Every living thing depends on water to survive. Farmers are aware and understand this essential resource and the effects their farms have on it. Continuous efforts are made to reduce a farm’s impact on the water that flows through their fields and off their property. Farmers use a variety of best practices to ensure the health of our water, such as:
- Cover crops, which hold onto excess nutrients in the fields and prevent them from running off.
- Waterways and saturated buffer, which keep soil and nutrients in the fields.
- Edge-of-field practices, like woodchip bioreactors, treat the water and remove excess nitrogen before it leaves the field.