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Bramblett: Busy Year at the Wisconsin NRCS Office
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/07/2017

Wisconsin farm and rural land owners have been actively doing their part to conserve resources and be better stewards of their land. That's according to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Conservation Service, which noted in its annual report that over 2,040 conservation plans have been written on 328,487 acres during the past year. Another 335 acres of wetlands were either created, restored or enhanced in 2016.

"It has been an exciting and challenging year for NRCS with the revamped focus and emphasis on conservation planning," said State Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett. "Our continued use of the 2014 Farm Bill has enabled us to continue investments in our base Environmental Quality Incentives Program and our recently enhanced Conservation Stewardship Program. There are also continued investments in Easements and specialty programs and initiatives, designed to focus conservation at the landscape scale."

Over the past 12 months, the agency has provided over $45 million in financial assistance through all programs to farmers. Bramblett says over 391,000 acres of cropland applied to improve soil quality, and another 45,200 acres of cropland moved forward to improve soil health and sustainability.

This year, NRCS celebrates over 80 years of being pioneers in conservation, working with landowners, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working lands.

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