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Water and Agriculture Information Center (WAIC)

About WAIC

WAIC curates research-based scientific materials and tools describing the relationship between agricultural management systems and natural resource quality and quantity in support of the USDA’s commitment to protecting the nation’s water resources.

Funding Opportunity Announcements

(Review "Water and Agriculture" section of  Agricultural Funding Resources by Topic for additional resources.)

Bulletins

Pollinator Niches and Agricultural Landscapes (9/2023)

Coevolution between animals and plants has resulted in pollination niches where certain flowers and fauna can only be fertilized by a subset of pollinators. Agricultural Environment Management (AEM) helps to minimize impacts of production agriculture on our natural resources.

Tools and Reports

Data Visualizations [usda.gov]

A selection of interactive data visualization charts that map topics of importance including U.S. Agricultural Baseline Projections, Annual Value of State Exports, Commodity Costs and Returns, U.S. Agricultural Exports and Imports (by commodity), and more.

Increasing the Value of Animal Manure for Farmers [usda.gov]

Report of study describes existing and emerging technologies designed to increase value potential of animal manures or reduce manure management costs.

Policy Instruments for Protecting Environmental Quality [usda.gov]

Selected programs and policies for addressing environmental effects of agriculture. Includes educational/vocational, labeling, incentive programs, and more.

 

News

Collaborations

Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network

The USDA LTAR research network is designed to sustain crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems.

USDA Climate Hubs

Map of USA with Climate Hubs regions outlined in colors.

The USDA Climate Hubs link USDA research and program agencies in their regional delivery of timely and authoritative tools and information to agricultural producers and professionals.

Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)

Aerial image of fields with green growth and brown dirt with farm buildings

USDA's CEAP is a multi-agency effort led by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to quantify the effects of conservation practices and programs on agricultural land. 

WAIC Background

The Water Quality Information Center (WQIC) was established in 1990 in support of the USDA’s dedication to protecting the Nation’s water from contamination by agricultural chemicals and waste. The Center’s name was subsequently changed (2016) to reflect the inclusion of related conservation topics augmenting mitigation practices.

WAIC serves a variety of water-resource professionals, including scientists, policy makers, economists, engineers, and growers. The Center collaborates regularly with other federal agencies and organizations pursuing similar interests.

Contact Us

Use the National Agricultural Library's Ask a Question form. 



Questions will be answered by WAIC Technical Information Specialists.



Phone: (301) 504-6077

 

Sign Up

To sign up for the  Water and Agricultural Information Center Listserv go to USDA Agricultural Research Service (govdelivery.com) and find us under the National Agricultural Library.

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