Opponents of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint claim the cost of implementing agricultural best practices to reduce pollution runoff from farms will put family farms out of business.
Here are stories from across the Bay region that are disproving this myth. In fact, pollution control practices are improving many farmers' bottom lines.
Farmer Success Stories
To clean up the Chesapeake Bay, we need a set of uniform and uniformly enforced rules for all farmers.
Compared to conventional corn farms and concentrated animal feeding operations, grazing pastures reduce sediment runoff to nearby streams by 87%.
Six Virginia farmers are profiled for using environmentally friendly practices like no-till planting, crop rotation, and the use of cover crops.