Innovation abundant in the Everglades Agricultural Area

Register now for the Conservation in Action Tour

West Lafayette, Ind. – Innovative solutions to soil and water quality challenges, cutting-edge methods to keep nutrients in the field and creative integrated pest management programs are only a few of the topics featured in this year’s Conservation in Action Tour.

The tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), will take place Oct. 14-15 in Florida’s Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). A social will be held on the evening of Oct. 14 with farm visits made on Oct. 15.

Karen Scanlon, CTIC Executive Director, noted that Florida is a leader in conservation tactics that can serve as a model for the nation.

“Florida often is faced with the movement of phosphorus and other nutrients from cities and farms, often by waves of stormwater,” Scanlon said. “Because of this, the state is at the cutting edge of managing nutrient issues, and the way agriculture, regulators and the conservation community came together to protect the Everglades offers great ideas and inspiration for water quality management across the country.”

On the tour, participants can see first-hand wetlands constructed to filter water running off of agricultural lands, rice used as a cover crop, sugarcane planting and harvesting and more. Biological control agents, from parasitic wasps to owls, also will be featured.

Tour participants also will look at challenges facing soil and water quality, including some of the most dramatic soil subsidence rates in the country. Subsidence is a process in which the organic soils dry out, resulting in microbial decomposition and shrinkage of the ground, and is a problem that the U.S. Geological Survey says afflicts 45 states.

Current registration prices are as follows:

  • $100 for CTIC members
  • $125 for non-members
  • $50 for producers, media, federal and state employees and students

Also, the deadline to reserve a room at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport under CTIC’s room block is Sept. 28.

Learn more about the tour and opportunities to sponsor this first-class event atwww.ctic.org/CIATours, and register today. Registration includes the evening social on Oct. 14 and snacks, bus transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Oct. 15 tour.

“One of the aspects of the tour that brings people back year after year is the opportunity to explore common conservation concerns in a new place and from a new angle,” Scanlon said. “Participants can take home ideas and inspiration.”

For more information, contact CTIC at 765-494-9555 orctic@ctic.org.

 

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