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Green Lands, Blue Waters is a long-term comprehensive effort whose mission is to support development of and transition to a new generation of agricultural systems in the Mississippi River Basin that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover into the agricultural landscape.
Iowa State University hosted the group's 2012 partnership meeting. Details
The goals of Green Lands, Blue Waters:
Research, develop, implement, and promote profitable enterprises based on the products of perennials and other continuous living cover systems.
Build the capacity of stakeholders, including scientists and farmers, farm advisors, extension educators, input suppliers, bankers, processors, NGO personnel, civic leaders, faith leaders, and others.
Significantly expand the knowledge base regarding perennial crops and the use of cover crops in annual systems and their environmental, economic, and health impacts
Coordinate and build on related new and existing research, education, and implementation activities in the Mississippi River Basin
Heighten the public awareness, visibility, and focus upon continuous living cover systems
Develop an integrative approach to, and methods for, ecological and qualitative assessment of our work and outcomes that allow for as close to real-time feedback as possible
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For information about this working group and Leopold Center involvement, contact Jeri Neal, (515) 294-5610, firstname.lastname@example.org In 2013, Neal is co-chair of the GLBW Steering Committee.
Find more information and resources on the Green Lands, Blue Waters website.