With over one-half of the 2.3 billion acres of the U.S. in agriculture—and nearly one-third of the nation used for grazing—farms and ranches are both a great threat and potential solution to maintaining an intact environment for human and wildlife communities alike. Making room for wide-ranging species on agricultural lands is critical to the future of wildlife as open space diminishes. Yet, on-farm wildlife conservation activities can be labor-intensive, and require ecological understanding and adaptations to infrastructure.
Certified Wildlife Friendly® and Predator Friendly® farms and ranches bridge the domestic and wild by maintaining habitat and protecting biodiversity as an integral part of their production systems. Loyal customer bases, price premiums, and access to new markets help farm and ranch ecosystem stewards carry out their hands-on actions to help wildlife. Developed by the field’s committed practitioners, the reliance of Wildlife Friendly® producers upon practices that conserve biodiversity and help protect ecosystem services is a model without peer.
The Conservation Enterprise
Both Certified Wildlife friendly® and Predator Friendly® certification recognize wildlife stewardship practices and require conservation of key species, including carnivores. From clean water to pollination to nutrient cycling, certified farms and ranches provide tremendous opportunity for conservation of the systems critical to human health and well-being. Find a certified producer near you or ask your farmer to consider certification.
Ayrshire Farm and Home Farm Store
Certified Predator Friendly®
Upperville, Virginia and Middleburg, Virginia
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