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to reach production and water quality goals across the basin

Growing Grassroots Change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

Growing Grassroots Change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

Renovating a drainage ditch got Minnesota farmer Pat Duncanson thinking beyond his field edges, eventually leading to involvement ... Read more
Conserve Together: Farmers talking with neighbors is prime driver of success across watersheds

Conserve Together: Farmers talking with neighbors is prime driver of success across watersheds

The data on saving soil and protecting water quality is clear. Conservation practices work. However, they take time ... Read more
Proving Collaboration Is Possible

Proving Collaboration Is Possible

After a recent planning call for the August 6-7 Watershed Leaders Network Workshop in Hannibal, Missouri ... Read more
A model for farmer-driven watershed improvement now asks, “What next?”

A model for farmer-driven watershed improvement now asks, “What next?”

Jeff Pape and his family chatted over dinner in a Dyersville, Iowa café when a stranger ... Read more
Addressing Water Quality Connects Neighbors In Blackhawk Creek Watershed

Addressing Water Quality Connects Neighbors In Blackhawk Creek Watershed

Clark Porter sat finishing lunch with a farming neighbor at a recent celebration opening a new ... Read more
Root Causes, Root Solutions

Root Causes, Root Solutions

Today, they ride trike in the calf barn, climb hay bales in pink cowboy boots, snuggle ... Read more
Working Together Locally For Farms, Streams and Prosperous Communities

Working Together Locally For Farms, Streams and Prosperous Communities

You can have both healthy streams and economic growth. It takes local leaders with diverse expertise working together, ... Read more
Farmers Lead For Healthier Soil and Water

Farmers Lead For Healthier Soil and Water

Post holidays, a farmer in the Upper Mississippi River Basin might choose to sit back and ... Read more
One Missouri Farmer Steps Up To Connect Neighbors, Agencies, and Policy Makers

One Missouri Farmer Steps Up To Connect Neighbors, Agencies, and Policy Makers

Brent Hoerr experienced a Mississippi River flood for the first time in 1973. His Missouri family lost ... Read more
A Case For Collaborative Planning

A Case For Collaborative Planning

When Missouri’s Vandalia Lake registered atrazine levels of 89 parts per billion in 1996, it was ... Read more