The National Resources Conservations Service is now using aerial photography to monitor whether or not farms are adhering to conservation rules.
This year, over 1,600 sites were looked at. The sites chosen were primarily farms with highly erodible land. The only other state subject to this kind of aerial monitoring is Montana.
Unlike the recent controversial surveillance flights by the Environmental Protection Agency, farmers were notified about the National Resources Conservation Service’s monitoring.
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