Preface

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This guide is for people with homes or small farms in rural and suburban areas who are interested in protecting their environment and quality of life. The practices described here will help protect surface and ground water, and improve the productivity and beauty of the land. Most of them are for small farms, where only a few animals are kept. Owners may not have much money to invest in farm improvements, but many of the ideas in this book cost nothing or are fairly inexpensive. Emphasis is placed on changes in management habits.

Throughout this booklet are references to state and local agencies that can provide further information and offer assistance.

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