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Long Island Farmers Protect Water Quality

A pioneering group of 35 farmers on Long Island are conducting on-farm conservation projects this summer to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers on sweet corn and potato crops.  The projects are part of a program being offered by American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and AgfFlex.

“Everybody has to do their part as far as nitrogen is concerned,” said Jennifer Halsey, a fruit and pumpkin farmer on Long Island’s South Fork. “Anything you put in the soil is going to end up in the water if there is too much of it.”  The importance of this work was highlighted in a recent American Farmland Trust Op-Ed in Newsday titled Farmers Eye Clean Water and Land Prices .  

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