AGRIBUSINESS: Positive Impacts Of Farmers’ Conservation Efforts
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released a report this week that shows farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through voluntary conservation work in the lower Mississippi River basin.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers and ranchers work hard to conserve the land and water – and this report shows the tremendous impact they have had for the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The report demonstrates how conservation work – such as controlling erosion and managing nutrients – has reduced the edge-of-field sediment losses by 35-percent, nitrogen by 21-percent and phosphorous by 52-percent.
Vilsack says it’s important to keep up the momentum by providing scientific and technical expertise that supports conservation in agriculture.