Conservation

Preserving Old Florida

The Lightsey family has been running cattle in central Florida since the 1850s, but with 1,000 people moving to Florida daily, development encroaches on their legacy and the natural resources that support it.  

Cary Lightsey and his brother Layne have put 90 percent of their land on 10 ranches into conservation easements with the help of USDA and other groups. These easements help the Lightseys protect the land from development and restore wetlands on the property.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Nebraska Couple Works to Welcome Wildlife

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. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.

Beef and ‘Bobs’ – Maximize Cattle Production and Help Bobwhites on Your Land

You’re probably familiar with the northern bobwhite and its decline. The bobwhite, or what many of us call quail, has seen its population dip by more than 80 percent across large sections of its range during the past 60 years.

Farmers can greatly help the species with a few tweaks to their cattle operations.

Grow and Tell: Oregon Microbe Farmer

Oregon farmer Jen Aron knows a secret – if you feed soil microbes, they’ll help your plants grow.

“The microbes are at the forefront of everything we do here,” said Jen. “It’s not about what we put on the soil, it’s about how we care for the soil.”

Watch this short Grow and Tell video to learn how Jen takes care of her microbes, and how they take care of her plants.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Pastures Bloom with Healthier Cattle, Wildflowers

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.