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Report: "Take Cover" when Farming

October 21, 2011

SANTA FE, N. M. - Farming is vital to New Mexico's economy, and a new report takes a look at agriculture production trends around the country - focusing on natural methods to keep soil healthy and productive. Growing cover crops in the off-season and using more organic production methods are two recommendations for Iowa farmers.

The report suggests ways to help farmers save money, boost production and help the environment. Report coauthor Eliav Bitan, agriculture adviser for the National Wildlife Federation, says cover crops minimize soil erosion, provide food for many game bird species, and reduce fertilizer use in the next crop year.

"It'll soak up any of those extra nutrients, it'll die, and it'll return those nutrients to the soil so the farmer can use those nutrients next year."

The report makes seven recommendations for agricultural production, including the use on on-farm anaerobic digesters to treat animal waste, and reduced tilling.

Bitan says organic produce is still gaining in popularity with consumers, and points out that organic farming practices are becoming more profitable for farmers.

"A farmer can benefit on the bottom line by reducing their fertilizer costs or their herbicide costs, the same time as wildlife can benefit, the same time as the water quality can benefit."

The report, "Future Friendly Farming: Seven Agricultural Practices to Sustain People and the Environment," says organic farming practices also require 60 percent less energy use compared to traditional farming methods. Read it online at

Dick Layman, Public News Service - NM