(WY NEWS SERVICE) -- A new report looks at farming trends around the country and a new method being used to keep soil healthy and productive are cover crops.
Along with more organic production, the study recommends cover crops, according to Eliav Bitan with National Wildlife Federation, who co-authored the report.
Bitan says these methods provide more food for birds, reduce fertilizer needed for the next crop year, and minimizes soil erosion.
Bitan adds while organic growing is still growing in popularity it is also becoming more profitable.
Cover crops can work in Wyoming's climate, but do take more time to manage, according to the report.
The report said organic farming requires 60% less energy than traditional farming.