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NRCS Takes Individual Approach to Sustainability Projects

Dan Soil, USDA-NRCS, Water

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Drew Mather
Courtesy of NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide individual assistance for farmers who are looking to implement sustainable ag practices in their operations. NRCS Soil Conservationist Drew Mather was recently recognized for his work with Cantonese farmers in Silicon Valley, which resulted in significant reductions in fertilizer use. Mather noted that meeting with farmers individually, or in small group settings, played a key role in improving overall understanding of the lessons being given.

“We held workshops talking specifically about how to calculate the amount of fertilizer you’re putting on to a particular field, also having workshops related to irrigation water management and just how much nitrogen comes in through your irrigation water, doing soil testing with the growers,” said Mather. “It is fairly individualized and depends on the growers that you’re working with. Sometimes you have to try to dig and try to find a different way to explain something when it relates to soil fertility or taking a soil test.”

NRCS Takes Individual Approach to Sustainability Projects

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