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Scaling Up Conservation

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Scaling Up Conservation: A Model for Success

Last year, American Farmland Trust worked with ten Pennsylvania farmers in a demonstration project to grow crops using less fertilizer than the recommended levels. The project resulted in successfully reducing the amount of nitrogen that could flow into waterways by almost 25,000 pounds. This is a big success, but it is also just the beginning! The Pennsylvania project is the first step in our work to "scale-up conservation." This is our model for success that shows how we are taking small projects that work, creating money-saving policies and programs, and expanding those programs to ensure a cleaner environment while keeping farms in business!

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Scaling Up Conservation

  1. 1. Scaling Up Conservation: A Model for Success
  2. 2. Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen Expand Scaling-up Conservation: A Model for Success In 2009, the Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen helped farmers remove over 25,000 lbs of nitrogen from the bay. We are working to scale-up this conservation program to make it available to more farmers in more states in order to significantly improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.
  3. 3. Expand program to include Maryland and Virginia Expand Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen
  4. 4. Research Feasibility Study of Scaling-up Targeting to Reduce Losses Discovering The Equation: Nitrogen Lbs Removed & Cost Barriers To Adoption Expand Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen
  5. 5. Research <ul><li>Find sources of funding to make project economically sustainable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Funding (EQIP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance Product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Quality Trading </li></ul></ul>Expand Fund Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen
  6. 6. Research Expand Policy Fund Design policy package to support agricultures role in improving water quality Support policy for water quality trading Rally advocates in support of a cleaner bay. Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen
  7. 7. Research Expand Policy Fund Ongoing conservation program available to all farmers in the region and at a scale that significantly improves water quality Outcome Pennsylvania BMP Challenge for Reduced Nitrogen
  8. 8. Learn More about our Initiative for Agriculture & Environment: www.farmland.org

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