the Southern Extension and Research Activity (SERA) – 17; an Information Exchange Group (IEG) administered through the Southern Region Land Grant Universities, and is composed of research scientists, policy makers, extension personnel, and educators. Our mission is to develop and promote innovative solutions to minimize phosphorus losses from agriculture by supporting: information exchange between research, extension, and regulatory communities; recommendations for phosphorus management and research; and initiatives that address phosphorus loss in agriculture.
SERA-17 was Formed to:
develop an interdisciplinary approach to identify P sensitive watersheds and water bodies; expanding and improving upon the Phosphorus Index site assessment tool. – develop best management practices (BMPs) to reduce agricultural P losses to surface waters by erosion and runoff (surface and subsurface). – develop an animal manure application strategy based on both P and N. – develop upper, environmentally-based, critical limits for soil test P and new soil testing methods that can more accurately identify sites where P loss will be of significant environmental concern.
SEAR-17 Reauthorized as a Multistate Extension and Research Activity in October, 2013 to:
bring together a diversity of disciplines to discuss, disseminate, coordinate, and facilitate the research and management needs related to the management of nutrients (particularly P), transport in surface and subsurface flows, and their impact on the quality of receiving waters. Specifically, to;
- Develop an interdisciplinary approach to identify P sensitive watersheds and water bodies; expanding and improving upon risk and site assessment tools.
- Develop a science-based foundation for best management practices (BMPs) to reduce field landscape nutrient losses to surface waters by erosion and runoff (surface and subsurface).
- Develop and disseminate a manure management strategy based on both P and N.
- Provide nutrient management and loss information to agencies (USEPA, NRCS) to help them better prevent non-point source degradation of surface waters by nutrients, while maintaining agricultural productivity.
- Coordinate responses to ever-changing policy needs as Government, Land Grants, and NGOs develop, plan and implement strategies to bring about long-term, lasting reductions in nutrient loss potential from agricultural production activities.
- Develop state-of-the-science white papers on strategic or targeted topics related to the measurement, analysis, prediction, and policy of nutrient management, fate and transport of nutrients in water, water quality impairment, and remediation.
This reauthorization lasts from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2018 and the full authorization document can be obtained below.
Click here to view the Reauthorization of SERA-17 Document.
Structure of SERA-17