With consumers expressing more interest in sustainability and responsibly produced foods, ADA North East is helping dairy farmers find ways to build trust in their farming practices and commitment to stewardship by sharing available conservation resources.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is offering a sign-up from July 6 — August 21, for a new pilot program called CLEAR30 that provides the opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). It will be available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality CRP contracts in the ADA North East states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

For information about ADA North East’s sustainability efforts, contact Ron Ohrel at rohrel@milk4u.org.