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Prevent nutrient loss on your farm

BRYAN, OH — The Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites you to attend a meeting on ‘Preventing Nutrient Loss from Farms’. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 30, in the Williams SWCD Meeting Room in Bryan starting at 5:00 p.m. with a light meal followed by the program.

Dr. Jennifer Tank and her team are studying the effects of conservation practices on water quality in streams and rivers of the Midwest. As part of these efforts, she is also leading the new Indiana Watershed Initiative RCPP Project recently funded by the USDA.

The overall goal of the research conducted by the Tank Lab is to improve the health and nutrient removal efficiency of streams and rivers draining cropland in the agricultural Midwest through implementation of watershed-scale conservation, using real-time nutrient sensing, cover crops and novel drainage management that works for farmers.

An international authority on the cycling of nutrients in freshwater ecosystems, Tank has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles on the ecology of streams and rivers. Tank was a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow.

Her areas of expertise are aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry of streams and rivers, nutrient cycling and transport, land use effects on freshwater, agricultural conservation practices, restoration and water quality.

Dr. Tank did her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and her PhD in Ecology at Virginia Tech. Since 2000, she has been the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the new director of the Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame.

Mary Jane Slaton, Fort Wayne Utilities, will be here speaking on behalf of the St Joseph River Watershed Initiative. She will talk briefly on the Initiative’s history, mission, and ongoing water quality monitoring program. Mary Jane will also explain the online database that displays the water quality data that the Initiative has collected in the watershed over the last 15 years.

Come meet the NEW Williams County Farm Service Agency County Executive Director, Julia Ickert. Hear about programs and updates.

The meeting will be held in the Williams SWCD meeting room at 1120 West High Street in Bryan. Reservations are requested for the light meal by March 24 by calling the Williams SWCD at 419-636-2349 Ext 3. This meeting is sponsored by the Williams Soil & Water Conservation District, OSU Extension Williams County, and St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative.