Conservation

Grow and Tell: Bring out the Crimp

You can look at Levi Lyle’s tractor and see that he farms smarter, not harder. With a front-mounted roller crimper and planter in tow, Levi only needs one pass to terminate cover crops and plant the seeds of his next harvest.

He’s saving time and fuel, but the other benefits are equally valuable. The thick mat of crimped cereal rye reduces erosion, improves soil health, and replaces herbicides.

Farming in the City

Did you know that 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas? From backyard community gardens to vacant lots, and along highways and on rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food.

These farmers are growing fresh, healthy produce and, at the same time, are providing jobs, beautifying their neighborhoods, and offering access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are sparse.

Park Your Plow: 5 Tips for the No-Till-Curious

Reduced erosion. Saved time and fuel. Improved nutrient cycling, soil moisture, and resiliency in the face of drought. You likely already know the potential benefits of no-till.

No-till farmers grow crops with minimal disturbance to their fields and the organisms that call them home. This builds healthier soils while reducing money spent on fuel and labor – a win-win.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Coffee Table Dreams Become Reality for Western Iowa Couple

From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs and innovation. Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories.

Grow and Tell: Peak Efficiency

Water conservation saves money. That’s one of the reasons Oregon farmer Jeff McNerny installed a high-efficiency irrigation system.

But Jeff is also consciously conserving water for his downstream neighbors and protecting habitat for the fish in those streams. And the irrigation’s flow control feature ensures that every tree in Jeff’s orchard gets just the right amount of water.

For Farmers, By Farmers: USDA Employee Puts the Farmer First in Farmers.gov

“Randy Smith is a forward-thinking cattleman with a small herd in Georgia. He works closely with Natural Resources Conservation Service to put conservation practices on his land and experiment with new and innovative conservation approaches. While he does some of his business in person, Randy needs easy access to information and documents online, including contact information for his local field office.

Keeping Lands in Family Hands

Nestled in the hills of Adams County, Pennsylvania lies a fifth-generation family farm, Boyer Nurseries and Orchards. Since 1900, the nursery has been a family business and an important agricultural landscape in the county.

Thanks to a conservation easement, the Lowers have peace of mind knowing their family land will stay in agriculture forever.