Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana Ag Department join efforts for nutrient management workshop

February 28, 2013  


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INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue University's Center for the Environment is joining the University of Notre Dame and Indiana State Department of Agriculture to lead a policy workshop on the challenges of nutrient management from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 6) in Indianapolis.

Topics will include new technologies for managing nutrient runoff as well as research on how to better communicate with the farming community about new techniques and how modeling can help predict the impact of a new nutrient management technology.

The workshop, titled Nutrient Management Challenges and Solutions, is at the Government Center South, Conference Room B, 402 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

Event sponsors include the Center for the Environment at Purdue, Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) at Notre Dame, Purdue Global Policy Research Institute and Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

"We are excited to help bring the latest science to stakeholders and decision makers regarding an important environmental issue," said Leigh Raymond, a political science professor at Purdue and director of the Center for Environment in Discovery Park. "Engaging with public stakeholders is a central part of the Center for the Environment's mission, and this workshop is a prime example of the partnerships we hope to expand in the future."

While the workshop is free, registration is required by Friday (March 1) because space is limited. Contact Peggy Favorite of the Center for Environment at favorite@purdue.edu, 765-494-6814. For more information about the workshop, go online to http://www.purdue.edu/C4Eworkshop2013

"One of our primary programs at ECI focuses on the research of managing nutrient runoff in a way that is a win-win for both farmers and the environment," said Peter Annin, managing director for the Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame. "We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the experts at Purdue to explore the potential public policy applications of this research by bringing it to the forefront of the farming community."

Otto Doering, a professor of agricultural economics and former director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, will serve as moderator. Other speakers and their presentations include:

* "The Influence of the Two-Stage Ditch on Water Quality in an Agriculture Landscape" by Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame.

* "Innovations in Agricultural Drainage Management" by Jane Frankenberger, a Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

* "Using Models to Improve Nutrient Management" by Indrajeet Chaubey, a Purdue professor of ecohydrology.

* "Why Do Farmers Choose to Adopt, or Not Adopt, New Management Techniques?" by Linda Prokopy, a Purdue professor of natural resources social science.

A question-and-answer session with the panelists will follow their presentations from 12:45-1:30 p.m.

The Purdue Center for the Environment connects faculty and students across departments and disciplines, strengthens support for innovative projects, and increases the impact of Purdue's work on important environmental challenges.

A center priority is to make new connections between faculty studying the physical and natural sciences and social scientists who are examining the "human dimensions" of environmental challenges. The center also offers opportunities for students to participate in its research programs.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Sources: Leigh Raymond, 765 430 3651, lraymond@purdue.edu

Peter Annin, 574-807-9322, pannin@nd.edu

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