387

 

USDA official site for RUSLE

http://www.ars.usda.gov/midwest-area/west-lafayette-in/national-soil-erosion-research/docs/rusle/

 

Understanding Erosion with the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation

http://www.5counties.org/docs/roadedu/2012_5c_roads/rusle.pdf

 

 Expanded Resources

 Textbook:

Soil Science Management 6th Edition, Edward J. Plaster   (Contact: Delmar Cengage Learning)

 

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The past Current Issue topics and Station Masters have been...

2017 Agricultural Soil & Water
Conservation Stewardship
USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service - Liz Camps
2016 Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Polly Weigand
2015 Urban Forestry Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County - Robin L. Simmen Community Horticulture Specialist

2014

Sustainable Local Agriculture /Locally Grown

Agricultural Stewardship Program Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County - Becky Wiseman, Coordinator

2013

Sustainable Rangeland Management

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Dawn Alarcon

2012

Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Aldona Lawson

2011

Salt and Fresh Water Estuaries

Suffolk County Department of Health Services - Office of Ecology - Peconic Estuary Program - Kim Barbour

2010

Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning

Suffolk County Department of Health Services - Office of Ecology - Peconic Estuary Program - Kim Paulsen

2009

Biodiversity in a Changing World

NY Sea Grant - Larissa Graham & Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission - Melissa Griffiths

2008

Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources

The Waterfront Center - Jeanne Beyer & James Europe

2007

Alternative/Renewable Energy

Citizen's Campaign for the Environment - Mary Ellen Dour & Maureen Dolan-Murphy

2006

Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sherry Forgash

2005

Managing Cultural Landscapes

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sharon Frost

2004

Natural Resource Management in the Urban Environment

 

2003

Farmland Preservation & Conservation

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - George Proios

2002

Introduced Species

 

2001

Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sharon Frost

2000

Wetland Management

 

1999

Wildfire Management

 


2009 L.I. Envirothon
Old Bethpage Village Restoration



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2008 L.I. Envirothon
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2008 L.I. Envirothon
Usdan Center of Creative and Performing Arts
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2008 L.I. Envirothon
Usdan Center of Creative and Performing Arts
Wheatley Heights, NY



2008 L.I. Envirothon
Usdan Center of Creative and Performing Arts
Wheatley Heights, NY



2008 L.I. Envirothon
Usdan Center of Creative and Performing Arts
Wheatley Heights, NY


 

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