In March 2022, NRCS released a Conservation Effects Assessment Project report that revealed national increases in subsurface nitrogen and soluble phosphorus lost to the environment over a 10-year period. NRCS recently emphasized its commitment to helping farmers implement SMART nutrient management planning. This includes the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship (right Source, right Method, right Rate, and right Timing) and emphasizes smart activities to reduce nutrient loss by assessment of comprehensive, site-specific conditions.

On October 27, Dr. Kevin King of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service presented on the science that supports water quality outcomes that can be achieved through SMART nutrient and water management strategies.

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