2008 NIFA Partnership Awards
Soil and Water Group
The Soil and Water Group at Cornell University led basic and applied research that has led to paradigm shifts in land and water management for protecting water quality. The Soil and Water Group is a highly collaborative team of researchers, extension specialists, and teachers who work on a variety of environmental topics with particular emphasis on water flow and the associated transport of dissolved and particulate matter. The group has been internationally recognized for developing new and more effective ways of protecting water quality from non-point source pollution, which are now being used by extension specialists, environmental planners, and government agencies for pollution control.
University of Nevada, Reno
Living on the Land Team
The University of Nevada-Reno’s Living on the Land Team empowers small acreage farmers to be responsible stewards of the land. As communities in the West grow, land on the urban fringes is being rezoned to small parcels owned by a diverse population supporting high-value niche agriculture, micro-enterprise or lifestyle farmers. The Living on the Land team, a group from eight western states, developed a curriculum that offers information small landowners need to manage their wildlife, land and water resources. The curriculum crosses disciplines and addresses a multitude of community concerns, such as economic and social issues related to natural resource protection and quality of life.
Innovative Program Models
Louisiana State University
AgCenter Hurricane Response Team
The 2005 hurricane season brought unprecedented devastation to the U.S. Gulf Coast, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were the most destructive storms in U.S. history. The LSU AgCenter put their know-how on the front lines almost immediately to help the recovery and rebuilding process begin. AgCenter staff took to the streets and fields with information about safe food and shelter, salvaging crops, saving livestock, cleaning up homes, coping with stress, and rebuilding lives. Two hurricane task forces were established to combine resources, disciplines and expertise while strategically addressing the needs of their clientele. Since 2005, the task forces have developed immediate, short-term, and ongoing innovative programs to respond to the hurricane recovery and address disaster preparedness for the future.