A growing number of farm-friendly laws are changing the face of agriculture and environmental issues.
The USDA is now considering giving farmers up 10,600 acres (3,000 hectares) of agricultural land, up from 10,200 acres (2,000 ha) that is being given away in 2016.
The land will be given away as part of a pilot program that is designed to help farmers transition from traditional cropping systems to more sustainable practices.
In a letter to farmers, the USDA said the land will go to those with the highest average annual income and those with a large family, with the average family size of two or more, who are able to work from home, and who have a low or moderate income.
The USDA also is considering a pilot project with the Iowa Department of Agriculture to give landowners who do not have a large enough farm to the pilot a portion of their land, and will consider the amount that is available in future land purchases.
“Agriculture is an American success story that should be celebrated, not squandered,” USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
“Our farmers deserve this land to help them keep their families and their communities safe, secure and healthy.
We can’t afford to be wasting it.
We are working to ensure that all farmers get the land they need to make a living, build a family and create jobs.”
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