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Nine farmer leaders recruited to lead outreach and education efforts in the Saginaw Bay watershed

map highlighting an area in northeastern Michigan
Potential farmer nodes to lead the surrounding farmer community towards localized conservation goals and implementation.

A new GLRI-funded project called “Accelerating Adoption of Nutrient Management through Farmer-led Outreach and Education,” has begun to establish a network of farmers in the Saginaw River Watershed in Michigan that can ultimately improve nutrient management and conservation efforts in the area.

The project, funded through Natural Resources Conservation Service and implemented by a team of Michigan Institute of Water Research researchers, MSU Extension staff and many other partners, allows farmers to connect and discuss how they can improve water quality through cost-share programs that reduce agricultural field runoff.