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A Conservation Group That Loves Farmers and Ranchers

Conservation groups and farmers have long been at odds, but The Freshwater Trust is changing that. The nonprofit believes that working lands and healthy rivers can co-exist and that if a conservation group wants a practice to change, then it should work with the landowner and even provide resources to help make a change possible. That philosophy means helping cover the cost of irrigation upgrades that improve efficiency and leasing water rights.

In this video, three farmers/ranchers talk about how they’ve worked with The Freshwater Trust to better manage their water resources and improve their operations. While The Freshwater Trust primarily works on the West Coast in Oregon and California, their example is one you can suggest to folks in your area as we all face the challenge of making sure we have enough water and clean, healthy rivers.

Farm of the Future from The Freshwater Trust on Vimeo.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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