Conservation agriculture refers to a type farming that uses property in a manner that can safely maintain food supply while still conserving the environment. At this time of human existence, conservation agriculture has become a necessity since the global population upsurge has threatened the environment and its capacity to serve the future generations.
With such realization, different countries and local governments are dedicated towards promoting conservation farming. This is done by maintaining a win-win state for both the environment and farmers when farming.
In Upstate New York, counties such as Onondaga County are dedicated towards farming conservation through different activities such as mixed farming, reduction of soil erosion and conservation easement among other activities.
Reduction of Erosion
In Onondaga county minimizing erosion and preventing soil water loss is controlled by different practices like introduction of new crops and proper tilling. The county understands that the top soil and how it is taken care of is important it is to preventing soil erosion. Therefore, the county’s management provides farmers with machinery such as tractors at lower costs in order to help them maintain their farms. Here is a video showing how to reduce erosion on the farm.
Onondaga county conservation management also provides teaching sessions to educate farmers about the importance of mixed farming. For example, crop rotation is encouraged as the best disease and pest control method against other conventional methods that do not conserve the environment. This is because establishing crops in a rotation gives room for a general buildup of rooting zone, which encourages better water penetration. The organization also encourages animal rearing together with crop growing since both benefit both farmers and the environment. Growing of trees is also encouraged in mixed farming. The state also puts aside some money for any agricultural related disaster to avoid adverse effect on the environment.