About Us

About the Saginaw Farmer Watershed Network

In the Saginaw Bay area, farmers are banding together to learn about and experiment with conservation practices, to improve the health of their soils and the Saginaw Bay. At our events, farmers learn from experts and other farmers about best practices to protect water quality and potential benefits for your operation.

The "farmer-led network" concept started in the southeast corner of Michigan as a response to intense toxic algal blooms, partly caused by polluted farm runoff. Network leaders and members want to proactively improve farm practices around Saginaw Bay before additional regulations become necessary.

Some farmers report that effective nutrient management has helped them build healthier soils, cut their fertilizer bill, reduce fuel costs, or save time in the field. Ultimately, healthier soil can lead to better yield per acre and is the first line of defense against weather-related crop losses. By participating in these farmer-led groups, you can collaborate with other farmers to learn about their experiences with new and established conservation practices and how you might be able to incorporate them on your farm.

The project is funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant, and is spearheaded by the Institute of Water Resources at Michigan State University. It's a partnership between farmers, academics, and conservation organizations.

This project is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s grant #00E02802