The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), a clearinghouse of information on conservation farming practices, has launched a new website at www.ctic.org. The easy-to-search, simple-to-navigate site contains thousands of documents and links to information on conservation farming systems.
The new site features a searchable database from the Operational Tillage Information System which uses satellite images to provide detailed data on tillage practices and cover crops at the county or watershed scale.
It also includes cover crop insight including the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops and the results of five annual farmer surveys on cover crop use.
There are also tips on organizing watershed groups and multi-stakeholder conservation efforts including tips, analysis of knowledge transfer and ideas for creating effective demonstration plots.
And lastly but least, the website provides real-world perspective on conservation farming practices and systems that help farmers protect their soil, water and the air.
CTIC's interim executive director, Dave Gustafson, points out that creating a new www.ctic.org site is central to the Center's mission.
"For more than 30 years, CTIC has gathered and shared the latest information on practices that can help farmers build their soils, reduce their costs, and farm in ways that are more economically sustainable and environmentally beneficial," Gustafson says. "Information is at the heart of our Inform, Connect, Champion credo. We've brought together the leading experts from farms, universities, government agencies, agribusiness and the non-profit world and created a one-stop shop for the insight that they have all brought to the table."
The new site can be found at www.ctic.org.