Lower Fox Demonstration Farm Network
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) have partnered to establish a Great Lakes Demonstration Farm Network – the first of its kind – in Wisconsin. Other partners include the Brown County Land & Water Conservation Department and Outagamie County Land Conservation Department.
The Great Lakes basin has diverse geology, climate, topography, and soils that provide challenges to controlling erosion and nonpoint source pollution. The diversity of the region creates challenges for managers to develop conservation practice systems that function in a predictable manner while addressing the region’s conservation priorities.
The Network is working to provide better information on the effectiveness of conservation systems used to improve water quality. The participating farms demonstrate effectiveness and adaptability of conservation practice systems to reduce erosion and sedimentation, control phosphorus runoff, and address other nonpoint source pollution issues. The Network also provides educational technology transfer opportunities for the public, farmers, land managers, agribusiness, environmental, and natural resource agencies, and research entities and their partners.
The six farms currently participating in the Network are Brickstead Dairy, Nettekoven Farms, New Horizons Dairy, Tinedale Cropping, Van Wychen Farms, and VandeWettering Farms. Each of these farms have played an intricate role in demonstrating and sharing information about leading-edge practices and technologies applied on their farms. Farmers and landowners, partners, government officials, universities, and many other groups have toured these innovative farms, and participated in field days and open houses.
Funding for this project is provided by the US Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Services.