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Modeling and monitoring shows the benefits of conservation for farmers and the environment

Aug 01, 2013 -- 3:43pm

 

Farmers and the conservation service are working together, and everyone  is seeing a difference in the environment.  In just four years, farmers in the Mississippi River basin will have implemented conservation practices on more than 880,000 acres to improve water quality through one targeted initiative.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has dedicated more than $341 million targeted at 640 small priority watersheds since 2010, and thousands of farmers have stepped forward to improve water quality through conservation work on their lands.  NRCS Chief Jason Weller says that by working in partnership with producers, they are addressing water quality while keeping lands successfully producing the food and fiber our nation needs.  NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers decrease the loss of nutrients, like nitrogen, phosphorous and animal manure, from flowing into waterways.  Commonly used in this initiative are nutrient management, conservation tillage, cover crops, wetland restoration and tailwater recovery systems.  

Link for more info:  Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

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