EMBI collaborates with Alliance for the Great Lakes on two newly funded projects

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) collaborated with the Alliance for the Great Lakes on two newly funded projects; Agricultural Outreach in the Lower Fox Basin and the Lower Fox Perennial Forage Project. To oversee the projects, a joint position was created in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and will be filled by newly hired alumna, Molly Meyers (Business Administration ’07 and Environmental Science & Policy ’14). The Agricultural Outreach project brings together groups of farmers, crop consultants and conservation professionals to build relationships and learn from each other about agricultural practices that improve soil health, water quality and farm profitability. The Perennial Forage project will highlight how perennial forages (alfalfa-grass mix plantings) are a win-win for agriculture and water quality. This Perennial Forage project provides technical assistance, cost sharing and outreach to increase the number of regional acres in perennial forage. In addition to the coordination of these projects in cooperation with grant principal investigators and collaborators, Meyers will develop and implement strategic outreach and demonstration activities aimed at building a bridge between agricultural stakeholders and other key sectors impacting and impacted by nutrient pollution in the basin. The addition of both grant projects add to the University’s research efforts currently directed towards nutrient reduction in the Lower Fox River basin and the bay of Green Bay.