Farming method helps land...and wildlife

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2011 - 10:05 PM

Farmers accept less income for the chance to replenish their land in the Minnesota River Valley.

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moandaaOct. 18, 11 9:54 PM

If I were a pheasant, where would I rather be? Not in your crosshairs!

islandcabinOct. 19, 11 6:50 AM

Not sure I'm interested in subsidizing their family's hunting with CRP and other farm welfare. If they had to allow other hunters on their property - that's another story.

shells14Oct. 19, 11 7:04 AM

You are not interested in subsidizing their family's hunting with CRP but you are fine with subsidizing large scale corporate farmers to make sure they have profits every year? Are you okay with the laws that protect farmers who destroy the water tables we use and inject their "animals" with needless hormones that wind up in our food?

gutshotOct. 19, 11 9:00 AM


erikbrandOct. 19, 11 9:03 AM

A fantastic story, very heartening to hear about this, and I hope it's a trend that spreads. Growing up in Benton County, my parents kept a few acres of swamp as just swamp, and that was enough to support foxes, pheasants, deer etc. Now, living in a house surrounded by corn and soy that runs right up to the property line, my kids don't ever see/hear that sort of wildlife. Scary. There's a better way to grow our food.

lqpbt1Oct. 19, 11 9:15 AM

Heck, through local government aid we subsidize all sorts of private urban stuff, neither does it mean we get to go walk around in their houses nor benefit from their private affairs. On the same level public support of grain commodities does not provide us with any kind “access” rights to the farms or barns that benefit, and the grains and meat they sell aren’t cheap. If all one got out of this article was “hunting opportunities” then they need to reread the story. I read this story as about building community and caring for the land in a careful and deliberate manner.

suckerOct. 19, 11 9:25 AM

It would be a hungry world indeed if every farm was left "natural" for cattle to graze. I believe there has to be a balance of both natural and crop land. Also our wildlife has to be protected, not just for hunting but for a balance of nature. We farm and have wetlands undisturbed, however we do not have cattle at this time as the runoff from them would harm the wetlands.

97580yitOct. 19, 11 9:28 AM

We need to end CRP. This family doesn't do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They do it because we pay them to not ruin our land and water. I'd also cut subsidies to all large farms and corporations.

whataboutmeOct. 19, 11 9:34 AM

this story makes you think row crops are bad. Just remember row crops feed the world

doots799Oct. 19, 1110:01 AM

If we really want to protect the environment, we need to end all corn ethanol subsidies. The current Federal subsidies encourage corn to be grown in areas that would not naturally support it. Kansas and parts of Nebraska are rapidly depleting the Ogallala Aquifer(and not just this year during the drought) to make a quick buck selling water thirsty corn when wheat and other crops would be much better for the environment in that area.


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