A group of farmers in western Wisconsin launched the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance (LASA) in late August.
LASA will identify and promote conservation practices that demonstrate continuous improvement in farming methods that protect water quality.
The farmer-led, nonprofit organization, sets forth three main responsibilities: protecting natural resources, empowering members to continuously improve and giving the public an inside view of farming practices, said Jim Winn, a dairy farmer from Wiota and chairman of the new group.
“All of us in the community share in the responsibility of protecting the quality of our water. As farmers, we realize and accept our role,” he said.
Sixteen farmers, representing 23,000 animals and 56,000 acres of farmland, already are on board. Members include crop farmers, beef farmers and a pig farmer. The farms are of all sizes and types, including one organic dairy.