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Agriculture Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

The charge of the Agriculture Workgroup is to provide expertise and leadership on development and implementation of policies, programs, and research to reduce pollutant loads delivered from agricultural lands and animal operations to upstream waters and the Chesapeake Bay.  The Workgroup reports to the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team.  Functions include:

  • Provide a forum for discussion, exchange of information, and evaluation between federal, state, and local agencies, conservation districts, universities, agri-business, and the corporate sector on sustainable and/or cost-effective agricultural production systems that benefit water and air quality.
  • Provide recommendations on the prioritization of federal and state technical and financial resources on specific practices in priority watersheds.
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to support the development and implementation of agricultural elements within the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, Watershed Implementation Plans, two-year milestones, and tracking and reporting mechanisms that support an adaptive management approach towards Bay restoration.  
  • Coordinate with WQGIT Watershed Technical Workgroup to identify, define, quantify, and incorporate pollutant reduction and conservation practices on agricultural lands and animal operations into the Chesapeake Bay Program decision support system. Provide data and support for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team and Technical and Support Services.

Goals and Priorities

More detail about the workgroup's goals and priorities can be found on ChesapeakeStat.


Upcoming Events

    Phase 5.3.2 Nutrient Management Task Force - State Jurisdiction Conference Call

    Location

    Date / Time:

    February 11, 2016
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    Details:

    Meeting between the Phase 5.3.2 Nutrient Management Task Force and state jurisdictions to field any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the development of the Nutrient Management Crosswalk Report. Email Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.

    Conference line: 866-299-3188, Code: 267-5715
    Adobe Connect: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/nm/

    Related Files:

    • Nutrient Management Crosswalk Report (3.26 MB) Note that this version of the report does NOT contain an acreage compliance table from West Virginia. That information is forthcoming, and the report will be re-posted when it's available.

Agriculture Workgroup Quarterly Meeting, February 2016

Location

Delaware Dept. of Agriculture Offices
2320 S. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Date / Time:

February 17, 2016 to February 18, 2016
12:00am - 12:00pm

Details:

Face-to-face quarterly meeting for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.

For those attending remotely, conference line and Adobe Connect capabilities are available.
Conference line: 866-299-3188, Code: 410-267-5731#
Adobe Connect: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/agwg/

Related Files:


Agriculture Workgroup conference call, March 2016

Location

Date / Time:

March 17, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm

Details:

Conference call for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.


Agriculture Workgroup conference call, April 2016

Location

Date / Time:

April 21, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm

Details:

Conference call for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.


Past Meetings & Events

  • October 11, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • September 20, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • January 12, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • December 8, 2011 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • October 13, 2011 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting


  • Phase 6 Scenario Builder Review

    Scenario Builder is a data management tool that provides estimates of land use acres, nutrient inputs, cropland attributes, and best management practice (BMP) implementation data to the Chesapeake Bay Program Paternship's Phase 6 Watershed Model. The documentation and initial application rates to crops that are provided in the link below will help inform a full partnership review of the tool's documentation, during which the Agricultural Modeling Subcommittee (AMS) hopes to receive comments that could result in improvements to the tool in the spring and summer of 2016.

     

    Please use the link below to access a draft version of Scenario Builder documentation and initial application rates to crops.

    ftp://ftp.chesapeakebay.net/Modeling/Phase6

    Download the zip file titled: "Ph6CalibrationFiles_20151109.zip"

    Two files of particular interest are the "SB_Applications_to_LandUses" file which contains Scenario Builder's estimated nutrient application rates to each land use by nutrient source type, and the "SB_Applications_to_Crops" file which provides similar information by individual crop type. Data in these files do not represent nutrient loads to nearby water bodies or the Bay, but merely the initial applications to the land from which the Watershed Model can then simulate nutrient runoff and transport.

    To access the Scenario Builder draft documentation, download the file titled: 'SBV6Documentation_01212016.pdf'

     

    A recording of the webinar to review the Phase 6 Beta version of Scenario Builder, hosted by Curtis Dell and Matt Johnston on January 14th, 2016, can be found using the following link: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/p7sqsbyg8u4/

    For a copy of the presentation given during the webinar, please download the attached file: 'Phase 6 Scenario Builder Webinar: Presentation'

    Phase 6 Agricultural Land Uses

    Manure Treatment Subgroup Written Charge to Expert Panel

    Building a Better Bay Model: A Workshop for Agricultural Partners, May 22-23 2013


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