Conserving and responsibly using the land and its resources is a common priority among farmers and ranchers across the United States.
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While agricultural producers across the nation invest time and money to voluntarily implement conservation practices, sometimes they are faced with complying with mandatory federal regulations, like the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that was established by EPA in 2010. This TMDL, which covers 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, sets stringent, numerical limits on nutrient and sediment emissions with the goal of fully restoring the Bay by 2025, with 60 percent of the practices in place by 2017.