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Chesapeake Bay Report: 650,000 Ag and Forest Acres Conserved in 16 Months

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2012 – A new report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shows that with NRCS assistance Chesapeake Bay region farmers, forestland owners and other partners put conservation practices on more than 650,000 acres of working land between May 2010 and September 2011. That amount of acres nearly equals the land area of the state of Rhode Island.   

The Chesapeake Bay 2011 Activities Report also states that farmers and forestland owners put nearly 61,000 conservation practices on agricultural land in the Bay region during NRCS’ 2011 fiscal year. Popular practices included manure management, planting grasses along streams as well as other methods of preventing sediments and nutrients from entering waterways that feed into the bay.

These efforts support actions underway through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI). NRCS provides technical and financial assistance through CBWI to agricultural producers to help them apply conservation practices that benefit the bay and waterways in the bay watershed.

Download a copy of the report and learn more about the assistance NRCS provides in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   

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