15 Dec '12, 1pm

USDA Land Stewardship Program Conserves 50 Million Acres in 4 Years

USDA Land Stewardship Program Conserves 50 Million Acres in 4 Years

In just four years American farmers and ranchers have voluntarily conserved 50 million acres of U.S. land through the USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program . An additional 12.2 million acres were conserved just this year. Land Stewardship Amongst Farmers and Ranchers "Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are making USDA's voluntary Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) a major force for conservation," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said . "The protection of natural resources through conservation programs such as CSP create outdoor and wildlife recreation opportunities that provide crucial jobs and bolster economic growth in rural American communities." Through the program, farmers have already succeeded in conserving an area larger than Pennsylvania and South Carolina combined by meeting certain conservation guidelines. These guidelines, according to the USDA,...

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