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:
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
- The number of Continuous Living Cover educational events is increasing in the four-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
- The most popular CLC topics for workshop and field day events are cover crops and perennial forage/grazing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Collaborative efforts, documented as multiple-sponsor events, make up 66% of the total CLC events in the database.