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Conservation practices build duck populations

An American Farm Bureau economist says farmers’ conservation practices

have resulted in greater numbers of Upper Midwest waterfowl.

“The total duck population in 2018 was 17 percent higher than the long-term

average,” said Veronica Nigh, “Certainly that’s something to quack about.”

Fears were not realized that Clean Water Rule changes would result in farmers

no longer preserving habitat and turning away from being good stewards of the

land, said Nigh.

“The message from all the data that we combed through is very clear,” said

Nigh, “that farmers are participating in conservation programs that have noting

to do with the Clean Water Act.”

Nigh says nearly one in four CRP acres in the Dakotas, Montana and Minnesota,

the Prairie Pothole Region, are enrolled in voluntary wetland programs.

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