Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Target Elevated Phosphorus Fields to Increase Water Quality & Availability

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has funded seven grants for research that will provide solutions to critical water problems across the United States. These awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area. AFRI’s Water for Food Production Systems program focuses on developing new technologies and strategic management tools that solve water quantity and quality, sustainable use and reuse, and farming practices to conserve water. OSU researchers will measure phosphorus runoff rates from participating fields and identify effective management practices that can limit nutrient runoff while maintaining crop yields. Through collaborations with agricultural organizations, the researchers will identify fields and producers to adopt management practices. This information will support the development of an Extension program promoting knowledge and management of fields with elevated soil phosphorus.

Our evaluators employ an empowerment evaluation approach to evaluate this project. A range of qualitative and quantitative methods, along with community problem-solving skills, are used to evaluate the project and support the development of program improvements.

Funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Contact Dr. Dave Julian