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STUDY SHOWS OHIO FARMERS COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite allegations by so- called environmental and citizen groups, Ohio farmers have proven they put their commitment to conservation where their mouths are -- in the fields that produce America's food and fiber.
 So says Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President C. Ray Noecker, a farmer from south central Ohio.
 "Farmers hear a lot of negative talk about their work and how it relates to conservation from some 'environmental' groups whose leaders have probably never set foot in a soybean or corn field," Noecker said. "We've got the numbers now to prove that Ohio farmers are doing what they promised the federal government they'd do by the end of 1994 and that's conserve the soil that yields our products."
 Noecker referred to Soil Conservation Service (SCS) figures that show 88.5 percent of the 43,000 farmers in Ohio who must follow specific erosion control plans did so in 1992. Another 7.8 percent were given variances and found to be in compliance leaving 3.7 percent out of compliance. Such conservation plans must be implemented by the end of 1994 or those farmers risk forfeiting farm program benefits.
 "Despite some efforts to depict farmers as uncaring land barons, these SCS figures prove what we've been saying for a long time. Farmers are responsible and will work to conserve the soil," Noecker said. "We have to because if we don't save the soil, our farms will literally filter into our ditches and streams and float away."
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 /CONTACT: Susie A. Taylor of the Ohio Farm Bureau, 614-249-2479 or 800-937-4567, toll free/


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