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Compensation ‘Should Not Be In ALUS Conversation’

A consultant says it’s time to change the conversation around ALUS to remove the word ‘compensation’.

ALUS is the Alternative Land Use Services program.

Elbert Van Donkersgoed told members of Huron County’s Water Protection Steering Committee that good environmental practices are things farmers produce just like the crops they grow.

He argues that while no one has figured out how to pay for those goods and services yet, we should replace the term ‘compensation’ with something that better reflects a payment for goods and services.

Van Donkersgoed adds there are some great environmental goods and services associated with productive farm land which are of great value to consumers and other businesses.

He thinks the problem is that at this point, there is no market for those goods and services.

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Consultant Elbert Van Donkersgoed¬†¬†believes the word ‘compensation’ should be removed from the conversation.

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Van Donkersgoed told members of Huron County’s Water Protection Steering Committee that the dilemma is no one has found a way to pay them for those goods and services.