Conservation on the Ground -
Conservation to Bragg About
by Anita Brown, Public Affairs Specialist with NRCS National Office
It’s late spring and Dennis Bragg of Madison County,
Alabama, is hopping out of his truck for one last laser
leveling shot. It’s part of a grand strategy using irrigation,
drainage tile and a settling basin to one day turn the farm
into a self-contained watering system. It would capture
rainfall from part of the 5,000 acre farm and store it for the
crop’s summer needs while minimizing soil, fertilizer and
chemical sediments in nearby steams.
Thinking big is part of the Bragg legacy. “My grandfather
started it and Dad went into conservation in a big way,”
says Dennis. Indeed, NRCS worked with Allen Bragg in
the early 1980s to turn the farm into a conservation
showpiece that neighbors, agencies, researchers and
others could visit for a first hand look.
“Dad started our rotation back in those days as a basis for
our conservation plan,” says Dennis. By rotating cotton,
of the land, but they also want to make money. Ten years fro
water and soil, have clean water, and make a good living doi
A 1980s photo of some of the "miles and miles" of
terraces that were installed as erosion control
measures on the Bragg Farm. Today, the next
generation is carrying on the conservation tradition.
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