On July 9-10, approximately 275 people attended the Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) annual Conservation in Action Tour in central Illinois. The tour was themed “Community 4 Conservation” and featured farm visits, covering practices focused on soil health, nutrient management and drainage water management.
“We are pleased to have been a long-time supporter or CTIC and its annual tour,” said Dave Gustafson, Monsanto senior fellow and environmental & ag policy modeling lead, who also serves as the CTIC board chair.
Featured speakers at this year’s event included members from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. Three farmers also welcomed tour attendees to their farming and livestock operations to witness conservation efforts first-hand. Various agricultural representatives from the community also provided demonstrations at stations.
Technology plays a major role in soil conservation. At Monsanto, the company has pledged to conserve resources through developing seeds and processes that use one-third fewer key resources per unit produced. Our product offerings like Roundup Ready ® crops and Integrated Farming Systems SM help farmers maintain the integrity and productivity of their soil while conserving resources and inputs.
“From cover crops to conservation tillage to advanced nutrient management, farmers continue to find innovative ways to increase productivity and profitability, while at the same time preserving soil, water and biodiversity for future generations,” said Gustafson. “Monsanto is proud to be part of such a successful collaborative effort.”
This year, Monsanto co-sponsored the luncheon, with Jenner Sales Corp. and the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
The tour has moved each year to include tours in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Lake Erie Basin and the lower Mississippi Delta.
“These are all regions where the potential impacts of agriculture on water quality have received increased scrutiny,” said Gustafson. “The CTIC tours have demonstrated the extremely positive conservation efforts of growers within these watersheds.”
The CTIC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization consisting of members from the agricultural industry and promotes conservation practices that are both productive and profitable.