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Dairy Stream podcast explores roadmap to success for watershed conservation groups

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July 16, 2020

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Dairy Stream podcast explores roadmap
to success for watershed conservation groups
Resource will guide growing number of farmer-led efforts across Wisconsin

The newest episode of the Dairy Stream podcast features a new resource for farmers looking to expand conservation practices and document their progress in water quality and soil health.

Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talked with three key players in the effort who created the Producer-led Group Roadmap: Finding Success in Farmer-Led Watershed Organizations:

  • Rachel Rushmann, Producer-led Program manager at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Steve Richter, director of agriculture strategies at The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin
  • Lauren Brey, director of strategic partnerships and sustainability for the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance

GLC Minerals sponsored this episode.

Listen here.

Producer-led Group Roadmap: Finding Success in Farmer-Led Watershed Organizations

Podcast breakdown:

  • 1:18 – Requirements and qualifications for a farmer-led watershed conservation group
    (Rachel Rushmann answer)
  • 2:05: Growth of watershed groups in Wisconsin (Rachel Rushmann answer)
  • 2:32: Conservation practices and The Nature Conservancy’s involvement (Steve Richter answer)
  • 6:10: Support from the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (Lauren Brey answer)
    8:09: How the groups connect with other farmers and industry professionals
    (Lauren Brey answer)
  • 10:06: Funding sources (Rachel Rushmann answer)
  • 12:41: Success stories and state government support (Rachel Rushmann answer)
  • 15:19: Tracking activity and outcomes (Steve Richter answer)
  • 20:45:  Staying organized (Lauren Brey answer)
  • 23:50: Priorities and learning opportunities (Steve Richter answer)
  • 25:35: Annual reports (Rachel Rushmann answer)
  • 27: 39: Advice for farmers looking to start a watershed conservation group (All answer)

About Dairy Stream:

Dairy Stream focuses on policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology, processor updates, business partner news and farmer involvement. Dairy Stream is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C..

Dairy Stream is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioPodBeanSpotify or wherever you podcast.


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Dairy Stream host Mike Austin

Podcast sponsor: GLC Minerals logo

Lauren Brey

Steve Richter

Rachel Rushmann

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