Sustainable Agriculture Practices Make a Difference in Water Quality

Adopting conservation practices on fields improves water quality exponentially. According to the USDA NRCS, “Modeling efforts show that national cropland conservation practices implemented from 2003 to 2006 decrease edge-of-field nitrogen losses by 3.8 billion pounds per year and edge-of-field phosphorus losses by 584 million pounds per year relative to if no conservation practices were in use.” When looking solely at nitrogen fertilizer savings, 927 million dollars was kept on fields (NRCS, 2017). Implementing new methods such as filter strips, cover crops and no-till greatly contribute to reduced nutrient, sediment and soil losses. You can make a huge difference in the quality of our shared waters! Learn more by clicking here!

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