Lower Fox River partnership works to improve water quality

Wisconsin State Farmer
NRCS works with farmers to apply conservation practices to address a number of resource concerns, including water quality.

Six farms in the Lower Fox River Basin area have gathered forces to put conservation on the ground and directly improve Great Lakes water. 

The Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network (Fox Demo Farms) is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project designed to showcase and demonstrate leading edge conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan. 

Fox Demo Farms started with four producers in 2014 and added two more farms in 2016. All farms are located in the Fox River Basin and include a wide range of farm types. 

Brickstead Dairy, LLC, Nettekoven Farms, New Horizons Dairy, LLC, Vande Wettering Farms, Van Wychen Farms and Tinedale Cropping are working to restore natural resources through conservation so future generations can continue the tradition of sustainable agriculture in northeast Wisconsin.

A new feature video tells their stories and showcases their results.

The Fox Demo Farms partnership is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes region, consisting of the six producers, their crop consultants, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Brown and Outagamie County Land and Water and University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

Visit the website for more information.