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Agriculture

The crop land (approximately 160-acres) at Hull Springs Farm is leased to a local farmer who practices no-till farming methods and plants a soybean-corn rotation with barley as a winter cover crop. He also uses Best Management Practices to protect water quality, soil productivity, and watershed health, and maintains an ongoing nutrient management program that includes soils testing.

The lease prohibits the use of sludge-derived fertilizer or bio-solids. Some of the agricultural fields will be restored to forested wetlands. A formal stewardship plan will be completed after implementation of the forest and wetlands plans.

Longer-term plans for the remaining agricultural fields will include sustainable agricultural practices and possibly organic farming. Future plans will consider programs that offer cost-sharing funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

Corn stubble in a field along a road with a tree in the background