Integrating Wetland Ecoystem Services into Agriculture
Most farmers and many others in the United States view wetlands negatively, and consider them as “wastelands” to be drained to convert the land into productive uses. However, wetlands are extremely value natural resources. Showing how wetland ecosystem services can be integrated into agricultural practice would be a powerful way to induce farmers to work towards conserving wetland habitats on their farms. A UGA entomology project will show how wetland ecosystem services can be profitably integrated into agricultural practice through a demonstration research project at CAES Iron Horse Farm where croplands interact with an extensive complex of floodplain wetlands. This project demonstrates how many ecosystem services provided by wetlands, such as enhancing water quality and conserving natural enemies of crop pests, also provide value to farmers.