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Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill

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MINNEAPOLIS — Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law.

Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies. And the law requires ‘‘sodsaver’’ protections to discourage farmers from plowing up native grasslands in several Plains and Midwest states.

From his vantage point on a wide expanse of South Dakota prairie, rancher Jim Faulstich hopes the legislation spurs more farmers to protect the natural resources on their land.

‘‘It’s a very good investment of US taxpayer dollars to encourage people to do good things on the land,’’ Faulstich said.

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