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Farmers and food

If you're a farmer or large rural landowner, you are in a special position to protect watersheds and streams. Because millions of acres of wild and semi-wild land are put to agriculture, farmers are among our most important land managers.

Agricultural practices, including ditching, drainage, plowing steep slopes, and overgrazing have destroyed many streams. But some farmers, by trying new techniques and monitoring the effects of their farming, have actually improved the condition of degraded streams.

If you're not a farmer, you still influence farming practices with your dietary choices and your food purchases. Again, connect the food that you eat with the true production costs to the watershed. Support local farmers, organically grown food, and small-scale agriculture whenever possible. You and your family will not only be eating healthier, but you'll be supporting healthier habitats in which to live.

For more general information, go online to the Land Stewardship Project's home page at www.landstewardshipproject.org.

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