During Agriculture Week 2017, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service kicked off an interactive story series - #Fridaysonthefarm - that highlights producers and landowners on local farms, ranches, forests and private working lands who are doing right and feeding everyone. Now each Friday, view the popular #Fridaysonthefarm stories here on Farmers.gov as the series brings NRCS, Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency together as oneUSDA.
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Read a few reader favorites below, or view the full #Fridaysonthefarm series.
Iowa Farmer Uses Roller Crimper in Organic No-Till System
Meet Levi Lyle and his daughter Olivia on the family farm in Keota, Iowa. Levi never thought he would be a roller crimper go-to person for eastern Iowa farmers. But with his interest in eliminating herbicides on portions of his family’s cropland, he now has two crimpers that he uses and rents to farmers from Waterloo to Bloomfield. View the interactive story about roller crimpers on the Lyle farm.
Partners Grow Community Garden in a Las Vegas Food Desert
Pick kale, spinach, carrots and other fresh produce at the Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden Park at Zion United Methodist Church in North Las Vegas, an oasis in a food desert. For area residents, the one-acre community garden is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. View the interactive story about the Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden Park.
Creating Wildlife Habitat Acre by Acre
Jessica and David Gales grew up hunting and fishing. The Gales’ young daughters share their love of the outdoors. That’s why mom and dad are teaching the importance of natural resources conservation by restoring native grasses and habitat to their land in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. View the interactive story about wildlife habitat restoration by the Gales family.
Crawfish, Rice and Healthy Soil — A Farm Family's Recipe for the Future
Meet the Durand family of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. Rice and crawfish are staples of Louisiana cuisine. For the Durand family, they are also important ingredients in the special family recipe for improving soil health. View the interactive story about soil health on the Durand family farm.
Fourth-Generation Dairy Family Powers the Future
Visit the Scott Brothers Dairy in San Jacinto, California, where a fourth-generation farm family makes history with a state-of-the-art manure gasification system. View the interactive story about innovation at the Scott Brothers Dairy.
Conservation Partnership Benefits Chesapeake Bay and Producers
Explore the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and meet producers and partners in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia who are implementing voluntary on-farm conservation practices that improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat and strengthen the economic bottom lines for working lands. View the interactive story about conservation-minded producers in the Chesapeake Bay.
Watering Crops the Scientific Way
Visit Front Field Organic Farm in Winterville, Georgia, for a first-hand look at an irrigation water conservation plan in action. View the interactive story about Front Field Organic Farm.
Ashland Forest Restoration Project Reduces Wildfire Risk and Benefits Local Economy
Travel to Jackson County, Oregon, where landowners and conservation partners are implementing the Ashland Forest All-Lands Restoration or AFAR Project - forest restoration and fuels reduction treatments through a cross-boundary, all-lands approach on federal and private non-industrial forest lands. View the interactive story about the Ashland Forest All-Lands Restoration Project.
Come on back every Friday to Farmers.gov for the latest #FridaysOnTheFarm feature!