USDA Unveils Water Quality Index
Agricultural producers may now determine the quality of water flowing off their fields with a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tool. In April, the USDA released a new online tool to help agricultural producers make important decisions about conservation practices, quality improvements and technology. Producers input information about their farms—such as slope, soil characteristics, pest management, tillage practices and ongoing conservation practices—and the system outputs a number from one to 10, which indicates their water quality. This is a simple and accessible tool to rate the effects of producers’ practices and technologies on their runoff water quality. For more information visit: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/04/25/.