CAP at Resolve (2012 – 2018) carried out substantial work in support of conservation, watersheds and supply chain sustainability.
Here are a few of the projects and their results:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS to identify and articulate the key organizational factors that are present in successful watershed projects. Based on more than 90 indepth interviews and extensive site visits, "The Way Things Work: How effective watershed projects are organized and what we can do to improve public and private sector watershed programs". The report’s findings and recommendations provide a blueprint for making watershed efforts as effective as they are expected and need to be in meeting water quality and agricultural challenges.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)
Iowa’s Water Quality Initiative (https://www.cleanwateriowa.org/water-quality-initiative) is the action plan for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) established in 2013. Since it's initiation we worked in concert with the Soil and Water Conservation Society to support and advise the Inititative’s work in agricultural conservation. We helped establish the Watershed Academy (https://iowalearningfarms.wordpress.com/tag/watershed-academy/) to train project managers and conservation leaders in skills to carry out effective watershed scale efforts. We also completed a study of Edge of Field practice adoption in the state for IDALS that included a set of recommendations to help spur adoption of those practices
Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN)
Adequate technical assistance is essential to the planning and implementation of conservation practices to preserve and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. On behalf of CBFN and in collaboration with Headwaters, LLC we conducted a series of roundtable discussions with conversation professional to better understand the needs for technical assistance in the region.
Field to Market
We conducted for Field to Market a study of its implementation projects to identify the key factors in creating successful sustainable agriculture products. The work resulted in a report and a checklist for Field to Market Project managers to use in planning and conducting their efforts to increase the sustainability of agricultural practices.