Addressing the crowd of over 100, watershed conservationist Brad Clayton gave a brief overview of TWF’s mission to protect water quality. He highlighted the Healthy Soils Initiative, which provides technical assistance and cost-share opportunities for conservation practices. Funding is available for a range of projects, including precision technology and equipment upgrades that enable more efficient planting, nutrient and chemical application, and more. Investments like these can help increase profit and sustainability, improve soil health, and protect water quality.
“We want to help farmers in their work,” says Clayton. “If they’re able to do their jobs more efficiently, then that’s good for conservation and good for water quality too. We want to help them make that investment.”
Ben Schlipf, co-owner of Schlipf Precision Ag, noted that many local growers already use conservation practices, but they may not be aware of organizations who can support their efforts. “Who are the teammates around us who can help us do the conservation farming we want to in the ways that work on our farms?” he asked the audience. “These partners can help with the tools farmers need to evolve.”
In-person conversations are key to growing awareness and building relationships within the ag community, says Brad Clayton. “Events like this introduce us to people who don’t know us. It shows producers that we’re willing to come to them.”
Thanks to Schlipf Precision Ag for their hospitality and for a great day of learning and connection!
Our lakes need help. Our lakes need you. You can volunteer on clean water projects, take an action pledge, attend an event, donate funds – there are so many ways to make a difference! Will you join us?