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David Sparks Ph.d Learning Conservation
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: August 09, 2018

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Conservation consultant and Chesterfield rancher Chris Banks talks about how he got into his business. "In the mid-90s we had an experience where the Department of Agriculture approached my family when my grandparents had bought our ranch. There was a stream that flowed right through the middle of our corrals. In the old days, people didn't have the capacity to move water like we do now. It was haul it in a bucket or haul it in barrels. So rather than job place they just built the corrals on the water stream because the livestock needed water. The Department of Agriculture approached my family about relocating the corrals. They talked to us about water quality impairments and if we moved our corrals a way we could improve the water as well as the help of our animals. Because of the approach they used when they came and talked to my family, it was not a heavy-handed approach, it was, "hey here are some suggestions” are you willing to work with us, we can find some money to help.

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