The University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Program connects farmers and researchers on key issues of profitability, practicality, and environmental impact of crop production practices and cropping systems. Using input from an active collaboration of Wisconsin agricultural community stake-holders, state agencies and university researchers, NPM helps create and deliver innovative, cost effective and timely outreach solutions.
- Farmers face increasing regulatory pressures due to agricultural nutrient contributions producing non-point source pollution to all water sources. The Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) program engages farmers in designing nutrient management plans they can understand and follow. From 2000 to 2014 over 5,360 producers farming approximately 1,554,390 acres in 55 counties have received in-depth education on NM planning. As of 2014, there were 1,554,390 acres of land under nutrient management plans due to NMFE resulting in farmer benefit values of at least $10.8 million and another $3.9 million for farmland preservation tax credits.
- Farmer interest in cover crops which protect against soil and nutrient loss has exploded in recent years. NPM has been assisting farmers’ efforts at meeting soil and water conservation objectives, as well as enhancing productivity and profitability by improving soil health through innovative use of cover crops.
- Mobile device and internet use is changing how farmers operate and expand their businesses. The NPM program creates videos and apps that provide farmers, consultants and crop scouts with concise tools for pest management decisions.