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Private Partnerships Have Positive Impact on Water Quality
Lakes and beaches have been blanketed by a sickly green, toxic algae sludge that has kept tourists away and caused local businesses to lose millions. People are sickened from toxic algae largely fed by agricultural runoff and treated sewage water.

There are ways to reduce the runoff that contributes to water quality problems and kills marine life, year after year. Algae blooms can be minimized and maybe even prevented if we scale up existing efforts to improve fertilizer efficiency and soil health – practices that can also save farmers money and boost their yields.

Two initiatives and private-sector partnerships are making real headway in doing just that. And if these efforts are replicated at scale, they could have a national – and even international – impact.

SUSTAIN works by training ag retailers in the best practices and tools for fertilizer efficiency and soil health. The retailers then share this knowledge with the customers they serve. This model can reach thousands of farmers across millions of acres.

NutrientStar, an independent program that assesses the fertilizer efficiency claims of products on the market can help farmers meet the growing demand for sustainably grown row crops.


 
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War on Weeds Loses Ground - With its jumble of leaves and pointy, green, flower spikes, the plant known as pigweed or palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) isn’t much to look at. But to farmers in the southeastern United States, it is a formidable foe. Having evolved the ability to withstand glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide Roundup, it now flourishes unchecked alongside crops such as cotton and soya bean that are genetically modified to be glyphosate tolerant.


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