The professional development workshop held in conjunction with the SWCS Annual Conference will be eligible for continuing education credits from various certifying organizations.
Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT): A Farm Decision-Making Tool for Water Quality/Quantity Assessment and Trading Programs and a New Interface for APEX Model
Sunday, July 28
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Instructors: Ali Saleh, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, Tarleton State University; Mindy Selman, USDA Office of Environmental Markets
The Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT) is a user-friendly web-based program developed by Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) staff in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture.
NTT estimates nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), sediment losses, and crop yield from fields (or small watersheds) managed under a variety of cropping patterns and management practices through its linkage to the Agricultural Policy Environmental eXtender (APEX). It also accesses USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Web Soil Survey (or user input) and PRISM soil, and weather information. NTT provides producers, government officials, and other users with a fast, efficient, and common method of estimating the nitrogen and phosphorus credits generated from implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the field and small watershed levels. The generated credit can be used for water quality/quantity trading, as well as other water quality and quantity programs. In addition, a new version of NTT (NTT-RE) is designed for researches and educators and provides an easy-to-use interface to access the APEX files and program. The information obtained from the tool can help producers to determine the most cost-effective conservation practice alternatives for their individual operations and provide them with more advantageous options to reduce the water contaminant while optimizing their crop production. During this workshop the two versions of NTT and its latest capabilities will be described and demonstrated. This workshop is recommended for everyone, including producers, researchers, educators, government employees, and NGO staff.
Tickets: $70 early/$95 late (after July 4)