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Farmers get tips from USDA

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many farmers are working hard right now to get their crops in.  But some are already planning for the next crop.

Farmers gathered in Dawson Wednesday to hear from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about government loans and programs that can reduce energy, soil erosion, and water usage.

Those programs could help farmers save money as they help their land stay fertile.

"Those things may translate into dollar savings or production advantages to the farmers. But first and foremost through our agency and mission is to have it benefit the environment," said Richard Barrett, an Area Resource Conservationist with the National Resources Conservation Service.

Barrett says one example of a successful program to benefit both farmers and environment is the floodplain easement program.

It puts thousands of acres of former farmland back into its natural state... reducing potential flood damage.

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