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Guide to Beneficial Management Practices for California Fruit, Vegetable and Nut Growers

Specialty CropsCalifornia fruit, vegetable and nut growers already make a significant effort to protect the environment. In fact, California farmers must comply with more environmental regulations than any other farmers in the world. But everyone can use a little more help. So, AFT has just released a new Guide to Beneficial Management Practices for California Specialty Crops that outlines farming practices that growers can use to reduce pollution, conserve water and energy, improve wildlife habitat and moderate climate change.

The interactive on-line guide matches California's leading specialty crops with specific farming practices, their environmental benefits and sources of funding to pay for their use. Ed Burton, California State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, said, “It should help encourage more widespread use of beneficial management practices. American Farmland Trust has done a real service by collecting this much information in one easy-to-use document.” NRCS is the source of many of the beneficial management practices highlighted in the new guide.

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