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ID Farmers Doing it Right Will Harvest an Extra Cash Crop

July 5, 2007

The check is in the mail. Congress has OK'd more than eight million dollars for Idaho farmers and ranchers using industry practices that are good for clean water, soil quality and natural habitat.

Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs says the cash goes to those working the land in a way that will keep it working and healthy for the next generation.

“Maybe a farmer has a five- to eight-year rotation, and they're integrating perennials. They're doing things that are building great soil quality out there.”

About 600 Idaho farmers and ranchers will get the money through the Conservation Security Program. Bruckner adds that future cash depends on the next farm bill, which is being shaped in Congress right now.

Bruckner believes encouraging farmers to be good to the land is good for consumers because it means resources can be stretched, and less chemicals and additives are needed for successful production.

“Certain conservation practices provide for clean water, better soil management, as well as improving habitat, and some energy efficiency.”

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID