Farmers across Wisconsin are evaluating how they might adopt and expand farming practices that affect the quality of soil and water and address climate mitigation. Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa County Farm Bureau, Chippewa County Land Conservation, and the Chippewa County Farmers Union are hosting a conversation about farmer-led watershed councils and incentive programs from 1 to 3pm on July 28th. The meeting will be held in the lodge at Wisconsin Farmers Union’s Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Ave. Chippewa Falls. Snacks will be provided.
Farmers can expect to hear from other farmers and agricultural professionals about the many kinds of incentive programs, challenges farmers face, the benefits of conservation practices, and how to organize groups in the Chippewa River watershed.
Farmers who have adopted practices such as no till, contour buffer strips, cover crops, prescribed grazing, and stripcropping have noted that over time they see:
· Reduced input costs and improved profitability
· Erosion control
· Improved soil health
· Enhanced water availability
· Weed control by smothering
· Pest and disease control
· Increased biodiversity
The wider benefits to all include sequestering atmospheric carbon in the soil to offset greenhouse gas emissions and improving water quality in local watersheds.