Just south of Gainesville, Fl., you can explore 1,060 acres of fresh water marsh, and while strolling down the six and a half mile levy trail you might just startle some wood ducks, catch a glimpse of a bobcat, see a Round-tailed Muskrat, and even spot a sandhill crane or bald eagle.
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden visited a citrus grove outside of Plant City, Fl., in January and spoke to Florida growers and conservation partners about citrus greening and other agricultural concerns.
The Mims run a dairy, make cheese and enjoy the wildlife on their property. They are considering the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program as a means of protecting their way of life.
If Kirk Brock had to go back to conventional farming, he says he would “just quit and go do something else.” With his soil health-building no-till and cover crop system, Mr. Brock doesn’t have to worry as much about timely rainfall events.
A USDA initiative is helping Florida's Gulf Coast farmers make improvements in their operations to help prevent runoff and erosion from ultimately reaching the Gulf.
Date: Mar 13, 2014
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