Following a brief “pause” in most of our local leadership team’s schedule to accommodate seasonal farming priorities we have now resumed our strategic action discussion in our project sites.
The majority of our leadership groups’ efforts prior to this summer have focused on creating a common understanding of each group’s perspectives, issues, challenges, and successes.
As we move into late summer and early Fall, our facilitators and local leadership groups are now working toward identifying their research, education and information, and engagement priorities – and to develop the action strategies to meet these objectives.
For more information related to specific site updates please see each site’s page.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., encouraged Pennsylvania’s farmers to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Interested producers must complete an initial, short application by Friday in order to participate in the current annual funding cycle.
Full story: https://www.morningagclips.com/casey-encourages-pa-farmers-to-sign-up-for-csp/
Phil Dress and Glen Steiner, both from Allentown, and Gary Mitchell, of Lewistown, drove to Centre County on April 11 to help the Fish and Boat Commission stock Bald Eagle Creek with rainbow trout, and to do some fishing of their own in Spring Creek. Read more
The webinar and slide deck from Promise and Peril in Participatory Approaches to Water Quality Research are now available.
Due to technical difficulties, the first five minutes of the webinar are missing.
Promise and Peril in Participatory Approaches to Water Quality Research
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites comments from residents, communities, farmers, and local government leaders on a draft plan to improve water quality in streams and rivers by removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds.
Full Story: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DEP_details.aspx?newsid=1178
Water Insights Seminar: The Water for Agriculture Project. Dr Kathy Brasier, PAn overview of the Water for Agriculture project – goals, research design and lessons learned to date.
Link to seminar recording: https://psu.zoom.us/recording/play/6lcTqLJJdKfONHwIvaNhz4zIAcjpy4pR3GoSZUWhKK1Aj3E42BoSIU6v9YsRZCuh?continueMode=true
We begin 2019 with the formal kick-off of engagement activities that will form the backbone of community-based activities and research. To date, four out of our five sites (two each in Nebraska and Pennsylvania) have established their leadership teams. These leadership teams will be the focal point of our coordination, assistance, informational and research efforts. Our Arizona site (Verde Valley) will be initiating their effort within a month.
Each team (comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders including farmers and farm organization, scientists, technical service providers and other organizations and decision makers) is now embarking on a 12-18 month strategic planning process. These processes are designed to assist them identify and prioritize the challenges, information needs, resources and strategies required to address the water and agriculture issues that matter most to them. You can find out more about each site and their initial activities on our Project Sites tab.
Last month also saw the start of our external webinar series designed to encourage sharing of scholarship and practitioners’ experience with community-based stakeholder engagement in natural resources. We began this series with a look at the Voluntary Stewardship program presented by Dr. Michael Kern, Director of the William D. Ruckelhaus Center and Associate Professor of Extension at Washington State University. You can find the slides and recording of Dr. Kern’s presentation here.
The Water for Agriculture project has posted its directory for easy contact to any of our project partners. Meet our team and learn about their involvement in Water for Ag. https://water4ag.psu.edu/directory/
A new webinar titled “The Voluntary Stewardship Program: Engaging Diverse Interests to Resolve Conflict Over Preserving Agriculture and Protecting Natural Resources” by Michael Kern is now available. It provides an on-the-ground example of what it can look like when diverse interests are engaged in a collaborative process to address issues around preserving agriculture, while protecting natural resources like water and fish. https://water4ag.psu.edu/webinar-library/