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MND Farmers - Musselman HS

03/12/2013

 

As a farmer, my position is that the only way to come to a consensus is to find a way to reduce the burden and expense that is placed on farmers. For example, buffers that are placed on edges of property do decrease the amount of nutrient runoff that enters the stream, but the down side is that they reduce the amount of land that is able to be farmed.

 I understand the role that the farmers play in the problems forming in the Chesapeake Bay; excess nutrient runoff from fertilizers and manure control. These are serious issues; the problem is the cost to fix these problems. One solution would be to fence in livestock in  order to keep them out of the streams.  This will help to reduce some of the excess nutrients in the streams by not allowing the cows to deposit manure into the water. Also, it will reduce the erosion on stream banks by not allowing the livestock to walk in and out of the streams. Another solution would be to take the manure created by the livestock and age it in manure pits, then use it for fertilizer or even sell it to make a profit. This will create a way to reduce the amount of extra nutrients that enter the streams, and create a  cost savings for the farmers. More solutions like these will help to clean up the streams and help to improve the Chesapeake Bay system.

 

 

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Farmologers - Musselman HS

03/14/2013

            As farmers our responsibility to the environment's well being is of the utmost importance. We farm the land to provide food for our community; however farming uses harmful pesticides and fertilizers that create harmful runoff. The majority of the harmful runoff going into the Chesapeake Bay has been put on the shoulders of the farmers.

We are scolded for creating dangerous runoff, but yet at the same time we are expected to provide quality crops to our community.

Many people insist that this is a problem that the farmers need to fix themselves. Those people are mistaken because without the financial assistance and support of the community.  we cannot stop the runoff. In order to keep the watershed clean we would have to build a long fence that stretches over our property and blocks our cattle from the creeks. This fence would require time and money to build. If the community decides this to be an unnecessary cause and doesn't want to help, why should we find it necessary to help. We need to find a solution that benefits everyone and one that provides enough help for us to build the fence.

The second thing were accused is our fertilizer. Our excess fertilizer becomes harmful runoff, polluting our water sources with excess nitrates encouraging the bloom of algae and eventually dead zones. We are not trying to purposely loose fertilizer it just happens. Along with the budget for the fence we would like to include absorbent materials bordering our property lines in order to absorb the excess fertilizer runoff.  I think it would be best for every to stop pointing fingers at one another an instead help work together toward this purposed plan of action. We would like to thank you for your time. We hope that both you and the community find it easy to look at the situation from our point of view. Thanks

 

 

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