Many farmers are implementing conserva-
tion practices on their land. Some are fenc-
ing cattle out of streams, thus keeping
manure and urine out of the water and their
herds healthier. Others are planting trees
along stream banks to keep them from
eroding and carrying pollutants into water-
ways. Still others are tilling their land differ-
ently and in ways that do not disturb the
soil and that improve soil quality, another
benefit to farmer’s productivity. Change
does not come easily. We salute the innova-
tive farmers who are working smarter.
And promising new technologies may be
coming to the area. For example, a group
of businesses is proposing an energy
plant that would convert Maryland’s
228,000 pounds of excess chicken
manure annually into energy. That energy
could be used to meet the state’s renewable energy mandate. The devil will be in
the details, as always. But, if this works, a
huge pollution problem will be solved,
the Bay will improve, and jobs will be
created. Once again, innovation will have
carried the day.
Progress and Innovation
Many farmers are implementing
conservation practices on their land.
These freshly planted trees will help
keep this farm’s stream banks
from eroding and filter pollutants
from agricultural runoff.
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE