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Newtrient completes NRCS cooperative agreement projects
By Bree Rody
Illinois-based manure management firm Newtrient has completed its agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to expand its tools and solutions to improve the environment.
Between 2018 and the end of 2020, Newtrient worked with various partners to complete a project that would expand tools used to create market-based approaches to addressing water quality challenges in Vermont and Wisconsin. The project was funded by an NRCS cooperative agreement award.
For Vermont, the project aimed to enhance the capacity of the Farm Phosphorus Reduction Planner (PREP) model to evaluate farm-specific approaches to quantify phosphorus reduction potential based on combinations of in-field practices and manure processing technologies.
The work in Wisconsin consisted of completing a number of reports to evaluate the concept of a clearinghouse to facilitate participation in Wisconsin’s water quality trading platforms. These reports include analysis of existing clearinghouse structures across the continent; evaluating Wisconsin’s water quality compliance programs for clearinghouse framework considerations; and developing a number of clearinghouse structure options.
For more information on the projects and the associated reports, visit Newtrient.