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Welcome to Outdoors on the Farm

September 24, 2010
By: Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Pro Farmer Editorial Director
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The wooded draw that cuts into an isolated 80 acres of cropland. The wetland that always holds water at the right time. The farm pond that's out of eye-shot from the road. The foxtail-heavy waterway in back of the house. The brushy fence line most would have bulldozed a decade ago. You love those pieces of ground as much as you love that flat, black quarter section that grows 200-bu. corn every year. Admit it... you're a farmer... and an outdoorsman.

For too long, your story has been clouded by non-farming outdoorsmen (and women) that viewed farmers as "spoilers" of the places where they love to play. And with little doubt, the economics of agribusiness did impact traditional wildlife strongholds. Everything from grain prices to property taxes to farm policy drove farmers to bring non-tillable acres into crop production.
 
There are still plenty of economic pressures on farmers, but lovers of the outdoors now partner with landowners across the country to rebuild wildlife strongholds. National wildlife organizations work with farmers to rebuild wetlands, prairies and the diversity of habitat most critters search out to call "home." And the federal government responded to a national uprising in support of conservation with programs like the Conservation Reserve Program and wetlands restoration programs that partner with farmers and landowners.
 
Your love for the outdoors means you not only work hard on the farm, you play hard, too! It's your escape. It's your time for fun, fellowship and family. It's your passion. And non-farming outdoorsmen now have a better understanding of habitat and wildlife management and the people closest to the land and the animals -- farmers and ranchers.
 
Now the negative stories are outnumbered by success stories about habitat restoration, partnerships between outdoorsmen and farmers and how farmers are finding new ways to enjoy their passion for hunting and fishing.
 
That's what we do in Outdoors on the Farm. We're finding the guys who are building the best habitat and bringing their stories to you. We're finding the farmers who are partnering with hunters to generate additional revenue per acre and bringing their stories to you. We're finding the landowners who are feeding a passion for hunting and fishing by attracting, holding and harvesting game "out their backdoor" and bringing their stories to you. We're gathering the information you need to have more fun outdoors on the farm!

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