Environmental Sustainability

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Our Goal
IDA Consulting Services Inc. was created to bring nutrient and water management services to the dairymen of Idaho. Our goal is to develop comprehensive nutrient management plans based on the most recent guidelines available to give the greatest benefit and protection to dairymen. We are excited to provide several services that could benefit your farm in the future. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Rick Naerebout or Stephanie Kulesza for further information.

Education
IDA Consulting Services aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of issues surrounding environmental sustainability, soil health, water quality, and nutrient management. Increasing knowledge in these areas will help achieve IDA’s social, economic, and environmental sustainability goals.

Water Quality
Through nutrient management efforts and implementation of best management practices, dairymen and farmers can decrease their environmental footprint. With greater expectations from consumers, IDA Consulting services, Inc. is dedicated to using the best tools available to decrease the impact of agriculture on water quality in the state.

IDA has committed to help the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) implement Public Water System regulations on dairy facilities that qualify. IDA also has a staff person present for all the inspections to help facilitate the relationship between the dairy producer and IDEQ.

Nutrient Management
IDA Consulting Services recognizes the value of manure resources and is committed to increasing awareness of the benefits associated with good manure management. Record keeping, soil and manure sampling, manure handling, and appropriate nutrient (organic and inorganic) application rates based on crop yield expectations are important aspects of good nutrient management. IDA Consulting Services will provide resources to assist in the execution of agronomically sound management practices.

Soil Health
Soil health is vitally important for the future production potential of Idaho’s farmlands. IDA Consulting Services encourages adoption of manure management and soil fertility practices that prevent erosion and nutrient loss.

Water Quantity
Irrigation management practices that conserve water while maintaining yield expectations and crop rotations that require less water than traditional silage and forages could be tools to decrease water consumption. New technologies and management strategies will be important to tackle issues surrounding water quality and quantity in the future, and IDA Consulting Services will strive to bring these technologies to Idaho.

Stephanie Kulesza, PhD
steph@idahodairymens.org
208.358.4005

Rick Naerebout
rick.naerebout@gmail.com
208.308.3383

IDA Consulting Services Inc.
195 River Vista Place
Suite 308
Twin Falls, ID 83301