WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and eight other colleges in the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement (C2A3) will receive $529,924.48 over the next four years.
The funds are part of a cooperative agreement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).
"We’re excited to be partnering with Northcentral Technical College to showcase that agricultural productivity and natural resource protection are compatible goals," said Angela Biggs, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Wisconsin. "Through this collaboration, applied research and conservation practice implementation will be publicly highlighted to demonstrate the most effective conservation systems that have the greatest environmental and economic benefit.”
The main objective of the agreement is realizing a shared goal of ensuring quality education and training of field practitioners. With cooperative activities, the partners are to enhance and accelerate training and adoption of technology and best practices in agriculture.
A key component of this agreement is hands-on learning in the field, utilizing College land resources to model best practices. NTC will use the funds for a conservation plan with the Wisconsin NRCS, support research plots, teach students to collect and report samples, and host field days.
“NTC plans to hold at least one field day per year to demonstrate to our community the work we are performing through this grant to achieve successful crops utilizing the latest conservation practices in the Agricultural industry,” said Dr. Greg Cisewski, Dean of NTC’s School of Agricultural Sciences, Utilities, and Transportation. “NTC is also exploring opportunities to potentially replicate in-person field day activities in an on-line environment so more community members can gain information at a time that’s convenient for them.”
In addition to working together on applied research projects, member institutions partner with one another to share resources, faculty expertise, curriculum and tools.