(Via Herald & Review) Decatur – Illinois farmers are losing their soil at record rates. Conservationists know how to stop the problem, but they say improvements aren’t happening because of an industry-wide trend. Farmers don’t own the land they work on. Nonfarming landlords own 80 percent of U.S. farmland, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means that the people who farm the land do not have an incentive to care for the future of the soil, said Cassandra Wilcoxen with the Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District.

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