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New program helps farmers learn and practice stewardship – Picayune Item

By Susan Collins Smith

MSU Extension Service

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, Mississippi – A new online platform can help farmers discover and implement management practices to improve profitability, soil health and land management.

Created by a multi-state team of academic extension professionals and farmers, One Good Idea provides farmers across the United States with an online classroom to learn through videos and podcasts. Topics include cover crops, conservation tillage, rotational grazing and nutrient management.

“Interest in healthy soils and other agricultural practices that improve resource management is increasing among producers, but a starting barrier may be limited knowledge and resources to minimize the risk of trying a new practice.” , said Beth Baker, assistant professor of extension. at Mississippi State University which is leading the collaboration that produced One Good Idea.

“With this program, we want to reduce barriers by connecting farmers with a toolbox of first-hand experiences to help them succeed, avoid pitfalls and realize they don’t have to go it alone.” , she said.

Participatory content is provided by a variety of extension experts, researchers, agricultural advisers, nonprofits, government agencies, farmer-led groups and individual farmers across the Midwest and Midsouth. . Before content is added to the site, it is reviewed and confirmed to be evidence-based, either through research or through practical on-farm experience.

“Farmers often look to others for information that can help them make decisions about how to improve or maintain their operations, and they want accurate and factual information,” said Jenny Seifert, specialist at watershed outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison division. of Extension, who spearheaded the creation of One Good Idea.

“Our vision is to continue to grow One Good Idea with new content and to make it a preferred location for producers who wish to make good decisions to improve the resilience of their operations and protect the agricultural heritage”, said Seifert.

Farmers, organizations, agricultural professionals and others can submit their content for review.

One Good Idea also includes a campaign to encourage farmers to share their ideas on social media. Farmers and agricultural professionals, including extension workers, agricultural advisers and conservation professionals, can participate on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WhatsYourGoodIdea.

For more information on One Good Idea, to watch or listen to content, to subscribe to the mailing list, and to learn how to contribute content, visit

One Good Idea works through a collaboration between MSU, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, and University of Illinois. It is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. One Good Idea will operate under the auspices of SERA-46, a committee made up of partner universities and others in the Mississippi River Basin. SERA-46 is focused on research and extension education to reduce nutrient and sediment transport.

from the basin to the Gulf of Mexico.

MSU is an equal opportunities institution. For accommodation for people with disabilities or other information, contact Baker at 662-325-7491 or beth.baker @