2014 Continuous Living Cover Events Report


Green Lands Blue Waters developed the Continuous Living Cover Events Database to track field days, workshops, and other educational events. As of April 30, 2014 it included 351 events from February 2010 onward. 

 

Analysis and interpretation of the database are detailed in this report:

Continuous Living Cover: Report on Training & Educational Opportunities in Minnesota and Iowa, 2010 – April 2014
(PDF, 269 kb)


Introduction

Green Lands Blue Waters provides a framework for involvement of organizations and individuals that have a shared objective of increasing continuous living cover on the agricultural landscape; and shared long-term goals of improved farm economies and improved water quality in the Mississippi River, all of its tributaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. The land-grant universities, farmer organizations, non-profit organizations and individuals involved are primarily in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Louisiana State University, LUMCON (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium), and The Land Institute in Kansas are also involved, as well as some organizations with wider regional or national reach. Entities participating in the GLBW framework are diverse in their organizational structures and approaches to increasing continuous living cover on the landscape. Some work directly with farmers, and some do not. We have developed a Field Days Database to track field day and workshop offerings relevant to Continuous Living Cover (CLC), by groups that are engaged directly with farmers. This database is a work in progress. We began by collecting information that was readily available online from our partners and associates that have online calendars.

 

Figures and Tables from the Report

 

Figure 1: Number of online calendars tracking CLC events by the end of each year

 

 

Figure 2: Number of CLC field days and events offered each year in the 4-state region of IA, IL, MN, and WI

 

 

Figure 3: Total number of CLC events per state, 2010 through April 2014

 

 

Figure 4: Number of CLC events per state, per year: 2010 through 2013

 

 

Figure 5: Total number of CLC events by CLC practice, 2010 through April 2014

 

 

Figure 6: Number of CLC events by CLC practice, per year, 2010 through 2013

 

 

Table 1: Iowa: number of field days and workshops, by Continuous Living Cover practice

 

 

Figure 7: CLC events in Iowa by CLC practice and year

 

 

Table 2: Illinois: number of field days and workshops, by Continuous Living Cover practice

 

 

Table 3: Minnesota: number of field days and workshops, by Continuous Living Cover practice

 

 

Figure 8: CLC events in Minnesota by CLC practice and year

 

 

Table 4: Wisconsin: number of field days and workshops, by Continuous Living Cover practice

 

 

Figure 9: Iowa counties newly added to the CLC database, by year, and cumulative totals of counties

 

 

Figure 10: Minnesota counties newly added to the CLC database, by year, and cumulative totals of counties

 

 

Table 5: Organizations that have sponsored or co-sponsored three or more of the events in the CLC Events Database (part 1).

 

 

Table 5: Organizations that have sponsored or co-sponsored three or more of the events in the CLC Events Database (part 2).

 

 

Table 5: Organizations that have sponsored or co-sponsored three or more of the events in the CLC Events Database (part 3).

 

 

Figure 11: Number of sponsor or co-sponsor organizations listed in the CLC database, by year and overall for 2010-2014

 

 

Figure 12: Comparison of total CLC events to multiple-sponsor events

 

 

Conclusions

 

  1. The number of Continuous Living Cover educational events is increasing in the four-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  2. The most popular CLC topics for workshop and field day events are cover crops and perennial forage/grazing.
  3. Distribution of CLC events is becoming more widespread. In Iowa and Minnesota, the number of counties in which any CLC events have taken place has increased in every year.
  4. The number of organizations sponsoring or co-sponsoring CLC training events more than doubled from 2012 to 2013, and appeared on track to increase again in 2014.
  5. Collaborative efforts, documented as multiple-sponsor events, make up 66% of the total CLC events in the database.

 

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