The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has teamed up with Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (Delta F.A.R.M.) to design an information-packed, one-day tour that will showcase innovative producers and partnerships recognized for finding solutions to Southern agriculture's conservation challenges.
Producers, legislators, government agencies, agribusiness, ag organizations, conservation groups, media and others will join the Conservation In Action Tour on May 31 in the Mississippi Delta. Area farmers and other experts will discuss water quantity and water quality concerns, monitoring, herbicide resistance, wildlife habitat management and more.
Delta F.A.R.M., an association of growers and landowners, strives to implement recognized agricultural practices that will conserve, restore and enhance the Northwest Mississippi environment.
Reese Pillow, Delta F.A.R.M. chairman, says, "It's our pleasure at Delta F.A.R.M. to partner with CTIC and work as a local contact for the Tour. The message of conservation and environmental stewardship that the Conservation In Action Tour and CTIC stands for aligns with the ideals of Delta F.A.R.M."
The Conservation In Action Tour 2012 offers participants a unique opportunity to see Delta conservation first hand and participate in discussions about:
• nutrient reduction strategies to address hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico,
• management strategies to battle herbicide resistance and
• the connection between wildlife habitat management and agricultural conservation.
"Delta F.A.R.M helped us create a fantastic tour," says Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director. "Past tour participants have said ours is the best tour they've attended. This year will be no exception."
Learn more about the Tour at www.ctic.org/CIATours, and register today. Registration includes an evening social on May 30, snacks, bus transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Tour. Early registration runs through May 1.
Delta F.A.R.M. membership is free to any landowner or farm operator in Northwest Mississippi. The nonprofit organization encourages members to improve their overall environmental stewardship by utilizing the recognized best management practices advocated by the organization. For more information on joining, contact Delta F.A.R.M, and for more information on the Conservation In Action Tour 2012, visit the CTIC Web site, or call (765) 494-9555.