Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE


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          Find out how you can reduce nutrient and tillage costs - risk free!


Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed to save farmers money while maintaining optimal yields.  The BMP CHALLENGE programs use local university BMP recommendations along with local crop advisors to ensure that the BMP CHALLENGE programs meet the needs of the farmer.  With BMP and below BMP rates, any one year can result in less than maximum yields, though net savings can be positive.  

The BMP CHALLENGE programs work to give farmers an opportunity to test reduced nutrient and tillage rates on their fields, without worrying about loss to their income.  BMP CHALLENGE can work directly with farmers, through watershed/conservation districts or through other organizations, to reduce nutrient and sediment outputs to local waterways and to educate farmers on BMPs.  Currently, these programs can be implemented in 19 states: California, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.


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The BMP CHALLENGE is a collaborative project of Agflex, the IPM Institute of North America, and American Farmland Trust (AFT).  Since 1980, AFT has helped preserve more than a million acres of working farmland.  AFT's Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center began the BMP risk management project in 1996 with a broad survey of BMPs, cropping systems and analyses of economic risk as a barrier to BMP adoption, including nutrient management and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

The BMP CHALLENGE is supported in part by grants from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Altria Group, Iowa Department of Economic Development, McKnight Foundation and the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Read more about the BMP CHALLENGE goals and progress -


USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant Final Report, May 2011: Improving Conservation and Ag Economics with Water Quality Credit Trading and the BMP CHALLENGE


Progress Reports (2006-2009): Improving Conservation and Ag Economics with Water Quality Credit Trading and the BMP CHALLENGE

Progress Reports (2010-2012): BMP CHALLENGE Across the Corn Belt and Rapid Adoption of Conservation Tillage in California Through Improved Technical Assistance and Managing Risk

BMP CHALLENGE is supported in part by the following: