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Why Aren't USDA Conservation Programs Paying Farmers More to Improve Their Soil?

4 days ago   |   By Civil Eats

Ron Rosmann's 700-acre certified organic grain and livestock farm in Shelby County, Iowa is an island in a sea of very large conventional soy or corn operations. Farmers in the area don't typically pay a lot of attention to the health of their soil-which has, on occasion, eroded onto his property. Others in the area operate concentrated animal feeding operations. It's not uncommon, for example, for one of his neighbor's cattle manure lagoons to overflow into a nearby creek.
While Rosmann is pleased that more farmers there are adopting cover crops to reduce erosion and runoff, it still only...
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