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Impact Statement: 'Integrating Wetland Ecoystem Services into Agriculture'

Statement Details

Brief Title
Integrating Wetland Ecoystem Services into Agriculture

Title
Integrating Wetland Ecoystem Services into Agriculture

Author
Batzer, Darold

Year
2018

Geographic Scope
State

County
Greene

Location
 

Your Unit/Department/Group
Entomology

Summary
This project demonstrates how many ecosystem services provided by wetlands, such as enhancing water quality and conserving natural enemies of crop pests, also provide value to farmers.

Situation
Most farmers and the general public in the United States view wetlands negatively, and consider them as “wastelands” to be drained to convert the land into productive uses. However, wetlands are extremely value natural resources. Showing how wetland ecosystem services can be integrated into agricultural practice would be a powerful way to induce farmers to work towards conserving wetland habitats on their farms.

Response
We will show how wetland ecosystem services can be profitably integrated into agricultural practice through a demonstration research project at CAES Iron Horse Farm where croplands interact with an extensive complex of floodplain wetlands.

Impact
To target farmers, the general public, and scientists, we will conduct educational outreach on how wetlands are integrated into agricultural landscapes.

State Issue
Sustainability, Conservation, and the Environment

Program Function(s)

  • Extension
  • Research
  • Instruction

Program Area(s)

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources

Funding Source(s)

  • Hatch Act Funds
  • Federal Grants

Collaborator(s)

CAES Collaborator(s)
  • Hancock , Dennis W
Non-CAES Collaborator(s)

(None)