Stewardship is the responsibility of carefully managing something. In agriculture, stewardship involves implementing or supporting practices that protect or improve the quality of critical resources such as water, air, soils, pollinators, wildlife, and crop and livestock diversity. Thus, stewardship is fundamental to sustainable agriculture and resilient food systems. Stewardship may involve practices such as planting cover crops to protect soils from weeds or pests, reducing tillage to minimize erosion, avoiding overuse of inputs that lead to water pollution, planting crops with low water needs in drought-prone areas, and generally recognizing farms and ranches as pieces of a broader landscape and society.

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