Source: USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the results of a study on the effects of conservation practices on environmental quality in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, which showed that conservation practices are reducing sediment, nutrient and pesticide losses from farm fields.

"This important new report confirms that farmers and ranchers are stepping up and implementing conservation practices that can and do have a significant impact on the health of America's soil and water," Vilsack said. "The information gathered for this study will make it possible to quantify the effectiveness of conservation practices for the first time and enable USDA to design and implement conservation programs that will not only better meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, but also help ensure that taxpayers' conservation dollars are used as effectively as possible."

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