Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study—built around a survey that nearly 7,000 farmers responded to—presents the first comprehensive inventory of farmers’ voluntary use of water-quality best management practices. The study stemmed from agricultural leaders’ desire to document measures Pennsylvania farmers have taken on their own, without federal or state funding, to reduce nitrogen and sediment levels in local streams, rivers and lakes.
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