In western Minnesota, the Land Stewardship Project and the Chippewa River Watershed Project have teamed up to test a new strategy for building a multi-beneficial ag system.
The Chippewa 10% Project intends to help find viable ways for farmers to make money and do their part to improve land and water resources by combining three key ingredients:
• Getting perennials on an additional 10% of farmed land in the watershed.
• Producing high quality food and biomass fuels from perennials.
• Bolstering the entrepreneurial efforts and infrastructure needed to get that food and fuel into local and regional markets.
By helping farmers profit from perennials, our communities and our land and water resources can profit as well.
Additional partners in the Chippewa 10% Project include :
• Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District
• USDA-ARS North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab
• University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife and others.