A Message From The Neuse Education Team

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Back in 1997, the Neuse Education Team realized that in order to meet the 5-year, 30% nitrogen reduction goal for agriculture – as mandated by North Carolina’s General Assembly – the Team needed significant resources to lead an effective, basin-wide education program that would lead to water quality improvements.

In the fall of 1998, as a concrete way to meet this challenge, the Center for Agricultural Partnerships, with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Protection Agency, initiated the Neuse Crop Management Project. The Neuse Education Team led this educational outreach endeavor. The goal of the Neuse Crop Management Project – to significantly increase the use of production practices in the Neuse River Basin to improve farmer profits while improving Neuse River water quality – was achieved. The Neuse Team used four specific management strategies: BMP demonstration and implementation, partnerships and communication, nutrient management training and continual project evaluation to meet this goal.

This Neuse Letter special edition [for a copy, point your web browser to - you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Plug-In to view the file] highlights each of these strategies and shows the impact each strategy had that allowed the Neuse Crop Management project to succeed. Also, it should be noted that in addition to the organizations mentioned above, the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the UNC Water Resources Institute and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University each provided important funding that allowed the project to come to fruition.

We are grateful for the foresight of all of these funders and their commitment to water quality. We are especially appreciative of the Center for Agricultural Partnerships, whose participation laid the groundwork for important partners to come together and for science-based water quality education to thrive.

—The Neuse Education Team