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Good land use planning balances land use requirements with land capability. This Pennsylvania community is compact and well defined, surrounded by agriculture that is free of urban sprawl, with steep slopes in trees and level or gently sloping acres in cropland.
Small farmers play an important role in American Agriculture. Here the District Conservationist from Monroe County, New York, discusses the condition and management of a newly established pasture seeding on this landowner's small horse farm. district cooperator discusses range conditions on her property in Montana's Crow Indian Reservation with the SCS District Conservationist. With SCS technical help, she has rebuilt the stockwatering pond shown in the background.
Livestock wastes are the number one problem related to pollution by organics from agriculture. Livestock waste disposal systems are being constructed (with SCS technical assistance) at a rate of over 5,000 systems annually. This concrete manure holding area on a Carroll County, Maryland farm has a picket fence type door which strains out the solids for later disposal and allows liquids to run on through into a holding pond.