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Interactive online map displays farm conservation efforts

Have you ever wondered why farmers leave a wide strip of lush green grasses in certain sections of their corn fields? Would you like to see pictures of real buffer strips instead of just reading about them in the news?

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently created "Conservation practices on Minnesota farms," an interactive, online story map that highlights common conservation practices found on farms throughout the state.

By clicking on a pin located on a map of Minnesota, or using a side-photo navigation bar, users can view pictures and descriptions of many conservation practices Minnesota farmers use to protect land, soil and water resources.

The map can be viewed by going to www.mncorn.org and clicking on the "Conservation Story Map" link near the top of the page.

"To farmers, things like buffer strips or grass waterways are often part of everyday life on the farm." said Noah Hultgren, MCGA president. "To a non-farmer with questions about how his or her food is grown, these common conservation efforts are a big deal."

There are nearly 200 photos and descriptions currently on the map. Pictures were collected from farms throughout the state, ranging as far north as Hallock all the way down to the Minnesota-Iowa border. MCGA plans to continue adding pictures until the map is completely dotted in green pins.

Details on how you can submit your own conservation photo can be found on the map.

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