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WI farmers loving land management on this Valentine’s Day

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Wisconsin farmers continue to show the love to their land, looking at new ways of land management. You can do your part as an everyday consumer.

The 72nd Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin, said Wisconsin continues to lead the way in taking care of the land.

"Dairy farmers in the United States have reduced their carbon footprint nearly 25% in since 2007 – the only industry in the United States to actually reduce their carbon footprint," said Martin.

She added that's because farmers know the importance of planning for future generations. Many want to pass down the land to their children and grandchildren.

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin are using methods like computer-based irrigation scheduling and water recycling. Martin said her family's farm recycles water after cooling the milk to wash the milking parlor.

Farmers also continue to plant restorative native ecosystems and cover crops to better manage their land.

"There are many benefits of planting a cover crop, one of which is to help with erosion control and water runoff," said Martin.

Consumers support the sustainability efforts of Wisconsin dairy farmers, according to Martin. She said to choose real, Wisconsin dairy products in the grocery store by looking for the Proudly Wisconsin Dairy and Proudly Wisconsin Cheese logos on store shelves.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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