For the sixth consecutive year, The Mosaic Company has signed on as the lead sponsor for the ninth annual Conservation in Action Tour organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).
This year’s tour will be held August 23 and 24 near Boise, Idaho and is expected to bring together more than 200 farmers, crop consultants, agribusiness leaders, conservation experts, university and extension staff, and representatives of state and federal agencies for an up-close look at innovative conservation systems in southwest Idaho. Idaho farmers produce more than 180 crops and are at the cutting edge of sustainable management of vital irrigation, nutrient and soil resources.
“At Mosaic, we want to help farmers sustainably grow more nutritious food and help feed a growing world,” said Ben Pratt, Vice President of Public Affairs at The Mosaic Company. “The Conservation In Action Tour promotes innovative agriculture techniques that produce strong yields while supporting natural resource conservation. We’re proud to continue our support of CTIC’s important work.”
The Conservation in Action Tour will begin in historic Boise, Idaho on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 23 with an evening social. The next day, the group will visit farms to explore a wide range of conservation systems in the Treasure Valley’s potato, corn, vegetable and dairy sectors. Presentations by farmers, conservation district staff, food processors, grower groups and resource agency officials will offer further perspective into how Idaho agriculture is managing to implement sustainable farming practices in the arid conditions of the High Desert.
Nancy DeLong, interim executive director of CTIC, said the Center’s relationship with Mosaic has helped the Conservation in Action Tour become a major event in conservation farming circles, bringing together people from every aspect of conservation farming for enriching dialogue on the challenges facing farmers and the solutions emerging to address them.
“The Mosaic Company has been a member and highly active supporter of CTIC for years, and has provided support, expertise and perspective to help farmers, crop advisors and opinion leaders at all levels understand nutrient management practices and other conservation systems,” DeLong said. “Their dedication to the success of the Conservation in Action Tour for the past six years has inspired other companies and organizations to get involved in sponsoring other elements of the tour and has been a model for companies eager to promote not just products, but the practices that make those products sustainable and invaluable.”
DeLong said that Mosaic’s lead tour sponsor position provides a wonderful foundation of support for the tour, but other sponsorship opportunities—for specific tour stops, meal events, tour materials and the like—are still available. Interested companies or organizations can contact DeLong or CTIC’s Tammy Taylor at (765) 494-9555. Details on the 2016 Conservation in Action Tour are available online at www.ctic.org/CIATours or by calling (765) 494-9555.
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Mosaic Company is a single-source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry. More information on the company is available at www.mosaicco.com.