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Healthy wetlands, healthy farmland


FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE KEEPING LAND IN AGRICULTURE
AND IN SOME CASES CREATING NEW WETLANDS THROUGH A U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PROGRAM. THROUGH
THE AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM, LANDOWNERS AGREE TO KEEP THEIR LAND FROM BEING
DEVELOPED FOR NON-AGRICULTURE USES. Crenel Francis, USDA NRCS, Florida: It’s not
just that we are creating wetland, but we are creating opportunity for families to keep
precious farmland in Florida. Christopher Asplundh, Rancher, LaBelle, Florida:
I’m not going to be here forever and I want it so that my children understand that this
is a special place, and must be kept as a special place. BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE,
U-S-D-A’S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE HELPS LANDOWNERS TURN MARGINAL AGRICULTURAL
LAND INTO WETLANDS FOR WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION. Dwayne House, Rancher, LaBelle, Florida: If
you’re not a conservationist and a rancher, you’re not a good rancher and they just help
me do things that quite frankly that the cattle business doesn’t pay for. Russell Morgan, USDA NRCS, Florida: We find
that the land serves a great purpose when you restore it back to the way it was originally.
When you restore the hydrology. When you restore the vegetation. That creates an opportunity
for wildlife. LANDOWNERS WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE SHOULD
CONTACT THEIR LOCAL U-S-D-A SERVICE CENTER. FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I’M
BOB ELLISON.

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