$1M award will help put more Md. livestock in clover
ANNAPOLIS — Alison Prost, Maryland executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement Dec. 21 following the announcement by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that CBF received a Regional Conservation Partnership award to funnel $1.1 million worth of conservation practices to Maryland livestock farmers. The money will go to farmers who want to convert their operations to grazing systems, raising animals on pasture, rather than in confined areas.
“Putting livestock back on pasture, as farmers did for generations, is one of the best means for restoring both farm profits and clean water. Pasture-raised animals are generally healthier, input costs are lower, and farmers are often paid a premium for selling ‘grassfed’ products. Converting cropland to pasture means less potential runoff of fertilizer and manure to local streams,” she said.
Sign up for the funds should be available by the fall of 2017. CBF and the Maryland Grazers’ Network encourage any farmers interested in learning more about grazing or wanting to apply for these funds to contact Rob Schnabel at 443482-2175 or rschnabel@cbf. org.
Cattails grow in an area that frequently becomes a small pond during rainy seasons. In some areas, underground irrigation is used to help sustain wetlands while they are getting started, and then nature takes over.